Your ZAKAH Donation Can Provide Educational Scholarships--A Reward for both the Giver and the Recipient!

Islamic Online University wishes to “open its virtual doors” and extend the opportunity of higher education to as many people around the globe as possible. However, the reality is that no matter how minimal the cost of education, there will still be individuals who cannot afford an education. As Muslims, this should represent no problem. We are obligated to give zakat and encouraged to give even more in charity (sadaqah).

So IOU, in its mission to “Change the Nations through Education” also opens up the doors of opportunity to YOU to join us in this noble mission. 

When you donate your ZAKAH payment to IOU, it is used 100% in our scholarship program. While IOU has received a fatwa stating that zakah donations can be used by IOU for all of its general operations, at this time IOU chooses to use the zakah donation ONLY for the scholarship program.

The fatawaa and evidences on which this decision is based may be seen below

Arabic Version

English Translation

It is IOU’s belief that any student with a legitimate financial need who applies to IOU for a scholarship should receive one. This can only be done with YOUR help! The donation of your zakah payment, earmarked for our scholarship fund, will helps you to complete this obligation to Allah easily and on time it will also help your Muslim brethren to:

And may Allah count it for you in your scales of good deeds. Ameen.

Testimonial of a scholarship student at IOU

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