Bismillaah, ar-Rahmaan, ar-Raheem
All praise is due to Allah Lord of the worlds, and may the Salaat and the Salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.
Things that Help:
- Letters of recommendation (Tazkiyahs) by people known to the University, such as present or ex lecturers/professors at the University, or students who have graduated from the University.
- Having a current student speak to a lecturer/professor in the University so that he [the lecturer] can remind the administration of you as well as give in a good word for you.
- Having a current student visit the administration once in a while, reminding them about you and asking them about your paper work.
- Personally visiting the Islamic University of Madinah and getting interviewed. Usually those who personally come to get interviewed are given precedence over those sending applications by mail/post.
May Allah reward our brother Abu Abdul-Waahid Nadir Ahmad (graduate Canadian student from the Islamic University of Madinah) for presenting the beneficial information above.
Things that Might Help (from Personal Experience):
- Those who have applied once to the Islamic University of Madinah, and did not receive acceptance, should visit the University to apply again. It seems, Allah knows best, that those who apply for the second time, are usually accepted. We know of three students at the Islamic University of Madinah who were blessed with acceptance from the same city consecutively over the last three years who had applied for the second time. This may be true especially in light of the fact that the official application form for the Islamic University of Madinah contains a question which reads: “Have you ever applied for admission to the Islamic University before?”
- From personal experience, it seems, Allah knows best, that presenting your documents in a professional manner seems to impress the people working in the administration. So those who receive recommendation letters in hand-written form may type (word-process) them in Arabic, and print them out on a piece of letterhead paper containing the name, address, and contact information of the masjids or the centers of the Imams or du’aat in question who wrote the letters. Take these word-processed letters back to the Imams or du’aat in question who initially wrote the letters for them to check it and sign it. Also, it may help to translate your documents into Arabic, and word-process them in a professional manner, and Allah knows best. [For those residing in or around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) in Canada, click here]
Lastly, above all else, the thing of most benefit is Dua to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) to allow you to be accepted. Indeed He is near and is all able to grant this and make it easy upon whom He Wills – There have been applicants who have provided all the required documents, while also actualizing the above points, without any success, and there are others who have been blessed with acceptance by only sending their applications by mail/post. From personal experience, we know of two applicants from the same city who visited the Islamic University of Madinah to apply at the same time, and one of them was able to attain a recommendation letter (Tazkiyyah) from the governing prince of Jeddah/Makkah region, and he was not granted acceptance, while the other was an applicant who had no recommendation letter and was even missing a copy of his high school diploma, and was blessed with acceptance.
So gather all of the required documents, utilize all of your links and resources, and most importantly put your trust upon Allah and hope for the best from Allah (azza wa jal). Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated from the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), that Allah (ta’ala) said [i.e. a Hadith Qudsi]: “I am as My servant thinks of Me.” [Bukhari and Muslim].
Allah is the granter of Success and may the Salaat and the Salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.