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Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Founder: International Open University

Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips is a Jamaican Canadian Islamic Scholar who converted to Islam in the early seventies after journeying politically and intellectually from Christianity to Communism.

Shortly after his reversion to Islam, he embarked on a spiritual academic journey to the other side of the world seeking Islamic knowledge.

This journey took him to Saudi Arabia, where he completed his Bachelors degree in Islamic Studies in Medina and his Masters in Islamic Theology in Riyadh.

He then went on to the University of Wales, United Kingdom, where he completed his Doctorate in Islamic Theology.

Department of Islamic studies

Faculty

DR. MUHAMMAD ANWAR SAHIB
Professor
DR. MUHAMMAD ANWAR SAHIB
Professor
Islamic Studies
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Dr. Muhammad Anwar Sahib Almadani was born in Fiji and spent part of his life also studying there.  At the age of 14 he went to the Islamic University of Madeenah to study the Arabic language course.  He continued to study in the high school of the University which he graduated from in 1985, and then furthered his study in the Faculty of Islamic Creed and Dawah.  In 1989 he earned his B.A from this faculty, as well as acquired a special certificate in Dawah.  After enrolling in the Faculty of Quran he gained a Masters qualification in 1994, and then a doctorate in Quran exegesis in 1999.

He has presented Islamic programs on Voice of Islam, New Zealand and various radio channels as well as delivered lectures in various topics mostly in New Zealand, but also in Saudi Arabia, USA, Australia, Fiji, Malaysia, India, Qatar, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. He has also written books in Arabic and English that are yet to be published.

Additionally, he is a founding member and chairman of At-Taqwa Trust, Auckland, New Zealand.  His current roles include that of Imaam, Khateeb and religious advisor.  He is also the Secretary for the Ulama Board of New Zealand and advisor for halal issues to the NZ government.

DR. DAUD ABDULLAH
Professor
DR. DAUD ABDULLAH
Professor
Islamic Studies
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Dr. Daud Abdullah was born in Grenada where he received his early education.  He obtained his first degree from the University of Guyana in 1981, and was awarded a scholarship to study Arabic language at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. In 1984 he joined the University of Khartoum, Sudan to pursue postgraduate studies and was awarded his doctorate in 1989.
He has written and translated several works on Islam, and his last post in Saudi Arabia was as editor and translator at the Abul Qasim Publishing House in Jeddah.
At present he lectures in Islamic Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.  He is also a khateeb at Masjid an Noor in west London, and the Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

DR. EBRAHEEM DAWY
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DR. EBRAHEEM DAWY
Professor
Islamic Studies
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Dr Ebraheem Dawy is from Egypt.  In 2003 he obtained a Master’s Degree from the Faculty of Arts at Menofia University, Egypt.  He then went on to study at Ain Shams University where he gained his PhD from the Arabic Department of the Faculty of Arts in 2008.
He is an Arabic teacher for the Ministry of Education, as well as a faculty member of the University of Netherlands which teaches Arabic online.

DR. BILAL PHILIPS
Professor
DR. BILAL PHILIPS
Professor
Islamic Studies
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DR. ABU AMEENAH BILAL PHILIPS is a Jamaican – Canadian Islamic scholar who converted to Islam in 1972. He completed a BA from the Islamic University of Medina, an M.A. from King Saud University in Riyadh, and a PhD in Islamic Theology from the University of Wales, UK (1994). 

Dr Bilal spent ten years teaching Islamic studies in an Islamic high school in Riyadh, and another 18 years lecturing in Arabic and Islamic studies in the American University in Dubai, UAE, the Islamic Studies Academy in Doha, Qatar, Knowledge International University of Riyadh, and Preston International College, Chennai, India.  

Dr Bilal Philips has written, translated and commented on over 50 published books on various Islamic topics and presented Islamic programs on Riyadh Channel 2TV, Sharjah TV, Peace TV, Huda TV, Islam Channel, UK, and the Deen Show, Chicago, USA and GuideUS TV, from Washington USA. 

But perhaps his greatest achievement, and the one for which he was listed in the Jordanian publication, among “The 500 Most Influential Muslims”, is his historic founding of the mega-university, the Islamic Online University, which has in only 7 years since its inception over 270,000 students registered from 228 different country around the world! 

Accomplishments

He has written, translated and commented on over 50 published books on various Islamic topics, as well as edited and published the 56-book Eemaan reading series for children.  He has also presented Islamic programs for many years on; Riyadh Channel 2 TV, Sharjah TV, Peace TV, Huda TV, Islam Channel, and the Deen Show.

1980 – 1990: Taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Manaret Riyadh Secondary School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

1986: Began the first translation of the Friday Sermon into English in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the Mosque of Dr Abdur Rahman Al-Luwaihiq.

