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Islamic Online University is a fun place to be. It is great chance for all Muslims to learn at home. Islamic Online University enables all Muslims to be educated with the help of Allah. Thanks all teachers, lecturers and technicians in IOU. We love you for the sake of Allaah. Don't hesititate to teach us on the NET. I am Farhan from Somalia

Farhan Abdilahi Muhumed

As-salaam alaykum wa rahmatuLlaah wa barakatuh This is my fourth semester at IOU and I am very proud of what the university is doing. I always tried to improve myself in the deen but because I didn't have anything to tie me down: no deadlines, no tutorial assistant , no tests, etc., I always faltered before even starting.

I can't recall how I heard about IOU but I had always hoped I could go to an Islamic country to learn Islam - I just wasn't able to raise the funds! Little did I know Allaah (SWT) had other plans in this regard. Allaah (SWT) brought IOU, tuition-free, with it's wonderful package to me! AlhamduliLlaah! Which of the favours of my Lord, will I deny?

I must confess, it's not easy doing 4-6 subjects per semester, with kids, marriage, work, and distractions in life but Allaah (SWT) always makes a way out for me. I know the changes my studies have brought in me - and I am focused and happier as a person. My goal is to have and maintain distinction grades throughout the BA and I can only pray for that. I shall continue to promote IOU at home, work, seminars, workshops, etc. and plan to put up a link on the website of a charity organization I co-manage. I have enjoyed the journey so far and I pray that as each set graduates, we shall continue to carry the touch in helping IOU "change the nation through education."

Titilayo Animashaun-Fashola

As Salam aleikum. I am Salma from Kenya. May Allah accept all the sacrifice that Dr. Philips is doing. Jazakum Allahu Kheiran.


I am Reashma from India and currently I am a student of UPS. I came to know about  IOU from one of my Islamic Studies teachers, Alhamdhulillah. First I thank Allah for giving me a great opportunity to attain authentic knowledge from the light of Quran and Sunnah. Compared to before I have become a better Muslimah, Alhamdulillah. The Prophet (PBUH) said, "If Allah wants to do good for a person, he makes him understand the religion " SubhanAllah I am so happy to be one them. May Allah accept my effort and all students & IOU team who are striving to learn & teach Islam. JazakAllahu Khairan Katheera!!

Reashma Thul Fashila. J

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

As-salam alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu brothers and sisters in Islam.

I want to thank Almighty Allah and then Dr. Bilal Philips and others for making IOU a reality. I chose to take the diploma route because I would like some background knowledge on Islamic issues before I go on to do the BA here in sha Allah. IOU is an extremely wonderful idea. I have been a radio host for over 10 years and for almost 10 years on a program entitled 'Islam in Focus.' Since I intend to continue calling to the way of Allah in the Caribbean and I have family commitments it is perfect for those who cannot or choose not to travel abroad. I await eagerly for the MA and PhD programs in sha Allah. May Allah grant success to all involved to make this a success. Ameen.

Dawoud (Sheldon) Abdur-rahman Darroux

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.

Traditionally, seeking Islamic knowledge is not easy and especially nowadays for most people for three main reasons: First: Bombarding of human mind with various phobias towards Islam made a psychological barrier between mankind and Islam in general. Second: the business of people to provide a living made them to have little spare time to spend it in what they want. Third: Even in Muslim countries there are so many barricades to take Islamic knowledge. It has to be known that every person on this planet has some sort of hardship in taking religious knowledge and implementing it in all ages, even if he/she was born as Muslim and living among the Islamic community. This is confirming the fairness of Allah's divine decree for all of his creatures.

As Allah has mentioned in the Qur'an that with every hardship there is an ease, I think one of the ease of Allah is IOU, as it provides religious staircase to Paradise with many specification and standards: 1. Authenticity of its knowledge despite cultural diversity of tutors' background. That makes a student to study the divine knowledge from the source with contemporary views. 2. Sincerity of all IOU personnel in such a degree I didn't find one tenth of it in top universities of the world, despite limited income and gains. 3. Tuition free courses for everyone even though there is a high standard of academic quality. May Allah reward everyone with good intention.

Aram Medical Doctor Kurdistan/Iraq


May Allah reward you all with highest Paradise in sha Allah for giving us the opportunity to study and learn the religion of Allah.


Assalamu'aleykum Muslim brothers and Sisters. I am Mohammad Ramzan Hossain from Bangladesh. I have an MS (CSE). I am currently working as an assistant general manager at state owned bank in my country. Through an Arabic language classmate, I came to know about the IOU. Insha Allaah Muslims can benefit from it. May Allaah make the IOU prosper. Jazaakumullaah Khayran. In Bangladesh there are many groups in the name of Islam and every group claim they are on the right path. But few of the groups completely follow the Quaran and Sunnah. There is huge deviation with Quaran and Sunnah. Often, weak hadith get more preference than a strong hadith in practice with the situation being far worse than I can explain. In this situation I'm searching for an institution from where I can get proper Islamic Education. After a long search, Allah showed me the right source of Islamic knowledge, Alhamdulillaah. Already I have enrolled and registered for diploma course. I hope after finishing my diploma I shall get register for BAIS and other higher courses in sha Allah. I ask Allah that I remain in right path up to my death.

