Posts Tagged ‘Islamic Online University’

Islamic Banking and Finance

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Al hamdu lillaah - on 11th December the Islamic Online University’s media department consisting of Ibrahim Cruz (Philippines) and my son, Usaamah, finished recording the remaining lectures of one of our 5 elective courses in Islamic Economics with Dr Farah Abdul-Fattah from the Sudan, who is an Islamic Banking consultant in the UAE. In the coming weeks we will be recording a course in “Accounting from an Islamic perspective” with Dr Ibrahim, an Islamic Economics professor also from the UAE. The introduction to Islamic Economics given by Prof Altijani a couple of years back was really inspiring for the students of the Islamic Studies Academy, which led us to expand our offerings in economics to become a minor in Islamic Banking and Finance for the BAIS degree. We are still trying to find time to record a short version of that course for our diploma students.

BAIS Classes Have Started at IOU

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

From the 1st of April, Dr Bilal Philip’s Islamic Online University (IOU) has launched the world’s first tuition-free, Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies in English completely online. A major new step towards helping Muslims across the globe fulfill the Prophet’s command to seek knowledge of the religion.

After successfully running a collection of 20 free short courses since 2007 in which more than 20,000 students are currently registered from more than 160 different countries, Dr Bilal has taken the bold step of offering a BA along similar lines.

This path-breaking initiative utilizes the worldwide presence of the internet and advanced open source online learning technology to bring tuition-free university level Islamic education within reach of virtually anyone on the planet who has access to a computer and the internet.

The program has recorded video lectures and weekly live tutorial classes in a virtual classroom setting on the net and its syllabus is based on the BA in Usool ud-Deen (Religious Foundations) curriculum of Madeenah University, Saudi Arabia, Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan, and other similar institutions. Six subjects are available each semester. Each semester is 5 months, having a mid-term exam after two and a half months and the final at the end of the fifth month. Students are free to access their classes whenever it is convenient for them, however assignments and exams (mid-term and finals) have to be taken at fixed times.

There are no fees for the courses. However, there is a fixed symbolic registration fee and examination fee each semester which is calculated on a sliding scale (from $10 to $50) depending on the student’s country of residence. Enrollment for this semester will continue until the end of April at and for further clarification or help, the registrar may be contacted at Mobile :+974 681 99 50 and email:

Launching the Free BA in Islamic Studies

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Al hamdulillaah. I’m back in Qatar from the UK where I gave the khutbah of Jumu’ah and a lecture on Caliph Abu Bakr in Islam Bradford Islamic Da’wah center and a lecture at the Camden Center in London on Saturday on “Are we prepared?” and another on Sunday on “Lessons from the Battle of Uhud”. I also recorded a Q&A for Islam Channel (TV) and was to record some programs also for Iqra TV Channel, but time didn’t permit. However, during this period the Islamic Online University did the finishing touches to the BA in Islamic Studies program and rolled it out on the 27th of February – Allahu Akbar. Five days later we already have 380 admissions being processed – Subhaanallaah!!! For those who don’t already know, please go to the website and register ASAP as we do have cap on the total number of applications that we will accept for this semester, since it is our first.

IOU Courses

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Please remember to give structured time to your free Islamic courses on the IOU ( ) or join up if you haven’t already done so. Don’t let this opportuntiy go. As the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Most people are fooled about 2 blessings: Good health and spare time.” Satan will try his best to convince you otherwise.

Islamic Online University (IOU) Has Reached New Heights!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Al hamdulillaah, the December and January stats for IOU are amazing. I want to personally thank all of you here, on facebook, and my youtube channel for contributing towards them, as you have made a great difference. December enrollment was 1,575!! and January was 2,040!!!! Allaahu Akbar. And the grand total of those registered at IOU is now a whopping 17,500!!!! Subhaanallaahil ‘Atheem!!!