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How Does One Enter Al-Azhar?

Bismellah wa salatu wa salamu ala sayedenaa rasulellaah salahualayhe wa salam:

What you need to know to get into Al-Azhar in Brief:

1. Try to have no less than 2 juz of Qur’an memorized.

2. If you are not fluent in Arabic consider studying in an Arabic center in Cairo for a year before taking the exams. al-Azhar has no department for teaching Arabic to non-Arabs. In addition, teachers utilize both Egyptian colloquial and Fusha. However, most of instruction in al-Azhar is conducted in Fusha and if requested, Fusha it will be employed to accommodate you.

3. Being a student of knowledge is a serious endeavor. Thus, I advise brothers and sisters to exhaust all their local resources before setting off to study in Egypt. It is wise to utilize the scholars and Imams in your locality before setting abroad. This is also the is the Sunnah of the Ulema –to learn firstly in one’s locality before traveling abroad to seek knowledge. Once you have exhausted your resources then you should prepare yourself to study abroad.

It makes little to no sense for a person to travel to Egypt to learn a basic book of Fiqh, Tajwid or some other science that can be learned in our lands, in the West. The Islamic sciences can be learned at a basic introductory level in our home countries as we have many teachers who are well qualified and experienced in teaching at this level. Also, failing to study in our countries for introductory level instruction undercuts the efforts of the Institutions in the West that are aiming at disseminating Islamic education.

4. It is beneficial to remember that al-Azhar, in its hey day, existed in a first world setting. Currently, Egypt no longer occupies a first world position as it once did. This is why the student of knowledge encounters many challenges and tends to be saddened by his or her experience.

Despite the challenges one may face given third world conditions is one is patient there is much benefit to be found in the Azhar of today that exists in a third world setting. Currentyl, al-Azhar is witnessing a revival so classes are to be found in the masjid at various levels and are possessed of a high degree of organization despite the environmental pressures. Cairo is one of the world’s largest cities numerically being thus one finds all the problems of a big city. Despite, pollution and the hecticness of life in Cairo and the city slicker attitude one comes to encounter there is much knowledge to be gained and many lessons to be learned in the city of a 1000 minarets. The student should not expect utopia but that does not preclude that he or she will not find the intellectual and spiritual jewels that prompt the student of knowledge to travel. It must be said that these jewels are found only by the student who is willing to endure and struggle and sacrifice for knowledge and seeks to please Allah {swt} in the contemporary world.

5. Having Ikhlaas and a heart dedicated to your Lord in the process of registering. You are required to have 5 photo copies of your passport, three passport pictures [to be taken in Egypt] , a letter from your embassy granting you permission to study in Egypt. In addition, you are required to have blood work done either the Hussein Hospital or the Zahraa hospital both which are under the supervision of al-Azhar and yo must have paper work given to you by the majma bahouth [registrar’s office] so that the results of your blood work is recorded and presented to al-Azhar so that your paper work is complete. al-Azhar recognizes blood work from the two hospitals mentioned as they are under the Azhari system.

You may need proof that you are Muslim if your name Islamic and written on your passport. You can a certificate declaring your profession of faith from the mashaikha or the office of Shaikh al-Azhar which is close to the al-Azhar masjid.

Subject matters that compromise the entrance exam:

1. Hadith

2. Nahu

3. Sarf

4. Balagha

5. Fiqh according to one of the four schools

6. Aqeeda (according to the ‘Ashari school [what is required in this area is very basic information])

7. Sirah

8. Tafsir

You can find the books that will help you for the entrance exams behind Masjid al-Azhar in the Dar al-Atrak area. There is a book shop known as al-maktab al-Azhariyah and they have what are known as the Tawdih series (Yes, Azhari cliff notes) for every subject that one is tested in.

There are oral exams along with written exams. After you take the oral exams you will be placed in the part of the examination process which requires writing it consists of the eight subjects listed above. Depending on how well you prepare for the tests you will be either placed in the middle school or the high school. Most students who prepare well invest 1 to 2 years in the high school wherein they study al-Fiyah ibn Malik, a madhab, arabic rhetoric and literature and hadith and tafsir etc. The base of Azhari education is in its high school system. Education there is not bad at all, you will study a number of good traditional texts there.

After a few months (because the exams to get in are in the middle of the year) you will be eligible to take two exams:

If you failed to make it to the last year of high school then you can test for the next year (to move up a grade). Or you can take the test to get into the university (in other words kinda like a test for the high school diploma.) If you pass the exit exam you can chose from one of the following colleges:

* Usol al-Din
* Shari’ah
* Arabic language
* Qur’an (eight year program)
* Dawa
* Islamic studies

The first two have the best reputation. However, don’t expect anything like your used to back home. there is NO ORGANIZATION so you must have a great deal of patience.

6. Exams start in late October early November. Thus, you need to have your paper work turned in to the office of foreign students in Nasir City by September/late August.

This office is behind the Women’s dorms located at the intersection of Mustapha Nahas and Tayran streets. It is one the sixth or eighth floor of the building. The building is simply known as the Idara. Go there around 10 am. The will close very shortly after the noon prayer.

7. Finally, Egypt is made up of all types of groups from the Salafis to the Shadhulis. Thus, students who have a balanced outlook and avoid being too extreme, and carry themselves in a balanced manner are successful in Egypt as they are able to deal with the diversity which represents the society and the Muslim ummah.

Remember the statement of your Lord,

“Thus we’ve made you a balanced nation.” Although you have these different groups there is a general feeling of love and brotherhood amongst most of them which we lack in the West.”

Why al-Azhar?:

One of the reasons that I chose al-Azhar and why I would recommend it, is because of the depth and maturity in outlook that the program cultitvates. You will not come out of Egypt hating sufis, bashing salafis and spending your life on mundane issues. You will, inshallah, come out with a profound respect for others and a love and concern for humanity. You will learn to appreciate your condition and strive harder to be a better human being and service society muslim and otherwise. It is really something incredible here to meet, live with and read from so many persons of different thoughts, ideas and orientations, so many scholars.


If you want to come here to start the latest click, cool fad or are bent on being intolerant of others then this is the wrong place to come. People come here to help the Ummah and be of benefit to humanity.

I encourage all of you, who are serious students to come, I’m your brother here and you will find me more than willing to help you the best I can. We have now, by Allah’s blessing, around 10 students in al-Azhar form the West and a few more entering this year. Thus, you are welcome.

Which is better Syria/Egypt?

This is really a very harmful question. All of these places have benefit. I’ve seem some amazing students come out of all of these lands and I’ve seen my share of flunkies. As one of our teachers told us, “99% of it rest on the student’s heart and his hal with Allah.” Thus, let’s avoid this type of dangerous competition and say, “All are, inshallah, on goodness from Allah.” I have nothing but respect and awe for the students of knowledge from Sham and other places and feel that they are really very special people. Let move towards developing each other and not destroying each other.


1. Up until now Al-Azhar is free although there is a rumor that they will begin to charge Westerners $400.00 yearly next year. However, books and everything are very cheap here in Egypt. For example I bought the ‘Amir’s printing of Lisan al-’Arab for $75 USD.
2. Living is cheap as well for many. But for families it can get interesting. There are a number of Islamic schools for children here and some of them can get a little pricey. At the same time there are others that are good and the price is decent.
3. If you are married make sure brothers to involve your wife in the process. There are many great Women scholars here and a number of places for women to study. However, it is important to get out and not live in the Arabic language centers. That is a first step and you should try to move beyond that after you have a good mastery of the language.
4. It is important to surround yourself with Westerners who can help you and keep you cool. Egyptian people are very good but poverty is eating at the faith like a termite eats wood. Things are not easy for them. You will see a lot of boy friend girl friend stuff, people smoking weed, robberies and other things. Thus, you need your fellow students to offer you support and fraternity in such situations.
5. It should, if all goes according to plan, take you 6-7 years to complete the Azhari program.

