About International Open University
> The world's first tution-free, accredited, online, university.
Who We Are
The International Open University (IOU) aims to grant global access to quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level education programs for students at virtually no cost. Its mission is to “Change the Muslim nation and the world situation through appropriate education.”
“Making authentic Islamic knowledge readily available to the world through the Internet solely for God’s pleasure is a noble life-goal and a mission well worth sacrificing all of one’s energies and means for.”
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The Founder & Chancellor
The International Open University (IOU) is the brainchild of Dr. Bilal Philips, who envisioned an institution that would offer online, intensive, undergraduate and graduate programs.
Our Great Leadership
Dr. Abdul Hakim Quick
Abdullah Hakim Quick was born in the United States of America and accepted Islam in Canada in 1970. He pursued his study of Islam at the Islamic University of Madinah, a religious university in Saudi Arabia, where he graduated and received an ijaza from the College of Da'wah and Islamic Sciences in 1979. He later completed a master’s degree and a doctorate in African History at the University of Toronto in Canada. Shaykh Abdullah has served as an imam, teacher, and counselor in the USA, Canada and the West Indies. For three years, he contributed to the religious page of Canada's leading newspaper. He has travelled to over 51 countries on lecture, research and educational tours.
Presently, he is a senior lecturer on the history of Islam in Africa at The International Peace University South Africa in Cape Town and an Islamic council member of the Muslim Judicial Council, Cape Town, South Africa. Shaykh Abdullah is also the director of the Discover Islam Centre (Cape Town) and Ameer of the Dawah Coordinating Forum of South Africa.
Today, the world is in need of innovative rethinking based on original, authentic sources. Dr Abdullah Hakim exemplifies of this new, way of progressive thinking.
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Nuaimi
Prof. Ibrahim Saleh K. Al-Naimi holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Southern California, USA (1983). He has filled many important administrative positions over the years: Most notably, he has served as a Dean of QU's College of Science, President of Qatar University, and President of CHN University of Professional Education. Dr. Al-Naimi’s administrative work has dominated the majority of his career.
As a chemist and professor of chemistry for many years, Dr. Al-Naimi has published more than 40 research papers in international, regional, and local scientific journals on environmental and chemistry-related topics.
A member of several international academic societies, Dr. Al-Naimi has participated in a wide variety of conferences around the world. One of his most notable contributions was his paper “Natural Gas Industry in Qatar” for the Industrial, Economic and Technical Co-operation between the GCC and the Federal Republic of Germany. He has also served as chairman of the 1st International Conference on Chemistry and its Applications in Qatar. Among the papers which Dr. Al-Naimi has presented are: “Scientific Research in the Arab World” at the International Conference on Science & Technology at the University of Sharjah and a paper for the Thirteenth Conference of the Islamic Academy of Sciences, discussed natural gas resources in Qatar and Malaysia.
Dr. Jafar Shaikh Idrees
Dr. Jaafar Sheikh Idris was born on June 15, 1931 in Port Sudan, Sudan. In addition to the modern school system, he studied Quran in traditional Quranic schools. He also studied Fiqh, Hadith and the Arabic Language under traditional teachers in the city and studied Aqeedah with Ansar al-Sunnah.
He obtained his Ph.D. (Philosophy), from the University of Khartoum/University of London in 1970. The topic of his doctorate thesis was "The Concept of the Causality in Islam."
He has worked as consultant for various Islamic organizations around the world. He also was the chairman of the founding council of the American Open University. In addition to working as a consultant and chairman, he also served as professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Research Center of The Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America. At Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, a religious university in Saudi Arabia, he was professor of Islamic Studies in the Aqeedah, Da'wah and Information departments.
He has lectured at many universities, academic institutes, and Islamic centers in many parts of the Islamic and western worlds. He has also participated in research at many different conferences around the world.
Additionally, he has authored many articles and research papers.
Dr. Khalifah Al-Tamimi
Dr. Khalifah Al-Tamimi was born on Rajab 12, 1379 H. (1959) in Al-Madinah AL-Munawwara.
He obtained his Ph.D. from the Islamic University of Madinah Al-Munawwara. The title of his doctorate thesis is “The Rights of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) on His Nation in the Light of Qur’an and Sunnah”.
He has acquired teaching experience at a variety of universities.
He taught a variety of Islamic degrees at the Islamic University of Al-Madina Al-Munawwara for twenty-four years. During this time, he taught many subjects (Tawheed of Creation – Tawheed of Worship – Tahweed of Names and Attributes). He also taught in Taibah University (branch of King Abdel-Aziz University) as a cooperative professor for four years. He also taught in the Prophet’s (PBUH) mosque during the pilgrimage season for two years.
At present, he is the general manager of the Al-Madinah International University project (1425 hijri until the present). He was the first dean of the Scientific Research Division at the Islamic University of Madina. He also served as president of Arabic language and Islamic culture training courses in Thailand for eight years (1414-1421 H).
Dr. Saad Al-Shithri
The esteemed Sheikh, Dr. Sa'd ibn Naasir ash-Shithry, is the founder of Knowledge International University, and is a former Islamic council member of the Council of Senior Ulamaa in Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Sa'd holds a doctorate degree in the field of Islamic Jurisprudence & Methodology. He is also the author of several books explaining intricate topics found in the various Islamic Sciences, and has revised, authenticated, and explained a large number of texts. His presence and caliber in the field of da'wah and Islamic education is known around the world.
What Our Students Say
ASSALAMU ALAÄ°KUM I really appreciate your initiative and all those behind IOU. I make dua that Allah gives you courage and resources to continue.
Saminu Musa Ahmad
Asalmu o alikum brothers and sisters Now I am proud to call myself Muslim. Allah gave me chance to learn about our beautiful Islam. ALLAH AKBAR! I'm going to try my best to be a good Muslim. Many thanks to Dr. Bilal Philips for this opportunity.
May Allah reward all the people who are working for this cause. I love Dr. Bilal Philips and ask Allah accept his efforts.
ALHAMDULIILLAH! My heart filled up with thankfulness to the IOU team and especially the founder, Shaykh Bilal Philips, who (with the help of Almighty Allah) made gaining authentic Islamic education within the comfort of home a reality!
I'm here to learn the deen of Islam and I hope you will help me and lead me to the right path. I praise Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, for leading me to this site.Jazaakumullahu khayran.
Salam alaikom. Special thanks to Dr. Bilal for his contributions and efforts to Islamic knowledge.
AsSalamu Alaykom. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Bilal Philips for such a platform. Jazak Allahu Khair . May Allah bless each and every person contributing to this university. May Allah bless all the students with knowlegde and lead us to straight path.
Jasim Abdul Jalil
Asalamu alaykum all my brothers and sisters. I am glad to join Islamic Online University.