The philosophy of the University is built upon the belief that knowledge must be pursued as an‘ibādah (continuous worship) and amānah (a trust) which Allah (SWT) has placed upon mankind. The knowledge thus pursued should lead towards the recognition of Allah (SWT) as the Absolute Creator, Cherisher and Sustainer of the universe. This total and uncompromising recognition of Allah (SWT) "as the Lord of the World (Rabb al- ālamīn) represents the apex in the hierarchy of knowledge". This philosophy is based on the first five verses of Sūrat al- 'Alaq ("The Clot"), the 96th surah or chapter of from the Qurʼān and incorporated in the Constitution of the IIUM.
Read! In the name of your Lord Who has created!
He has created man from a germ-cell!
Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous,
Who has taught by the pen.
He has taught man what he did not know.
These five verses emphasises the fact that knowledge must be acquired, internalized and disseminated in the name of
Allah (SWT) and that this knowledge should be acquired through the pen, intellect and divine revelation. Knowledge based upon the harmony of revelation and reason would surely elevate men to a position of honour and high status. Knowledge acquired through human reasoning to the neglect of revelation would be incomplete and would not be beneficial to mankind.