Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullah,

One of the things that I have been thinking for a while is that the Islamic University should change the condition of not taking into account qualifications after high school/GCSE level.

There are some really good potential students who fulfill all of the conditions, except that they have gone on to study a degree, or even a post-graduate qualification, and so the time between their high school graduation and their application to the Islamic University is more than 5 years, and they are rejected on that basis.

The purpose of the condition is to stop applicants who have not done any study for more than 5 years, which is fine. However, stopping a student who graduated from another university a year or two ago doesn’t make any sense. Most students in the US/UK graduate from high school at 17 or 18. This effectively means that nobody older than 22 or 23 can apply to the university, because more than 5 years has passed. A student who has just received a first class degree might be rejected, simply because it has been six years since they passed their high school exams. The strange thing is that if they were to sit even one GCSE exam as an external candidate after their degree, they could still be accepted.

I mentioned this to one of the brothers who is responsible for accepting new students, and he has promised to make a formal suggestion at the next meeting that this condition be changed to include university degrees, as well as high school qualifications.

We need everyone to make du’aa that this is accepted, since it would make a huge impact for so many students.

Inshaa Allah, I will keep everyone updated,

Wassalaamu alaykum warahmatullah,