We often receive many questions concerning the Islamic University of Al Madinah, so we have developed a page where we can display all the answers to any questions received. Please continue to keep your questions coming and we will do our very best to answer them accurately and efficiently inshaAllah.


Can I apply for the Islamic University of Al Madinah if I am over 25?



me and my cousin wish to enrol in to the university, he is 18 and i am 28. i understand that if you are below 25, they pay your fees. but i wish to find out, for myself. i am over 25, how much will it cost me, yearly fees, and for stay, accomadation fees. also when does the new term for students start, when should me and my cousin apply to get a spot. and what tips would you advice, to help my placement push through.
jazakhallah walykum assaalam


Wa alaykum salaam akhee,

The rule in the University of Al Madinah is that you should be 25 or under to get a chance of being accepted, however there are exceptions to that rule… I have seen brothers over that age who have been accepted so my advice to you is to have tawakkal ala Allah and still apply.

We are entitled to a monthly allowance of 840SAR, which I think works out to about £160. As far as I know all students receive this regardless of their age.

The new term (after this one that has just started 3weeks ago) should begin sometime in September/October I believe.

I read something recently which stats that students may apply for admission in the period between October 23rd and January 20th of each year. However, it is quite possible that you can come outside of these times and still get an interview and Allah knows best.

My advice to you both is to get all your paper work together and make many photocopies of everything and make a lot of Du’a because Allah is capable of doing all things!

I hope this has helped was salaamu alaykum


How can I join the Islamic University of Al Madinah?



Hi i wonder how can i join the school in medina?


If you would like to apply for the University of Al Madinah, then you will need to complete an application form and get some other documents that they require.Click on the link below for more help.


Here you will find a downloadable application form among other things. If we can be of any more assistance, be sure to contact us.


Is it hard to get accepted?



is it hard to come in to medina school?


Anything is possible with Allah.

They have requirements as do all other universities, but really it is down to the Decree of Allah.


Can women study at the Islamic University of Al Madinah?



Salam Alaykum. I just wanted to ask you if it is possible for a woman to study at the university?  Thank you for your time. Salam Alaykum


Wa alaykum salaam sister, Jazakillaahu khayran for your inquiry.

There have been talks about the University of Al Madinah opening up a women’s section, but Allah knows best regarding the authenticity. I have heard this from reliable sources and even that it may be open as early as next year. Again, Allah knows best. Keep checking out our blog spot at http://www.almadinahstudents.wordpress.com and we will post anything we hear up inshaAllah.

There are however plenty of institutes you could attend in order to benefit if you can find a way to come here. Please check the blog and encourage your friends to do the same and subscribe. Your suggestions on how we can improve the site are much appreciated.

Wa alaykum salaam


What are the conditions for a woman to study in Saudi Arabia

if she is not married and her father and brothers are not there?



Salam Alaykum

I have found a University and from what I can gather it looks promising. My father Insh’Allah shall take me Saudia this summer to check things out, the institute is called Umm Al-Qura University, do you know of this uni? What are the conditions for a woman to be there studying if she is not married and her father and brothers are not there?

Sorry again and thank you for your time.

Salam Alaykum


Wa alaykum salaam,

Yes I am familiar with this University. It is situated in Makkah MashaAllah. I do not know a lot about it, but I do know it’s a good university. I don’t think a woman can be in Saudi Arabia without a Mahram especially if she is studying! Who is look after her/protect her? Please let your father know if he needs to contact us to feel free to do so inshaAllah.

Jazakillaahu khayr was salaamu alaykum


What types of degrees are available and how long does it take?



What types of degrees are available and for how long?… also, is it only for brothers? and one last thing.. the expenses how much is the tuition ?? plz let me know bro… btw how cum Madina university doesn’t have a official website?? I appreciate ur help bro! Assalamualikum


If a student is successful enough to get into the faculty of his choice, he will be studying there for 4 years. There are different faculties here in Al Madinah that you can enter after you have completed the Arabic Language course. They are as follows: Faculty of Islamic Law, Faculty of Hadith, Faculty of Arabic Language, Faculty of the Quran and the Faculty of Dawah.

