Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to the mentors that have been selected to accompany the group this year.
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
There is no du'a that resonates with the spirit of Ramadan like the first short du'a we begin everyday amaals with.
After a warm welcome at the airport and Jamiat uz Zahra - a home to all of us in Qum, we were excitingly waiting for, firstly, the Ziyarat of the holy Shrine of Hazrat e Masuma (s.a) and secondly, with her barakah, to begin the mentor development program (MDP). Alhamdulillah, we had a good rest before we started the next day in full swing.