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19 February 2018 / 3. Jamaad-Ul-Akhar 1439

Madinah & Bab 2018 - Participant applications now open!

Posted on Mon, 2018-01-29 17:17

Following the success of 15 consecutive Madinah and Bab Summer Courses, The World Federation, in partnership with it's Regional Members,  is pleased to announce that applications for students and mentors are now open for 2018! 

The course, which runs from Sunday 22nd July 2018 until Saturday 11th August 2018 in Iran, aims to enhance the educational and spiritual development of young people who have completed or are close to completing their Madrasah studies. Participants on the courses strengthen their attachment to their Islamic cultural and religious heritage, which deepen their understanding and love for Allah (SWT).


"I'll keep this short and will describe my feelings in three words. Life, changing, spiritual and mind-blowing. This journey truly takes one closer to Allah (SWT)". 

Ahsan Habib Mukhtarali 2017



Course Overview 

Dates:  Sunday 22nd July 2018 until Saturday 11th August 2018 -  Applicants must arrive in Iran no later than 21st July 2018.

There are two courses, with 4 separate camps :

  • The Madinah al-Ilm course is for boys and girls (separate camps) between the ages of 18 and 24 years old
  • The Bab al-Ilm course is for boys and girls (separate camps) between the ages of 14 and 17 years old.

The course name derives from a hadith from the Prophet: "I am the city (Madinah) of knowledge and Ali is it's gate (Bab)". The older students attend a Madinatul Ilm course (City of Knowledge) and the younger ones attend Babul Ilm course (Gate of knowledge). The trip name is shortened to Madinah and Bab in honour of this quote.

Although both courses will run on the same dates, there may be slight variations for each region based on regional flight itineraries. 

Participants will have the opportunity to visit the cities of Qum, Mashhad, Tehran and tourist spots.


Cost per region: 


Full cost  1,450 GBP

Subsidised cost  1,050 GBP


Full cost  1,100 AUD

Subsidised cost  900 AUD


Full cost 900 USD 

Subsidised cost 600 USD 

(excluding flights & visa cost)


Full cost 900 USD

Subsidised cost  700 USD

(excluding flights & visa cost)


Full cost  3,600 CAD / 3,000 USD

Subsidised cost  2,500 CAD / 2,100 USD


Mainland - Full cost  2,300 USD

Mainland - Subsidised cost  1,300 USD

Island - Full cost  2,500 USD

Island - Subsidised cost  $1,500 USD





The bulk of the participant's learning will take place in Qum. Being the heart of Shi'i learning, Qum is an ideal location for the academic programme of the course.  Lessons will be geared towards the practical understanding of Islam, below are some topics, which will be covered:

  • Qur'an Recitation
  • Source and Purpose of Existence
  • Extentensial Questions
  • Philosophy of Ziyarah
  • Practical Islamic Laws

Cultural activities 

  • Holy Shrine of Sayyida Fatima al-Ma'suma (SA)
  • Masjid-eJamkaran
  • Mount Khidhr (as)
  • Shopping
  • House of Imam Khomeini (RA)


One of the oldest cities in Iran, the group will spend a couple nights visiting Hamadan

  • Tomb of Avicenna
  • National Museum of Hamadan
  • Tomb of Baba Tahir Uryan
  • Telecabin and climbing to the top of the mountain
  • Horse riding
  • Waterfall


Participants will spend a day touring the capital.

  • Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini (RA)
  • Behesht-e Zahra (SA) Cemetery
  • Savak Museum
  • Holy shrine of Shah-Abdul Azim (AS)

Mashhad al-Muqaddas

  • Holy shrine of Imam al-Ridha 
  • Waterparks
  • Meeting with scholars


Most famous for being the place where the Eighth Holy Imam (AS) stopped to narrate ‘The Golden Chain’ Hadith

  • Holy shrine of Imamzadeh Mahruq

Participant and mentor blogs from 2017

Read more about the spiritual journey from our girls' group earlier this year. Check out their daily blogs.

Read more about the daily reflections from the boys' group!

Through the eyes of our mentors earlier this year, check out they have to say about their experience. 

To find out more about the trip details, please read the report for 2017.


Mentor Applications

Mentor applications are now available for those who are 21 years of age or older, preferably. Successful applicants must be available to attend the course and mentor training from approximately  Wednesday 18th July to Friday 20th August 2018 .

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email click here for the job description and application.

Further information:

The deadline for NASIMCO participants applications is 
SUNDAY 1st April 2018 

The deadline for ALL OTHER participants applications is MONDAY 30th April 2018 

The  deadline for NASIMCO mentor applications is S
UNDAY 1st April 2018    

The   deadline for ALL OTHER mentor applications is SUNDAY 15th April 2018 

Places are very limited so book your spot early -  if you have met the selection criteria, places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.  

Your application will not be considered unless we have the following:

  • A scanned copy in  JPEG of your passport photo page - your passport must be valid until at least April 2019.
  • A copy of a passport sized photograph in JPEG, taken in the last 6 months. Please note - female applicants must be in full hijab.


Deposits must be paid to your respective Regional Federation - the deposit will be refunded for those are unsuccessful. Amounts below:

- CoEJ 300 GBP

- AFED 300 USD



Read the terms & conditions

Read the FAQ's


Download posters for your region!







The Madinah and Bab course is heavily subsidised and is only possible through the kind donations of our supporters. Please donate generously and earn eternal reward for you and your respected Marhumeen.


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