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Annual Al-Asr Summer Vacation Course

Ziyarat + Educational Trip to Iraq & Iran, Since 1993

Al-Asr offers a chance of a lifetime to visit holy mausoleums in the cities of Iraq and Iran, which include 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.

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The Background

The Short Vacation Course (SVC) is a summer course for youth to Iraq and The 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 whilst living in some countries in the West it is often difficult to acquire moral values of Islam.

Hence the Al-Asr organisation devised a simple plan to take our children to a more healthy and Islamic environment to let them get in touch with and learn more about their religion. By the Grace of Allah, these annual trips have proven to be immensely successful.

Since 1993 the SVC has been held annually and thousands of youth have participated from United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, France, Sweden, Canada, United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Not only do the youth learn about Islam, they both feel it and they live it. Many hearts are humbled at the tombs of the Imams (as), many are moved at the shrine of Hazrat Masuma (sa), many a tear falls at the cemetery of martyrs in Tehran (Beheshte Zahra).

Other than the classes, which are held everyday, ziyarats and sightseeing activities give our youth the opportunity to meet and interact with Muslim friends from around the world. These friendships and memories, as we have witnessed, last a lifetime.

Accommodation, food, transportation (within Iraq and Iran) are taken care of by the Al-Asr organisation. The group usually visits Najaf, Karbala, Kadhmain, Samarra, Mashhad, Tehran and Qom. Afterwards 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 and takes care of all the participants. 

During the course, staff in Iraq and Iran accompany the group. The group is usually accompanied by a nurse for medical attention.


18-25 yrsAge Restriction

31 DaysJun 26 - Jul 27 2022

1,950Approx. Ground Package, Excluding Flight

Application Process

The application process is different for each country. For more information on how to apply, costs and contact details check out the application process for your country

United Kingdom
United States
Rest of the world

Application Deadline30th April 2022

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Philosophy behind Al-Asr SVC

One of the main philosophies and motive to launch the Al-Asr Summer Vacation Course for western youth in Iraq and Iran was this reality regarding the I’lm.

“I have placed knowledge in hunger and being away from home, and the people seek it through satiety and being at home, and (hence) they will never ever find it.”

Allah swt says In a ḥadīth al-qudsī

إنّی وَضَعْتُ الْعِلْمَ فِی الْجُوعِ وَ الغُربَةِ وَ النَّاسُ یَطْلُبُونَهُ فِی الشِّبَعِ وَ الوَطَن، فَلَم یَجِدُوهُ أبَداً