For the 9th straight year, the Islamic Center at NYU will be taking a group to visit the cities of Mecca and Madina. Working with Dar El Salam Travel Agency, a leader in Hajj and Umrah travel for many years, this experience allows participants to travel safely with peace of mind so that one can concentrate on what matters most: the chance to worship and connect to God. We look forward to once again, leading students, alumni, young professionals, and families, from the U.S. and Canada in a one-week religious experience like no other. This life-changing week will allow you to experience our amazing ICNYU Community that we work so hard to build.
Travel Dates: March 8, 2018 - March 17, 2018
ICNYU Umrah Trip - ASL interpreter joining us!
This will be the first ICNYU Umrah trip that will accommodate individuals with hearing needs through an ASL interpreter. Our hope is to assist in providing the opportunity to engage in a full spiritual experience on this blessed trip.
Our package will include:
Round-trip flight from New York’s JFK to Jeddah (flights are available from other US and Canadian cities). Flight directly to Madina via layover. Four nights accommodation in Madinah at a 5-star hotel. Daily classes, halaqas, and organized trips to the Prophet’s Mosque. Half-day sightseeing trip of the Madina “Mazarat”: A guided tour of Islam’s most sacred sites. One-way ground transportation from Madina to Mecca. Four nights accommodation in Mecca. Package will include ‘umrah at the Haram, as well as classes and visits to the sites surrounding Mecca
For a full itinerary of the trip, please click here.
QUAD ROOM - $2,395 per person
TRIPLE ROOM - $2,495 per person
DOUBLE ROOM - $2,695 per person
CHILD RATE NO BED UP TO 7 YEARS $1350.00 (8 years and above adult price)
INFANT (CHILD under 2 years) PRICE IS $350.00
Travelling Without a Mahram
Last year, we had received an approval for individuals to travel without a mahram for our Umrah trip. This year, we plan on again being in conversation with the appropriate offices to get the necessary approvals and will need to show them a list of registrants as part of the process. Because of this, it is very important for those of you who are interested in attending without a mahram to apply as soon as possible, so that we can show those offices that there is a high need for the approval. If you would like to travel with us and are without a mahram please register as soon as possible.
If you are a convert, the Saudi embassy will grant you a visa to travel for umrah without a mahram regardless of your age.
If you are 45 or older and are female, the Saudi embassy will grant you a visa to travel for umrah without a mahram.
If you are 18 or older and are male, the Saudi embassy will grant you a visa to travel for umrah without a mahram.
If you do not fit into one of the above categories, you will need to either travel with a mahram or we will need to put in a special request for your visa approval to travel without a mahram. In the event that the visa approval is denied, you will be refunded any deposits and subsequent payments that were made. Please do your best to register in a timely fashion.
Sign up for the Umrah trip.
Be sure to complete the registration form below.
All Financial Aid Applications are Due by January 3, 2018 at 9:00 am.
Applications for financial aid will not be considered without registration for the trip.
Imam Khalid Latif is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. Most recently, Imam Latif was selected as one of 60 NYC leaders to serve on May Bill Deblasio’s Transition Team, helping to recommend and select individuals for key roles in the current NYC administration and also appointed to a “Task Force to Combat Hate” by NYC Public Advocate Tisch James to deal with the rise in Islamophobic, anti-semitic and anti-sikh sentiment in NYC.
Kamal Mohamed grew up and completed his undergrad in International Relations in Florida. He is a current student at NYU, pursuing his Masters in International Development with a concentration in refugee management. He was born to two wonderful parents, who so happens to be deaf. Growing up with deaf parent helped develop a comprehension of day-to-day struggles for them. He is fortunate to join the IC on this year's spiritual trip to Umrah and he will be an asset to deaf Muslims in their experience at the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer
Shaykh Faiyaz Jaffer is the Affiliate Muslim Chaplain at the Islamic Center at New York University. He attained an MA degree in Islamic Studies (UK), with a concentration on early Islamic history, with his dissertation entitled “The Role of Lamentation Poetry in Safeguarding the Karbala Narrative During the Imami Period." He recently has had his research published in academic journals.
Mona Haydar is a rapper, poet, activist, practitioner of Permaculture, meditator, composting devotee, mountain girl, solar power lover and a tireless God-enthusiast. She practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation, and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. She teaches classes, gives lectures, leads retreats and workshops, does readings and performs her work. She grew up in Flint, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan and has since lived in Damascus where she studied Arabic and Islamic spirituality then went on to live in the mountains of Northern New Mexico at Lama Foundation and in the Redwood forest of Northern California with her husband and son.
Currently, Mona is working on her second collection of poems and her first work of nonfiction on Islamic Spirituality through the lens of other spiritual traditions. She is working towards her Masters in Theology. Mona helps to grow a more universal love with her activism, writing, performing and teaching.
Aziza Gaouda is the Manager of, Operations and Community Development at the Islamic Center at New York University. Aziza received her Master’s in Urban Planning, with a focus on international and community development at New York University Robert F. Wagner. She received her bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University in the UAE. Aziza is passionate about education, community development, sustainability in urban environments and art advocacy. In her free time, she teaches the basics of Arabic and Quranic recitation, enjoys good food and exploring the great outdoors.
Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid
Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid was born in Atlanta, Georgia as the son of Mayor Chuck Khalil Burris, who was a student of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the first African American mayor of Stone Mountain, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
He pursued Islamic studies academically and traditionally in the United States and overseas for numerous years. He has a Masters degree in Islamic Law from Marmara University, Turkey. He holds two full Ijaazas in Sharia disciplines, both Usul and Furu, as well as an Ijaaza in the Spiritual Sciences and Quran Recitation. He holds a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies as well as a Master of Philosophy in Islamic Law both from Columbia University in New York City.
He has taught numerous courses on Islam and Islamic law at NYU and Columbia University taught Arabic at Georgia State University and has lectured at Harvard and Princeton. He was the first paid Muslim Chaplain for Columbia University and Barnard College in New York City. He also served as an Imam in New York City and as a Resident Scholar at the Islamic Association of Collin County. He serves as an Adviser for diversity for the Plano ISD and also works as Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at SMU.
Imam Omer Bajwa
Imam Omer Bajwa is the "Coordinator of Muslim Life" in the Chaplain's Office at Yale University. He earned his Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary, and he has been engaged in religious service, social activism, and educational outreach since 2000. He received his M.A. in Near Eastern Studies, with a specialization in Islamic Studies, and his M.S. in Communications from Cornell University. He also holds a B.A. in English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. In addition to his academic training in Islamic studies, he has also studied Islam from a traditional, normative perspective. He spent considerable time throughout his undergraduate and graduate career studying several classical Islamic sciences with traditional ulama from Pakistan, Turkey, and the United States.