25th Annual Al-Asr SVC
In Iran and Iraq, From Sun 3rd July - Sun 7th Aug 2017
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 Raza (as), Imam Muhammad Taqi (as), Imam Ali Naqi (as), Imam Hasan Askari (as), Hazrat Abbas (as), Hazrat Masuma (sa), faithful companions of Ahlul Bait a.s and well known Islamic scholars. 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 cost for this affordable package varies depending on the country you are from.
A Brief introduction of our oldest succesful project.
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 while living 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 touch with Islam 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 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. 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 organisation 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.
Some of the features of AL-ASR SVC which are good reasons to come only with us.
Chance to visit seven infalible Imams (a.s), their faithful companians and important Islamic historical sites like Kufa and Sahla Mosque etc. which plays important role in changing an individual's life, which is our target from this summer trip.
SVC 2014 at Haram Masooma (s.a) - Qom, Iran
As Iraq was the capital of Islamic culture, education and sciences and Iran is a very anciant country with intersting history and powerful culture has lots of culture haritage to visit. Also after Islam 90% of learned scholars and ulama belong to these lands, visitng ulama and their haritage help students in improving their educational and spritual lives.
SVC 2014 at Inqilab Monument - Tehran, Iran
One of the goals of this trip is to introduce our students with the divine Islamic culture which is like blood in vains of muslims and this can only be done in a muslim country with some practicing muslims. We want them to be familiar with Majalis, Milads, Friday Prayers, Eid Prayers, Suplications, etc.
Dua e Tawassul at Jamkaran Mosque - Qom, Iran
As our trip is educational we planed the trip in a way that our students have 4 hours of classes a day to learn their religion. The lectures topics are chosen very efficiently by the learned and experienced teachers in west, so that we do not waste the valuable time of our students.
Spouse Selection Workshop - Qom, Iran
We do not just focus on classes and ziyarat as it is one of the goals, we also take our students to amusment parks, swimming pools, restaurants, histical cities like Isfahan and Kashan, So that they also enjoy their summer vacations atmost, as Halal enjoyment is very necessary for mankind for his excellence in worshiping Allah (swt).
Rainbow Amusement Park - Qom, Iran
One of goals form this trip is to familiar our western shia youth with Islamic Seminaries in Qom and Najaf, So that they come here and study here and guide their cummunity in future, as we do not have enough Ulama in west.
Infront of Imam Khomaini School - Qom, Iran
Students have lot of time to learn when they embark on trip and we plan to utilize all of it and because of fact that class envoirnment is not suitable for all questions, we have open sessions of girls and boys joint and seperate accorind to topic, with ulamas so that students ask what ever they want.
Girls open discussion with Shiekh Taeb - Mashhad, Iran
Our students in west have many problems which they always want to be solved through learned Ulamas and they always want guides from them, So for this cause our teachers also give their precious time for one on one sessions for perosnal questions.
Student consulting with Maulana Sabzwary - Mashhad, Iran
As mankind always need an ideal to learn how to implement what he has learned, our hardworking teachers stay with students 24/7 for whole trip to teach them by tounge and actions. Our teachers stay in the students rooms and utilize every oppurtunity to teach their students morals and ethics of Islam.
Participants asking queries from Shiekh Hamza - Qom, Iran
Accommodation plays important role in implementing our plans, If our students were tired and sleepy due to bad cooler or beds, we are unable to ask them to come for class on time, That's why we reserve hotels, camps and guesthouse which are suitbale with our goals.
Yawaran Mahdi (ajtf) Guesthouse - Qom, Iran
We arrange good quality food for our students to keep them healthy and fine as they are amanat from parents. Every year large number of students have asian background so we serve Indian and Pakistani food, but for students from other places we use Iranian, Iraqi or continental menu as some of them can not eat chillies.
Buffet at Qasr al Ziyafa Hotel - Najaf, Iraq
The unity of Shiaism is with our Mujtahideen, Ijtihad is highest degree in Islamic Education. We plan visits to these personalities and they always welcome us and advice our students from their wast knowledge and experience.
Meeting with Late Ayatollah Moosavi Lari - Qom, Iran
From start of this project we alwyas pay importance to visit the graves of Shaheeds and Ulama after graves of Infalible Imams (a.s), who have once walked on this earth and played their vital role in implementing Islam and its teaching in this world, as visiting them charges us to keep walking on path of Allah (swt).
Unknown Martyrs graves - Khizr Mountain, Qom, Iran
Envoirnment plays an important role in learning of anything, We struggle to maintain the envoirnment of our camp in a way that what our students are learning, could be implemented easily so that it became their habit. Like when we say segregation between ladies and gents, we always have seperate floors or buildings for our students.
Sisters seeing off their friends under the Quran, Qom, Iran
This is very necessary aspect of trip and almost all love it as they want to take gifts for their beloved parents, relatives and friends. We always plan a seperate shopping trip for students with our staff to guide them in market and stores and help them as they do not know Perisan language.
Sisters purchasing rings - Mashhad, Iran
From the shopping, this task is very compulsory and we always give it full day to be accomlish and our staff help our students in purchasing appropirate and useful content for them to read. This is because, books are one of the means by which they can learn their religion and stuck to it in absence of teachers.
Brothers and Sister at Ansariyan Book Shop - Qom, Iran
The application process is different for each country. For more information on how to apply,
trip costs and contact details check out the application process for your country.
SVC's Educational wing is comprises of well-known, learned, experienced and dedicated teachers.