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16-02-2010 @ 10:24 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Qayla Rasheed bin Estes Barbee (Durham, NC)
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As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatuallah

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
My dear brothers and sisters I wanted to know if anyone has verified this information. Unless there are two Universities with the same name in Riyadh, The official website for the Princess Noura bint Abdul Rahman University................

Rasheed barbee

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17-02-2010 @ 4:21 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Damilola Sadiq ibn Owodunni (Lagos, Nigeria || Eastern Province, KSA)
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Joined: Jul 2007
wa 'alaikumussalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

I was shown some information pointing out that the Scholarship Program may be fake. That they use personal e-mail addresses (msn/yahoo), and request a deposit before hand to a personal PayPal account makes it more worrisome.

Insha'Allaah, like brother Rasheed (may Allah reward him) advised it would be best if the program is verified (perhaps, from the University itself or the Saudi Embassy) before brothers/sisters continue with it.

May Allaah protect us. And Allaah knows best

سبحان الذي لا يشكر إلا بنعمة أخرى

17-02-2010 @ 4:51 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Hudhayfa Muhammad bin Seppel (Germany)
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Joined: Jun 2009
salam alykom wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

the saudi embassy in berlin told me, they do not have information about such a scholarship programm. unfortunatly they could not give further assistance and said, we should contact the university directly, inshaAllah.

unfortunatly the email addresses provided on their website which I found, send me back a message, "mailbox full". but I found a hotmail address on ( to which I wrote to ask them for verification. I did not receive any answer yet.


Abu Hudhayfa

19-02-2010 @ 11:28 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Abdul Wahhaab Sahar bint Said (London, UK)
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Joined: Dec 2007
From a sister who works in Saudi Arabia for the Saudi Embassy:

The Fake  Princess Noora Bint Abdur-Rahman University Scholarship Program, Riyaadh, Saudi Arabia

If anyone has come across this message in your Email inbox, Forums or other blogs then pleasedo not believe it. I asked about it and I was told:

No. It is Fake and warn others about it.

First: The University website does not include any information about any scholarship

Second: Scholarships does not require any fees at all. I worked in Saudi embassy and was in charge of these scholarships in saudi Universities. It is totally free and all of them require a Mahram for a woman.

Third: The university have their own email server while the email that you sent me ask applicant to send it to someone on!!!

If you want to check real scholarship, easy: call the Saudi cultural Mission in your country and they will give you all details about it inshallah and how to apply. and it is FREE of Charge.

(Looking for serious sisters uunder 30 years of age who are interested in learning Arabic and Islamic Studies)
Air fair, room and board, monthly stiffan, and
Sponsorship for husbands and/or mahrams


$700-$1000 for processing and domestic affairs (VISAS)

All applicants will need to submit copies of passports, Highschool diplomas or ged birth certificate, and any college transcripts

All documenrs and fees for September 2010,

Admission must be submitted by Febuary 28, 2010

For admissions September 2011, all documents must be submitted by the end of March 2010 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

For further information please contact: Umm Maryam Rasheedah (Saudi Consultant) 011966535300346 OR Umm Muhammad Naimah,

Please visit: New opportunity for sisters!! � Applying to Madinah University

from ıı Islam, News, Women

And once you reply to their email they send you ıgan application formıh with no questions but just steps you follow ..which involves depositing Money into a personal Paypal account and NOT the university bank account.

ıgAll applicants will send their relevant information especially their recommendations to us via e-mail (, together with their $100 USD screening fee paid to our PayPal account ( Please give a telephone contact in case we need to contact you.ıh

Processing Fees
Each applicant must first pay a non refundable $100 USD screening fee to check their eligibility.
When you are deemed eligible you will be instructed to send your documents to our offices located in the US, Canada and Riyadh you will then pay the balance of your fee.
Those applying within the US and Canada will pay $1000 USD.
This includes:
1. Shipping and handling of all documents.
2. All legal fees within US, Canada and Saudi Arabia
3. Administration.
All those applying from outside the US and Canada will pay only a fee of $300 when there documents are prepared and sent to Riyadh (this is inclusive of their initial screening fee).
Application instruction:
1. All applicants will send their relevant information especially their recommendations to us via e-mail (, together with their $100 USD screening fee paid to our PayPal account ( Please give a telephone contact in case we need to contact you.
2. Once you are deemed eligible you will send the documents via our FedEx or DHL account (contact us for the account number) to our offices located in Canada and the US together with the balance of your processing fee of $900 USD as the initial $100 will be credited.
3. For those applying from outside the US and Canada you will need to prepare your documents and then have them sent directly to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. If your documents are written in English we will have them translated. You will send along with this your payment of $200 USD as the initial $100 will be credited. Documents must be sent by FedEx or DHL and you will be instructed on doing so at the time of submission

Also if you check the initial document it says they will give visa for the mahram, then in the second document states that it is only for the sisters.

Ukhtikum fid-deen wa amatullah.

Umm Abdul Wahhaab Sahar bint Said

20-02-2010 @ 10:34 PM    Notify Admin about this post
ibn Ahmad Maher ibn Ahmad (U.S.A.)
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Joined: Nov 2006
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala rasulullaah

Amma ba'd  

SubhanAllaah! This is a test from Allaah! May Allaah forgive us, have mercy on us, and grant us the patience to return this matter to the people of knowledge, and the ikhlaas and tawfeeq to accept the truth. Ameen.  

The Way to Escape a Fitnah (Trial/Tribulation/Confusion)

Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk  

If I said anything correct, then it is from Allaah (subhanahu wa taa'ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.  

22-02-2010 @ 3:43 AM    Notify Admin about this post
unspecified unspecified (Canada)
Posts: 35
Joined: Oct 2006
as-salaamu 'alekum:

The university is to be completed in 2012.

