As Salaam Alaikum
Alhamdulillah, I began studying at IOU in 2007, started volunteer work at IOU in 2008, and became a full-time employee of IOU in 2010. I even completed my BAIS at IOU in 2014. Over the past 13 years, IOU has played a central role in shaping my young adult life. But all good things come to an end, and I have reached a point in my life in which I wish to move on and pursue a different career path.
Over the past five years, my goals have pushed me more towards writing and research on contemporary issues. Alhamdulillah, an opportunity has presented itself for me to do this full-time and I cannot let this opportunity go. For this reason, I am leaving IOU at the end of this week and starting a new job next month.
I wanted to make this public so that people know that the reason I am leaving IOU is nothing negative. So please do not read anything into my leaving the organization. Alhamdulillah, I have been treated exceptionally well at IOU over the past decade and it was not easy to make the decision to leave. I will continue to support IOU’s great work, and represent them as a graduate of their BAIS program. I also still encourage people to sign up for their courses if you are looking for a good online campus for Islamic Studies.
Regarding Islamic Self Help, this blog and its associated courses, books, and videos will continue to run and serve as a platform for sharing my personal opinions and research. So stay tuned for a lot of exciting content in 2021 in shaa Allah!
I really want to spend the next decade (and probably the rest of my life) writing, and that will be my primary focus moving forward. May Allah purify our intentions, accept our efforts, and forgive our shortcomings. Ameen