1988: Participated in the establishment of the first Islamic Center in Bat’ha, Riyadh, and his book “The True Religion of God”, was among the first books used to propagate Islam among foreign workers.

1989: Published my first books: Polygamy in Islam, The Devils Deception, The Mirage in Iran, Khomeini: Moderate or Fanatical Shi’ite

1990: Published Islamic Studies Book 1, The Fundamentals of Tawheed, and The Evolution of Fiqh.

1991-2: Led a team of Islamic propagators which converted over 3,000 American soldiers in Khobar, Saudia Arabia, after the 1st Gulf War.

1993 – 2003: Taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai.

1993 – 2003: Set up and ran the first Islamic Center in the UAE for Dar al – Birr Charity, in Dubai.

2001: Established the first Friday sermon (Khutbah) in English in the UAE, at Qasbah Mosque, Sharjah, UAE.

1993 – 2002: Set up and ran the English Department of Dar al Fatah Islamic Press, in Sharjah, UAE. Published more than 80 books.

2001 – 2004: Dr Bilal established and headed the faculty of Islamic Studies at Preston University Ajman, UAE, and lectured in the University of Ajman.

2003 – 2010: Consulted for and lectured at the Qatar Guest Center of Sh Eid Al Thani Charity, Doha, Qatar 

2007 – Present: Launched and headed the Islamic Online University (IOU) Free Islamic Studies Diploma, online from Doha, Qatar.

2007 – 2011: Established and was Dean of the Islamic Studies Academy, affiliated with Omdurman Islamic University, Omdurman, Sudan.

2008 – 2009: Established and lectured in the English Islamic Studies section of Knowledge International University founded by Sh. Dr. Sa’d Al Shithri.

2009 – 2010: Director of PERF, and as Supervising Director he founded the first Islamic University in India “Preston International College (www.prestonchennai.ac.in)” and along with it, Al-Fajr International School (www.al-fajrinternational.com), in Chennai, India.

2010 – Present: Launched the BAIS (Bachelors of Arts in Islamic Studies) online. Affiliated IOU with Wishes University, Davao, Philippines.

2011: Affiliated IOU with Muhamadiyyah University, Sukabumi, Indonesia

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2012: Established the first office of IOU in Hargeisa, Somaliland, and obtained accreditation for IOU from the Ministry of Education of Somaliland. Ranked among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world 

2013: Established the first learning Center for IOU in the Gambia and launched the IEC (Intensive English Course) for madrasah graduates as a bridge to IOU’s BAIS.

2014: Obtained accreditation for IOU from the Ministry of Education of Somalia, Mogadeshu.

2014 – Present: Launched the Bachelors of Arts in Education and Islamic Banking and Finance, and the Bachelors of Science in Psychology at IOU.

2015 – Present: Launched the Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Information Technology. Also launched the Masters of Arts in Islamic Studies (MAIS). Obtained degree recognition and a license for operation for IOU in the Gambia. Launched the IEC in Somaliland in collaboration with the government. Established an IOU Learning Center in Sierra Leone.

2016: Established the official headquarters on the ground for IOU in Banjul, Gambia. Established an IOU a Learning Center and obtained provisional accreditation from the NCHE of Malawi, East Africa. Established an IOU Learning Center in Luzon, Philippines.

2017: Established an IOU Learning Center in Marawi City, Mindanao, Philippines.

DR. MUHAMMAD AHSAN
Professor
DR. MUHAMMAD AHSAN
Professor
Islamic Studies
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Having graduated from four countries and worked in two continents, Professor Dr Muhammad Ahsan is a distinguished academic. He has over three decades’ experience of research, teaching and training. In the fields of social sciences, his research has gained wide recognition. In addition to authoring several books, Professor Ahsan has produced a large number of reports and research papers published in various refereed international journals.

His salient publications include: Writing Theses and Academic Articles: A Practical Handbook for Young Researchers; Academic Theories: A Handbook for Researchers; Academic Research, Writing and Publishing: A Practical Handbook for PhD Students; The Ummah and Contemporary Global Challenges; Muslim Heritage and the 21 st  Century; Education from an Islamic Perspective; Bilateral Aid and Educational Development; Post-Conflict Social Re-construction through Peace Education; Human Development in the Muslim World: From Theory to Practice; and, Women and Human Development in the Muslim World.

In addition to delivering numerous training packages on conducting academic research, Professor Ahsan has also examined a large number of PhD theses. He has extensively travelled and delivered lectures in many international conferences and seminars. It is noteworthy that his thoughts have significantly influenced in fixing priorities and directions for the Muslim World.

This can briefly be judged from the fact that some former heads of states, e.g., Malaysian Prime Minister Adbullah Badawi, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, as well as the OIC’s Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the Islamic Development Bank have benefited from his work.