It is odd for an university to accept applications 2 years in advance. As a brother put it - it seems like a "419 Fraud - AKA Nigerian Scam".

Say: "Truly, my Lord has guided me to a Straight Path, a right religion, the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham), Hanifa [i.e. the true Islımic Monotheism - to believe in One God (Allıh i.e. to worship none but Allıh, Alone)] and he was not of polytheis

22-02-2010 @ 10:46 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Lubaynah Abdul Ghanee ibn Michael Goodchild Al-Guyaanee (Birmingham, UK)
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Joined: Sep 2008

How could someone do such thing by way of using the attraction of attaining knowledge of Allah's Religion a means to steal money.


ps. If the person who originally opened this thread knows these people they, he or she should report these individuals to the authourities!

When a man knows his ownself, speech of the people is of no benefit to him!

22-02-2010 @ 6:37 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Hudhayfa Muhammad bin Seppel (Germany)
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Joined: Jun 2009
Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University

Year established :

About Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University

Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University is composed of a 32 colleges across Riyadh region. College of Education was the first component of the university, established at 1390 Hijri.

As I understood, it can not be verified that it was a fraud, but it was not well communicated and planned and many people got upset about it. Allahu Alim. I read a comment on an blog that someone spoke to this individual and she was upset about what happened and she was considering to stop the service, but I can't verify this information, it was just a blog comment.


Abu Hudhayfa

22-02-2010 @ 10:43 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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It appears that there has been some misunderstandings and the posting, spreading and distribution of information without verifying. There was a post that was made earlier in the thread, which got deleted mistakenly. If the original poster wishes to repost it, please do. Following that, this thread will be closed.

Islam, the Sunnah and the Way of the Salaf

23-02-2010 @ 12:26 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Tahir Hakimah bint Hakim (PA, USA )
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Joined: Sep 2002
as-salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baarakatuhu:

BaarakaAllah feekum Admin, I had originally posted this and it was mistakenly deleted as you mentioned. With your permission I will post again, inshaAllah.  Indeed this has been a trial for not only the sisters and their families but to us all.  I had sent the email below to various yahoogroups that I am part of in hopes to bring clarity to the matter at hand, inshaAllah. May Allah, Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem have Mercy on us all.

Bismillah wal-hamdulilaah was-salaatu was-salaam ala rasulilaah.

As-salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baarakatuhu,

First and foremost I ask Allah subhanahu wa taıala for forgiveness of any sin that I have incurred intentionally or unintentionally and for any wrong doing that may have resulted in my actions. Ameen.

This is a retraction from my initial email cautioning sisters of a ıpossible scamı regarding the application process of Princess Noura University that was mentioned from the website  My initial email was sent to six of my friends however it ended up being forwarded to many.  Allahu Mustıaan.

After several unsuccessful attempts I finally was able to reach Umm Maryam Rasheda in Saudi Arabia, wal-hamdulilaah. We talked for about 25 minutes and the following information is what I gathered based off my conversation with her:

* About Her  -  Umm Maryam Rasheda is a sister upon the Dawatus-Salafiyah who is from New Jersey and has been living in Saudia Arabia for quite some time now.  She is what many of the Arabs would call a Wustaa (Middleman, Intermediate, Agent) and has offered this service for about 9 months.  She knows people and has connections at Princess Noura University.  She is offering this service to help our sisters who want to seriously go to the University.  Her service offers the following: ensure that all the necessary paperwork is in order, ensure that it is authenticated by the proper authorities, translation of all documents, complete and fill out your University application, physically walk your application and documents through to the proper administrators at the University, and a personal contact for you for any follow up questions and concerns you may have.  She mentioned that her husband is known by the brothers at TROID and Salafipublications.

* Regarding the University  -  the university has been and is currently open and is accepting applicants.  What is currently under construction is the expansion of the University that King Abdullah has put in place to accommodate more students, wal-hamdulilaah.

* About her fees  -  the $100 non-refundable fee is a pre-screening fee.  For those of us living in USA and Canada and is able to get our documents authenticated from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country and then Saudi Embassy then you will not have to pay the full remaining balance of $900.00 your balance will be much less.  If youıre not accepted into the University a portion of your monies will be returned to you.  (You can ask her for more details regarding this).

* About Umm Muhammad Naimah  -  She currently lives in East Orange, NJ her and her husband attends Masjid Rahmah. She can be reached at Ummnajimah@yahoo. com.

This is what I briefly gathered from my conversation with her. You can get a $5 calling card and contact her directly at 011966535300346 or email her at umimaryam20@msn. com if you have any additional questions or concerns.  She seems to be sincere, was open and honest in answering all my questions and was patient with all the questions that I asked, from personal to business.  I apologize to her for any harm that I may have caused and subhanaAllah she said to me that she has already forgiven me before I even asked.  May Allah make her feet firm Ameen.  She asks that everyone please make dua for her and her family.

The lessons that I have personally learned from this are:

* When providing a service to the Ummah (local and afar) it is imperative to be absolutely clear as to what youıre offering to remove any doubt or suspicion about you or your business.

* Verify, Verify and verify some more.  Not only do we need to verify for those who claim it is true we also need to verify for those who claim it is false.  And this is what I failed to do when taking the statement from the website of  Allahu Mustaıan.

* Realize that not all people, places and businesses operate like United States of America.

* Be patient, cautious and measured not quick and hasty.

* False allegation, slander and backbiting is from amongst the major sins so beware and avoid falling into it.

I ask Allah, Al-Ghafur, Ar-Raheem for forgiveness and pardon. Peace and blessings be upon our dear Prophet Muhammad.

Your sister in Islam,

Umm Tahir Hakimah bint Hakim
Philadelphia, PA

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