The university is only for brothers although I have heard that a sisters side will be opening..Allaah knows best. The tuition is absolutely free. They pay for you to come over to Saudi Arabia and they give you an allowance every month. The university has got an official site, but I haven’t found it to be helpful.

Let me know if we can be of any more assistance to you.

Islamically yours,




125 thoughts on “FAQs

  1. Salaamu Alaikum

    I was wondering I have all the documents required and the application form , will i get accepted into the Thanawiyah instead of the arabic institute if so how ? and secondly they require your birth certificate , I was born in Somalia which doesnt have a proper government and is no way of getting what is a alternetive.

    Jazakallah Khair

    1. Wa alaykum salaam my brother,

      JazakAllaahu khayr for your question.

      As I understand, the brothers that get admitted to Thanaawiyyah are those brothers who did not have the necessary qualifications when they applied. As a result, they were accepted on the condition that after they have completed the Arabic institute, they will enter Thanawiyyah. Different brothers are required to remain in Thanawiyyah from different periods of time. I know a brother who has to complete one year in Thanawiyyah before entering the faculty of his choice. Another brother has to remain in Thanawiyyah for two or more years before he can enter the faculty of his choice. Speaking from experience, when I applied I submitted a photocopy of my birth certificate. I will try and find out what the best thing is to do in your situation. Keep checking this blog spot in the next few days bro, but if you do not hear from me then please do drop me an email inshaAllah.

      Was salaamu alaykum

  2. Assalamu3aleykum,

    Akhi, how far is Masjid An-Nabawi from the University?

    How many of the Scholars give lessons in the Prophets’ Masjid? Can you provide a list of their names Insha-Allah?

    JazakAllaahu khayran!


  3. Salam Aleykum brother

    i have just heard about this uni and i was surprised it is completely free mashallah. if i just startet practising islam and just know couple of surahs of the quran and very little knowledge of islam and don’t know 1 word of arabic, but i want to expand my knowledge in every how and follow the sunnah of prophet muhammad (pbuh) is this uni correct for me ?
    when i apply where do i send applicationform to? and if i don’t have any birthcertificate because am born in somalia and no proper government so there is now way i will get it.
    or do take all the documents i have and including the application form the your office based in London?

    thank u for your time brother

    Salam alekyum

    1. Wa alaykum salaam brother,

      MashaAllah we are happy to hear that you have just started to practice Islam Alhamdulillah. Keep up your memorisation of the Quran and keep striving to learn more about the Deen Al Haqq!

      I would definately recommend that you apply for the Islamic University if you wish to study Islam is more detail. We have outlined everything that you need to do in order to apply for the Islamic University on our page entitled, “Applying for the Jaami’ah”. Here you will find the application form and some information regarding the other documents you need to provide. With regards to your birth certificate, I do not know what you can do. Maybe call up the Saudi Embassy and ask them. Try and google their number inshaAllah.

      If you have facebook, add us. We are under “Tullaab Al Madinah”.

      Take care was salaamu alaykum

  4. salam ualaykum
    i have two questions first when is the deadline for applications, secondif i recieve my diploma in june can i still apply for year 2011-2012?

    1. Wa alaykum salaam my brother,

      First of all I sincerely apologise for the delayed response. Please forgive me. Concerning your question, then the list should be released sometime in June or July. Keep checking our page nearer the time as the names will be posted inshaAllaah.

      May Allah bless you

  5. Assalamualaikum
    Brother approval letter / NOC has to be taken from Member of parliament (MP) in own city.
    is it so?
    Please reply

  6. Assalamu alaikum…
    Brother,i will be completing my Bachelors degree in 2012,MAY.When should i send my application.And i am from India.

  7. Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah. Please how can i get admission into the university n izit possible 4 me to get admission this year because my father is dead and i have no one to help me and i want to continue with my studies, i really need your help. May Allah continue to help us all.Amin

  8. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah. Are there any updates regarding sisters being able to study in Madinah? Jazak Allah Kheir

  9. Salamun alyk akhee i m from india i have applied at university & i got request number also but til now it did not send any respond when i chek my request i found only that is your request is period of pending so plz help me what should i do

  10. asalmualikum warahmutulaahi wabarkatu. first i would like to know how much it would cost for me to come to the university of madinah. i also want to know what kind of paper work that i need to turn in. i would also want to know what i need to do to get accepted. and when and how can i apply.