With love and respect.

Suhaib D. Webb

About the author

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.

From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.

Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship. Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010.


  • Salam, i’m sofia from sheffield university, representative of Sheffield Malaysian Students Asoociation (SMSA), we r like to organize a conference between muslim students here in sheffield in the topic of “Revival Of Ummah” It is something sad when i found in Malaysia as well, we do have lots of Islamic scholars but wut i see muslims even in Malaysia are not unite, they tends to differ themselves with political groups/sects and wut so ever.Besides, it also happen among us here in Sheffield University where i can see it’s a very bad…anyway that’s what i’m thinking rite now, i really like to invite you to be one of the the speaker for the forum before the conference but i don’t really know how to contacvt you except through this blog..

    By the way, may i know in what course now in alazhar are you studying?


  • jezak Allah khayren Ustadh Suhaib.

    Does Al Azhar differentiate based on gender? ie- are sisters as welcome to apply/get accepted as brothers are?

  • Asalamu alaykum,

    Dear sister,

    No, Al-Azhar is open to both male and females. Al-Humdulillah, by Allah’s mercy, an American sister will enter the university next year, inshallah.


    • Assalamoalaikum,
      I live in UK and because of few laws which are recently passed here and worry me about the future of my childeren and trying very hard to move to any islamic country ,can you please advise me if Egypt is the right place. My eldest daughter is 15 and son 13 besides that I have 5 more younger children.
      Jazak Allah khairan

    • jazak allah Khayer Brother Suhaib,
      I am a business student of East West University from Bangladesh. Is there any option for a female student like me to study Business administration in your University. I want to make my each of my earned money halal as I fear of the Almighty ALLAH.

      What should I do to get admitted in your university if it is from the month of january,2016?

      And I must add that Mash Allah I have a CGPA of 3.93 in a scale of 4.00 and my medium of instruction is English. besies ,I do not know Arabic language.

  • Salam Suhaib,
    Im in London. I’m 42, a Student of Western Orientialist University. I stayed
    in Khan al Khalili area some years iago. I’m thinking of pursuing further Islamic ‘ilm. How much money would I need to live in Egypt & how many years would be desirable so as to make progress?

    How long did it take you to read Arabic texts? I heard you on a Kuwait channel. You were fluent; more than I am.

    • Assalam Alaykum
      i am a Nigerian girl and i wish to study at Al azhar university but i cant speak Arabic fluently …
      Did you think it will be possible and easy for me study at Al azhar ?

  • Asalamu alaikom Imam Webb,

    I am an 18-year old Egyptian who wants to read more about Fiqh and Sunna for the sake of becoming better educated about Islam and more capable of talking to non-Muslims about Islam.

    Which books would you recommend that I read? I’m not that great with Fus-ha Arabic..I found Sheikh Ghazali’s book about Prophet Muhammad {saws} challenging to read. Perhaps you can tell me the names of the books you read when you first entered Islam.

    Thanks so much. All the best with all your endeavors inshalla.

  • Assalamualaykum Syeikh Suhaib Webb

    I’m so surprise that i’ve found this site in my searching of Islamic Studies. Firstly, I was so excited seeing your picture in this site banner. I thought :”I’ve seen this man in Kulliyat Sharia wal Qanun and attending muhaadharah among hundreds students.” And he was really you, Syeikh! It’s so nice to know your site. Hope I can get more teaching from you.

    Anyway, the result of examination in Sharia Faculty of Al-Azhar has been announced today (Aug 9,2007). How about yours? :). Atamanna laka al-Najaah.

    Hope i can meet you in kulliyah next time. Thank you and barakallahu fiik.


  • As salaamu alekum Sheikh,

    Jazakullah kheyrun for the info. Insha Allah I’m planning on comming to Egypt in December 07 for 20 days.

    Do you have any suggestions for the Arabic centers in Cairo?
    Which one is good for learning Classical Arabic?
    Is there one which is closely associated with Al Azhar?

    I really appreciate the time you take out and write for us. Jazakullah kheyrun! May Allah increase you in knowledge and grant you what is kheyr in this duniya and in the akhira.

    Walekum as salaam warahmatullah

  • Salaam,

    I’ve heard that recently the system of teaching madhahib has been changed radically. Could you explain anything about this? And does it affect your recommendation to Western students to apply to Al-Azhar?

    JazakAllah khayran wa barakAllah feek wa kull ‘aam wa antum bikhayr.

  • As salamu alaikum dear Imam,

    I am a medical student in the UK. Doing medicine is very time consuming however I really want to gain Islamic Ilm as well to get Close to Allah InshAllah. Is it possible to persue Ilsamic Knowledge at Azhar and simueltaneously my medical studies at any of the medical colleges in Cairo? Please I would be so grateful if you could find out if in anyway it would be possible for me to somehow study medicine for at least 1 year and in a part time fashion I could at the very least persue Arabic inshAllah.

    JazakAllah khairun


    As salamu alaikum

  • As salaamu alaykum, Is the office for foreign students admissions next to Masjid Noury Khatab and Al-Burj? I am having difficulty finding it and want to apply insha Allah please help wa jazakamallahu khayr!

  • Assalamualaikum!
    I would like to enrol on the Tajweed and qiraat course at Al azhar. According to the british system what qualification will i gain after completing the 2 year certificate. Can you give me more info on this course. Thank you.

  • As-Salaamu Alaykum

    I was told that there is a branch of Al-Azhar in Sudan. Can you please forward me more info about this branch?


    • Hey Luke,

      I thought Sh Webb’s advice about exhausting the local resources would be really helpful. That advice really struck me, as I have been wanting to get further Islamic education inshAllah.

      I would like to advice some great opportunities to learn about Islam from scholars here in the US who are AMAZING & many have learned from overseas. But they have the pro (for those in the US) of knowing our thought process & how to teach us.

      I have greatly benefitted from taking the double-weekend seminars from Al Maghrib Institute. They offer a range of classes around different locations in the US that I didn’t know before, and definitely benefitted from learning in a language I understand without having to relocate. And it fit into my schedule. And I found I learned about different areas of Islam: fiqh (legislation), tafseer (commentary of Quran), history etc.

      Also in the US, we have Zaytuna Institute in California. They are inshAllah launching their 4-yr undergraduate campus in Berkeley under awesome ‘Ulama like Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir amongst some internationally renowned Muslim scholars.

      Dr. Hatem Bazian is another Muslim scholar who is not necessarily a “Shaikh,” but a PhD holding professor with vast knowledge about Muslim history & legislation and is an AMAZING source of knowledge.

      Also shuyookh that I have learned from have praised learning from Shaykh Jamal Zarabozo’s works who is also in California & offers both local & online courses.

      Another source I benefitted in learning from are Sunnipath online classes. At their disposal they have scholars like Sh Nuh Keller, Sh Faraz Rabbani & even female instructors mashAllah. And all these scholars are overseas, AND they speak English! And they have flexible timing to match your schedule. Zaytuna Institute also has female scholars. But you can work towards getting an actual degree from your home with Sunnipath inshAllah- they have different degrees available. The SunniPath classes range from Intro Arabic to Fiqhs of the four main different madhahib.

      So learning about Islam in America from good sources are not necessarily lacking. Alhamdulillah over the past few years, Islamic scholarship in the US has grown so much that I feel like specific locations like Silicon Valley in Northern California, Houston in Tx are like the Baghdad, Madina, Shams learning centers of the modern-day 22nd Century 🙂

      Just wanted to share these beneficial sources I have come across in my quest for searching knowledge.

  • Hello,

    Thank you for giving all the useful information about Al-Azhar on your website.

