Sacred Sciences Journey
TRAVEL BROADENS THE MIND AND EXPANDS OUR UNDERSTANDING
At Al-Salam we seek to reconnect students to their scholarly lineage, taking them to different countries all over the world in order to sit with and benefit from a number of notable scholars. On these trips students develop a profound understanding of the efforts of our predecessors in their pursuit of knowledge. You come away with a truly global perspective.
On the Sacred Sciences Journey you will travel with your peers and teachers following a tailormade programme of study. As well as being able to continue your studies and sit with various teachers, this programme enables students to graduate from Al-Salam Institute with a portfolio of ijazat from some of the world’s leading Muslim scholars.
From Makkah to Morocco our students have sojourned with us. The journey is open to all who are keen to seek knowledge. We invite you to join us this year on our next Sacred Sciences Journey in Turkey!
This year ASI will be in collaboration with Ibn Haldun University.
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The following two options for accommodation are available (limited capacity):
Hotel: 4* Bed & Breakfast
ASI will be staying in the Grand Hotel Gulsoy in Istanbul. We have a limited number of triple rooms available for students who wish to stay with us. Rooms will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. For more information on the hotel please visit www.grandhotelgulsoy.com.
For those students wishing to stay in alternative accommodation, there are a vast array of hotels and apartments in and around Istanbul, particularly the European side. The location of the Grand Hotel Gulsoy is nearby to the venue where the daily morning classes will be held and as such we suggest all students to try find accommodation within this area.
Arrival: Saturday 13th April 2019
Departure: Monday 22nd April 2019
The programme itself, including teaching, will begin on 14th April 2019 and come to a close on the afternoon of 22nd April 2019.
Structured teaching based upon our tailor-made syllabus will consist of four hours each morning and informal evening sessions with guest Shuyukh, except on day trips. These evening sessions will consist of teaching, advice and hadith readings with prominent scholars in Turkey. There will be regular Q&A sessions throughout the retreat and a dedicated session with Shaykh Akram for sisters only.
One unique aspect of the Sacred Sciences Journey is gaining access to some of the most prominent scholars of our age. These teachers are part of a lineage which connects them back to the Prophet ﷺ and there is great benefit to be gained for all in meeting with them. In particular, the reading of various hadith texts and receiving ijazat from them, is an important endeavour for serious students of knowledge. These meetings will generally be scheduled as optional evening sessions during the trip.
Please note: Due to the busy timetables of various guest shuyukh, these evening sessions may be held at varying times during the day. Students will be kept updated throughout the trip.
A provisional list* of guest shuyukh will, God-willing, includes:
– Shaykh Muhammad Awwamah
– Shaykh Amin Siraj
– Shaykh Muhammad ‘Ali Sabuni
– Professor Recep Senturk
– Shaykh Majd Makki
– Shaykh Usama Al-Rifai
– Dr Muhammad Mujir al-Khatib
– Shaykh Muhammad Wail Hanbali
– Shaykh Muhammad Bassam Hijazi
– Shaykh Yusuf Karaca Nadwi
*Please note this list is neither an exhaustive or guaranteed list of scholars to be met. Due to the age, health and busy timetables of various shuyukh, we cannot ensure all scholars will be able to be met with.
Participants will be taken a day trip to the historic capital city Bursa.
There will be free time scheduled during the trip during which students may take part in optional site visits to places such the Mosque of the Companion Abu Ayub al-Ansari rA, the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and a variety of other places, or independently explore Istanbul.
A list of recommended activities in and around Istanbul will be provided for students.
Date: Saturday 13th April 2019
Recommended Outbound Flight
Date: Sat 13 April 2019
Depart: London Heathrow (14:05 GMT)
Arrive: Istanbul (20:00 Local)
Flight Number: TK1990
Date: Monday 22nd April 2019
Recommended Inbound Flight
Date: Monday 22 April 2019
Depart: Istanbul (20:15 Local)
Arrive: London Heathrow (22:25 GMT)
Flight Number: TK1987
*Ticket prices not included for site visits
There are no concessions available for participants aged 12 years or older.
Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions outlining the procedures of the Sacred Sciences Journey are found here.
A creche facility will be available during morning teaching hours (between 10am – 1pm).
Further information on the price of creche facilities will follow shortly.
Reconnecting with the Prophetic Legacy…
The selection of texts and subjects taught have been designed to give students a grounding in Quran, hadith and spirituality. The aim, however, is to partake in more than just an academic pursuit. It is to seek the knowledge which benefits. This year the following will, God-willing, be taught during the Sacred Sciences Journey:
Purification of the Heart:
The state of our hearts has been a topic addressed in religious and secular discourse from the East to West. Moreover, the Quran is replete with references to the heart. The sound heart, something the described as so valuable that it can benefit us on the Day of Resurrection, is an oft-neglected aspiration. So, what is the sound heart? The sound heart is one that is free of character defects and spiritual diseases. Our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is our greatest example of perfect purity in both. Topics will include: Envy, Anger, Suspicion, Backbiting and more.
The Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi:
This text has become one of the foremost hadith compilations across the Muslim world. Its collection of Prophetic sayings are deeply profound and beneficial for all Muslims. Selections from the text will be covered in-depth and the many wisdoms contained therein reflected upon.
Our relationship with the Quran is a lifelong journey. Revealed in time and yet timeless, re-ordered but not chronological, these tensions are something that gives the Quran immeasurable depth. Shaykh Akram will be teaching a selection of ayat from the Quran, looking into the essential meanings they convey. Begin the approach to Quranic wisdom, draw closer to the Prophetic encounters and uncover your own relationship with its words.
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