  11. I want to know the process of getting admission in madinah uiversity for graduation…i will be completing class 12 this year..and what are requirements and fees and any concessions i can get??please reply

  12. As salaamu alaykum I have a question is it permissible for a woman in old age I guess like 70 yrs or older to stop covering.

  13. As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.

    May Allah, ‘Azza wa Jall, reward you for your very beneficial work akhi.

    I have two quick questions I hope you can help me with.

    Firstly, the last qualifications I have are from more than 5 years ago (7 years to be exact), what are my chances of being accepted? My last studies ended 3 years ago, but the qualifications I have are from an earlier time.

    Second, I read that the window for applications has closed for the 2012-2013 year, which was at the end of December 2011. When does the next window for application open for 2013-2014, when I can send my details inshaa-Allah?

    Jazaakum Allahu khair.

  14. is the section for female students now built in madinah university? is it possible for women to go and study their yet or no?

  15. What are the institutes women could attend in Medina or Mecca? Can you list?
    Syukran, jazakallah ….
    Uhibbu allughoh jiddan
    I really want to further my study in alharamain

  16. Salam brothers,

    I am currently finishing my last year before university in Australia. I would honestly love to be able to get a place in Al Madinah University but please advise me should I attend university in Australia first and then try out for Al Madinah University?
    I have also been told that it is easier to get accept if you apply/or are from eastern countries. Is this correct?
    Please add details about minimum age required for entry and also any news on how the female section is coming alone, if it is. (I am a female.)

  17. As salaamu alaikum, how does the other Islamic universities in Saudia Arabia compare to al-madinah university?

  18. asalam alaykum brother
    just wanted to ask when is the opening of the islamic university of almadina for women,and if it is opened next year do we have to apply this year or next year?Is the interview hard?what kind of questions do they ask?is it thanawy revisions or general knowledge ?i hpe Allah will give me the opportunity to be there,pray for me.shkrn

    my name is Junalyn Velarde 19 years old from philippines and im converted to islam 3 years ago… im really interested to study more in arabic laguages, quran and sunnah… i want to become thae student of any islamic university there in bsaudi but i dont have any muslim mahram.. is it possible for me to go there although i dont have mahram?shukran..

    1. Wa asalaamu alaykum warahmatullaah wabarakaatuhu,

      First of all, Alhamdulillaah for your reversion to Al Islam. May Allah reward you with nothing less than paradise. As far as I know, it is not possible for a woman to travel to Saudi Arabia to study without a Mahram. Perhaps try and do what you can whilst you are in your country until Allah opens a way for you to study…

      All the best!


  20. Assalaamu ‘Alaykum,

    I wished to enquire about a female citizen from the UK studying at Al Madinah University. It is possible yet?

    Jazaak Allahu Khayran.

  21. Al Salam Alaikom Brother

    Is there any updates for the female section in Madinah Islamic University for the year 2013 ? I am graduating this year from Jeddah and I would like to apply.

  22. Salaam,
    To discourage me from picking the Qur’aan faculty, my uncle told me that you study (and memorise – which will be almost impossible for me) the seven different types of recitation – Is that true?


  23. Asc i am 16 years old and after high school, I’d like to studying in mekkah or madina I live in Finland, which is my chance to get in and I’m also a woman.

  24. Sallam…pls akhi I filled madinah online application form but I can’t find a place to put my recent color passport required in the requirements list till the application replied me that I m successful. is this can’t affect my chance of being accepted? Jaza’kumllahu khayran

  25. Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah
    i wanna apply for the scholarship Institute Of Teaching Arabic For Its Non Speakers in Islamic University of Madinah. Would you mind to tell me about the requirements? and How can i apply for the registration? jazakAllahu kheir

  26. Asalaamualaikum. I am 21 years old, married, on the verge of becoming a father and completing a law degree InshAllah. I am interested in pursuing an Islamic studies course with the opportunity to learn the Arabic language. However, I have a wife who is expecting and a child on the way. How can the University help someone like myself? Jazak Allah Khayr

    1. Wa alaykumus salaam warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh

      You remind me of myself when I applied for the uni some five years ago. I was in a similar situation, however I was a father once I had been accepted. The university doesn’t cater for students in your predicament. If you were to be accepted, then once you are over in Madinah, there are ways inshaAllah to get your family over with you. I must warn you, it is not easy!


