“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, 50, IT Consultant, IOU BMAIS graduate (2013)
“I have spent a wonderful time as a student of IOU and would like to advise all brothers and sisters not to miss this golden chance to get an authentic and wonderful knowledge of Islam without leaving your home; just with one click while sitting in your home. I would like to congratulate our beloved Sheikh Dr. Bilal Philips for the tremendous job he has done for all of us, and pray to Allah to give him more courage and support in all the noble causes he is doing or planning to do. We all are with him in this noble cause of “Changing the Nation through Education.”
In the end, I want to pray for all of those who are supporting IOU in any way; physically, financially, or morally, and may Allah give us strength to act upon this knowledge and to spread this to others.”
– Mazhar Yasin Abu AbdurRahman, Chief Financial Officer, IOU BAIS graduate (2013)
“I got to know about the IOU through people who proposed to the Organization of Muslims in Hungary to be an exam center for the IOU. The IOU has a very clear-cut curricula, reasonable tuition fees and offered online education. On the webpage of IOU, I have learned about the BMAIS program and I was admitted to it.
IOU represents the middle course in Islam; the moderate and balanced way of Islamic jurisprudence. IOU gives knowledge on the way of Ahl as-Sunnah and prepares its students to be the teachers of Islam with the ability of contributing to the revival of Islam and Muslims.
For me, it was a pleasure to learn from brilliant scholars, to listen to their lectures and seminars and I do hope that someday, I can meet them and thank them for the knowledge and understanding they gave me, by the will of Allah.”
– Zoltan Szabolcs Sulok, President of the Muslim Organization (Hungary), IOU BMAIS (2014)
“I started studying Islam in 2003 in my home country, Nepal. I came to Qatar in 2005 and in August 2006, after studying Islam for another year and half, I have reverted to Islam. Since then, studying more and more about Islam has become my passion. I was in contact with Dr. Bilal Philips who has been my mentor and source of knowledge from 2008. I worked under him as a dayee in Qatar Guest Center and utilized whatever opportunity I could get to learn from him. In 2009, I even joined his school in Chennai named “Al Fajr International School” as a teacher of science, English, and Islamic studies unto IGCSE O Level. During the tenure, I was made Islamic coordinator of the school. But, dawah proved to be stronger passion for me, so I returned to Qatar in 2010 where I learned from Dr. Bilal Philips and other brothers about the commencement of the IOU. I could not miss this opportunity to learn Islam in a systematic manner where I could know what I know and what I don’t know about Islam and my thirst for authentic knowledge about Islam could be quenched. I joined BAIS program of IOU as a student of the very first batch. Since then, my journey for seeking knowledge in IOU proved to be a dream come true. The things, which I learnt in IOU were utilized in dawah. Now, I am able to present Islam to non Muslims in my country in a more effective manner and able to convince them about the true religion of Allah, Alhamdulillah. May Allah give barakah to IOU and all the people who are running and supporting it and make IOU the source of authentic knowledge for many seekers of knowledge around the world. Ameen.”
– Shakti Kumar Banskar (Abdul Qawi), former science teacher, IOU BAIS (2013)
“I was a student of the Free Diploma courses of IOU when I was informed about opening of the BAIS. I applied immediately and was honored with an admission. Studying at IOU was a good experience as well as challenging; studying at IOU saved me a lot of time (as there is no need to travel) but at the same time, it required commitment and hard work. We had wonderful and experienced teachers, who were ready to assist us anytime with study and other issues related to the class. I would like to praise the IOU webpage, which is very practical and gives easy access to the study material, schedule and personal progress during study. I am looking forward to study for the next level of MA at IOU department of MAIS.”
– Pakize Krasniqi, IOU BAIS (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)
“As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
I am Sauda Olaniyan from Nigeria, married with kids. I have BSc in Chemistry. I used to teach at a secondary school but presently, I am into farming.
I have made so much effort in both past and present to learn and practise the pristine Islam by reading various Islamic literature and attending Islamic programs; these have really helped. Allah crowned this effort with the advice of a friend on the Facebook to enrol in IOU to a tuition-free online degree program in Islamic studies.
