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About

Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he converted to Islam in 1972. His whole life has been exemplified by his goal of seeking and conveying Islamic knowledge in order to “Change the Muslim Nation through Islamic Education.”

In preparation for this goal, he first acquired a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines at the Islamic University of Medina (1979), then an M.A. in Aqeedah (Islamic theology) from King Saud University in Riyadh (1985), and finally a PhD in Islamic Theology from the University of Wales (1994). Interestingly enough, his PhD thesis was on “The Exorcist Tradition in Islam.”

After graduation from the University of Medina, Dr. Bilal spent ten years teaching Islamic studies in an Islamic high school in Riyadh, and another ten years lecturing in Arabic and Islamic studies in the American University in Dubai, UAE.

In 1994 he founded the first Islamic Information Center in Dubai. He has served as the head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Preston University-Ajman, UAE; lecturer and director of the Da’wah and Education at Qatar Guest Center, Doha, Qatar; founder and head of the English medium Islamic studies department of Knowledge International University, Riyadh; founder and head of the College of Da’wah and Islamic Culture (English Section) at Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan; founder and head of Preston International University College in Chennai, India; and founder and Dean of the Islamic Studies Academy in Doha, Qatar.

But perhaps his greatest achievement, and the one for which he was listed in the Jordanian publication “The 500 Most Influential Muslims” is the historic founding of the Islamic Online University (IOU) which by the end of 2013 had over 150,000 students registered from 219 countries in the world, making IOU the number one university in the world with respect to the diversity of its student body. Unlike the other educational programs he has founded and overseen over the years, IOU makes it possible for any person from any location in the world to receive an Islamic education absolutely free or degree in Islamic Studies and other fields tuition-free.

IOU was launched in 2007 with a free diploma program in Islamic Studies and introduced its fully accredited tuition-free Bachelor’s program (BAIS) in 2010. New IOU departments were introduced in the beginning of 2014 and plans are currently being made for a Master’s program (MAIS) to be launched later in 2014. Dr. Bilal has served as IOU’s chancellor from the beginning.

Dr. Bilal Philips has written, translated and commented on over 50 published books on various Islamic topics and he has also edited and published the 56-book Eemaan English Reading Series for children and Muslim schools. Dr. Philips has also presented Islamic programs for a number of years 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.

Currently (2014), Dr. Bilal is the imaam and khateeb at Abu Hurairah Center where he teaches 5 free university-level classes weekly and counsels Muslim families two days per week.

 

Publications

Anti Piracy

Piracy is a problem that affects every sector of the Book Publishing industry. Publishing companies, authors, editors, publishers, distributors and retailers all lose out when customers buy a pirate / counterfeit copy rather than a legitimate book.

As mentioned in the article on the piracy of Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips’ books, many bookstores in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, etc. have intentionally been selling pirated copies of Dr. Bilal Philips’ books and for this reason, we have included this page to provide you with bookstores which we know are not illegally selling his books.

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  • The Fundamentals of Tawheed

    The Fundamentals of Tawheed

    Books

  • Evolution of Fiqh

    Evolution of Fiqh

    Books

  • The True Message of Jesus Christ

    The True Message of Jesus Christ

    Books

  • Usool at-Tafseer

    Usool at-Tafseer

    Books

  • The Devil’s Deception

    The Devil’s Deception

    Books Edited & Translated

  • Essay on The Jinn

    Essay on The Jinn

    Books Edited & Translated

  • Riyaa – The Hidden Shrik

    Riyaa – The Hidden Shrik

    Books Edited

  • A Simple Call To One God

    A Simple Call To One God

    Books Edited

  • The Clash of Civilisations

    The Clash of Civilisations

    Books

  • The Moral Foundations of Islamic Culture

    The Moral Foundations of Islamic Culture

    Books

  • Fiqh of Fasting

    Fiqh of Fasting

    Books

  • Salvation Through Repentance

    Salvation Through Repentance

    Books

  • Tafsir Surah Al-Buruj

    Tafsir Surah Al-Buruj

    Books

  • The Mirage in Iran

    The Mirage in Iran

    Books

  • The Three Shelters

    The Three Shelters

    Books

  • Qadar

    Qadar

    Books

  • The Purpose of Creation

    The Purpose of Creation

    Books

  • Polygamy In Islam

    Polygamy In Islam

    Books

  • Funeral Rites In Islam

    Funeral Rites In Islam

    Books

  • Dawah Training Course

    Dawah Training Course

    Books

  • Islamic Studies Book 1

    Islamic Studies Book 1

    Books

  • Usool Al-Hadeeth

    Usool Al-Hadeeth

    Books

Non Muslims

Common questions non-muslims have regarding Islam

What is Islam?

Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people.  For a fifth of the world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life.  Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come to be associated with their faith.

Who are the Muslims?

One billion people from a vast range or races, nationalities and cultures across the globe – from the southern Philippines to Nigeria – are united by their common Islamic faith. About 18% live in the Arab world; the world’s largest Muslim community is in Indonesia; substantial parts of Asia and most of Africa are Muslim, while significant minorities are to be found in the Soviet Union, China, North and South America, and Europe.

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The Prophet (PBUH) strictly forbade wailing and screaming, or the hiring of mourners. Furthermore, he identified such practices as acts of Kufr (disbelief), because they indicate displeasure with what Allaah has decreed. Eemaan (faith) includes the belief that Allaah is the source of all good and all of His actions are wise. Proper Eemaan would […]

Although the angels are made from light, as previously indicated, it cannot be said that they appear as light, as some have supposed, because they have not been described as such in either the Qur’aan or the authentic Sunnah. In their natural state they are invisible to human eyes. This is proven by the fact […]

“Al-Baraa’ ibn ‘Aazib stated that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “When a believer is leaving this world and entering the next, angels with faces shining brightly like the sun descend from the heavens carrying a shroud and embalming fragrance from Paradise, and [then they] sit down within sight-range. The Angel of Death then approaches, sits by […]

Aboo Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (PBUH) said, “While I was sleeping, I saw myself standing at a well over which there was a bucket. I pulled out as many buckets of water as Allaah wished from it. Ibn Abee Quhaafah then took the bucket from me and pulled out one or two […]

‘Awf ibn Maalik narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The best of your leaders are those whom you love and they love you; you pray for them and they pray for you. And the worst of your leaders are those whom you anger and they anger you; you curse them and they curse you.” Collected […]

Women are allowed to avoid all forms of beautification as a sign of mourning for their husbands, children or relatives. This does not contradict the recommendations for patience, as long as the mourning does not exceed three days for her child or relative and four months and ten days for her husband. Zaynab bint Abee […]

Aboo Umaamah reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Nothing is dearer to Allaah than two drops and two marks: a tear drop which falls due to the fear of Allaah and a drop of blood shed in the path of Allaah. As for the two marks, they are a mark received in Allaah’s path and […]

Seeing oneself enter a door or a gate in a dream, may refer to the successful completion of a project, or the winning of an argument, according to the following verse from the Qur’aan. “Enter upon them through the gate. For when you enter, victory will be yours.” Soorah al-Maa’idah (5):23 (Sharh as-Sunnah, vol.12, p.221.). […]

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Islamic Websites

The World Wide Web (www) has put knowledge of all fields of human study at our fingertips. That it is a boon to mankind cannot be doubted. But at the same time it has its pitfalls. The major one being that anyone with a website or blog or even without that (read Wiki) can put up whatever they like on any subject onto the www.

Thus, the internet while being a source of sound authentic knowledge on any field is at the same time also a source of misinformation and hence needs to be utilized with caution, for there are many ‘quack’ sites on almost all topics under discussion on the net.

The field of Islamic studies is no exception to this phenomenon. In fact the problem here is compounded by the many deviant misinterpretations of Islam that have found a way to reach a world wide audience on a scale never seen before. This has made the internet a minefield for the knowledge seeker who has to walk through it at times while searching for authentic knowledge.

Sites on the net may be confusing and sometimes dangerous for those not strongly grounded in the basics of the religion. Concern on this issue led me to direct some of my student-researchers to compile a list of sound Islamic sites along with short reviews and ratings on a scale of 1-10. Concurrently a list of deviant sites and anti-Islamic sites has also been prepared so that surfers may know that they are to be avoided or studied only by persons at an advanced level of knowledge.

As in all human endeavors there will be some shortcomings in this work, not to mention the fact that sites appear and disappear daily while others may undergo drastic changes. Also, it is my desire to expand on this effort so that it becomes a true resource centre for knowledge of Islamic sites, good and bad. Therefore I ask viewers to give their constructive feedback, comments, corrections etc. on this work. Also we would like you to submit sites which we have missed for review along with your own reviews. However, we ask that you please indicate under which heading you include the site (Recommended/ Deviant/ Anti-Islamic). Reviews will be put up after due scrutiny by my researchers. Direct all correspondence on this issue to projectsbilalphilipscom@yahoo.com. Please write ‘Reviews’ in the subject line before anything else you may wish to include in the subject line.

In closing, please note that while the researchers consider the sites in the recommended list to be mostly sound Islamically to the best of their knowledge, it does not mean an automatic approval of all the contents or views posted on that site. Also the external links provided on those sites are not included as part of the review. So surfer discretion is definitely advised.

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Mission

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.

Dr. Bilal Philips,
Founder and Dean,
Islamic Online University

The Islamic Online University aims to grant global access to quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level Islamic education programs for students at virtually no cost. Its mission is “to change the Muslim nation and the world situation through appropriate education.”

The principles upon which the IOU is based are:

Knowledge: Quran and Sunnah

God said: “Indeed it is only the knowledgeable among His servants who truly fear Allah.” (35:28)

The Last Prophet said: “Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.”

 

 

 

 

 

Accessibility

The Islamic Online University already provides a golden opportunity to access Islamic courses wherever people may be and whenever they wish, without having to travel overseas or even leave the confines of their homes. Its goal is to be for anyone, any place at any time.

The Last Prophet said: “If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads to Paradise.”

Affordability

The IOU demonstrates its continued commitment to spreading authentic Islamic knowledge by progressing from an absolutely free certificate and diploma level courses to a tuition free BA, thereby making higher Islamic education easily affordable worldwide. Free tuition for all students provides equal access to an education that few could afford if they attended traditional institutions of higher learning around the world.

God said: “Say: Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” (39:9)

 

Community

No student will be prevented from studying at Islamic Online University, regardless of their religious, ethnic or social background. The IOU affirms that its doors will remain open for all, irrespective of the borders existing in the real world. It has already spawned a global community of over 18,000 students who seek Islamic knowledge from over 160 countries and share their knowledge and concerns in supervised student forums.

God said: “Cooperate with each other in righteousness and piety… ” (5:2)

Islamic ethics

It is the fundamental belief of the Islamic Online University that the Muslim teacher is essentially different from a teacher who merely happens to be a Muslim. Likewise, the Muslim student should be distinctly different from a student who so happens to be a Muslim. The IOU expects all its students, faculty, staff, administrators and volunteers to function as Muslims first and foremost in their respective positions and fields. Doing so will naturally entail maintaining the highest standards of personal integrity, honesty and responsibility.

The Last Prophet said: “Indeed, Allah loves from each of you that whenever he or she does work, that is done according to the best of his or her ability.”

 

Quality and Application

Islamic Online University is committed to providing a top quality online academic experience, suitable in its scope and depth to convey authentic and practical Islamic knowledge, while at the same time enabling its students to face the contemporary challenges of the 21st century. IOU will assess and re-evaluate every aspect of its academic model on an ongoing basis and will not only encourage its students to study diligently, but also emphasize that they must strive their utmost to put the knowledge gained into practice.

The Last Prophet said, “The best of you is one who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it to others.”

He also said, “The best of you is the one most beneficial to people.”

The Last Prophet’s disciple, Ibn Mas’ood said, “We used to learn knowledge and its application together.”

Imaam Sufyaan ath-Thawree related that as a youth, when he first began to attend classes, his mother advised him, “If you write down 10 words and your faith hasn’t improved, check yourself.”

History

Islamic Online University (IOU) was originally a product of Dr Bilal’s teaching courses in Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai for seven years after Islamizing the complete curriculums of study for the college of education of the Sharif Kabunsuan College in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines in the early nineties. One year after the IOU’s establishment in 2001 the program ran into technical difficulties and had to shut down, however, the material developed for its courses was used to establish a department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Preston University – Ajman, UAE and three years later the department had its first batch of BA graduates.

After running the Islamic Studies department at Preston for one year as its dean, Dr Bilal moved to Doha, Qatar, and in the beginning of 2007 established another BA in Islamic Studies (BAIS) program in Doha, approved by Omdurman Islamic University in Sudan for accreditation, under the title of the Islaamic Studies Academy.

The BA & MA programs of the IOU represent the online version of the Islamic Studies Academy’s accredited BAIS & MAIS programs, which are the only accredited BAIS & MAIS programs of studies available on the internet.

In April 2007 the Islamic Online University (IOU) reopened its doors with the popular Da’wah Training Course after a five-year interlude. To enhance the student’s learning experience, the server and the LMS (Learning Management System) of the IOU have been upgraded. As a result, the courses now have audios and Flash format videos enabling easy viewing online for all types of internet connections. There are also monthly online live student forums with Dr Bilal, as well as general forums for students to discuss and research together.

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