Imagine looking up at the skies above Masjid Al-Aqsa, seeking the moon of Ramadan. Imagine praying Tarawih on the first night of Ramadan in Masjid Al-Aqsa, Islam’s third holiest Mosque. What a start to Ramadan that would be!
Al-Aqsa is mentioned numerous times in the Quran and ahadith, establishing its importance and virtue. This is the mosque where our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ led all the Prophets (AS) in salah on that miraculous night journey that every Muslim is familiar with.
Al-Aqsa was the first Qiblah and the early Muslims prayed in the direction of Al-Aqsa. Yet despite the historic and religious significance of the region and the mosque, only a tiny percentage of Muslims have the opportunity to visit Al-Aqsa
Ebrahim College, in partnership with Sakeenah Tours, offer you the opportunity to travel to Al-Aqsa and start Ramadan in one of the holiest places in the world.
22nd May 2017 - 31st May 2017
Our journey will begin just before Ramadan 2017. We will first travel to Amman, in Jordan, where we will visit remnants of prophetic history, including tombs of prophets (AS), the ‘Sahaba Tree’ and the Dead Sea. We will also tour the ancient archaeological city of Petra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The journey will then take us to Jerusalem, where we will pray Jumma in the third holiest Mosque; Masjid Al-Aqsa. We will arrive in Aqsa just before Ramadan is due to start and we will be seeking the moon, which indicates the beginning of Ramadan, in the skies above Aqsa. We will offer our Tarawih prayers in Masjid Al-Aqsa throughout the duration of our stay.
As well as worshipping in Masjid Al-Aqsa, our journey will include some amazing historical and religious tours including the tomb of prophet Sulaiman (AS), The tomb of Maryam (AS), Imam Ghazali’s (RH) residence and much more. Please see the detailed itinerary for a complete breakdown, the list will stagger you.
Our Journey will also include visits to Hebron and Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus (AS).
This journey will be inspiring, educational and above all, spiritual. We will return to our homes wiser for having travelled to such an important region of our history.
Cave of the seven sleepers
This is thought by some to be the cave in which a group of pious youths (equated with the Christian legend of the ‘Sleepers of Ephesus’) sought refuge from a tyrannical pagan king and in which Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) caused them to sleep for 300 years. Their story is mentioned in the Holy Quran in Surah Kahf. The cave is located in the suburb of Abu Alanda in Amman.
The Sahabah Tree
Visit the tree under which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is believed to have sat and rested as a boy, when travelling with his uncle to Syria. It was on this trip that the monk Buhira recognised the signs of imminent prophethood in the young boy (pbuh), and warned his uncle to protect him.
Petra (Rose City)
One on the 6 Wonders of the Ancient World.
Petra (Rose City) One on the 6 Wonders of the Ancient World. Petra, originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. The city is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the colour of the stone out of which it is carved.
Al Masjid Al Aqsa was the first qibla in Islam and it has been a significant and important place of worship for the Prophets of Islam. It was built 40 years after Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah. There is a difference of opinion amongst scholars as to who exactly built Al Masjid Al Aqsa, with some scholars and historians asserting the view that Al Masjid Al Aqsa was built by Prophet Adam (as), and others opining that it was built by Prophet Ibrahim (as). It has also been rebuilt, renovated and expanded many times in the history of Islam
Dome of The Rock
This rock is believed to be the place from where the Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) ascended to heaven (mi’raj) during his night journey to Jerusalem. It is the opinion of some scholars that the angel Israfeel (upon him be peace) will blow the soor (trumpet) from this place to herald the Day of Judgement.
Residence of Imam al-Ghazali
Where the famous Islamic scholar Imam al-Ghazali stayed in Jerusalem. In a room underneath the dome is where he wrote his major work Ihya’ Ulum al-Din or Ihya’u Ulumiddin (The Revival of Religious Sciences).
Maryam’s (AS) Tomb
The mother of Isa (upon him be peace) [Jesus]. Located in a church at the foot of the Mount of Olives, close to the old city of Jerusalem.
In Islam, Maryam (upon her be peace) is venerated as a righteous woman and is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran. The 19th surah of the Quran is named after her.
Masjid-e-Khalil in Hebron is built over a small cemetery where lies the graves of four of the most illustrious Prophets (AS) and their wives. The four prophets are Ibrahim (upon him be peace), his son Isaaq (upon him be peace), his son Yaqoob (upon him be peace) and his son Yusuf (upon him be peace).
Bethlehem is a Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and the biblical birthplace of Jesus (AS).
The Muslim Quarter
The Muslim Quarter is the largest of Jerusalem‘s quarters, covering 31 hectares (76 acres) and housing 22,000 residents.
At the heart of the Muslim Quarter is the souk, a bustling confluence of outdoor marketplaces, consisting of a maze of intertwined streets and alleyways, some of which date back a thousand years.
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Lectures & reminders by Ulama
Daily reminders by Scholars from Ebrahim College
Special lecture with Imam of Masjid Al-Aqsa (Shaykh Yusuf Abu Sneina) on the importance of Ramadan and significance of Jerusalem
Special lecture on Imam Ghazali (RH) by the Dean of the Shariah College, Al Quds University
Why go with Ebrahim College?
This trip is being organised by the team that brought you the Makka Twin Peaks Challenge. Since 2006, Ebrahim College have been taking groups to Saudi Arabia, where they have performed Umrah and then climbed 2 mountains for charity. The team are experienced in managing group travel logistics in the region and together with Sakeenah Tours (our partner on this tour) will make this a fun, educational and memorable trip for you.
Sakeenah Tours is an ATOL and IATA protected London based travel agency specialising in travel to the holy cities, including Jerusalem. Sakeenah Tours have valuable experience in organising travel to Al-Aqsa and lead groups to Al-Aqsa regularly.
Sakeenah Tours will be on the ground with us throughout the journey to make the journey as smooth as possible.
The cost of these packages (excluding flights) are normally higher. As this is a fundraising trip, we have negotiated lower prices with our travel partner Sakeenah Tours who support our vision and mission. Please note that these are trips offered to brothers and sisters who will fundraise for Ebrahim College.
These packages do not include flights. Flights start from around £300.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FLIGHT PRICES GO UP. BOOK AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE FOR THE CHEAPEST FLIGHTS.
Please note that participants are expected to fundraise. Don’t worry, we will help you set up an online fundraising page to make it easy for your friends and family to make donations and we will be available to help you along the way.
"What if I don't meet my fundraising target?"
We just want you to try your best and if after that you have not met your target - its OK. This will have no impact on your trip.
Where will the money go?
Most of the funds will support our work in delivering world class Islamic education to the Muslim community and creating scholars of the future. You can find out more here: https://ebrahimcollege.org.uk/campaignforec/
Support a widow’s centre in Jerusalem
We will be supporting a widow’s centre in Jerusalem. You will have the opportunity to visit the centre and see the work they do when we are in Jerusalem.
Support a Quran programme in Jerusalem
You will have the opportunity to visit the programme and see the work they do when we are in Jerusalem.
Serve iftar to the worshippers in Masjid Al-Aqsa
You will take part in serving iftar in Masjid Al-Aqsa.