  27. Assalamu alaikum wa rahamathullahi wa barakathuhu…..

    Dear Brother,

    I am intend to send my son to the Madina university, Inshallah. After graduation will he be able to get a work permit/citizenship in Saudi Arabia? We are Indians. Alhadulillah, Allah has provided good sustainence in this World, but I want at least one of my son’s to be in Medina for Alllah’s cause.

    Barakallah…. !!!

    Jazakallah Khair….!!!!


    1. Wa alaykumus salaam warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh

      As far as I’m aware, this will not be possible. If your son is accepted to the university, he will able permitted to stay here for as long as he is a student. Thereafter, he will be required to return to his country of origin, unless he is able to find work elsewhere within the Kingdom.

      Hope this helps


  28. I apply in aprl.2013 my admission is possible
    if admission is possible then in how many days reply to me from the university?

  29. Asalam aleikum
    i was given the scholar to study 2012/2013 but we Uganda got aproblem and we missed out and then we lack information about the visas and ticket for this time may Allah bless u

  30. Asalaamu alaikum akhi ,
    What are the qualifications that are required for a UK citizen , and also what is the minimum required age you can apply?
    Jazak’allah khair

  31. Assalaamu alaikum,

    I have very good grades in my O’Level and A’ Level, Alhamdulillah! I have almost completed my BSc in Engineering (2 months left). I want to apply in Madina University. My engineering CGPA is 3.59. What are my chances of getting accepted in Madina university? And if I don’t get accepted should I wait for another yr, or there is no way for me?
    Jazaak Allah Khair!

    1. Wa alaykumus salaam warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh

      My dear brother, success is from Allah and He chooses whom He pleases from His servants to be admitted to the university. The university stipulates that college qualifications are important (and they are), but they are not in and of themselves the deciding factor for acceptance. Many students who have good grades do not get accepted, and there are those with no qualifications who sometimes are blessed enough to be accepted. Keep your duty to Allah and may He give you what is best for you. If you don’t get accepted this year, keep trying and never give up.


  32. Assalamu alaikum.
    if i have a quranic memorization certificate without a senior secondary school certificate, can i join the faculty of quran ?

  33. Asalamulaikum Warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, Jazakallahu Kheyran for your time.
    I have been thinking on studying abroad in Islamic environment Under Uloma but mahram has always been an obstacle for me. Alhamdullillah I discussed the issue with my brother but he said that it will be hard financially but he will think about it. So do you have any advice for my brother and I as I really want to leave as soon as possible bi’iznillah.
    Jazakallahu kheyran, Wasalamu Alaikum.

    1. Wa alaykumus salaam warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh

      Thank you for contacting us!

      May Allah bless you in your noble endeavor to study abroad. I ask Allah that He makes this transition easy and beneficial for you. Ameen!

      Financial problems are always an obstacle in preventing brothers and sisters traveling to an Islamic environment in order to seek knowledge. I would advise one of the following things to do;

      1 – Make a plan to leave in about a year or so; in that time you both can work in your country and save as much money as you possible can.
      2 – Appeal to your friends and family to donate money for you both in order to pursue an Islamic education.
      3 – Depending on the country that you plan to travel to, it’s quite possible that there are opportunities to work and earn money abroad, for example in Saudi Arabia you can earn a generous salary teaching English.

      I hope this helps and with Allah lies all success.


  34. assalamu alaykum ameer,
    I graduated high school 6 years ago and i really wanted to study there in Islamic University, I am 23 year old and still studying in a university here in our country (Philippines). I soon finish this course soon (on October I think). There are some problems in my high school records, bcoz it doesn’t fit my birth certificate., Can you give me any advise regarding my situation?? Inshaa Allah I can study there, to benefit me myself, my family and the people of my land when I become one of the da’ee here, Ameen!please give a fruitful advise. Thank you and Allah knows best. 😀

    1. Wa alaykumus salaam warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,

      May Allah bless you in your noble endeavour my brother!

