“Making authentic Islamic knowledge readily available to the world through the Internet is a noble life goal well worth sacrificing all of one’s means for.”

Dr. Bilal Philips

Founder and Chancellor

International Open University

About International Open University

Founded in 2007 by Dr. Bilal Philips, the International Open University (IOU) has been one of the leading providers of affordable, accessible, and authentic Islamic higher education in the online space.

From our humble beginnings, offering only a free Islamic studies diploma, we now provide fully accredited undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees across multiple fields of study, from Islamic Studies to Business Administration.

With over 270,000 students from over 195 countries, IOU continues to positively impact the Muslim Ummah through higher education.

270K Students
195 Countries
X Courses
16 Years

The Ummah Needs Authentic Islamic Education

By providing authentic and comprehensive Islamized education, we aim to empower a new generation of knowledgeable and qualified leaders within the Ummah.

These educated individuals can contribute actively to their communities, addressing contemporary challenges with Islamic insights and promoting positive change on a larger scale.

At the same time, we aim to remove as many barriers to attaining knowledge as possible by making our courses accessible and as affordable for everyone.

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Charity Has Always Been a Core part of IOU

As we strive to impact the lives of as many Muslims as possible, we inevitably run into charitable opportunities for us to come together to benefit the underprivileged.

Whether it is providing scholarships to the underprivileged or building learning centers to make education more accessible, educating the Ummah is not something that we can do alone, it is something we must do together as an Ummah.

In such cases, we open these opportunities to the Ummah to maximize the impact and to share in the reward.

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Education is an Amanah and so are Your Donations

To ensure that your donations reach their intended recipients in an efficient, transparent, and legal manner, IOU has partnered with charities in the USA (Al-Amin Trust Fund) and Malaysia (Global Open Learning Foundation) to collect and distribute donations for our various educational initiatives.

Additionally, we strive to keep our donors regularly informed through updates and reports explaining how your donations are utilized and their impact.

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