    I am very interested in the Islamic legal science but I am not a Muslim. Is there any way a non-Muslim could get into Al-Azhar University ?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    • Dear brother may Alllah swt bless you very much and thanks for what you give us through this space…

      I came to Egypt with my family 2 months ago for studies and we are very very happy, just a little bit alone and lonely so could you please help me get in touch with say families like us coming here for the sake of Islam and knowledge of this deen who might also have kids and are more or less in the same situation? I know you are in the same situation but I believe you are finishing your studies and also you must be very very busy…..

      Thank you and Jazakallahu khairan!

      • well brother i dont have a family, but i will be in cairo next week so if you want to visit me inshaAllah just send me an email..

  • Assalamualaikum, i am currently a student in England and have always had the zeel of travelling to Egypt for any sort of Qari class. I have always wanted to learn the laguage of arabic and i feel the best place to learn this language is there. I was planning of doing a Qari course here. However i have seen mashallah sheikhs such as Qari Hindawi and Mahmood shahat. This has made want to go more as they have inspired me. I am 16 years of age and currently have memorised a minor juz of eight. What do you think is the best thing for me to do. I am a confused student and i would be really greatful for your help. Jazakallah

  • Assalamoalykum

    Great read, Jazakallah.
    I do have one question brother, my son is aged 3 years old and i would like him to study at Al-Azhar Inshaallah, what i want to know is what should i start teaching him at home and at the schools here in the UK before he reaches a permissable age of entering the university in Cairo!

    Any advice appreciated,

  • I am HAving difficulty finding the website fir al azhar (egypt) and can those cliffnotes be obtained in the states

  • Asalamualekum
    May Allah bless you for providing such a detail information. I am currently learning online with a institute in cairo taking 1 to 1 tutions from a teacher.

    I would like to prepare for 2010 entrance exam. Could you please provide some guidence on what to study and how to prepare. As i am in UK i dont have access to Tawdih series (Yes, Azhari cliff notes)

    Would really appreciate if you can provide some guidance here

    May Allah reward you for your help

    Your brother in Islam

  • Salam’alaik..
    I juz want to thank you for providing us with these honest, helpful informations..Really appreciate it..
    Jazaakallahu khairaa..

  • As Salaamu Alaykum,

    I am an American and I have a GED, will they accept this? Also, do women need to apply with a mahram to Al Azhar?

  • Wa alaikum assalam,
    Westerners applying to Al-Azhar do not need to show any proof of prior education. Women do not need a mahram to apply or study at Al-Azhar.

  • Salam,
    You mention exhausting your resources here imo the US before deciding on going to Al-azhar, can you make recommendation on where to start? I am honestly very intereted in sponsoring, creating a scholarship fund for, a brilliant brother here in our little town to become an Imam for our locale but I was thinking Egypt would be best from an economic perspective beside the obvious benefits of studying at Al-azhar. He is an Arab born and raised in the US and he speaks Arabic fluently and MashAllah has an interest in the religion and is like a sponge. Can you please advise?

  • A single person can study at Al-Azhar and live in Egypt for around $800 a month. It would be more if the student needs to take Arabic lessons at one of the private institutes.

  • Assalam Alaikum
    See this entrance exam is my dilemma. I have NO formal training in Islam. I just started studying Arabic and plan to study it for the next year and a half inshAllah afetr I finish my undergrad. Now for a person liek me, how am I suppose to pass this entrance exam. Are there any REMEDIAL classes that will help me prepare for the exam (Arabic inshAllah i'll be learning in Damascus, I'm talking about the other subjects).

  • asalaamu alaykum actually you may undarstand when i was wring english any brother jasa allahu khayran you give us the informaion we looking for i live in u sa about 5 years so i really love to lrean my religion deep in side of my heart so help me how i can find sclorship to puy my tuion i kwon quraan nothing so my dream is always day and nihgt to be came some one like i dont kwon who can i say there is no one i can say that so i wannna be (ashaba) PEOPLE THIS IS MY EMAIL DEEQA404@HOTMAIL.COM PLEASE HELP ME ANY WAY I CAN ENTER ALAZHAR JASA ALAAHU KHAYR ASALAAMU ALAYKUM

  • Wa alaikum assalam,
    If you become proficient in Arabic, you can read most of the books required for the exams by yourself. You can also study the books or others that have equivalent information (particularly the language related ones) at one of the many Arabic institutes in Cairo. You do not need to have formal training in Islam to enter the Al-Azhar system, as the system is designed to give you that training. You do need motivation and patience in order to study for the exams and in order to continue studying in the Al-Azhar system.

    One and a half years is sufficient time to become proficient in the Arabic language and to be prepared for the exams insha Allah. For more information on the exams and how to prepare, check out http://studyinegypt.org.

  • salaam alaikum imam Suhaib Webb, may Allah preseve you with us and help us the students of knowledge be steadfast in our faith and strive(jihad) fisabilillah in His Cause to better ourselves as believers, amin.

    My first question imam is: is it nescessary for us to have someone sponsor us or can we go ourselves to Egypt?

    Secondly, what how much would be needed for me to stay there if i were to complete 7yrs + time spent preparing to learn arabic? please give me your advice?

    Thirdly, i am a student in the states, i have accumulated debt from student loans and such a burden on my shoulders it is, how would i deal with this problem if i were to go to Egypt to study the deen bi-idnillah? sincerely and honestly this has been my intention since i became muslim, i just do not have anyone to sponsor me and if i had the wealth to free myself from the shackles of debt(ribba) i would do it, jazakumallah khairaam, salaam alaikum, alhamdulillah you have provided us with an easy alternative insha'allah.

    • Anyone can enter Egypt using a tourist visa – there is no need for a sponsor.

      In terms of how much money you need, it really depends on your situation – whether or not you are single or married, or have children, etc. A married couple should budget at least $12,000 a year to live somewhat comfortably (it’s possible to spend less, but this will affect your studies). This does not include the cost of studying Arabic at an institute, which is typically an additional $4000-5000 for a 9 month – 1 year program for 1 person, and an additional $1000 or so for 2 people studying with 1 teacher. The cost of living in Egypt is going up every year, so expect these numbers to rise.

  • asalam alaikum

    iam a ugandan muslim who would like to memorise the holy quran in egypt especially in al azhar
    is it possible for me to study there i really need help.
    asalam alaikum

  • aslamualykum
    hope ur in the best of health Mr Webb, firstly thankyou for providing us with this beneficial information may allah reward you!! secondly i am really interested in studying from professional islamic scholars that practice islam n love to master the arabic language n learn to speak fluently the proper quranic arabic! therfore im interested in studying abraod as i believe this will help me to achieve this and ovcourse i would defonatly like to help the ummah and teach islam in the future, but i think living and learning islam in the west in not enough. at the moment i am
    im studying in a jamia in the uk, im a british muslim n i have dne my a-levels n nw at the moment studying an alima course, i am 19 yrs old n believe time in of the essence so i need to move fast, please brother i need help in achieving my goals. so for me to study abraod do i need a mehram? n how do i get a place at the university, what qualifications do i need? n if this university is not a good choice for me is there anything else where you can lead me towards?
    jazakallah khair
    aslamualykum warahmatullah!

    • For more information on how to get into Al-Azhar, please take a look at the wiki on our site http://studyinegypt.org. You do not logistically need a mahram to stay in Cairo or study at Al-Azhar – whether or not religiously you should do so should be answered by a qualified scholar.

  • Salam , Brother Suhaib I am a forty nine years old family man. I am from Australia and my question is, will i be able to take a bachelor in the arabic or islamic studies in Al Azhar University.I had my diploma in arabic which I took a couple of years ago.
    Jazakumullah Khairan

  • Salaam; I need an advice. I am a PhD student. I have to learn arabic as a part of my research. I applied at AlAzhar but they said that they dont take non arabic speaking people. Can you suggest the best language institute in Egypt where i can study Arabic ? i need a course where i can study classical arabic of Quran and Hadith and arabic conversation. Secondly is there any possiblity of learning one to one from an Al Azhar teacher?