Mohammad Ramzan Hossain

Student of Diploma Course Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mohammad Ramzan Hossain

ALHUMDULILLAH!!!!!!!!!!! ISLAMIC ONLINE UNIVERSITY have made my dream come true by introducing the BAIS program. In shaa ALLAH the whole ummah will benefit from this . Aameen.

Anjum Shaikh

As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi, This is fantabulous! Alhamdulillah. Always having a strong passion for Islamic studies, I decided not to leave the country of Saudi and stay here even after my high school studies, just to fit in the Islamic universities here. After knowing the difficulties in entry to such universities here, I realised I need to wait and have alternate plans too. Alhamdulillah-Alhamdulillah! I came to know about IOU from a friend, may Allah reward her. The best part is that this is a mercy from Allah, a way to educate from home. Now I am enrolled for BAIS 1st sem, very much impressed with its organized study structure. Waiting to get admission here in university, in sha Allah. I am now able to utilise time,resource & energy into BAIS. This is really a wonderful plan for those intending to study other courses from universities and carry on Islamic studies at home. Sana BAIS student [beginner]

Sana Saheer

Brothers Assalamunalaikum wrwb. In our native tamilnadu there are so many confusions regarding the original beliefs of Islam. Quran and Sunnah has deliberately neglected by so many Muslim sects. Among this, IOU brings light to the dark! Particularly people who called themselves followers of the sunnah have openly announced that "if an authenticated hadeeth is against the ayah of Quran then that hadeeth should be rejected! I am an IOU diploma student and I got a clear, perfect,and pure picture of Islam! May ALLAH pour HIS Blessings on your whole team!


Assalam Alikum , Very happy with this course doing my diploma in this Institution. I already have a bachelor's degree but Alhamdulilla, here I started my 1st module and the knowledge gained is just ma sha Allah, purely meticulous, in sha Allah may this course spread throughout and all Muslims grab this opportunity of seeking knowledge .

Mrs.Sana Ibrahim





Assalamu alaikum! Alhamdulillah to be in the age of IOU! I am a better Muslim today than I was few months ago with good knowledge of Tawheed and Shirk and our purpose of life in this world. I have always been looking for Islamic knowledge and wanted to know about my religion and grasp and understand it as Allah and our beloved Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) wanted us to know. IOU is unique as an Islamic Institution, as the guide on the right path towards Islam, Ma sha Allah, specially when so many Islamic sects emerged trying to mislead us from the correct path. I feel safe Alhamdulillah with the pure teachings of Al Quran and Hadeeth with IOU. Thank you Dr. Bilal Philips and the entire team of IOU. JazakAllahu Khairan!

Md Eftekhar

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah Brothers and Sisters all over the world. There is a great thing you are missing out on...the IOU free islamic programmes. The institution assisted me in person to increase my knowledge in Islam. I lack words in describing this institution and I advise every beginner to enrol in any of the programmes. To the programme originators and facilitators--May Allah grant all of you with Jannatul Firdaus. Wassalamu Alaikum.

Muhammad Aminu Saleh

I am very happy to see professionals and Muslims like Dr. Bilal Philips and his fellows establishing this system. It is my belief that this program will help a majority of poor Muslims throughout the world. May Allah add more efforts to the team and give them good health in order to pass this knowledge to more and more Muslims in the world. May Almighty Allah's blessings go to the founder and his team generally.

Nasibu H. Kanduru

The long waited opportunity has come. May Allah bless those who think globally to produce global benefit for the Ummah. May Allah mutiply this type of university with multiple fruitful benefits. Ameen

Usman Abdullahi

Assalaamualaikkum Wa Rahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu... I have been longing to study this course. Alhamdullilah IOU gave an opportunity for me to study. This is my 1st semster, Inshallah I hope I'll be able to complete this course. I would advise every brother and sister to join IOU BAIS program as it is a very good way to start learning Islamic studies. May Allah accept my effort and all students & IOU team who are striving to learn & teach Islam. I pray to Allaah to reward all of us. Ameen.

Mufeeda Moideen

As-Salamu Alaykum Warahamatullahi Wabarakatuh, May Allah bless IOU and Dr. Bilal. I have been interested in studying religion for quite sometime--since my interest in Islamic Banking, however it was difficult to access the knowledge easily without one leaving his country. I had actually considered to either leave my job or seek leave without pay to travel to Malaysia to study Islam and then branch off to Islamic Banking.When I was busy with making applications and seeking a scholarship, Voila! There I learned about IOU. My first attempt wasn't very successful. However Allah directed me to where my heart was and I re-joined IOU as a BAIS student. Alhamdulillah I'm now on my second semester and wishing I had more time to study more subjects. I'm very exited about the 'Ilm that I'm acquiring and pray that I will make good use of it. IOU may Allah bless you for bringing along these courses in our homes. Mashaalah I work and study within my country, Alhamdulillah. To my brothers and sisters in Islam, please do not waste time. The world of Islam is overflowing with scholarly knowledge and very interesting indeed. Let's join and study and live according to the correct Islam teachings. As-Salamu Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Khadija Idriss Mtulia