Alhamdulillah that I yielded to the advice. With my little experience with IOU, it is now obvious to me that the knowledge of Islam in its totality is essential for all Muslims. In shaa Allah, I will continue to be a student of knowledge for life.
I am very grateful to my husband for his support and the understanding. May Allah reward the entire board of IOU for the great job you are doing.
– Sauda Olaniyan, IOU BMAIS (2013)
“I am a 55 year old mother of seven from Somalia living in UK. Being a housewife did not stop me from studying Islam and then convey it to my local community.
I have a passion in the field of dawah and IOU empowered me to do so. Amazingly, it was the callers of Islam and reverts who really inspired me. I remember, I used to watch debates held by them and from there I came to know Sh. Yusuf Estes, whose sincerity opened my eyes more into Islam. The Sh. runs Islamnewsroom.com and one night while I was reading among the new articles, there was a message from Dr. Bilal Philips asking Sh. Yusuf Estes to convey that IOU is now tuition free. Incredible! I have been looking to study in Medina but due to circumstances in my country, which was caught in the middle of a civil war, it was impossible for me to pursue it.
Becoming one of the early students who joined the IOU, I would not say that was my motivation rather it was a grace from Allah, Who provides a support to everyone who wants to come close to Him. I believe that IOU is one example of that support as well as the relentless efforts of His thankful servants who want to spread the message of Islam into every house across the globe.
Though I had a degree in veterinary medicine from my country in 1985, completing my BA degree in Islamic Studies was a memorable event of my life. Therefore, I thank Allah and ask Him to reward His Jannatul Firdows to all who contributed putting the IOU on the net, and provided the teaching of Islam at the best they could do according to the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and righteous predecessors. That gesture reminded me of the verse:
وَمَا أَسْأَلُكُمْ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ أَجْرٍ ۖ إِنْ أَجْرِيَ إِلَّا عَلَىٰ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
“And I do not ask you for it any payment. My payment is only from the Lord of the worlds.” 026:109”
– Amina Hassan, IOU BAIS (2014)
“I came to know about the IOU on the internet. I stumbled upon the IOU site when I was researching possible online courses on Islamic studies. I found the IOU site and I said to myself that now I do not have any reason not to study my deen in a formal way, and I know if I did not register Allah will question me so, I registered.
I was over excited the first day I attended a live lecture; I remember it was a fiqh lecture and it was an experience that I cannot describe but will live in my memory for a long time. I found live lectures very interesting and have attended as many as I could; sometimes waking up in the middle of the night to attend due to time differences. My overall experience is a memorable one and I thank Allah for giving me this opportunity to be part of the IOU family.”
– Suleiman A. Alhassan, IOU BMAIS (2014)
“Having studied Islamic religion at different levels, I felt that it was time to pursue further education and certification in Islamic knowledge. However, having no access to the regular classes, I decided to try learning online. While searching, I came across the IOU website in 2009 and was enrolled for a diploma course.
No sooner had I began the diploma course, the BAIS degree was started and I promptly joined becoming one of the first batch of the students to study the BAIS at IOU and the first in my country. My experience of studying at IOU has been very nice, with some very knowledgeable lecturers and a friendly student community. There have been challenges, but they cannot compare to the benefits I have gained at the IOU.
I am currently studying Islamic Banking and Economics at the IOU and I hope that the experience will be just the same.
I am thankful to Allah for giving us this opportunity to study our religion authentically and to propagate it with knowledge, and then I would like to thank the whole community at the IOU; from Dr. Bilal to all the tutors and fellow students.”
– Hamisi Miriti, IOU BAIS (2013)
“Being a housewife with three children never allowed me to go out for classes conducted locally by several Islamic organizations. Desperately, I searched the net to find an online course. With much difficulty, l landed on the IOU website. Alhamdulillah, I readily joined the BAIS course with my husband.
