I have been asked this question by young brothers about 1,004,039 times: What is the best way to get accepted into Madeenah University?
Unfortunately what I’ve noticed with many brothers is that they think that simply just coming to Madinah University will make them a scholar. They have a misconception that when they enrol into the Islamic University, they will suddenly be given the memory of Imam al-Dhahabi and when they graduate they will have the intelligence of Ibn Taymiyyah and during their studies they will be writing books and compilations like Imam Nawawi. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
For all the brilliant students of knowledge you see graduating from Madeenah University and benefitting the Ummah, there are many weaker students who didn’t utilise their time in the best way.
Madeenah is not the only place to study, you can study anywhere in the world. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket; if you don’t get into Madeenah University, don’t think you can’t study the deen. If you really want to study abroad, you can go to Egypt, Mauritania, Yemen or elsewhere. Knowledge is not restricted to a certain place. The Prophet ﷺ said in an authentic hadeeth on the authority of Abu Hurayrah: “Whoever treads a path of knowledge, Allaah will make easy for him the path to paradise.” This path of knowledge can be in London, New York or any path where you seek authentic knowledge intending the pleasure of Allaah.
And most importantly, make use of what classes and lessons are available to you right now, locally. Regardless of where in the world you study the deen, it takes sabr, ijtihad & tawfeeq from Allaah. If you didn’t bother studying while you were in Manchester, you probably won’t bother studying while you are in Madeenah.
p.s Since this is a Madeenah University related post: Our university has finally updated/modernised it’s logo for the first time since it opened. They have now gone for a blue and yellow theme. In my opinion, the new logo is a big improvement and much more modern. So props to them I guess.