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Madinah & Bab 2018 - Participant applications now open!

Updated on 12 March 2018

If you have a son or daughter aged between 14- 24 and want to steer them towards the best start on their spiritual journey, then let them experience a trip of a lifetime through our Madinah & Bab short course in Iran

Through insightful lectures, wholesome physical activity, and visiting historical sites meaningful to our Shia heritage, participants on the course will achieve a balance of mental and emotional upliftment, essential to lead an Islamic life.


The course runs from 22nd July - 11th August 2018 in Iran and the deadline for this year's trip is fast approaching. If you want your child to experience a trip of a lifetime, you must apply by Monday 30th April 2018.


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 Saturday 11th 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.


Related News

Updated on 23/12/2013

It is estimated that over 20 million people will converge on the holy city of Karbala this year. They travel there to gain closeness to Allah through mourning and grieving for Imam Husayn (as) and his followers, and by renewing their pledges of loyalty to him and his cause of truth over falsehood.

Applications for 2018 are closed!

They said it was going to be fun. They said I was going to make new friends, they said that I would experience new things, and above all, they said that I would not want to leave. But that was all an understatement – they had no idea.