    Plz advice me as soon as possible.

  • Asalmo aleykom ustadz suhaib webb I am from sweden but have studied arabic in egypt for around 2 years now curently I am in sweden but would like to to do the test for kaboul do I still he chance to do it or I am late I havent done any regristration yet I know that school opens 3 oct do you think I can manage to enter this year if I travel to egypt 5 oct and do all the papperwork and so on. Do they have two round for acceptance per year or only one because some students that come late do the test late in nov or dec please help me becasue I really want to enter this year.

    • Assalamu Alaikum
      You can still register for this year if you come soon. The second round of examinations starts soon, with the third round in January. They have 3 or 4 rounds per year.

      For more information, please look at http://studyinegypt.org. Sh. Suhaib is very busy, so we can probably answer your questions in a more timely manner.

  • Assalaamun Aleykum Wa rahmatullah my respected brother

    I am from France,21 year old,Macedonian by origin.I am a Muslim alhamdulillah and very good at English language.

    I have a huge strong desire to study Islam and inshallah te’alla become a scholar.I will do everything for this,it is my wish and for Allah’s sake I’ll do this jihad.

    Can you please brother help me with telling me how I could possibly enter to study?
    I don’t know Arabic but I am learning to now,I’m doing my best,also memorizing the Quran.

    I am studying also several Islamic courses online at the OIU founded by Dr.Billal Philips.To prepare myself for everything.

    I have only a high school diploma.

    I will give my heart just to be a scholar and spread dawah of Islam all over the world,inshallah te’alla uniting the Ummah to.

    With the mercy and will of Allah swt this can be done,please brother help me,give me more information about how to apply,also a number which I can call and talk directly to someone of the university.

    Inshallah reply when you can akhi.

    My email is :


    May Allah swt bless you and your family.

    your brother in Islam

  • Azir,

    I am a student from Belgium and i’m in the same situation as you are.
    If you obtain some informations about everything can you transmit it to me?

    Thank you very much

    as-salaam a’laykoum wrhmllwbr

  • i was second year student in kabul university ( sharayat faculty_) i lelt afghanistan two years ago, now i am in london , i want to start my education again in al azhar university Is that possible for me do so ?

  • asalamo alikum,

    and also i want to know about the fee and condatuion of the university,

    How can i apply for it?

    thank you so much,

    • The fees for studying in the Al-Azhar system are insignificant, over the entire program you are not likely to spend more than $200 on fees (not including books).

  • Salam, Brother Suhaib Inshallah I planned to go to Cairo soon to start the process of studying in AlAzhar University. I had read all the details about studying in AlAzhar through the websites that you had recommended. Alhamdulillah it helped me a lot.May Allah reward you, Amin.
    That is one thing that i need to know and i hope you have some information about it. Is there any Islamic primary school that i can enrol for my 10 years old son, that has english has the medium. We are from Australia and he is currently attending Islamic school in Australia. Jazakumuallah Khairan.

    • There are a number of schools in Cairo that teach in English. A few of them are Islamic, but they are quite pricey.

  • Assalamu Caleilum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu.
    Aasiyah is not my real name, but amongst my favorites Alhamdulillah, just wanted to point that out insha Allah Ta’Cala. I am an American raised Somali and am currently attending college. I’m fairly new at this whole looking for Islamic Universities, though I have secretly always been interested. I’ve recently found out that women can also be scholars, i guess growing up in America had made the only image in my mind of a scholar/Sheikh to be a man with a long beard. I never knew that women could also become scholars mansha Allah, until by the ni’ma of Allah had one come to live in my very own neighborhood Alhamdulillh. Well, as i research, I “heard” of a famous all women Islamic college in Saudi. And i was wondering, for a women, one going into her mid 20s, which college would be best for me insha Allah Ta’Cala?
    And i mention me going into my mid 20s someday insha Allah, because i have been told by a scheikh that most Islamic universities will not admin students by the age of 25, Allahu A’lam. Though i may not be near there yet, but that was still very discouraging. Is there an age limit to Al Azhar admissions?

  • Assalamualaikum. Jazak Allah khair for the information posted. I am a mother and a researcher currently living in the middle east (for my children to learn the Arabic language). I would like to know if you could provide me with the syllabuses and curriculum that are taught in the Al Azhar elementary, middle, and high schools. What are the courses taught? What is the earliest age for a child to be enrolled in the school and the requirements? Could I get the list of materials taught and the textbooks? Are the available online for purchase? How much is the tuition fees for the schools? I really hope you could share this with us. Jazak Allah khair. Wassalam.

    Lin (the making of 21st century young Muslim scholars)

  • Dear brother:

    Thank you for all your postings… We came to Egypt a couple of months ago, we are a family from Colombia. We are very very happy and satisfied, yet a bit alone and lonely, could you please help us get in touch with people more or less in our situation and hopefully disposition of the heart? Meaning we are making efforts to be able to Study Islam here in Egypt..

    Jazakallahu khairan

    • Salaam Brother Abdullah Santiago,
      Do not feel alone! You are lucky to be there learning your deen. I am currently live in US (Washington DC), and am studying arabic at my local college AND taking Quranic Linguistics course by Ustadh Qazi. I am married like you, and in a year inshallah I plan on making a move to learn my deen as well. Either Al-Azhar, or Syria,,,depending on what road Allah opens for me. I am reading the “studyinegypt.org” website and it is VERY informative. Are you currently in Al-Azhar or just taking arabic courses? Feel free to email me any time Akhee! wdarab@gmail.com. Inshallah talk to you soon.

  • Assalamualaikum, I am a Indian native, and is a student.I completed my +2 science (Higher secondary education) in Kerala, I living state(language Malayalam).Now I aged 21.I looking for study medicine. previous two years I tried for admission to studying medicine in Gov. college……………………
    Is any chance to study for medicine in AL Azhar, Cairo. please help me.
    jazakallah khair
    aslamualykum warahmatullah!

  • Hi, I urge you to please respond to this question, as I have posted legitimate questions on this website before, but have never received a single response.
    I am looking to get married insha Allaah, and want to move with my wife to egypt so we can both study in alazhar insha Allaah. is there any way for me and my wife (to be insha Allaah) to be able to secure work, so that i can maintain the necessary expenditure for the fulfilment of basic needs, in egypt prior to moving to there?
    pls pls pls answer this, or at least direct me to where i can get adequate information. i think this website is an invaluable resource, but i feel sometimes that a disservice is committed when people like me searching for answers, which you possess, that could draw me close to Allaah, are neglected and ignored.
    your miskeen brother, forgive my shortcomings, salam wrwb.

    • sami, what makes u think that your questions are being ignored? THey’re probably not being seen in the first place.

      As far as working in egypt, forget about it, its’ too hard to find a job, egyptians can’t even find jobs.

    • Salam,

      I currently study in Egypt, there is a law here that barring outsiders(who are not Egyptian) to work in Egypt simply because their own people can’t get work. It’s very hard to find one.

      So, I suggest you to study in other places, maybe Yaman or Jordan. I don’t know bout that places, but i know that their people is not as poor as in Egypt, so i suppose that job is easier to find maybe.

      Your brother,


    • after having lived here, i would say if yur able to find some families that would employ you as an english tutor on a regular basis, that should give you something.

      for a couple, to be not extremely tight, id say have 4000 at least to spend monthly BESDIES rent. which could be up to 3000 for a decent furnished place in nasr city. u can find lower than that if u decide to go the unfurnished route and furnish it yourself.

      food for a couple maybe up to 2000. the rest for other expenses out of the total 4000 spending money.

      if yur able to save and then come here, that would be ideal. or go back and work every summer.

