WHY I CAME TO I.I.U.I
Assallamu Alaikum my dear Brothers and Sisters,
My name is Saoed Muhammad Khadje, a Suriname born Dutch national.
My ancestors were from the Dutch colony Surinam in South America, and
then migrated to Holland, where I grew up and finished my high school.
After my high school, I entered the University and got my Bachelors in
My parents own a restuarant, and so do I and thus I helped around in the
family business after my graduation. At the same time I was very active in
the local Masajids and Islamic Centers. I was actively taking part in the
growth of Islamic Dawah in The Netherlands (Holland). I used to do regular
radio programmes on Islam, as well as appeared many times on the local T.V.
networks, doing programmes on Islam.
Due to my constant activities for Islam, I used to read alot on Islam, and
also attend as many lectures as possible,even if it be in nearby European countries
like England, France, etc. However after some time I began to feel the defiecincy
in Arabic Language as well as the urge and need to acquire proper Islamic Knowledge
in the original texts. Thus I began my drive to search for Universities to go and study
Islam and Arabic from the original sources.
During this time, a new Imam came over to our local area Masjid, who was a
graduate of IIUI, and had just recently earned his B.A. in Usuluddin. Through
his help, I started the proper procedure to apply to this University and Alhamdu-lillah
I got accepted in the Fall semester of 1996 and began my studies in B.A. Usuluddin in
the field of Comparitive Religion.
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