MANSOOR DANISH
Professor
MANSOOR DANISH
Professor
Islamic Studies
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Mr. Mansoor Danish is the Acting-Head of the Department for the BBA Program with over 6 years of teaching experience with the International Open University.

Mr. Danish is also an experienced baking and finance professional having exceptional proficiency in the Islamic Banking sphere. He worked with the HSBC Bank, India for nearly 6 years and then worked for nearly 2 years with Idafa Investments (India)- a sub-broking firm.

After working for over 8 years, he decided to pursue his post-graduate studies in Business Management. His specialisation was in Finance and his dissertation was on Similarities between Islamic Banks and Conventional Banks (using technical analysis). He completed this under the supervision of (Late) Dr Prithviraj Banerjee.

Mr. Danish also works as a Independent Financial Consultant assisting his clients to plan their financial goals. He is also a trained public speaker and has conducted several workshops and programs in the field of Financial Management, Islamic Finance, Sales & Marketing, Communication, Public Speaking and other self-development topics.

AYESHA BASHEER
Assistant Professor
AYESHA BASHEER
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
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Ayesha Muhammad Basheer is from Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan. She completed her basic Islamic and Arabic education from the Institute of Arabic Language, in Pakistan. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. In 2008 she completed her M-Phil degree in Hadeeth & Its Sciences with distinction from the Department of Hadeeth, Faculty of Usulud Din, International Islamic University in Islamabad Pakistan.

She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Hadeeth & Sciences of Hadeeth from IIUI Pakistan where she worked as part time visiting faculty member from 2006 to 2013. In 2014 she joined Islamic Online University as an instructor.

RIAZ ANSARY
Assistant Professor
RIAZ ANSARY
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
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Riaz Ansary was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and accepted Islam in 1979.  He graduated from the College of Sharee’ah at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1993.  He completed his master’s degree in Usool al-fiqh at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
In 1997 he moved to the UAE where he worked as a translator and editor with Dr Bilal Philips, and then as a teacher of Arabic and Islamic studies at the New Muslim Center of Sharjah.  He has appeared frequently as a guest on Sharjah TV’s “Discover Islam Series”, then hosted a show by the same name on the Iqra satellite channel, as well as also appearing on Peace TV.  He has translated a number of Arabic books into English, including biographies of the companion Adee ibn Haatim, the scholar of hadeeth Aboo Daawood al-Sijistaanee, and Muhammad Hamidullah’s compilation Political Documents of the Prophet (pbuh).  He is also the author of the book- A Search for Happiness, published by Dar ul-Huda in Chennai, India.
Dr. Riaz is currently in Malaysia pursuing a Ph.D. at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization.

YOSOF WANLY
Assistant Professor
YOSOF WANLY
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
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Yosof Wanly is a PhD candidate in the Sciences of Hadith (Ulum ul Hadith). He holds an MA in the Sciences of Hadith, and a BA in general Islamic Studies with an emphasis on the Sciences of Hadith from the Al-Madinah International University, and a BcS in Public Health: Health Management and Policy from Oregon State University. Furthermore, he holds a Master of Theology in Islamic Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation.

He traveled extensively in search of knowledge and wisdom, and as a researcher, he authored many scholastic works such as The Explanation of Narrations, A Philosophical Observations on God – An Islamic Perspective, Insightful Dreams of the Prophetic Realm,  The chain of Narrations and Traveling in its Search, The Authentic Compilation of the Sunnah, The Fabricated Narrations, The two signs: Contradiction and Individual Isolation, The Creed of the “Ashaira” in the Names and Attributes of God, The Theory of Abrogation in the Quran, and The Rulings of the Quran by the Qadi Ismael al-Maliki.

Prof. Wanly memorized Quran with different ijazat in its memorization and recitation methods. Furthermore, he has a number of Ijazaat in Prophetic traditions including ijaza in Isnad (chain of transmission).  He has studied numerous respected ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad with memorization of chain of transmitters, scholarly statements, plentiful historical Islamic accords and their dates, and ample scholarly poetry.

Prof.Wanly spent a considerable amount of time studying classical Islamic works in an organized fashion such as: Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan at-Tirmithi,  Muwata Imam Malik, Adab ul Mufrad, Bulugh ul Maram, Tafsir ul Qurtubi,Tafsir ibn Kathir, Bidaya wa Nihaya, Al-Istithkaar for Umar bin Abdul Bar, Seyar a`lam un-nubala  and others.

Currently, he is a Professor with Al-Huda University (USA), is a Khateeb and Imam of various Mosques, and is further pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Studies  with  the Graduate Theological Foundation; an educational system involved with Oxford University.

DR. UVAIS AHMED QIDWAI
Assistant Professor
DR. UVAIS AHMED QIDWAI
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
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Dr. Uvais Ahmed Qidwai attained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 from the NED University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan.  He completed his Master’s degree in 1997 at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, and in 2001 completed his Ph.D(EE) from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the USA.

