IOU Alumni

IOU Alumni
Inspire . Unite . Empower . Connect


We are keen to highlight the successes of our graduates in the diverse professional paths that they choose to pursue.


We believe your journey would be of real interest to our current and prospective students and would be grateful if you would consider taking part in our inspirational alumni profiles.


The purpose of the IOU Alumni Association (IAA) is to establish and maintain Islamic brotherhood among the alumni members; to build mutually helpful relationships between them and the IOU; to unite all alumni in support of the University, and to encourage Islamic education through ties to the University. In the coming years, the IAA will aim to strengthen the global association and form regional associations that will help IOU to fulfill its mission of changing the nation and the world situation through appropriate education until the Last Day.

Ayesha Khattak

Director, IOU Alumni Association & Legal Advisor
As-salaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuh, Dear students, With much gratitude, I'm honored to welcome you all to the International Open University (IOU)'s Alumni Association (IAA). The mission of IAA is to connect, serve, and recognize alumni, students, and faculty by fostering relationships, commitment, and pride in support of the IOU. The IAA's admin is a liaison between alumni and the university and provides opportunities for alumni to stay connected to their alma mater. We work with numerous departments to communicate messages to alumni that support recruitment and retention of students, as well as future fundraising goals and various volunteering opportunities to serve the Muslim community. It helps connect alumni to the University and each other through a wealth of community activities, continuing education programs, online services, and events around the world. Moreover, the students who attend IOU depend on the support of alumni. Without the participation of alumni assisting and mentoring students, the students and university cannot attain the heights they deserve. We encourage you to re-establish your commitment to the students and to IOU through your continued involvement. As alumni it is not only our responsibility, but our duty to give back. Hence, as the IAA's administration we invite you - IOU's ambassadors - to harness your passion to be creative, to connect and collaborate as one inclusive community. Together we can build the future we want to live in and leave a beautiful legacy behind as a continued charity,In shaa Allaah! Baarak Allaahu feekum
Regional Alumni Boards

Regional Alumni Boards are under formation. For information on how you can be a part of them, please email us at

International Alumni Board

International Alumni Board is under formation. For information on how you can be a part of it, please email us at

Alumni Profile

We are keen to highlight the successes of our graduates in the diverse professional paths that they choose to pursue.  Your journey would be of real interest to our current and prospective students.

Chancellor’s Message

Dr Bilal Philips

Salaam alaykum IOU Alumni, I warmly and formally welcome you to create the IOU Alumni Association, your association, where together you can begin to make tangible contributions to the continued growth of the International Open University as it seeks to fulfill its noble goal of changing the Muslim nation through education....

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I have spent decades in Islamic awareness circles (Ijthemas) and I have always been searching for authentic, reliable and flexible Islamic studies course. There are many institutions to join full time but distance or online are very few and unfortunately either in Arabic language only or too expensive. While searching on the net, I found IOU and it met all the criteria I was looking for. May Allah reward the whole IOU team for their efforts. InshaAllah, I am planning to collaborate with IOU in the future projects I am going to participate in.

Syed Fazlur Rahman

IT Consultant, IOU BMAIS graduate (2013)
Wa alaykumus salaam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh, I got to know about IOU from my biological brother who was also informed by the exam proctor of my area. In fact, my overall experience with IOU cannot be overemphasized. It has quenched my thirst for traveling outside my country of residence to study Islam. IOU has not only exposed me to authentic knowledge about Islam but also aroused my interest to study more.

Abdul Somad Ibrahim

teacher, IOU BAIS (2014)

I was introduced to the Islamic Online University through Sheikh Yusuf Estes in one of his TV shows on Guide US TV. Once I heard about the program, I immediately researched it and signed up. Alhamdulilah, I finished the Bridge to MAIS program and I am waiting to start my Masters in Islamic Studies; and in the future the PhD program, inshaAllah. My experience with the IOU was wonderful as I have learnt from excellent teachers, TAs and course material that is very similar to the top Islamic universities in the world. I was also excited to join the IOU as this is a program by Dr. Bilal Philips.

Junaid Aasi

IOU BMAIS (2014)

I learned about the Islamic Online University through a friend who recommended it to me. I am really grateful for having completed my Bachelor’s at IOU. I will cherish every moment spent in the online experience from the wonderful syllabus to the interactive online classes, exciting assignments, to the challenging module tests and exams. Now, having gained authentic knowledge from renowned scholars and tutorial assistants, I aim at sharing the beautiful message of Islam with others.

Shafa Nasir Majgaonkar

IOU BAIS (2013)