Studying the BAIS together had many advantages like discussing the topics and helping the other in areas of doubt. However, there was always a competition between us in gaining higher marks and finishing the modules first. It was a very pleasant experience that IOU has brought us; enlightening us Islamically on various fields of studies like Psychology, Economics, Research methodology, etc. The TAs really helped us a lot to make it through this study. It was a real struggle handling household, children and studies. Nevertheless, Allah provided me with ease to finish my BAIS. I hope to gain more knowledge from the IOU. I thank heartedly and make duas for whole IOU and its members.”
– Jainaba Mohamed, IOU BAIS (2014)
“Few years ago, when I was searching for online Islamic universities, I found Dr. Bilal’s website where he had announced that he would be launching a BA program in Islamic studies very soon. I immediately got enrolled with a super excitement.
I was already engaged with few other online institutions but none of them personally satisfied me. I badly wanted to learn Islam with a proper methodology and I was always looking for ways through which I can enhance my knowledge of my deen. I must say, Islamic Online University came into my life as a blessing, which quenched my thirst.
I have never enjoyed studying anything in my life, as I have studied BAIS at the IOU.”
– Tashrifa Farook Ali, IOU BAIS (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)
“I have first heard of IOU from a friend and I will forever be grateful to him for that. I have always been a keen seeker of Islamic knowledge so I have always wanted to study Islamic Studies. I was excited when my friend told me that there was an online University because I have felt as a government worker and a family man, online program was the best option for me, and at the same time, it was very affordable. I have looked up the website that same day and have enrolled for the free diploma program. I have completed four courses of the diploma program before learning about the BMAIS. I have registered for the BMAIS and it did not take long to convince my wife to join it too as I was aware of my responsibility to provide the required religious knowledge for her. Since then, we have been part of the IOU family.
Coming in contact with IOU was one of the best things that happened to me in my life, masha Allaah. The knowledge I have acquired over the past two years has made me a better person and a Muslim, al hamdu lillaah. It has helped me put my priorities right in life, I was informed and encouraged to get involved in da’wah which, al hamdu lillaah, I have started at the family level. I was able to acquire knowledge to explain some issues to the Muslims as well as clarify misconceptions about Islam to the non-Muslims. I became keener on seeking knowledge such as memorizing the Qur’an and Islamic Psychology. It is simply overwhelming.
I want to use this opportunity to say thanks to Dr. Bilal, the staff and contributors of IOU. May Allaah continue to guide and bless us all.”
– Abubakar Idris, IOU BMAIS (2014)
“Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
In 2010, I came across an email mentioning a new online degree program started by Dr. Bilal. Thinking this to be the golden opportunity for a mother with three kids to learn about our deen from reliable scholars, I jumped in. Initially, I thought it would be quite easy and not require more than 1/2 – 1 hr of studies daily, but I was wrong. Along with live sessions, it was quite demanding and I would occasionally think of quitting or dropping few subjects. Realizing that these were the whispers of shaytan, I did not give up and alhamdulillah, I managed to complete it after a four long years. Now, I realise that this is just the beginning. Seeking knowledge is a lifelong duty and I will always be a student, InshaAllah.
Throughout my IOU journey, I have come across some very knowledgeable and enthusiastic TAs and also some very dedicated staff backstage whose efforts often go unnoticed. May Allah bless them all and also Dr. Bilal for this unparalleled initiative to give authentic Islamic education to the masses. And how can I forget some of the sisters living in various counties, who were with me on this beautiful yet demanding journey and have become lifelong friends now. If not for them, I might have had quit. I must also mention that if not for the support of my family, I could not have done it. Finally, all praise is for Allah Who has guided us to this and given us the sabr to persevere, Alhamdulillah. May Allah keep us on the Sirat al Mustaqeem and guide us to implement what we have learnt and to pass it on to others, InshaAllah.”
– Sister Thasneem, IOU BAIS (2014)
“In my attempt to gain Islamic knowledge, I have always attended Islamic lectures and programs and was a regular student at our weekly study circle. Then, Alhamdulillah, knowledge came to me. My sister introduced me to the IOU. With IOU, I was able to study Islam in a systematic way from my home, with great convenience and without any major expenses, Alhamdulillah.