He was the Assistant Professor for the EECS Department at Tulane University from 2001 to 2005.  He was also a Part Time Visiting Lecturer for the University of Massachusetts, and a Senior Design Supervisor at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.
 
He is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at Qatar University, and has been there since 2005

KHALID MAHAMAD
Lecturer
KHALID MAHAMAD
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
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Khalid Mahamad received a Master of Science in Education and credited with an Ontario Teaching License and a New York State Teaching License. He has obtained an international TEFL license, certifying him to teach English as a foreign language to English Language Learners. He has previously been employed by the Waterloo Region District School Board and Abu Dhabi Education Council. Beyond these school boards, he has extensive experience within the private sector of education. Within the Greater Toronto Area he was entrusted to overlook the implementation of curriculum and modify curriculum to suit Muslim learners.

MUHAMMAD ASHRAF PETERSEN
Lecturer
MUHAMMAD ASHRAF PETERSEN
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
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Muhammad Ashraf Petersen is from the beautiful city of Cape Town. After completing his schooling in South Africa he went travelling abroad in pursuit of knowledge. His first stop in his quest for knowledge was then known as the Arab Social Republic of Libya from where he did a diploma in Arabic. Thereafter he had the privileged of moving on to the renowned Al Azhar University where he completed the Al Azhar secondary school. After completing Al Azhar Secondary school, it was his dream come true when he got accepted at the prestige Islamic University of Madina. At the Islamic University of Madina he completed a Arabic diploma before he entered the facility of Shariah and graduated with a BA degree. After that he did a higher diploma in Qadaa wa Siya’sa as’Shariya at the same university.

Currently he os a second year masters degree student at the Islamic University of Madina majoring in comparative jurisprudence.

HUNAIN AIJAZ
Lecturer
HUNAIN AIJAZ
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
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Hunain Aijaz started his career in the Islamic Online University as a volunteer in 2008. He was the course creator and facilitator of various courses of the free Diploma section from 2008 to 2010.

He was appointed as the BAIS coordinator in February 2010 and later promoted to be the academic coordinator of the entire institution.

As an academic coordinator, Hunain Aijaz is primarily responsible for providing administrative support and planning required for the operation of the university’s academic programs and services, providing training support for the new employees at all levels and liaising with the academic staff with respect to any academic issues.

He graduated from the University of Karachi in 2010 and majored in: Islamic Studies, Islamic History, and Political Science.

He completed his Masters in Islamic History also from the University of Karachi in 2013 and his majored subjects are:

Muslim Revivalist Movements

History of Muslim Jurisprudence

Muslim Political Thought

Islamic Historiography

Islamic Civilization and Culture

Apart from having knowledge of various Islamic subjects, Brother Hunain Aijaz holds an extensive experience and knowledge of online education, academic affairs, student support, LMS and system development, etc.

In March 2014, Brother Hunain Aijaz was awarded Star Award for Excellent Academic for preparation of Spring 2014 semester at the Islamic Online University by the vice chancellor, Sameer Khan.

M.ABDUSSALAM MOHMED GHOUSE
M.ABDUSSALAM MOHMED GHOUSE
Islamic Studies
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M. Abdussalam obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the Islamic University of Madeenah in Saudi Arabia, and then went on to achieve a Master’s degree in 1996 from the same University.
He has participated in the project of translation of Kutbus Sittah in English which was sponsored and published by Darus Salam, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  His translated works in Urdu have been published in Saudi Arabia and India, as well as his research papers that are published in monthly magazines.  He was a regular Khateeb (in Arabic) at a mosque in Doha, Qatar from 1999-2009.
He is the Head of Department of Islamic Studies at Preston International College in Chennai. He is also involved in Dawah activities across many Islamic centres in the Gulf and India. He often serves as a lecturer, guest speaker, or consultant.

DR SHAFIQ FLYNN
Assistant Professor
DR SHAFIQ FLYNN
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
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Shafiq Flynn has a Ph.D. in Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion.

He is a member of the British Association for Islamic Studies and the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions. He is a certified professional editor and member of the American Copy Editors society.

He is part of the SLEU (Student Learning Enhancement Unit) which functions to assist students in their academic pursuit for excellence. He designed and conducted a training camp aimed at endowing students with the right balance of life and academic skills. He was a lecturer at Insaniah University College in Malaysia. He designed and delivered an undergraduate course in Usul-al-Hadith. This was within an all-embracing framework of spirituality so that routines at home and university are seen as being part of a wholesome and holistic life that enriches all of the body, mind, and spirit.

He is currently publishing an Exegetical Interpretation of Tahqiq ma li al-Hind.

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