S V C

Short Vacation Course

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.

Al-Asr SVC

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.

Why you should register?

Some of the features of AL-ASR SVC which are good reasons to come only with us.


Ziyarats in Iraq & Iran

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

Sight seeing and Islamic Heritage

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

Islamic Culture Awareness

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

Classes & Lectures

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

Not Just classes, also Enjoyment

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

Trip to Hawza and Seminaries

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

Open sessions with scholars

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

One on one sessions

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

24 hours of learning

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

Suitable accommodation

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

Good quality food

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

Meeting with Ulama and Mujtahideen

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

Visiting the graves of Martyrs and Ulama

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

Islamic Envoirnment

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

Shopping

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

Books Purchase

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

Application Process

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.


1. Complete application form Online
Complete the online application form at Online Registration.
2. Print the following forms:
b. Reference Request Form (two copies)
3. Complete forms
a. Fill in the visa form.
b. Complete two reference forms by adding your name, address and contact details; then ask two Shias to complete the reference form. The Shia who provide the reference should be:
(i) resident alim, or
(ii) community leader, or
(iii) prominent community worker
4. Scan and upload the following on Online Registration:
a. Photo
b. Passport
c. Visa form (that has been completed)
d. Two reference forms (that have been completed)
Note: file size should be less than 500 KB. Ladies are requested to observe the Islamic dress code (hijab) in their photographs. Background color should be white.
5. Send by post or give by hand the following items to the Al-Asr Director in UK:
a. Payment: cheque for £1,650 payable to “Al-Asr” or receipt of bank transfer to Al-Asr’s account.
b. Four passport photos
c. Passport (valid for minimum of six months with at least four blank pages)
d. Visa form (that has been completed)
e. Two reference forms (that have been completed)
Al-Asr UK Director
Name: Mohammad Davdani
Address: 219 Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald, HA3 6TW, UK
Tel: 020 8954 0769
Mobile: 07798 710 475

What happens next?

Al-Asr will:
a. contact you to complete an assessment form
b. inform you whether your application has been successful or not
c. confirm the final price & take payment
d. apply for your visa
e. purchase your ticket
f. provide departure and return information
g. provide induction information
You should:
a. make a list of what you want to achieve in the trip
b. read inductions information
c. read about the holy personalities that you are going to visit in Iraq and Iran
d. learn some Arabic and Farsi phrases
e. start packing a few weeks before the trip

Notes for UK students:

  • The cost for UK students is approximately £1,650 , which should be paid with the application or as soon as possible and no later than the last day of April.
  • A deposit is required upon registration.
  • The package begins and ends at London Heathrow Airport.
  • The package includes the return flight to UK.
  • Students must be in full uniform when they meet the group at the airport.
  • Travel Insurance is optional and if required then student should arrange their own.
  • Age restriction is 16-25.

1. Complete application form Online
Complete the online application form at Online Registration.
2. Print the following forms:
b. Reference Request Form (two copies)
3. Complete forms
a. Fill in the visa form.
b. Complete two reference forms by adding your name, address and contact details; then ask two Shias to complete the reference form. The Shia who provide the reference should be:
(i) resident alim, or
(ii) community leader, or
(iii) prominent community worker
4. Scan and upload the following on Online Registration:
a. Photo
b. Passport
c. Visa form (that has been completed)
d. Two reference forms (that have been completed)
Note: file size should be less than 500 KB. Ladies are requested to observe the Islamic dress code (hijab) in their photographs. Background color should be white.
5. Send by post or give by hand the following items to the Al-Asr Director in Canada:
a. Payment US$3,650 (US$1,650 + approx. US$2,000 for flight)
b. Four passport photos
c. Passport (valid for minimum of six months with at least four blank pages
d. Visa form (that has been completed)
e. Two reference forms (that have been completed)
Al-Asr SVC Director in Canada
Name: Ejaz Haider
Address:
Cell: 647-280-9680

What happens next?

Al-Asr will:
a. contact you to complete an assessment form
b. inform you whether your application has been successful or not
c. confirm the final price & take payment
d. apply for your visa
e. purchase your ticket
f. provide departure and return information
g. provide induction information
You should:
a. make a list of what you want to achieve in the trip
b. read inductions information
c. read about the holy personalities in Iraq and Iran
d. learn some Arabic and Farsi phrases
e. start packing a few weeks before the trip

Notes for Canadian students:

  • The cost for Canadian students is approximately US$3,650, which should be paid with the application or as soon as possible and no later than the last day of April.
  • A deposit is required upon registration.
  • Students must be in full uniform when they meet the group at the airport.
  • Travel Insurance is optional and if required then student should arrange their own.
  • Age restriction is 16-25.

1. Complete application form online
Complete the online application form at Online Registration.
2. Print the following forms:
b. Reference Request Form (two copies)
3. Complete forms
a. Fill in the visa form.
b. Complete two reference forms by adding your name, address and contact details; then ask two Shias to complete the reference form. The Shia who provide the reference should be:
(i) resident alim, or
(ii) community leader, or
(iii) prominent community worker
4. Scan and upload the following on Online Registration:
a. Photo
b. Passport
c. Visa form (that has been completed)
d. Two reference forms (that have been completed)
Note: file size should be less than 500 KB. Ladies are requested to observe the Islamic dress code (hijab) in their photographs. Background color should be white.
5. Send by post or give by hand the following items to the Al-Asr Director in USA:
a. Payment US$3,650 (US$1,650 + approx. US$2,000 for flight). Fare from LA is US$2100; Chicago US$1800 and New York US$1600
b. Four passport photos
c. Passport (valid for minimum of six months with at least four blank pages)
d. Visa form (that has been completed)
e. Two reference forms (that have been completed)
Al-Asr SVC Director in USA
Name: Ifrah Hyder
Address: 105 Windsor Drive SE, Sammamish, WA 98074, USA
Home: (425) 392 9433
Cell: (425) 443 5106

What happens next?

Al-Asr will:
a. contact you to complete an assessment form
b. inform you whether your application has been successful or not
c. confirm the final price & take payment
d. apply for your visa
e. purchase your ticket
f. provide departure and return information
g. provide induction information
You should:
a. make a list of what you want to achieve in the trip
b. read inductions information
c. read about the holy personalities in Iraq and Iran
d. learn some Arabic and Farsi phrases
e. start packing a few weeks before the trip

Notes for USA students:

  • The cost for USA students is approximately US$3,650, which should be paid with the application or as soon as possible and no later than the last day of April.
  • A deposit is required upon registration.
  • Students must be in full uniform when they meet the group at the airport.
  • Travel Insurance is optional and if required then student should arrange their own.
  • Age restriction is 16-25.

Educational Team

SVC's Educational wing is comprises of well-known, learned, experienced and dedicated teachers.


Maulana Sabzwary

Bro. Mohsin Raza Shah

Sheikh Mehdi Taeb

Sheikh Jafar Muhibullah

Sheikh Usama Abdulghani

Sheikh Humza Sodagar