Being a student at IOU granted me the opportunity to acquire authentic Islamic knowledge through the recorded lectures, and to ask questions and clarify my doubts with qualified Shuyookh via the live sessions. The versatility of being able to study anytime and anywhere was very convenient but also meant that I had to be disciplined and committed.
IOU, being a place where Muslims from around the world converge for one purpose to learn the deen of Islam, gave me the option to gain some precious friends globally, Masha Allah.
As a student of knowledge, I have learnt that taking notes is an important aspect of every student’s life. Taking notes keeps one focused and helps with understanding the contents. It also helps with retaining the information and makes reviewing easier. Alhamdulillah, with the help of another sister, we have created a blog with our notes to help future students (https://baisnotes.wordpress.com/).
During my course of study, I faced several trials, challenges and setbacks, and felt like quitting at times. However, I recognized that these were all tests for me and if I failed, it would mean that Shaitaan has won and I am the loser. I realized that I have to make sacrifices as good things are not easily achieved. I reflected upon the words of Allah: “Allah has elevated by degrees those who have believed and those who were given knowledge among you.” (58:11) and on the sayings of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam): “…Whoever follows a path in pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise…” I have continued my studies with the conviction of these messages and the support from my family and fellow students. Alhamdulillah, by the will of Allah, I was able to complete the BAIS program in four years, in 2014.
Overall, my experience with IOU is precious and very dear to me, and in sha Allah will remain with me for a very, very long time if not forever.
I thank Allah for this great blessing and I ask Him to bless and reward Dr. Bilal Philips, the founder of IOU, all the staff, and my family and friends who supported me throughout this journey and made this possible for me. Ameen.”
– Sister Bibi, IOU BAIS (2014)
“I live in UK since 2002. My late father was a graduate from the Azhar University in Egypt and an imam in my city. Since my childhood, he taught me tafseer and hadith in my mother tongue. After his death, being the first son, the responsibility of looking after the family rested on my shoulders. This prevented me from pursuing knowledge in Islamic studies abroad, but I was reading every scholarly work I could lay my hands on; such as Fatwa Islamiya from scholars of Makkah, Commentary on Forty Hadith of Nawawi by Jamaludeen Zarabozoo and other works.
My beloved wife showed me an IOU advertisement on Islam Channel, London. She has encouraged me to enrol in the BAIS program and I have joined the IOU in September 2011. I have completed the BAIS program in 3 years, Alhamdulillah. IOU is really a blessing for the Muslim Ummah.
I had a wonderful time with the IOU tutorial assistants and students. I will enrol in to the MAIS as soon as it starts. Inshallah, my wife will join IOU next semester and enrol in the Islamic Psychology degree program.”
– Brother Lamin, IOU BAIS (2014)
According to the testimony of sister Bibi Samina, alhamdulillah, her experience at the Islamic Online University has greatly deepen her knowledge in Islam and has helped her to become a better Muslimah. Thus, she strives greatly to incorporate what she learns into her daily life and her family and the people around her, and insha Allah prays that one day she can help change the ‘Nation through Islamic Education’.
– Bibi Samina Hanif-Satar, IOU BAIS (2013)
I remember well that this 4-year period was no easy ride for me. I lost 4 of my loved ones during the 4-year span and was in and out of hospital most of the time caring for the precious people who were sick.
The biggest advantage of the IOU was that adjustments were made and concessions given whenever we had any personal problem, so that we continued studies without dropping off.
Another blessing was the group of friends who grew close during this 4-year period, and supported each other through all, good and bad times, even though we were separated by borders and seas and we even lived in different continents!
Subhan Allah, this group was my lifeline and I grew to love them like true sisters. We are still in touch with each other, Alhamdulillah!
I owe a debt of gratitude to the management, teaching and non-teaching staff of IOU for supporting me through this incredible journey in the quest of knowledge.
