The Mainstay Foundation UK and USA and The World Federation of KSIMC, in collaboration with The World Federation’s regional partners CoEJ and NASIMCO, are pleased to announce this year’s Najaf Retreat.

The project aims to take a select group of active sisters and brothers ages 18-24 to the Holy City of Najaf in which they will embark on an uplifting educational and spiritual journey for 10 days. The retreaters will meet and benefit from renowned scholars in the Islamic Seminary as well as visit the Holy Shrines in Najaf, Karbala, Samira’a and Kathmiya.

The Najaf Retreat is an excellent 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.


Applicants must:

    • Be between 18-24 years of age and currently enrolled in University or recently graduated.
    • Have not previously attended The Najaf Retreat
    • Be active in Shia community projects
    • Provide details of two referees who will attest to their involvement in community work and suitability for the retreat
    • Complete an online application
    • Hold a valid passport
    • Pay the fees before the set deadline (which will be announced)

Other information:

    • Duration: Approximately 14 days including travel time.
    • Dates: December 22nd – January 4th (Tentative).
    • Cost: 
      • North American applicants: $750 (USD)
      • European applicants: £350 (GBP), €350 (EUR)

If you are interested to apply for the Najaf Retreat, you must fill out the application below:

The deadline for applications is Monday, September 23th, 2019. 

A committee will review all applications and select 20+ attendees based on merit. Once selected, participants will be notified regarding the next steps in the application process including, paying the fee and submitting the necessary paperwork.

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