the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful, may His Salaah
and Salaam be upon His final Messenger Muhammad, to
This article was taken from Bakkah.net
QUESTION #1: I'm over 25 years old. Is it possible
for me to be accepted?
#1: For those under 30, It is still possible in shaa'
Allaah, however not meeting one or more of the conditions
of acceptance, like age, makes it very unlikely that you would
be accepted. For those over 30, it is highly unlikely that
you would be accepted without connections in the university.
However, it would not hurt to submit your application even
if you do not meet some of the conditions.
older students do not stay - they have family members to look
after, businesses, positions in communities, health problems,
and it is difficult to return to the classroom atmosphere
after being away from it for so many years. Our brothers in
the administration have a budget to look after and they are
responsible for their decisions. You yourself would probably
set an age limit if you worked in the same position and Allaah
knows best. By no means are they saying those over 30 are
not fit to study Islaam, rather they are simply making decisions
about who receives their scholarships.
#2: I have a family and I would want them to live with
me during my studies. Is that possible?
#2: Yes, it is possible, but very difficult. The following
affairs will help:
Seeking Allaah's Assistance
- Being patient
- Leaving your family behind at first
- Making important contacts once you get here
is a tremendously difficult thing to bring any family member
to stay with you. The more children you have, and the older
they are, the more difficult it gets. Many students have discontinued
their studies because of the hardships they faced in bringing
their families. However, many succeeded as well and we thank
Allaah for that.
#3: What is the difference between Umm Al-Quraa University
and the Islamic University of Al-Madeenah?
#3: Umm Al-Quraa is a general university where students
major in Dentistry, History, Sciences, Mathematics, and Islaamic
Sciences as well. However, it was not designed just for Islaamic
Studies as is the case with Al-Madeenah, hence the name, the
Islaamic University. The vast majority of Umm Al-Quraa's
students are Saudis, and it was not designed to bring in the
number of students from outside the Kingdom like Al-Madeenah.
The 'Arabic Language Institute of Umm Al-Quraa University
was an addition for non-Saudis, following the example of the
Islaamic University. The programs are completely different.
Many students feel that, even though Al-Madeenah is a better
place to study Islam overall, the language program in Makkah
may be stronger.
#4: I heard that Umm Al-Quraa University does not allow
non-Saudi students into any of the colleges. Is that true?
#4: This is not true. It is true that there are very few
students from the West studying in the colleges now. The seats
for non-Saudis are VERY limited indeed, so only the best students
from the 'Arabic Language Institute get in. The University
has laid down a condition that must be met by students who
wish to study in the colleges. They must have an overall mumtaaz
or jayyid jiddan (80% or higher) average for the
length of their studies at the 'Arabic Institute. In the Fall
of 2001, over 40 non-Saudi students from the 'Arabic Program
entered different colleges at Umm Al-Quraa, three of them
There are more Western students now enrolled in the colleges
now, al-hamdulillaah. Please ask Allaah to guide them, grant
them success in their studies, and keep them firm.
#5: What is the best way to submit an application?
#5: In the past, applicants could try to get an interview
at the university and turn their applications in there. IMPORTANT:
Now, applications must be submitted to the Saudi Embassy in
the applicant's home country. The university has been
redirecting applicants in Makkah back to their home countries
to submit their applications there.
Applications are now being submitted at the university once
again, and it is a good idea to submit the application in
person and try to meet some of the teachers and administration
during your visit.
#6: I don't believe that pictures are permissible. Is
it a must to include pictures in my application?
#6: Although I am with you in this belief, if you want
to study in Umm Al-Quraa, they require that you submit pictures
with your application. They will not review an application
with any missing conditions, like pictures. If you get here,
unfortunately, you will be asked to submit more pictures for
various reasons. So it is just the beginning of the battle.
#7: Can women study at Umm Al-Quraa University?
#7: Alhamdulillaah, Umm Al-Quraa University has
a huge women's campus where students can comfortably relax
their hijaab and attend their classes with no men anywhere
around. The programs are all the same, in fact they recieve
the same monthly stipend of SR 845. This makes a great oppurtunity
for young couples who have no children to study together at
Umm Al-Quraa. Our sisters in the West really need good role
models, so if you are able to assist your wife, sister, or
daughter in studying at Umm Al-Quraa, it would be a great
benefit to the Muslims of the West, in shaa' Allaah. Female
applicants must provide proof of a male family member's residence
in Makkah or apply along with her spouse or brother.
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