About the Short Vacation Course
22nd Annual Short Vacation Course in Iraq & Iran
from Fri 04 July to Sat 9 August 2014.
Al-Asr offer a chance of a life time to visit holy mausoleums in cities in Iraq and Iran, including the shrines of Imam Ali (as), Imam Hussain (as), Imam Kazim (as), Imam Reza (as), Imam Muhammad Taqi (as), Imam Ali Naqi (as), Imam Hasan Askari (as), Hazrat Abbas (as) and Hazrat Masuma (sa). The tour is rich in Islamic education and is designed to highlight the practical elements of Islam to the Muslim youth in Western countries.
The costs for this affordable package vary depending on the country you are from: UK, USA, Canada. Also please note that the costs may change depending on the cost of the flight and currency exchange rates. costs for this year will be confirmed in April.
The Short Vacation Course (SVC) is a summer course for youth to the Iraq and Islamic Republic of Iran. It was started with the objective of giving our youth a more suitable environment to learn their religion. Our experience has shown that living in a decaying society like the west, it is difficult to teach the truths and moral values of Islam. Hence the Al-Asr Organization came up with the simple idea of taking our children to a more healthy and Islamic environment and let them learn about their religion there.
By the grace of Allah, this trip has proven to be immensely successful. Since 1993 the SVC has been held annually and this year will be the 22nd. Thousands of youth have participated from United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, France, Canada and United States. Not only do the youth learn about Islam, they feel it and they live it. Many hearts are humbled at the tomb of Imam Ali (as), many are moved at the shrine of Hazrat Masuma (sa), many a tear falls at the cemetery of martyrs in Tehran.
Other than the classes which are held everyday, and the ziyarats and the sightseeing, it gives our youth the opportunity to meet Muslim friends from around the world. These friendships and memories, as we have witnessed, last a lifetime.
Accommodations, food, transportation (within Iraq and Iran) are taken care of by the Al-Asr Organization. The group usually visits Najaf, Kerbala, Kazmain, Samarra, Mashad, Tehran and Qum for sure, then depending on the arrangement, it may also be possible to visit other well known cities.
Hujjatul Islam Maulana Sabzwary who is the head of the Al-Asr organization in London is in charge of this caravan. He stays with the group from start to finish, taking care of all the participants. During the course staff in Iraq and Iran accompany the group. The group is also accompanied by a nurse for medical attention.
Application Deadline: 30 April