– Asma Aslam Sheikh, IOU BAIS (2013)
A good friend of mine, who was a student at the IOU, introduced the IOU to me, alhamdulillah. At that time, I had no idea I would be studying in this blessed institution one day. SubhanAllah, Allah is the best of planners and I feel grateful for having been chosen by Allah ‘azza wa jal to be a part of the massive student body of the IOU, alhamdulillah. The intensive BAIS program, through its well-thought curriculum and supportive teachers made it possible for me to grow spiritually as well as socially. Alhamdulillah, being among the first graduates of IOU is indeed prestigious and it is a memory that I will forever cherish, inshaAllah. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala bless IOU and all the people who work day-in and day-out to make the online experience smooth for hundreds of students all over the world.
– Saba Nasir, IOU BAIS (2013)
I benefitted a lot from knowledge acquired from the IOU, and the teachers are wonderful Jazakallah khair to all IOU staff.
– Safiya Buhari, IOU BMAIS (2014)
One of my students, who is also a student of the IOU told me about this university. I was very glad to learnt about the BMAIS and alhamdulillah, started with it. The real challenge was that my family refused to help me in providing relaxation or time to study and I was continuously told that I will not be able to manage as I am busy the entire day with my mother in law who is sick and my children who were too young. One was 3.5 years and the other was 6 months. My daughter had also started her school and her Qur’an classes, and that was also my sole responsibility. Nevertheless, since I loved studying and was very keen to gain knowledge of my deen, I accepted this challenge. I used to feed my baby in the late nights while taking my live sessions but never gave up. The only time I had to study was after all had slept and with my youngest child in my lap. My sleeping hours reduced to 3-4 hours but Allah had put barakah in those 2 hours, which I had been using for my studies, and I man
aged to learn my courses during those hours.
When community hours started, that was another challenge. There were few elderly ladies who wanted to study tajweed, so I started online Skype classes in the early mornings after fajr so that I could complete these also.
Alhamdulillah, by taking more number of courses per semester I managed to complete my BMAIS. During my third semester, I was pregnant again and had to fight with my health as there were severe medical issues but still Allah gave me strength to manage all and I was able to complete my courses in time.When there is a will, Allah SWT finds a way for us. For those who make excuses of time, let me tell you that it is very difficult to manage a life living in a Pakistani culture family.Alhamdulillah with the blessings of Allah and hard work, I would suggest all females to make their wills strong rather than their excuses and should never miss this opportunity which isn’t provided by all universities. This is the easiest structure any university could provide you with. And the females should even take this into note that you are the nation builders. If you will practice deen well, your kids will follow you. Your family structure will change accordingly, so it is our duty to capture this opportunity.
– Madiha Shoukat, IOU BMAIS (2014)
“It was my dear sister in Islam, Amina, who mentioned IOU to me one day in 2010. She had already enrolled in the freshly launched BA program in March 2010. When I heard about it from her, it sounded like a dream come true. You would be able to study under the scholars directly; and you would get to learn about the various Qur’anic and hadith sciences, and experience the beauty of the knowledge of the deen – it all sounded too good to be true! I mean, who would not want to study in such an amazing institution? Above all, it was fully available online – all I would need was a computer and internet connection, which I already had; all praise and thanks to Allaah. Hence, I was immediately captivated by the idea of studying here.
As the Fall 2010 semester approached, I got my certificates attested and prepared to join this exciting journey of gaining authentic Islamic knowledge in a formal setting. A lot of people would probably not think of joining a second four-year-journey of bachelor degree program, but in Dhaka, we were all very excited. While in the March intake there were only four or five people from our country, in September 2010, we were over sixty excited students who joined the BAIS at the IOU. The interesting part is that, for most of us, it was our second bachelor program – there were married couples, mothers with children, young university students, full time office-going professionals and practicing medical doctors among many others in various fields.
My journey hitherto has been absolutely mind blowing as I have marvelled at the beauty of the ayaat of the Book of Allaah – the Qur’an, experienced the thought provoking lessons from the books of seerah and hadith, and shed relentless tears over the books of history. The courses are extremely well designed supplying huge amount of food for thought for the students as they embark upon the journey of structured seeking of Islamic knowledge. The IOU experience completely changed the course of my life and as I have witnessed a whole new world of knowledge deep thinking and reflection open up in front of me. The whole study experience here is unique as it prepares the students for real life. There is constant encouragement from the shuyookh and ustadhs to connect the theories from the books with the real world, with the diverse society and people at large. Alhamdulillah, it is a great blessing of the Master of the universe that I came to know about this program and had the opportunity to graduate from here.”