      • Salaam alaikum brother,
        I’m an American convert and I’m living in Alexandria, Egypt(have been for about 7 yrs now), teaching English at Amideast.I’ve decided to study at Al Azhar, faculty of Arabic and Literature. I’ve currently considered advanced level; studying Alfiyya ibn Malik in Grammar, etc. I have some more questions if possible. My number is 0114-474-2022.

        Hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.


  • As-Salam u Alaykum,

    JazakumAllahuKhair for the information. I’m currently trying to goto the Maa’had Qira’aat at Al-azhar, which is the 8 year Quran program. However, I’ve been told it’s not apart of the Azhar school. How does this work and how can I try to get in?

  • I truly wished that I had stretched my legs many moons ago. I’m 39 now and married with 2 children. I would love to go. Mmnnnn.
    Ps great article Suhaib, jzk

  • AsSalamu Alaykum Imam Suhaib,

    Thank you for posting this article. May Allah reward you and increase you in knowledge.

    I became aware of this site after watching your talk at the UC Berkeley seminar.

    I have a question regarding the Dar al-Iftaa program. What are the entry requirements of the program? Does one need to have studied at al-Azhar in order to enter?

    This information will be invaluable.

    Jazakallahu Khair

  • ASALAMU ALEIKUM i am an indian learning arabic language at nadwa arabic college lucknow india.i want to undergo my further islamic study at your university.please tell me how to apply for the comming academic session my email is samar.husain621@gmail.com

  • SubhanaAllah! And we often look high upon those who completed their studies in Oxford or Yale or Cambridge! I will never look at al-Azhar graduates the same way again! Thanks for writing this, Sheikh Suhaib!

    • Al-Azhar is already considered as the ‘Oxford’ of the Islamic world. The graduates are highly respected in their home countries, almost the way an ivy league alumni would be.

  • I heard from reliable sources that Al-Azhar was outspoken against the Egyptian revolution. Also I have heard from Egyptian Islamic leaders that Al-Ahzar has been silent at best and for the most part, been supportive of the dictatorship of Husni Mubarak while obvious injustices were occurring in Egypt. Please give us a fact based analysis on Al-Azhar’s track record of being an advocate of social justice in light of recent events and history.

    • Al-Azhar stance was not against the Egyptian revolution, but the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar was cautious that – at its very early days – the revolution might lead to a civil war or a big tribulation [fitna] which may outweigh the benfits of the revolution.
      Then, half way through when it became clear that the revolution is more likely to be successful, Al-Azhar supported it.
      The 1952 revolution was quick to nationalise all the Islamic Endowments that had been the main source of financial support for Al-Azhar establishment for centuries long. This turned all staff of Al-Azhar organization into government employees who take a monthly salary from the government. Moreover, the 1952 revolution abolished the “Grand Scholar Authority” which elected from its members the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and instead the post of Grand Imam of Al-Azhar became filled by a presidential decree rather than being elected from within a group of high calibre scholars.
      As one wise scientist once wrote “your freedom to talk is directly proportional to your freedom in earning your bread”. This left a very small percentage of staff who could dare to criticise the tyrant rulers of Egypt and consequently find themselves either in jail or begging in the streets.

  • as-salamu ´alaikum wa jazak Allahu khairan for this informative, useful and honest article. I´m from Germany, but i didn´t found much informations about this theme in german.

    wa ´alaikum as-salam

  • Jazak Allahu khairan, Sheikh. I have been in contact with Sheikh Osman Umarji on the same topic and he guided me to your web page. Insh Allah, I will visit here more often to get a better understanding of how to become more with my emaan.

  • I always seem to come back to this article. It inspires me now that I am overseas studying.

    I love the way Br. Suhaib offered to help Westerners if they got to al-Azhar.

    الله يحفظكم

  • Salaams,

    Thanks for this useful article. What about a foreigner who is already in Egypt and want to join Al-Azhar. Her Arabic is not so good.
    Please advise!

  • salaam

    brother i have honestly been very very eager and it has been a dream to get into the university to study the quraan i am currently a hafiz of 17 juzz and am 19 years old please if it is possible can you lead me into getting into the uni wallahi i will make duaa for you all my life and will never forget this favour if you can please please help me

    i look forward to hearing from you


  • Jazzak Allah for sharing this article…For the first time I realizes that Aalims and Hafiz have to go these difficult phases…Hats off to all the Aalims, Hafiz and all the religious scholars…SubhanAllah…May Allah s.w.t reward you for every small or big effort you put in making people like “Me” get the right flavor of Islam…

    Jazzak Allah Khair,

  • Assalamualaykum
    Very interesting article. May Allah reward you.
    Just asking whether hifz of the whole qur’an is integrated any of the faculty you enter. Also is the Bachelor degree 6-7 years? Jazaakallah khayr

  • also are there boarding schools specifically for memorising of the quran if so can u pleae give me a short description of this scool.

  • Salaamu Alaikum, i studied in yemen, hadramout, darul mustafa for approxametly 2 years and i live in london, i wanted to study in al-azhar and complete the arabic programme for a shahaada that i can use to study in here in london, any advise on what to do and how to get there?

  • assalamu aleikoom. I am from Iran but from sunnism religion & I really want to study in al-azhar university,
    can you help me to register at there? or what must I do?
    please help me.
    thank you too.

  • Slm brother I am from. South Africa and have great desire to further my studies in Arabic at Al Azhar. I am trying to apply for a schorlarship programme to enter Al Azhar but for some reason I am not getting any results on the webb, could please provide me with help in this or give me sheikh al azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayyibs details? Please… Shukran

  • Jazakallah for the information. I have two imortant questions:

    1) Offcourse the 6/7 years of the Azhari program is great, but perhaps for those young students who have age on their side. Are they any diplomas of 6 to 12 months offered by Azhar in the fields of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Particularly for those students who cannot spend 6/7 years but can manage a year. Thanks

  • Al-Azhar University is now offering an educational program that grants a B.A. in Islamic and Arabic Sciences via e-learning program. This program is offered in cooperation with “The World Association for al-Azhar Graduates” (WAAG). The course material will be available online and students will be able to communicate with their instructors via virtual online classes and electronic discussions. Please, visit our website http://www.azharegypt.net
    Terms of registration in e-learning program for the Faculty of Islamic Sciences for International Students
    1. The student applying for the e-learning program must hold either of the following certificates:
    • Azhari secondary certificate or its equivalent.
    • Azhari missionary secondary certificate or its equivalent.
    • The Egyptian general secondary certificate or its equivalent. In this case, the student must pass an equivalence exam to the Azhari secondary certificate.
    2. To be a Muslim with good conduct
    3. The student will not be considered registered in the program unless the registration is completed. The University has the right to accept or refuse the applicant without giving any reasons.
    4. Hold a certificate in Arabic language.

  • السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
    I have a degree in Arabic from the university of Khartoum , i want to pursue my studies in Arabic . Is there any possibility to do my MA in Arabic from Azhar university in Cairo from your brother in Islam wasti from the republic of Mauritius
    جزاك الله خيرا

  • Salaams to all. I jus wanna know if theres any possibility or options to enroll for a distance learning programme from india, in Al-Azhar University, Cairo to pursue the Masters in Islamic Studies. inshaallah i will be an Azharite too, in future. Jazakallah Khair for ur helpful replies.

  • salaam everyone please help me i am kinda confused now, i have completed my college and i want to study at the al azhar university and i have alredy completed 5 years dars e nizami course and want advanced studies so do i have to study in the high school first before i go to the uni? please help contact my email if u knw the answer to my question. jazaakallah khair.

  • Salaam,walLaah I’m eager to have Arabic&Islamic knowledge for propagating Islam,so that farewell shouldnt b said to Islam in my vicinity,walLaah I’ve dedicated my life for Da’wah Islamiyyah,but a saying says “Faaqidu shayin laa yuhtiih”,salaam.

