Bilal Philips

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Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
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Philips in August 2010
Born Dennis Bradley Philips
(1946-01-06) 6 January 1946 (age 69)
Kingston, Jamaica
Alma mater B.A. - Islamic University of Medina
M.A. - King Saud University
Ph.D. - University of Wales
Occupation Islamic preacher
Years active 1971–present
Religion Islam

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (born Dennis Bradley Philips on 6 January 1946) is a Canadian Muslim teacher, speaker, and author who lives in Qatar.[1] He appears on Peace TV, which is a 24-hour Islamic satellite TV channel.[2]



Philips was born on 6 January 1946 in Kingston, Jamaica, but grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he converted to Islam in 1972.[citation needed] Philips had encountered Islam several times in his travels, but the book that won him over was Islam, The Misunderstood Religion by Muhammad Qutb, the younger brother of Sayyid Qutb.[3]

He received his B.A. degree from the Islamic University of Medina and his M.A. in ʿAqīdah (Islamic Theology) from the King Saud University in Riyadh, then to the University of Wales, St. David's University College (now University of Wales, Trinity Saint David). There at the Lampeter Campus he completed his 1993 PhD thesis, Exorcism in Islam.[4]

Islamic Online University[edit]

Philips founded the Islamic Online University in Qatar.[5] On his website Philips writes that distant learning is becoming an effective tool by which ordinary Muslims may learn their faith.[6]


Philips came under criticism in Britain for seeming to condone suicide bombers.[7] He said of suicide bombing: "When you look at the mind of the suicide bomber, it's a different intention altogether ... The [enemy] is either too heavily armed, or they don't have the type of equipment that can deal with it, so the only other option they have is to try to get some people amongst them and then explode the charges that they have to try to destroy the equipment and to save the lives of their comrades. So this is not really considered to be suicide in the true sense. This is a military action and human lives are sacrificed in that military action. This is really the bottom line for it and that's how we should look at it."[8] However, Philips did condemn the takfiri group Boko Haram during a visit to Nigeria.[9]

Philips also said that there is no such thing as rape in marriage.[7][8] He argued that a woman is obliged to give herself to her husband and that the husband may not be charged with rape.[10]

In 2007 Philips was banned from entering Australia on the advice of national security agencies.[11]

In 2010 Philips was banned from entering the UK by home secretary Theresa May for holding "extremist views".[8][12]

In April 2011, Philips was banned from re-entering Germany as persona non grata.[13]

In 2012, Philips was banned from entering Kenya over possible terror links.[14][15][16] Philips was named by the US government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing.[11][17][18][19]

In 2014, armed officers raided Islamic institutions in Prague, detaining 20 people during Friday Prayer at a mosque and a community center, and arresting the publisher of a book authored by Philips entitled "The Fundamentals of Tawheed".[7] Law enforcement officials claimed the book "incites xenophobia and violence". A spokesman for the Czech police, Pavel Hanták stated that he did not want to help promote a book that disseminated racism, anti-Semitism and violence against what it called "inferior races." Philips defended his book stating that there was “no place for racism” within it.[7]

In June 2014, the Bangladeshi intelligence service ordered Phillips, who had come to Dhaka to give lectures, to leave the country.[20][21]

In September 2014, Philips was arrested[22] in the Philippines for “inciting and recruiting people to conduct terrorist activities.”[23][24][25] He was expected to be deported by Philippine immigration authorities after police arrested him in southern Davao City.[26][27][28] Eddie Delima, an immigration officer in Davao stated: "He’s classified as undesirable because of his extremist views and possible link to terrorist groups".[29][30] The director of the Philippine National Police in Southern Mindanao, said Philips is being questioned for his possible links with terror groups including the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).[31] He was deported from the Philippines back to Canada.[32][33]



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  1. ^ Gerard McManus. (2007-4-4). Radical sheik refused entry for Islamic talks. Herald Sun, retrieved December 13, 2007
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  3. ^ J. M. Berger, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, p 51. ISBN 1597976938
  4. ^ WorldCat library listing: Exorcism in Islam (Book, 1993) | University of Wales, Trinity St. David, Lampeter Campus
  5. ^ Marloes Janson, Islam, Youth and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama'at, p 251. ISBN 1107040574
  6. ^ Jocelyne Cesari, Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States, p. 287. ISBN 0313336253
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  13. ^ DPA/The Local/mdm. (2011-04-21). Islamist preacher ordered to leave Germany. The Local, retrieved August 6, 2011
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  19. ^ J. M. Berger, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, p 72. ISBN 1597976938
  20. ^ Bilal Philips forced to leave Dhaka|
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  34. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2006), The Fundamentals of TAWHEED (Islamic Monotheism), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House 
  35. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2000), Tarikh Al-Madhahib Al-Fiqhiyah: The Evolution Of Fiqh: Islamic Law & The Madh-Habs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; Third Edition (2000) 
  36. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (1996), The True Message of Jesus Christ, Sharjah, U.A.E.: Dar Al Fatah Printing, Publishing & Distribution Co. Llc. 
  37. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (January 1, 2002), The Purpose of Creation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Islamic Book Service 
  38. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2005), Funeral Rites in Islam, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd Edition 
  39. ^ Philips; Jones, Abu Ameenah Bilal; Jameela (2006), Polygamy in Islam, India: Islamic Book Service 
  40. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (April 2002), Islamic Studies: Book 3 (Bk. 3), Denver, CO 80239 U.S.A.: Al-Basheer Publications & Translations 

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