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 68)
Kingston, Jamaica
Alma mater B.A. - Islamic University of Medina,
M.A. - King Saud University, &
PhD - University of Wales
Occupation Islamic preacher
Years active 1971-present
Religion Islam

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (born Dennis Bradley Philips on 6 January 1946, in Jamaica) is a contemporary Muslim teacher, speaker, and author, resident in Qatar.[1][2][dead link] He appears on Peace TV, which is a 24-hour Islamic satellite TV channel broadcasting to many countries around the world.



Philips was born on 6 January 1946[3][dead link] in Kingston, Jamaica, but grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he converted to Islam in 1972. 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.[4]

He received his B.A. degree from the Islamic University of Medina and his M.A. in Aqeedah (Islamic Theology) from the King Saud University in Riyadh, then to the University of Wales, where he completed a PhD in Islamic Theology in 1988.[5][dead link]

Islamic Online University[edit]

The Islamic Online University has been founded by Philips as a completely tuition-free institution that is offering an online intensive, undergraduate, and graduate courses in Islamic Studies. The university offers a four year bachelor of arts degree in Islamic studies program.[6][dead link]

The IOU was initially launched in 2001 from UAE with an offering of a few short courses. After a five year interlude, it was restarted in 2007 from Qatar with a greater offering of completely free short courses.[7]


Philips controversially seemed to justify suicide bombing. He stated that, "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 controversially claimed that there is no such thing as rape in marriage.[10] He argued that a woman is obliged to give herself to her husband and that the husband may not be charged with rape.[11]

In 2007 Philips was banned from entering Australia on the advice of national security agencies.[12]

In 2010 Philips was banned from entering the UK by home secretary Theresa May for holding "extremist views".[13][14]

In April 2011, Philips was banned from re-entering Germany as persona non grata.[15]

In 2012, Philips was banned from entering Kenya over possible terror links.[16][17][18] Philips was named by the US government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing.[12][19][20][21]




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  1. ^ Gerard McManus. (2007-4-4). Radical sheik refused entry for Islamic talks. Herald Sun, retrieved December 13, 2007
  2. ^ Interviews. (2007-4-9). Exclusive: Interview with Dr Bilal Philips. Austrolabe, retrieved August 07, 2011
  3. ^ Admin. (no year). Brief Introduction to Dr. Abu Ameenah Philips. The Famous Muslim Website, retrieved April 29, 2011
  4. ^ J. M. Berger, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, p 51. ISBN 1597976938
  5. ^ Iesha Javed. (2010-02-13). An interview with dr. Abu ameenah bilal philips- by Iesha Javed. The Intellectual Online, retrieved August 6, 2011
  6. ^ Website Admin. (no year). History. Islamic Online University Website, retrieved August 07, 2011
  7. ^ Website Admin. (no year). About. Islamic Online University Website, retrieved August 07, 2011
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  15. ^ DPA/The Local/mdm. (2011-04-21). Islamist preacher ordered to leave Germany. The Local, retrieved August 6, 2011
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  21. ^ J. M. Berger, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, p 72. ISBN 1597976938
  22. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2006), The Fundamentals of TAWHEED (Islamic Monotheism), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House 
  23. ^ 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) 
  24. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (1996), The True Message of Jesus Christ, Sharjah, U.A.E.: Dar Al Fatah Printing, Publishing & Distribution Co. Llc. 
  25. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (January 1, 2002), The Purpose of Creation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Islamic Book Service 
  26. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2005), Funeral Rites in Islam, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd Edition 
  27. ^ Philips; Jones, Abu Ameenah Bilal; Jameela (2006), Polygamy in Islam, India: Islamic Book Service 
  28. ^ 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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