  • Salaam brother, i am 17 years old and am contemplating whether to go abroad to do a qari course or start my A levels in september, ive been wanting to do a qari course for quite some time and now that i finished my GCSE’s, i can go but im just double minded.
    How long does a qari course take to complete at the al azhar univercity? And do you have to do that 7 year course before starting the qari course? Also, can you complete hifz if not finished whilst doing the qari course?
    Jazakallah khair it will help me a lot if you could answer these for me.

  • ASAK Brother

    I want to know that is there any Arabic course for Non-Arab people in Azhar University which can assist them in opening Arabic learning centers in their home country?

    I heard about some summer immersion program for US students. I am seeking something similar to that for Students from India/Pakistan, etc

  • Assalamoalikum, WR

    My family is planning to go to Alexandria Egypt for HAFAZ quran, please suggest good schools/institute which are registered with the government to issue student letter. We are from Canada.

  • Im from turkey and i want to go umm al-kura university, how can i enter, please help me one year later i must go makkah but i dont know how i ll study in umm al-kura, reply me please

  • As-Salaamu “alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Brother Suhaib, I’d look to know does this also apply to women (who would like to go to Al-Azhar) because I’m aware that Al-Azhar allow women to also study there.

    Jazakallahu Khair

  • SALAM…I am Abdulbasher Ammad,filipino,currently working in Saudi Arabia. I was a student in adzhar university egypt from mid 1998 up to 2004.I was enrolled in college of shariah wa kanun(international law.I was in my 3rd year when i went to Philippines for some personal problems.I did not go back to Egypt again.Now i want to ask if i could enroll again and what i will do.Please do help me.Shukran!

  • السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
    Romanized travellers for sacred Knowledge of Allah With The Permission of Allah 🙂

  • salam alaykum
    Does anyone know the possibilities for a non arab speaker ..
    When do the courses start generally at the university.
    Jazak Allah klair

  • As salam alaikum,

    There are language schools in Egypt I would suggest attend one of these places before enrolling in the university. A place like al Fajr center or al Dawin Center because Arabic is a requirment to attent al azhar.

    Regarding living arrangements- Al Rehab City is a nice place for immigrants it’s safe and many English speaking people to help with your daily needs. It cost about $300 for rent in this area but food and utilities are very cheap.

    If you speak English you will not have a hard time finding a job. Many people need tutors and pay well in places like al Rehab City plus American and British companies outsource to Egypt so you can find yourself working for some of the same companies that are in the West.

    I suggest you move to a place that will make things easy for you and your family… children love it there. You’ll find all of your fast food places too like Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, KFC (Church’s Chicken is call Texas Chicken) and more. There have beautiful malls with indoor amusement parks and game rooms so when you need a break from the hours of studies you can grab the family, ride to Zumalak Cairo get on a diner boat on the water, get a ice cream cone, go the mall and relax in whatever way you like… by the way. Al azhar requires you to speak Arabic, and understand of at least one school of thought, at least 1 juz of Quran. That was in 2008. I’m not sure what the will expect now. But law have change and the school requirement have become more strict. and Alllah knows best.

  • asiyah. thanks a lot.

    i got it that.. i need to know arabic,, so its better to learn arabic first..

    but my question is … do i need any certificate, of exact grade or anything else to get admitted?

    i mean i am a asian,
    i have done Takmil (daora hadith) in our home country… and i fairly understand the hole quran and many many hadith…. so, now if i learn arabic.. can i get into university. or do i need to pass any exact grade? if yes then what grade?

    thanks in advance.

  • Assalam eleikum wr wb,

    I wonder what studying there would be like (if at all possible) for someone like me. It’s been part of my goal/dream to study at al-Azhar. I’m from Pakistan, I moved I England to study psychology as an undergraduate. I have also been studying the Arabic language.

    Being a girl and being single, I’m starting to wonder if it would be possible..

    Also, do they have courses that are for a shorter time period?

    JazakAllah Khair

  • salamu alaikum warahmatullah, i actualy wonder how studying in azhar will be like please sir i want to ask about your scholarship please i need more explanation about it because i believe if care is not taken in the next 2-3 year’s does that are inpower in nigeria will not go to school because of the school fee’s, so please sir i need your help by showing or telling me how to apply for the schoolarship………..

  • Assalamualaikkum….
    I am from indian i studying becom bank management (ug) in the NEWCOLLEGE, Chennai,lndia
    I want take mba in islamic bankig.
    But i dnt know more detaild about the course fee structure.
    Have any scolarship for indian students

  • Salam aleykum brother! Thank you for the information
    I would like to enroll into the azhar uni but just wanted to ask is it a boarding school

  • Asalam alikum brothers and sisters!
    First of all, may Allah bless you for helping us and guid your souls to Jannah. Ameen.
    Second, right now I live in the western world and i’m 18.
    I want to study in Egypt to become smarter in my religon.
    I want to be a religious leader inshallah 🙂 thats my biggest dream.
    But I want to study nurse first..to have a safe job.
    The thing is that I’m a litte bit worried for…the first I’m not sure my parents wants me to educate myself, they rather want me to marry. And second of all I’m nervouse being in a place alone, even thought I’m from Africa, I don’t have any relatives in Egypt.
    And the thing is that it sounds pretty much tought..but I guess thats learing. What should I do with my parents who only wants me to marry and not search knowlegde?
    If it was all up to me, I would never married, but we most listen to our parents right?

  • Assalamo Alaikhom,I am a student of bangladesh from Madrasah education board from science group.I got(no.1) Tallentfull government scholarship 2012 for alim examination,now i want to admite Al-Azhar University.If there is any scholarship to admite there for foreign student i need to know.kindly inform me about admission to Al-Azhar University with scholarship.Becoause my family is not able to provide cost,so I want to admite there with scholarship!

  • salams
    I am female, live in Alexandria and want to study Shariah but I don’t know where to go. Are there Azhari colleges in Alexandria that I can join or any other classes.

  • Assalmun Aleykum, i will love to have assistance from you my borther i have study islam here in Turkey but i will love to have deep knowdlege in islam and study arabic i am planing to move states before that i will love to study islam Egypt can you plase advise me thanks….

  • assalamualaykum:Iam a Uyghur,and i want to study more about islam,in my for countrfor me I don’t have more chance to study islam .Now I am in university in China.How yo apply for Azhar?

  • Asalam 3laykum dear brothers am a somali by nature and a kenyan citizen by registration and by birth and i study in a ma’had lughah so with this certificate of the ma’had can i be accepted for the exam and if yes how about the exam

  • hi there I am from Somalia and I live in uk my first question is.is it free to join the university or you will charge me money and the other thing is I am not perfect in Arabic but I understand it well will I be able to get accepted in your university. jazakallah can you please reply back

  • how non-arab can study in al azhar and what also any condition of age to study in al azhar university

    • well you finish your school and then go to Egypt and learn Arabic after you mastered Arabic verbally and literally then you are accepted in Al Azhar university

      • Asalamu aleykum…my interest is in mastering arabic. is there any good institution you could suggest in cairo that has a very formal set up? As i am nearly completing my university studies and judging by this very informative post you need to know arabic before pursuing an education at al azhar

  • As-Salaamu-A’laikum-Wa-Rahmatullahi-Wa-Barrakatuh, Akhi.
    I’m an American brother who wants to learn Quran and arabic at Al-Azhar or any institute in the Middle East. However I have a wife and 4 children. I have heard of programs that Americans are able to get a sponsorship to attend some institute to do hifz and learn arabic but I cannot find anyone who knows exactly how or who to contact to get the process started.

    Jazak-Allahu- khair,

  • Assalamu alaikum, i am living in london. i am 18 years old and would like to study in al-azhar. i have studied intensive arabic and did my first year of aalimiyyah in ebrahim college.i am interseted in studying hifz and continuing my aalimiyyah in al azhar.

