Abu Bakr Islamic University

In Karachi (Pakistan), Abu Bakr Islamic University follows the same curriculum as Islamic University at Madinah and is home to many contemporary scholars.

Life at the university:

*All courses are in Arabic, no other language is allowed in the classrooms. It is this quality which sets it apart from many of the other universities in the country.

*Free food and lodging.

*There is a large hostel within the university where students can opt to live.

*There is a doctor from Saudi Arabia who spends two hours a day providing medical assistance to the students of the University. An ambulance is also available in case of emergencies.

*They teach the aqeedah of the Salaf us Salih.

*Students are permitted to give exams of "Wafaq ul Madaris Al Salafiyyah Pakistan" alongside their studies at the university.

*They have a two-year long Arabic program based on the curriculum at Madinah University. The university staff speaks only in Arabic in order to accustom the student to the language.

*Annual vacations start on the 1st of June and students are usually expected to report back on the 20th of July. Additionally, the month of Ramadan is also given off. However, study circles on Hadith, Arabic and Fiqh etc. are held for those who choose to stay in the University during this time.

About the University:

*The University was established in 1398 A.H. by the late Shaykh Muhammad Zafarullah. The foundation stone was laid by the Imam and Khatib of Haram, Muhammad bin Abdullah As Subail. Dr. Rashid Randhawa is the current principal of the University.

*Abu Bakr Islamic University is the only Institution in Pakistan which is a member of RABITAT UL ALAM AL ISLAMI (World Organisation of Islamic Institutes).

*They have many qualified teachers such as Shaykh Abu Noman Basheer and Shaykh Bashaar from Somalia, Shaykh Abu Umer Yousuf from Afghanistan. Shaykh Bilal Phillips recommends it as a good school. Abu Salman Eberle from the US also taught there. Hundreds of well-known scholars from all over the world have visited the University. Shaykh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Ibn-Baaz (rahimahullah) also came here for visit.

*Abu Bakr Islamic University does not associate itself with any group or party.

*Students have attended the university from over 43 countries. Currently students from 20 countries are enrolled.

*Jamia Ummar Bin Khattab and Haramain Complex for Hifzul Quran are also working under Abu Bakr Islamic University.

*Jamia Aisha Siddiqa for women is also active in the teaching of the Quran and Sunnah under Abu Bakr University. However, the medium of instruction there is Urdu.

*Many other mosques, madaris and other new projects are under Abu Bakr Islamic University.

*The library has a substantial collection of books. Ninety percent of the books are in Arabic. The other books are primarily in Urdu and English. Masha’ Allah the library is an ocean of knowledge. Daily Newspapers and magazines of all kind are also catalogued.


Markaz Lughatul Arabiyya
2 years

*This is an Arabic language course and the aim is to be able to converse fluently, understand most of Quranic Arabic and get a gist of the A’yahs Insha Allah.

Mahad Al Sanawiyya
4 years

* This course is organized for secondary level Islamic studies. This is the main faculty of University. A student having secondary school certificate can get admitted to this course but he should have a sufficient enough knowledge of the Arabic language so as to read and understand Arabic text. (After this course you can apply to International Islamic Universities especially Saudi universities).

Kulliyatul Hadith
4 years

* This is a graduate level Islamic studies course. A student who has completed this course/has passed the Fazil e-Arabic examination of this level from any Islamic institution is eligible for admission in this course: Al Shahada al Alamiyya, MA Arabic, MA in Islamic Studies, MA in Islamiyat, etc.

Mash Allah all the teachers are highly qualified from Jamia Islamia, Madinah, Ummul Qura and Malik Saud universities. For a good student getting into Madinah University is not a problem or any other famous university in Saudia Arabia (i.e. Ummul Qura, Malik Saud) and other Countries after completing the MAHAD Al SANAWIYYA from Abu Bakr Islamic University.

Some general activities at Abu Bakr Islamic University:

*Abu Bakr Islamic University holds its annual function after the examinations (usually the end of May.)

*Abu Bakr Islamic University publishes a monthly magazine named Mujallah Jamia Abu Bakr Islamia in Urdu/Arabic.

*The students here have the choice to go for ‘Tableegh’ every Thursday. So there is an opportunity to learn Daa’wah and Tableegh according to the Quran and Sunnah.

*The University holds a weekly program on Wednesdays entitled "AL NAADI AL ADABI" where students give speeches in a language of their choice. This is to improve the narrative skills and articulacy of the students. There is a usually a chief guest at this program among Ulemaa.

*Admissions start on the 15th July and go on till 1st August. Candidates will be judged on the basis of their performance in an interview (Diligent and sincere students will be given preference).


Abu Bakr Islamic University does not have website yet, however, their telephone and fax numbers are:
Tel: +92-21-498-0877, +92-21-480-0471 (Office Timings: 9am to 1pm)
Fax: +92-21-498-0533
Application process:

*To apply to the University, you need more or less the same documentation as Saudi Arabian Universities. Due to the government’s strict policies you need to submit the following:

1. A photocopy of the passport
2. N.O.C from Ministry of Education
3. Attestation of the Documents from the Foreign Ministry
4. Six 4x6 colour photographs
5. A photocopy of all educational certificates till date. Certificates of Islamic courses are preferred.
6. Residential and permanent address
7. An application to the University showing your Interest in Islamic Studies and permission from parents.
8. Medical Certificate

*You can post the copy of all the required documents to the following address:

Abu Bakr Islamic University,
P.O. Box 11106, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Block-5,
Karachi, Pakistan, 75300.

Disclaimer: This post is not from the administration of "Abu Bakr Islamic University". If any of the information is incorrect then I apologize. Having said that, I have taken permission from the University to post the above.

Jazakumullah Khairan

Abu Ahmed Faraz-ul-Haque (Student at the Abu Bakr Islamic University)

Notice requirement #4, above. What is the problem with the Muslims in the East?! They claim to follow Islam, especially these "Islamic University" yet they have no shame in requesting pictures of men and (more seriously) of women!