10 FAQs About Studying at Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful, may His Salaah and Salaam be upon His final Messenger Muhammad, to proceed…

The following frequently asked questions are answered in this article:

  • I’m over 25 years old. Is it possible for me to be accepted?
  • How can they put an age limit on seeking Islaamic knowledge!?
  • I have a family and I would want them to live with me during my studies. Is that possible?
  • What is the difference between Umm Al-Quraa University and the Islamic University of Al-Madeenah?
  • I heard that Umm Al-Qura University does not allow non-Saudi students into any of the colleges. Is that true?
  • What is the best way to submit an application?
  • Is it a must to include pictures in my application?
  • Can women study at Umm Al-Qura University?
  • As a female student, can I bring my uncle or grandfather to live with me in Makkah to fulfill the condition of having a male relative with me?
  • Can you please give me special consideration for acceptance? Continue reading

Islamic Degrees and Certificates Vs. Grounded Knowledge and Understanding

In the Name of Allaah, the Ever Merciful…

Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan (may Allaah preserve him) was asked the following question about academic qualifications:

Question: Am I qualified to call to the Salafee ‘aqeedah if I have attained an excellent mark in a course offered by a da’wah office?

Answer: This (being truly qualified) does not happen except by way of knowledge.  If you know the correct ‘aqeedah and have a complete understanding of it, then you have attained knowledge of it.  But it is not sufficient for you to have an excellent (academic) mark without understanding ‘aqeedah.   Continue reading