  • Assalamu Alaikum, I’m a widow with two children I would like to go study at Al-Azhar inchaallah.I know that the program takes up to 8 years. I’m concern for my children’s education as they are still in elementary, I would really appreciate it if you can give me any advice on this.
    Jazak-Allahu- khair

  • as-salamu alaikum arah matullah
    I am a student of bangladesh from Madrasah education board.now i study at Islamic university in kustia. I want take admission at AL-azharus Sharif at deportment of Islamic studies. pleas give me solution about that. my Skype ID is mt.islam.

  • assalamu alaikum ya brothers…….i am from india i am seeker in to learn about islam…….now i am studying diploma in arabic in my home station…….my ustad said about a jamiath ul-azhar alhamdulliah i am inspired …….what are the procedures to join in al-azhar university……………past 3 years i searching an good institution to learn about islam……alhamdulliah now i got an al-azhar university……insha allah i will one of the student in al-azhar university…….

    • Assalam alaikum brother ibrahim,
      As you have posted your message long time ago, just curious to know whether u got admission into al azhar uni or not? is ther any other institute u found in india for arabic langauge that is worth taking?
      Please share more info about your experience.
      jazak allah.

  • i am seid mohammed, from Ethiopia. i am a university teacher from management department. i have MBA in management. and my vision is to learn and teach ISLAM. if possible please help me to join your Islamic University. May ALLAH bless the one who want to help the needy. JEZAKELLAH!!

  • asalamu alaykum brothers and sisters
    i am a highschool student who lives in America
    and i wont get a chance to go to an islamic school befofe Al-azhar university so when i go there will be asked a paper from a previous islamic school or egyptian passport and i am not a citizen of egypt
    please reply to my question
    may Allah reward u with jannah

  • i sodiq student of mahd el-arabi,nigeria ibadan,i realy like to study in azhar,and i’ll be happy if am assisted and put true,thanks.

  • As Salaam Alyakoum Wa Rahmatoo Allah SWT Wa Barakatohoo,

    Ramadan Kareem Wa Mubarak and may it bring blessings and every lasting happiness for everyone.

    My name is Ahmed Al-Daye, and I am from Canada. My dream and passion is to be a scholar of Islam and Alaam Deen. I have two bachelor degrees and have been working the past 10 years. I have never given up on my dreams and now I am looking to start that important step on my life.

    I am looking for guidance on what I need to do to be accepted in Al Azhar university, how do I enter the program, what documents I have to submit, what courses to study, and what is the fastest way for me to enter Al Azhar Islamic studies department and graduate as a Scholar of Islam.

    I am willing to do what it takes to be accepted, so please kindly respond to me at your earliest convenience.

    Wa As Salaam.

  • As-Salaumu alaykum!
    My name is Sirajudeen, I’m a citizen from Nigeria, I’m an SSCE holder but, I love Islam because its the only way for me, I love to become an Islamic scholars but am not much enough deep in Islamic studies but I which to know best but I don’t know what to do, I wish to become a student in al-Azhar university to study more on Arabic and Islamic but I know what to do and how to enter there pls I need idea from you my brothers amd sisters in Islam because I don’t want to be an illiterate in this course, I love it and I want to archive it so that I can teach people to like the Hadith that says: “Manta alamal Qur’an fahalamahu”, pls help me may Allah (swt) help us all and may He reward us abundantly. AMEN

  • Assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah… I’m a Nigerian and wl like to study at Al-Azhar.. I want u to pls enlighten me more on Al-Azhar Science courses… Jazaakumul-Lahu khayral jaza’

  • Assalamoualikoum warahmatullahi wabaraktu.
    pls can you told me how i can get contact with administration of Al-Azhar university…

  • Salam,
    Iam trying to get admission for my bother through a family friend. In fact he told me my bother has got the admission and just waiting for it to be printed so we can start the processing the requirements from Nigeria.
    Nothing has been heard the new semester is about starting.
    I need to know what is happening please. Is there any admission for the remaining 2013.
    Please reply.

  • please sheik am a Ugandan having ashahadah for a level what should i do to join azhar university and i memorized the holy Qur’an please help me reply at that email

  • This post is quite old. I am from Pakistan and have studied basic islamic sciences during last 5 years. I would like to have the latest information on getting admission in Arab Universities

    • asalam alikom my brother, i am from Afghanistan i want to take master degree in Egypt( al-azher) university how i can? and what is the required. i am graduated from the faculty of Geo science.please help me about it.

  • AsslamuAlikum Everyone, It’s abit Hard to keep up with all this, and am really sorry we tried with the university to upgrade the website for better services. I study Simultaneous interpretation in Al-Azhar University in Cairo, and I would be more than Happy to assist you with anything in the application, plus I will try to get the requirements for the upcoming year and publish them in here for you. wish you all Good luck.


  • Assalamu aleikum, am a young Kenyan Muslim want to join Al azhar university, What do I supposed to do?

  • i’m a born christian, am a Nigerian and I discovered my religión and the true religión is Islam, so im a muslim WHO want to know more about my religión as the prophet HADITH insist on seeking knowledge. I can read the Holy Quran fluently pls I need Tour help to archieve my Dream

  • Assalamualaikum, to all those with intentions to study in Egypt there are many Arabic language centres, deeny halaqas, places to memorise quran(many for free and many charging some fees). My sincere advice is start off from an Arabic language centre and base yourself from there as they will also help you find accommodation and provide short-term and long-term visa extensions. Once you arrive in Cairo you will see for yourself what is availaible and what choices best suit your goals. Once in Cairo it is up to the individual to invest their time in asking the locals,foreigners and scholars about the available learning options.

    • I’d love to study in any Arabic country because I’m about to get my Diploma of master degree at Beihang university (China) on the following May (2018) but my may dream is to study religion…………..how can get scholarship for that? I want just religion not anything else cuz I’ve already studied for undergraduate applied physics and for my master physical chemistry..

  • assalamu aliqum . I am zaki Hossain I all ready been study in alazhare university of alazhar hare on Bangladesh 8 years. after o pasted Alim examination from madrasah e alia Dhaka 2010 . so inead to addmit in alazhar university with scholarship .

  • As salaam Alaikum…
    i want study sharia from foundation is there any chance to study in AL AZHAR because im not a Arabian…is there any age limit to study in AL AZHAR. and please give me some ideas


  • Salamun alaekum..im abd fatah frm nigeria i want to study in al azari university..what am i gonna do.does it need 4 me to attend arabic college in egypt ?

  • SIR,
    asslam o alaikum
    i m from pakistan &i want to ask that my son is 13 years old and he is memories qura’n
    i want admit him in al azher
    please tell me that how it will possible
    with best regards,
    mohammad ishfaq

  • salam alaikum.i am from nigeria and hoping towards alhazar mamagement of any scholarship offers opportunity, into alazhar university that shuld kindly include this poor muslim who is hoping for the best and completly handycap.but believe that all shall surly b well by the grace of ALLHA.subhanau wata ala and i will always believe in him.

  • Assalamu alaikum my brothers in islam I am a nigerian I am ready to study in al azhar university I want to know the shedule of fees in usd

  • Assalamualaikum. I have aim to do a PhD with al azhar university. Please let me know what should I do.

  • assalamalaikum,iam a revert to islam from kenya at a place were alot of da’awa is required currently at ummah university[tamhiid arabic]and im not fluent in arabic yet i would like to study in your university to acquire more knowledge,how may you help me please?

