A Message from the University’s President
Dr. Houcine Chouat
In the Name Of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful
All praise belongs to Allah. We seek His help and forgiveness, and we seek protection in Allah from the evil whispers of our souls and the sinfulness of our actions. Whomever Allah guides, they are the guided ones, and whomever He leads astray, for them there will be no guide.
Dearest brothers and sisters, students of the American International University,
Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakatuh; A – Welcome to the American Interglobal University
Welcome to the American Interglobal University! It does me a great honor to welcome you the warmest, most beautiful of welcomes – rightfully befitting of the knowledge of this Shari’ah that you are in search of, and written with esteem and consideration of the distinguished efforts exerted in the acquisition of this knowledge. This welcome is a Sunnah commanded by the prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam, and enacted by the companions and the scholars after them, since he salla Allahu alayhi wasallam encouraged goodness with the student of knowledge, and commanded for his/her assistance in what they are enduring while seeking the knowledge of their deen. This is so since in the future he/she will in turn be the carrier and disseminator of that knowledge. On behalf of Abu Haroon Al-Abdy, he said; "When we used to come to Abu Sa'eed Al-Khudry, he would say to us: 'Welcome, Oh Entrustment of the messenger of Allah!' We said 'And what is the entrustment of messenger of Allah?' He said 'The messenger salla Allaahu alayhi wasallam said: 'There will come to you after me people asking you about my words, so when they come to you, be courteous to them and narrate to them (the Hadeeth)…' " and in another narration "The messenger of Allah sallAllaahu alayhi wasallam commanded us to make room for you in the gatherings and to educate you, for you are our inheritors and the people of hadeeth after us." [Narrated by Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdadi in 'Sharaf AsHaab AlHadeeth]. Ibn Maajah narrated on behalf of Abu Sa'eed Al-Khudry, radyAllaahu anhu that he, sallAllaahu alayhi wasallam, said: "There will come to you people seeking the knowledge, so if you see them, then tell them 'Welcome oh entrustment of the messenger of Allah sallAllaahu alayhi wasallam' and teach them." In another narration: "And they will come to you from the corners of the Earth seeking comprehension in the deen, so if they come to you, I entrust you to be good to them."B – Understanding the methodology of the university and its prerogatives
This university of yours is purely academic, completely disaffiliated with any kind of political and/or partisan groups, and is not targeting monetary profit, but rather it aims at providing academic services for those that aspire to its acquisition. It is also concerned with mentoring, culturing, researching, and passing Islamic verdicts, all while undertaking the utmost care in holding fast to the methodology of the prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wasallam in the fundamentals of the deen and its branches. We hope our brothers and sisters will understand this methodology, and work to exemplify it with the correct motives, a good approach, steadfastness upon that path, seriousness and dedication in the seeking and collection of this knowledge, and to disseminate it with gentleness, wisdom, and beautiful admonition.C – The university's lofty concern with the following issues, and understanding them with a balanced understanding, and applying them in their proper context.
1 – Constant caution to fulfill the two conditions needed for deeds to be accepted, which are: sincerity to Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala, and precisely following the prophet Muhammad sallAllaahu alayhi wasallam.
2 – Grasping the complete and well rounded understanding of worship, and that it is a comprehensive term for everything that Allah loves and is pleased with, of saying and actions, internal and external, in all matters of life, and is not restricted to the ritualistic offerings of worship.
3 – Having knowledge that Iman (Faith) is a belief, a statement, and actions, and that it increases with obedience, and decreases with sin.
4 – Understanding that Islam is submission to Allah alone, void of any partnership, and humility to Allah in obedience, and revering the sanctities of Allah, and obeying Him in what He commanded, and refraining from what He forbids.
5 – Possessing in our servitude to Allah a complete sense of love, hope, and fear.
6 – Worshipping Allah upon clear evidence, and complete submissiveness to it, and respecting the people of knowledge, and the Imams of the Madhabs, and acknowledging their efforts and Ijtihaad in the service of this prestigious shari'ah.
