Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,
Not even a century ago, studying about the religion of Islam would mean taking long journeys, going to a distant city or country, leaving your home, jobs, family, pets. It would often mean that you couldn’t hope to study in any other subject in a university.
Alhamdulillah. Praise be to Allah who has given us the wonderful gift of being born in the age of technological explosion. Gaining knowledge is become easier by, literally, every passing day. One day you are so happy and excited to be able to read the Quran on your computer. A couple of years later, you actually roam around inside a virtual Darul Uloom. Yet after a passage of a few years, you’re carrying your university around in your pocket! You can access classes and books on your tiny android device.
What, then, are you and I waiting for? Let us get immersed in this ocean of knowledge, and come out with at least a few beautiful pearls in sha Allah.
For those of you who are really serious about learning Islamic sciences in a structured way, it is best to get enrolled in courses or programs in an institute.
Islamic Courses and/or Universities now operating online
There is quite a number of places where you can study the deen online, and the list is ever increasing bi idhnillah. Here are only a few which I am personally acquainted with:
Understand Quran Academy
Almost 50 researchers, developers, graphics specialists, web designers, promoters, writers, trainers, teachers, together have come up with the amazing blend of latest technologies, scientific discoveries of memory and teaching techniques, in order to make learning Quranic Arabic easier than ever before, Alhamdulillah. UQA offers courses that help you read and learn the Quran in the most easy and engaging way.
“The Quran is the ultimate guide for Muslim Ummah. Unfortunately, 90% of Muslims can’t understand even a single page of Quran in Arabic. We believe in changing the state of Ummah teaching and helping them by reading, understanding and implementing the Quran in our daily lives.”
- Read Quran in 20 hours
- Understand Quran 50%
- Understand Quran 70%
- Understand Quran 100%
- 1 to 1 Live Sessions
Official website: understandquran.com
Islamic Online University
From its humble beginning in 2007, IOU has now flourished into a fully functioning, world-class distant learning university. With negligible amount of fees, you can enjoy the virtual campus, its course materials, vast curriculum, libraries, and much more.
Founder: Dr. Abu Ameena Bilal Philips
- BA Degree in Islamic Studies
- Higher Diploma – Bridge to MA in Islamic Studies
- MA in Islamic Studies
- Certificate in Education
- Diploma in Education
- Ed Degree in Education
- Certificate in Psychology
- Diploma in Psychology
- Sc. Degree in Psychology
- Certificate in Islamic Banking & Economics
- Diploma in Islamic Banking & Economics
- Sc. Degree in Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance
Intensive Arabic Program
- Hifz Program
- Ijazah Program
Official website: islamiconlineuniversity.com
Mainly a London-based, on-site institute of Alimiyyah studies, al Salam has now stretched out to include distance-learning programs as well. It is the only institute I have found so far which offers an Alimiyyah degree, equivalent to the one’s awarded to Madrasah graduates in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Founder: Dr. Akram Nadwi.
- Foundation level: Certificate in Classical Arabic and Islamic Sciences
- Intermediate level: Diploma in Advanced Arabic, Quran and Shariah Studies
- Advanced level: Degree in Islamic Scholarship (‘alimiyyah)
Official website: alsalaminstitute.org, www.al-salam.co.uk
From the beginning of its conception, Bayyinah has focalized purely on explaining the Quran. Its tafsir courses and intensive Arabic courses all have the same goal: opening the path towards deep and penetrative understanding of the ayaat of the Quran.
Founder: Nouman Ali Khan
- Arabic with Husna: ‘Arabic with Husna intends to take the student to very advanced Arabic. This means that by the end of the series, you will have the ability to explain Arabic in Arabic InshaAllah!’
- Qur’an: Cover to Cover (200+ videos & growing weekly)
- Divine Speech (43 videos – 15+ hours) (delving deeper into hidden miracles and beauties of Quranic verses.)
Official website: bayyinah.tv, bayyinah.com
Other universities you can check out:
- Knowledge International University: kiu.org/website
- Al Madinah International University (MEDIU): www.mediu.edu.my
*The last two require you to know Arabic.