THE NAJAF RETREAT

CONNECT • SPIRITUALITY • LEARN
DIALOGUE • LIFESTYLE • FRIENDSHIP

ABOUT THE RETREAT
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About

LEARN AND ASK A SCHOLAR

The Najaf Retreat’s Aims and Objectives:
  • Opportunity for young leaders in our communities to be exposed to the rich Islamic heritage in Iraq by visiting the Holy Shrines and connecting with scholars in the Islamic Seminary in Najaf.
  • Connect the young community leaders and Muslim professionals in the West with the knowledge hub in Najaf – the center of Islamic learning. Participants will engage directly with the senior-most ranking scholars of the seminary and benefit from their knowledge and experience.
  • An opportunity for scholars to better understand the the youth and pertinent issues they face across communities in the west.
  • An opportunity for aspiring Hawza students to better understand the Hawza system in Najaf in order to make a more informed decision about studying there in the future.
  • Visitation of the Shrines of the Imams and important heritage sites in Najaf, Karbala, Kathmiya, and Samarra.
OUR SCHOLARS

Our Scholars

LEADING SEMINARY FIGURE HEADS

Sayyid Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani

Sayyid Muneer Al-Khabbaz

Sayyid Ahmad Al-Ashkiwari

Sayyid Jafar Al-Hakeem

Shaykh Bashir Husayn Al-Najafi

Shaykh Muhammad Ishaq Al-Fayyad

BIOGRAPHIES OF THE SCHOLARS
PAST RETREATS

Our Time In Najaf

COVERAGE FROM PAST  RETREATS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQs

GREAT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Time Table, Behaviour & Attitude, Facilities, etc.
01. TIMETABLE

During the two-week retreat, the majority of the time will be spent in the holy city of Najaf. There will also be short trips (1-2 nights) to Karbala, Khathmiya and Samarra. The final itinerary will be confirmed a few weeks prior to the start of the retreat, and you will be provided with a detailed timetable on arrival.

The retreat will be filled with lectures, discussions, meetings with high-ranking scholars, and visits to holy shrines and other major heritage sites.

The retreat predominantly will be in Arabic, but will be translated in English.

A typical day will start at around 8am with breakfast and conclude around 9pm with dinner. You will be expected to follow the day to day schedule. Time will be allocated for shopping and ziyarah. Please note we expect you to be punctual and ready every morning.

Specific times for ziyarah have been allocated during the trip.

02. BEHAVIOR & ATTITUDE
  • Observing the laws of Islam
  • Observing the laws and customs of Iraq
  • Observing the rules and regulations of the retreat
  • Being eager and willing to learn and improve spiritually, educationally, and personally
  • Striving to be a role model for others
  • Being cordial, patient, and respectful with the organisers and supervisors
  • Taking a keen part in all programmes, including asking questions and taking notes
  • Being punctual at all times
  • Representing yourself, your family, community, and organizers in the best way possible
  • Not leaving the premises or any activity without permission.

You must observe Islamic attire, maintaining modesty and respect towards the customs of the holy cities we are visiting. Full dress code guidelines will be provided.

Yes, the Terms and Conditions of the retreat form part of your application. Please note that you cannot apply for the retreat without formally accepting to abide by these. In addition, the accommodation has its own rules; you will be briefed on these upon arrival. These rules must also be adhered to. The Najaf Hawza’s own specific traditions and culture must be respected as well.

03. FACILITIES

While in Najaf, you will be staying in the Allawi Howza’s accommodation. During trips to the other Holy cities you will staying at various hotels. In all the accommodations throughout the trip, boys and girls will be segregated.

Western toilets will be available in the accommodations.

Prepare enough clothes for the duration of the trip as washing facilities will not be readily available.

It is your responsibility to look after all your belongings. We recommend that you do not bring valuable items with you. Please note that the organisers will not be held responsible for any items that are lost or stolen.

The food will be provided by the organisers throughout the trip and will generally be Iraqi cuisine. Please inform organisers of any dietary requirements at the time of applying.

Yes – bottled water will be provided throughout the trip.

The organising team will look after you and can arrange for you to see a doctor if necessary. You must bring your own personal medication with you. We recommend that you take out travel and health insurance for the duration of the trip.

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