      I think it is excellent that you have a desire to become a student of knowledge and benefit yourself, and then the people in your country. I ask Allah to grant you and me al-istiqaamah in this life and ath-thabaat, aameen.

      The best advise I have for you my brother is to try and rectify your current birth certificate situation as that will be a major hindrance should you get accepted to study here. Contact your local birth certificate issuing office in your country and seek advise from them as they will be able to advise you accordingly.

      Once you have done the above (and I pray Allah makes it easy for you), do not delay and apply straight away. I hope this helps.


  35. As salamou aleikoum warahmatoulah brother, may ALLAH rewards you for the time you are spending answering our question.

    -Are you allowed to work if you are married and have children while studying in the university??
    -If yes what kind of work can you find ? Will a bachelor or master degree earned in my country ( US) be helpful to find something?
    -I have read about evening class for those who work in Madinah and their employer approval. Can you tell me more about it ? Is it just for the 2 years arabic ?

    Jazakalahu khayr

    1. wa asalaamu alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,

      Aameen wa eyaakum!

      The situation in Saudi Arabia regarding working is changing somewhat. There are students that are/were currently doing what you mentioned (working whilst studying). This obviously has implications and affects their studies, but some students have mouths to feed so they are doing their best according to their circumstances. However, recently the government have re-introduced what I understand to be an old law which states that a person can only work for his.her sponsor. When you get some time, try google searching it and you will find a heap of information about it. This means that anyone found working for other than his/her sponsor can face jailtime or possibly face being chucked out the country and banned for a period of time. This is a major problem.

      There are some brothers on the other hand who suffice with private tuition. As far as I know, there is no problem with this and Allah knows best. Had the situation been different, having a bachelors or masters degree would have definitely helped.

      Finally, yes there are opportunities to study Arabic in the Arabic Institute at the University of Al Madinah. The course is an evening course and I believe you will cover all four levels. I don’t know a great deal about it other than what I have offered. I hope this helps.


  36. Assalamu aleykum…Whenever I put my application number in the inquiry I get this message “The period for amending your application has not yet expired, you can still modify your appllication if needed.” I applied around last Hajj season so Im sure I met the deadline. I made umrah this past May alhamdulilah and I conducted my interview as well. Several other brothers that applied said that when they put there number in it says “under consideration.” Can you please try to clear things up for me. Jizakallahu Khayr

  37. Assalamualaikum brother
    In sha Allah looking forward to join the university in few years. I live in a neighbouring country of Saudi, wanted to know if there is a need to buy a car there?

    Jazak Allah khair!

  38. Salaam aleykoem wa rahmatoellaahi wa barakatoe do you allready have some
    News when the list of the accepted students of madeenah will come out for me and other brothers barakaAllahoefiek Hayak Allaah حايك الله

  39. Asalaamu Alaykum, i’m 17 years i wanted to apply for the “jaami’ah” i was wondering would i have a better chance of being accepted if i send my info right after i finish school.

    jazkullahu khayr

  40. As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    Alhamdulillaah, I happened to come across your page tonight in my quest for information about the women’s wing at Madeenah Islamic university. I see that the last post on this issue was posted in the year 2010 which said that there is a news of the women’s wing starting in the coming year i.e. 2011. Now I hear from some that they have started the women’s wing already. So I thought of confirming the news as to how authentic is it inshaaAllaah. Could you please update me of the current status there?

    JazaakumAllaahu Khayran.

    Wa as salaamu ‘alarum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

    1. Wa alaykumus salaam warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuhu,

      As far as we know, there is no news concerning a womens’ campus opening up. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t one, however as far as we know, this is the situation. Once and if we do get any information about this, we will make it a priority to update our followers. Please be sure to subscribe to ensure you don’t miss a single post.


  41. Alhamdulillah Maa Shaa Allah Tabaarakallah. what a wonderful Brother you are! Keep the good work for the sake of Allah.
    Jazaakallahu khairan yaa akhil Jaleel.

  42. Akhi al kareem, can you provide us with some contact details for sister’s institutes? And perhaps some info on how one can go about the enrolment process for sisters in Madinah?
    Barakallahu feek.

  43. asalaamu alaykum brothers i am so much eager to join and study in madinah university may allah facilitates for me but i don’t know exactly when to apply so which time is the possible to apply

    thank you

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