Updated 26 June 2013
This week, we introduce you to two more mentors that have been selected to accompany the group this year.
1. Sister Shaheen Dhanji – Stanmore, UK
Shaheen grew up in Dar es Salaam and recently moved to London. A ‘purist’ at heart, she is looking forward to detaching herself from a fast-paced working environment to acquire some spiritual connection within herself and with the Almighty.
Updated on 12 March 2018
The last Friday in Qum started off with us yawning and stretching as we were tired from the emotions poured from last night’s Dua Kumayl (it was amazing!). We prayed Salat-e-Jamaat for Fajr, which was accompanied by Dua-e-Nudba.
With the sun rising, we had breakfast and rushed to our classes. All of us had something to learn at the end of the day. Next we ran to the buses to reach in time for Jum’ah Namaaz which was a really nice experience as we were praying it in the Masjid –e- Azam built by Ayatullah Burujardi.
At 5PM we had an informative lecture by Sister Sajida Daya on the life history of Bibi Fatima Masuma (AS) and about the Holy city of Qom, its heritage and importance. We also discussed some of the famous personalities and Ulama buried in Qum.
Later we rushed to the buses to go visit Mount Khidr, which is situated about 6km outside Qum. Climbing the mountain was strenuous, but at the same time enjoyable and we were at the top of the mountain in 15 minutes!
We recited Dua Simaat during sunset which was then followed by Jama’at Namaaz. The view from the top of the mountain was breathtaking as we got a bird’s eye view of Masjid Jamkaran and the Haram of Bibi Masuma (AS).
Last but not least, we had a spiritually uplifting and informative lecture and discussion by Shaykh Kumail. The topic was focused on a few lines of Dua-e-Iftitah regarding Imam Zaman (AFS) and about the role of women within his army.
Once we were back on the ground we visited Shuhadaa-e-Ghumshuda which means lost or unknown martyrs. This had martyrs during the Iraq Iran war who were unclaimed.
Over all, it was indeed an experience of a lifetime!
Written by: Participant AM from UAE
Updated 26 June 2013
Every year, barely a week after the celebration of Eid, Shias all over the world gather together to remember the tragedy of The Demolition of al-Baqi, a destruction from which this blessed cemetery has never recovered.
If one of our Shia goes for Imam Husayn (as)’s Ziyarat, then he will not return but all his sins will be forgiven. For every step that he or his mount takes, 1,000 virtues are written for him, 1,000 sins are forgiven and his status is elevated by a 1,000 degrees.' (Bihar al-Anwar, volume 101; Kamil al-Ziyaraat)
If you have been blessed with the opportunity to go to Iraq this Arba’een and are doing the walk from Najaf to Karbala, why not help fundraise for the poor and needy at the same time?