7 – Investing our strengths in learning these issues and understanding them: knowledge, acting upon it, calling to it, and adorning patience in the difficulties incurred in that.
8 – Grasping the three levels of patience; patience upon obedience, patience in abstaining from sin, and patience upon the decree of Allah.
9 – Realizing the value of knowledge, its place, and its people (i.e. the scholars), and the enormous obligation bestowed upon their shoulders of spreading the good.
10 – Adorning oneself with patience, seriousness, strong will, dedication, and aspiration in the pursuit of knowledge.
11 – Capitalizing on time, managing it accordingly, and safeguarding it.
12 – Being exemplified by humility, justice, and abandoning arrogance, stubbornness, and argumentation.
13 – Taking part in student-with-student collaborative efforts, and sharing with them in the exchange of beneficial knowledge.
14 – Protectiveness in illuminating one's intellect and reason, under the framework of the guidelines of shari'ah.
15 – Abandoning sternness and blind following, and warning from laidback religiosity; to be in balance and moderation, wherein one works for the pleasure of Allah, seeking His mercy and reward, fearing His anger and punishment.
16 – The impermissibility of harsh criticism in the matters of 'difference of opinion' , and that it is only legislated in this matter to advise, clarify, and prove – while adorning the manners of the student of knowledge in all that is related to this issue.
17 – Listening to the opposing view with etiquette, dialoguing with a calm, academic approach, distant from accusation and unbound emotion.
18 – Pairing criticism with practical alternatives, and presenting solutions at the time of explaining the diagnosed problems.
19 – Preparing a clear and serious study schedule, increasing exposure to the references (i.e. books) and primary titles (i.e. major treatises in a particular field), and maximizing benefit from the professor. Do not allow any study issue pass without comprehension.
20 – Perfecting the specialty and striving to climb even higher, and following up and continuing to offer academic contributions in the area of specialization.
21 – Building a database of electronic software programs and/or tools that grant facilitated access to literature and the sources of shari'ah.
22 – Benefiting from internet websites that are trustworthy, and those that are actual sources of knowledge, and particularly are sources for the primary book titles.
23 – Warning sternly from falling into giving fatwa (Islamic verdicts) without knowledge, and remembering the severe threat narrated concerning this.
24 – Turning away from the claim of possessing knowledge and/or reaching a scholarly status, refusing to teach and/or give fatwa without acquiring ample preparation for that, warning against the criticism of the people of knowledge and refuting them, and being over-anxious to judge their opinions, since all of this is not from the manners of the student of knowledge.
25 – Treading the path of making things easy and being a bearer of good news, and not making things difficult and repelling people, in accordance with his words sallAllaahu alayhi wasallam: "Bear good news and do not push away, make things easy and do not make them difficult." [Bukhari]
26 – Adopting gentleness and ridding oneself of harshness, in accordance with his words sallAllaahu alayhi wasallam: "Gentleness was never adding to a thing except that it beautified it, and never removed except that it made it ugly." [Muslim] … and his words: "Indeed, Allah is gentle, and loves gentleness in all matters." [Bukhari] … and his words: "whoever is deprived of gentleness is deprived of good." [Muslim].
27 – Winning the hearts – not winning the arguments – is the goal, and this will not be except with pardon and mercy, and that is the methodology that the prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wasallam lived upon, and Allah had commanded him with it, and praised his constancy upon that, when He, the most High, said: "Pardon a gracious pardon" [Surat Al-Hijr: 85] and He said: "Then, only by a mercy from Allah were you lenient with them, and if you were harsh, hard hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. Therefore pardon them, and seek forgiveness for them, and consult them in the affairs…" [Surat Al-Imraan: 159]
In conclusion, I ask Allah, the most High, by His beautiful names and lofty attributes to bring out of your efforts success, aid, good life, and true happiness in the two worlds, and to forgive us and you and our parents and all those that have rights over us from the people of knowledge and bounty, and He (Allah) is sufficient for us, and how excellent a trustee, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions.