Sacred Links in April 2020 is a Umra trip (Madinah and Makkah), followed by a special Jordan and Palestine tour where we visit some of the most sacred sites in Amman, Jerusalem and surrounding regions. This will be sure to inspire, captivate, and strengthen your links to the most sacred parts of your life and world. Join us in April 2020!
Check out the FAQ section here.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is this for youth, adults, or both?
Sacred Links is open to adults, married couples, friends, brothers, sisters, and supervised children/youth. This journey would be ideal for people wanting to strengthen their connection with one another as a family, whilst at the same time experiencing the the most amazing sacred sites in Islamic history and civilisation.
2. Can I get a twin share room for me and my spouse?
Of course. Just let us know and we can advise of any additional costs.
3. I want to visit another destination after Sacred Links. Can you book additional stopovers like Beirut, Istanbul, Dubai?
Sure. Let us know where you want to go and for how long, and we can advise of the alternative itinerary and costs.
4. I have never been to Umrah. Won’t it be difficult since I don’t know how to perform the rites of Umrah?
Umrah is pretty straightforward and literally only takes two to three hours once you arrive into Makkah. As for the rules, we will go through everything beforehand. If there is enough interest, we could even run a crash course before departing Sydney.
5. Isn’t visiting graves a little doubtful, as it might lead to shirk?
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ passed by Prophet Musa (Moses) in his grave whilst he made the Night Journey (Isra). He also encouraged his nation to visit graves, as they remind one of the hereafter. He also used to frequent al-Baqee Cemetery in Madina and make dua for his companions buried there.
6. I noticed only breakfast is included during the stay in Makkah and Madina. What about dinner?
If you have stayed at 5 Star hotels before, you would know the breakfast buffet is quite exotic! It will fill you up for most of the day. There are plenty of food outlets around, so you are free to grab lunch or dinner to your liking outside the hotel. The supermarkets are also stocked with high quality and cheap food items – you can always stock up on some snacks and wholesome food and keep them in your hotel room.
7. When exactly do we leave, and when do we return?
For the Sacred Links package, we leave Sydney on the evening of Wednesday 8 April 2020. We plan to arrive into Madina by plane on the following Saturday morning. At the end of the trip, we will depart Amman on Monday 27 April 2019, arriving into Sydney the evening of Tuesday 28 April 2020. That’s the plan, but of course this could change slightly depending on flight availability. We will confirm the exact itinerary with you before proceeding with the booking.
8. I really want to attend Sacred Links, but I live outside Australia – perhaps New Zealand, USA, or somewhere else in the world. Can I still go?
Everything is possible. All you need to do is arrange the Umra visa in your country of residence. We can then assist with the connecting flights so you can meet the Sacred Links group in Madina (or a stopover before).
9. Do we do Umrah first? Then Madinah?
Our first destination is Madinah, where we will spend 5 nights. After visiting our Beloved Messenger ﷺ and exploring the sacred sites in and around Madinah, including Mount Uhud, Masjid Quba’, and Masjid al-Qiblatayn, we will get changed into our Ihram clothes on the last day and take the bus southwards to Makkah. The trip is usually about 5 to 6 hours, depending on traffic. We will stop at Dhul Hulayfa just outside Madinah, where the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ began his Ihram from on the way to Hajj.
A camp for the whole family, in a nurturing and positive Islamic environment?
The long weekend in the October 2019 school holidays will be loaded with:
- Daily Islamic lessons by Shaykh Ahmed Abdo
- Basketball, tennis, mini golf, table tennis and more sports
- Prayers and adhkar in congregation
- Family time and relationship building activities
- Registrations opening soon for parents, children and grandparent
- Each family will be allocated their own, private room
Current Availability (updated 9:30pm 3/9/2019)
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21of 21 family rooms (with ensuite) still available. You may still complete the form, as there is possibly an additional cabin (no ensuite) that could be made available. Or if a family cancels, you will be on the waiting list to take their room.
- There are now 3
4of 4 powered sites for camper trailers and caravans still available
- You can also either bring your own family tent and pitch it, or we can arrange to have a tent erected for you before your arrival. Let us know in the comments section when completing the application form below.
A family camp in a safe and encouraging environment for mums, dads, grandparents, and children!
Shifa Institute is dedicated to bringing families together in a positive and encouraging environment. As part of our programs, we would like to invite you to apply to attend our 3rd Annual Family Camp over 4 days and 3 nights, from the 4th to 7th October 2019.
Fill in the registration form and follow the instructions below to secure your place! Registrations are NOW OPEN.
Thankyou to all our sponsors who have made this camp more affordable for each family to attend. Our generous sponsors include:
- All Purpose Plumbing
- Lote Consulting
- Guardian Property Services
- Little Leaders Early Learning Centre
- Kheir Lawyers
- Mecca Travel and Tours
- Edison Solutions
QUL College currently runs on Fridays and Saturdays only.
QUL College Dates for Term 4, 2019
FRIDAYS 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Starts: Friday 18th October 2019
Last Day: Friday 13th December 2019
SATURDAYS 8:00am to 12:00pm
Starts: Saturday 19th October 2019
Last Day: Saturday 14th December 2019
We are taking registrations for QUL College 2019. If you are interested in enrolling your children aged 5 to 16, fill in the below form. This year, we are offering students the option of enrolling in Friday OR Saturday. Please be aware that for some classes, we currently have a waiting list.
Click Continue Reading below or scroll down to the bottom of this post to access the registration form.
Reaping Ramadan – Part 2 – Ramadan Has Dawned Upon Us!
Do you want to follow in the footsteps of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, during this month of Ramadan. Join us every day for “Reaping Ramadan”.
It only takes 30 seconds to be inspired!
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Ninowy (USA) will be touring Sydney and teaching a special and limited 2-Day Intensive Course.