Studying in the Islamic University of Madeenah

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Studying in the Islamic University of Madeenah▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammed ibn Hizaam – may Allaah preserve him – was asked the following question:


The questioner says he has been given a place at the Islamic University of Madeenah, do you advise him to go?

? Answer:

We don’t advise you to go there. We advise you to remain in the sittings of the people of knowledge in the Masaajid; this is better for you than studying there.

Firstly, over there you have to follow a set curriculum, whereas in the Masaajid you will be better off because a person can study and seek knowledge as he pleases, so he is not restricted.

Also, in the Masaajid you won’t be studying for certificates, whereas the dunya has become the main objective of many people who study over there – except those on whom Allaah has mercy on; their objective is attaining diplomas, doctorates and job titles – except those on whom Allaah has mercy on.

Secondly, teachers at the university are a mix of Sunnis and people of innovation, so before you know it you might be presented with a teacher who follows the methodology of Hassan Al-Banaa (the deviant figureheads of the Muslim Brotherhood) or Sayid Qutb (another deviant figurehead of the Muslim Brotherhood) teaching you, and you sit before him as a student under his direction! This is not befitting.

Perhaps, whilst seeking knowledge under some of these people of innovation you end up sugar coating your speech in order to appease them and you have to make compromises in your religion in order to get the diploma. So you make compromises and remain in this state taking knowledge without being able to show any opposition because there are regulations preventing you from speaking, and if you go against them you would be expelled from the University. In any case, there are people of innovation in their midst, so we don’t advise you to go there. Whoever truly wants knowledge should not go to these universities, instead he should turn seek knowledge with the people of knowledge in the Masaajid. Even those who are over there, if they stick to the sittings of the people of knowledge in the two Masjids; the Prophet’s Masjid and the sacred Masjid (Makkah), and benefit from their knowledge, this is better for them than studying in the University, and Allaah’s aid is sought.


Translated by:

Abu ‘Abdirrahman ‘Abdullaah ibn Ahmad Ash-Shingaani

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