Al hamdu lillaah! On 1st October, 2014, in Hargeisa, Somaliland, Dr Bilal Philips successfully launched the Islamic Online University’s intensive Halaal English course (IEC) pilot program. Mrs Zamzam, Minister of Education was present at the launch which began in two private universities (New Generation University & Edna Adan Medical University), a public school (26th June), a private school (Nuradin), and in the 4 classrooms of the IOU/IEC office in downtown Hargeisa for professionals, university students, housewives, NGO local staff, etc. The program started with approximately 1,100 students and after two and a half months of operation the numbers have increased to beyond 1,500 with more joining daily.