– Sister Syeda Madeeha Bokhari, Computer Engineer, IOU BAIS (2014)
“As-salamu ‘aleikum wa rahmatullah
I am Naeema Halim from Pakistan and today, I am writing as the first graduate from the BAIS program. An Electrical Engineer by profession, I always wanted to learn religion and was in continuous quest for authentic knowledge. But, like many others, I was in a confused state of mind and did not know where to start from, what to start, how to start… All these questions kept bugging me, until I finally got the golden ticket for the Flight #IOU_BAIS_2010, and then there was no looking back!
This four-year unforgettable journey gave me a chance to interact with so many amazing and wonderful people. Never had I imagined in my wildest dreams that I shall be in the company of a galaxy of learned people in such a small span of time. From New Zealand to South Africa to Trinidad, it was a never-ending journey, and in the process, I kept meeting new people both in the form of learned scholars and amazing sisters (many of whom are now lifelong friends, Alhamdulillah).
Nevertheless, the journey had a lot of rough patches as well along the road, doing six subjects a semester, and managing assignments and live sessions was not an easy task. I had a full time engineering job, plus I was also pursuing my MBA degree side by side, not to mention a family to take care off. I still remember my family getting upset seeing me on the computer 24/7 and my 2-year old throwing my laptop on the floor in her anger. But nothing could affect my determination, and alhamdulillah, I have managed to graduate within the minimum possible time of four years. I cannot thank Allah enough for helping me cross this bridge and my entire family for bearing with me all these four years.
Having said that, however, now I realize that I have merely touched the tip of the iceberg. There is so much to explore in our deen and IOU has given us the opportunity to do that. To satiate my thirst for more knowledge, I am now specializing in education and further plan to join the Masters program as well, Insha’Allah.
Moreover, as our teachers at IOU always told us that knowledge is useless without its application. Again, IOU provided me with this platform and right after my graduation, I managed to start a weekend Islamic school in my city where we teach Islamic studies to kids in an interactive and fun-loving manner. My future plans include to start a full fledge complete state of the art Islamic school, teach Arabic to students, develop a love for the language amongst ladies and children, and provide teachers training to Muslim teachers.
I shall also like to advise the new students at the IOU, esp. mothers, to never lose hope and get disappointed due to lack of time and children’s demands. If you have the right niyyah to learn knowledge, Allah will put barakah in your time, and you will sail through easily. Trust me, we are all doing this for Allah and He will help us.
Some Useful Tips for Busy Mummies
- Study in the latter half of night. Do not worry when your baby wakes up, s/he will eventually fall asleep and you can carry on with your studies.
- Focus on learning and not on your grades.
- A tip especially for the final exams, I will quote one of my MBA teachers, a note, which he always wrote on our final exam sheet.
“Final exam, not to be confused with “THEEEE FINAL EXAM”.
Lastly, a big round of applause for my mentor and my respected teacher, Dr. Bilal Philips, who through his hard work and dedication made this dream concept of online education a reality!
I shall also thank all my IOU teachers and TAs, especially Dr. Anwar (I never thought studying fiqh was that interesting.), Fazeel Muhammed (my respected Arabic teacher all the way from Trinidad), Br.Ismail Kamdar (our TA and teacher all these four years for his constant guidance and moral support in helping me choose the right profession after my graduation), Br.Yusuf Gassiep, Br.Tariq Appleby, Br. Dawud, Br.Luqman, Br.Laja Yasini, Sr.Rasheeda Abdul Hakim (for her great teaching style, and educational tips),Sr. Rosana Gulzar (for making Islamic economics so digestible and interesting),Sr. Soha (psychology TA), Br.Hunain Aijaz (for his constant support in admin matters), and all those teachers and TAs whose names I have missed, yet they played an extremely important role in shaping our future and making us love our deen more. I thank you all.”
– Naeema Halim, IOU BAIS (2013)