  • slam bro…. i m from Pakistan and want to study SHARIAH LAW DOCTORATE IN ALAZHAR …i wana inquire what is the medium of instruction ,what eligibility criteria isrequired ,duration and other information of such program of Shariah LAW ,ADMISSION DATES AND ALL SUCH INFO,,,,As the wbsiite of university is under construction plz help

  • Assalamu Alaikum.
    I am Mohammad Raihan from bangladesh. And, i am a student of Higher Secondary under Baitush Sharaf Madrasah, Bangladesh. I’ve secured GPA-5 in Secondary exam. Now, I wish to study in Al Azhar University. How can I get admission there?

  • I’m a 15 year old student from sheffield England. I’m about to leave school . I would like to move to Egypt to study. How can i get a scholarship into al azhar?

  • Assalam o alaikum. I am a free lance film maker from Pakistan. I am doing a documentary on “Women and Religion”. I would like to record views of some scholar from Al-Azhar. Kindly guide me on how and whom to contact at Al-Azhar. I would also need permission to record the interview in some part of the university to establish the locale. Kindly guide/help me.
    Warm Regards

  • assalam alaikum.dear brothers and sisters,am Ugandan looking for a scholarship.i would like to study arabic language with AL Azhar university.am looking forward for your response. May Allah Bless You.

  • I am indian
    what is the requirement for admission in derasaat al islamiyh in jamia al azher shareef cairo egypt campus.
    I am compleet MA 3 times kamil al tafseer,kamil al hadeeth, kamil al treeq from jamia nizamia hyderabad india.
    my two brothers also studying in aalim(level intermediat. sanavi 2nd year ).
    so please help our about admossion and we are eligble which course in al azher cairo.
    your’s faithfully

  • assalamu alikum.i am from bangladesh and i graduate in BBA.i want tn learn arabic lenguage.plz give information. May allah bless you.

  • Asalam Aleikum, I am very happy to see the existence of such University. I wish to be there very soon Insha Allah.

  • Assalam-u-Alaikum,
    I am from Pakistan.My age is 16.Its my dream to study in AL-AZHAR.After completing dars-e-nizami INSHA-ALLAH I desire to take admission in this university……Could you please tell me what`s the yearly fees and is there any hostil for girls…….and one more thing that the classes would be combined or separate for girls and boys…..?

  • Asalamualikum warahmatullah wabarakatuhu am jemal from Eritrea i have iron will to joing alazhar university so am waiting ur replay?

  • Assalamu alaikum ,I am a Nigerian and am very interested for long time in alazahar university, but I don’t no how to apply. please I need or help on how to apply. jazakallahu khairan

  • Assalamu Alaikum , I am a 50 year old muslim for south Africa who knows a little of Arabic. I WAS a hafidul Quran but because of my negligence and disobedience I forgot most and I am so willing to start all over again and become a better muslim by teaching wharever I learn to others. if there is any way you can assist me in getting an application or a scholarship to study at Al-azhar it will dearly be appreciated. My brother please help me in this matter . Salaam Omar

  • I am Farid Hashemi my son Mohammed Abdul Rahman, 7 years old, I want to will complet his studies in maintain translation and interpretation of the Quran in Afghanistan or your schools Please cooperate us.

  • am from nigeria i want know the process of getting admission into alazhar
    may Allah help you

  • Assalamu alaikum,i am from nigeria kano state,i follow all this processes,and i blieve that my cridential reach alazhar university so,my quasion is when did i get my addmition , and when i travel from our nation to cairo for stating our study.

  • For how many years should girls study in al-azhar and while studying can we get married and how often can we return to our homeland .

  • Asalamu Alyikom wa Rahmatulla, I want ot send two of my brothers to study at Jamia Al Azhar Holly Quraa, or Feqh, how can I send them and how can they start with you?

  • اسلام عليكم
    Dear ,
    Iam from India and now am studiying n an arabic college n some far f my hme.
    I would like to study in Al azhar
    I love to study there
    This is my child hood dream

    Now am 18

    And i dont know to tell you my feelings my name is
    Sayed Muhammed Ismayil Zahran

    If u help me to enter in Al Azhar
    In shaa Allah i will include you in my every prayers

    Now am seeking Allah (s) for the entrance of Al Azhar

    May Allah bless us

    اسلام عليكم

  • اسلام عليكم
    Dear ,
    Iam from Ethiopia and now am studiying n an arabic college n some far f my hme.
    I would like to study in Al azhar
    I love to study there
    This is my child hood dream

    Now am 17

    And i dont know to tell you my feelings my name is harun ahmed abdo

    If u help me to enter in Al Azhar
    In shaa Allah i will include you in my every prayers

    Now am seeking Allah (s) for the entrance of Al Azhar

    May Allah bless us

    اسلام عليكم

  • Assalam alaykuma warahmatullah wabarakatuh
    Am aMalawian young man aged 35.Since I finished my secondary level education in my country i thought to study at Azhar Sharif in Egypt,by then i was 21 but i found no way.But until now am still in the same plan,What can I do?I BEG ALLAH TO BESTOW ISLAMIC KNOWLEDGE TO ALL WILLING TO STUDY IT.
    Waiting your advice
    Wassalam àlaykum warahmatullah

  • am Mukhtar, ist possible for a person like me to study in azhar with my Arabic senior certificate, I collected in Nigeria

    • Assalamualikum,i want to apply as an undergratuation student on Jameya Al Azhar.Is there any possibility to get full free scholarship,that i can complete my graduation without cost.It will also be very much helpful for me if you let me know the process of getting admit on the university.
      Thanks in advance

  • Asalamu alikum …
    I am from kashmir(full adress is from asian..there in india and there in kashmir) currently i am doing M.A IN ARABIC from kashmir university.after that i want to join jamai-al-azhari university please give me suggestions fo joining

  • Salaam
    I’m a new Muslim I’m from Mozambique, I’m studying hifz in south Africa so I would like to study in Al Azhar, so i don’t know how to make apply to Al Azhar so what can I do…

  • Assalamu alaykum va rahmatullahi va barakatuh. Im from Uzbekistan. My name is Zarina. Alhamdulillah im muslim. and I want to study al azhar university . Can you inform me which kind of documents required? how about tuition fee ? and here any financial aid? who doesn’t affort to pay tuition? Jazak Allah

  • .Aslam o alaikum…I am Mahpara Alhamdulillah im muslim. and I want to study al azhar university . I had done my mphil .and I want to do my PHD from alazhar what required for this…Canu inform me which kind of documents required? how about tuition fee ? and here any financial aid? who doesn’t affort to pay tuition? Jazak Allah

  • My name is Arafat . And I’m from Ghana. Please I want to study in the azhar university but unfortunately, I don’t have money .. Can you please get me someone who can help me out?

  • Assalomu aleykum wa Rohmatulloh. I am from Uzbekistan, studying in United States. Can I transfer my credits to al-Azhar?

  • Assalamu Alaikum, I am from Bangladesh .I want t study about explanation of quran linguistically, and the order of surahs and ayats in quran . Can I study those in azhar ?

  • Assalamu Alaikum, I am from Bangladesh .I want t study about explanation of quran linguistically, and the order of surahs and ayats in quran . Can I study those in azhar ?

  • Salaam respected Sheikh. I have very basic Arabic knowledge. I was a hafith at one time but due to circumstances I neglected both the Arabic language and the recitation of the Holy Quran. I’m getting older and desperately want to study the Arabic language and revise my Quran again . Is their anyway I can get free scholarship to study at the prestigious Al Azhar School…please let me know how to go about it. Shukran Jazeelan.

  • Assalamu Aleykum

    I’m a 19 year old revert from Switzerland.
    I would like to study at the Al-Azhar University and return to my country to call the people to Islam. Sadly there are very little people of knowledge here and we are in desperate need of people studying the religion of Allah.

    So I have some questions.
    In Switzerland you need a special diploma to study at universities. I don’t have that yet, so do I need something like that to start studying there? Also I can’t speak arabic yet. So what are the options of studying arabic in Egypt how much will it cost etc. I would be happy for some further information about that.

    BaarakAllahu feekum

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