Sacred Links – Umra, Makkah, Madina, Jordan, Palestine

Sacred Links in April 2019 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 2019!

Check out the FAQ section here.

Click here for the registration form.

Click here for the registration form.

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 Ultimate Sacred Links package, we leave Sydney on the evening of Friday 12 April 2019. We plan to arrive into Madina by plane on the following Saturday morning. At the end of the trip, we will depart Amman on Sunday 28 April 2019, arriving into Sydney that same evening. 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.

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The Virtues Conference

The Virtues Conference

Save your spot here.

The month of Rabi’ al-Awwal is the time in which the beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) manifested onto this earth. His birth and life are celebrated by the entire universe, in every single moment.

The Virtues Conference is our attempt to bring his noble virtues to the forefront of our minds, be inspired, and emulate the best of examples which he left for us.

Save your spot here.

Join us on Sunday 25 November 2018 for a special one-day conference event from 10am to 4:30pm where you will be immersed in inspiring topics including:

  1. The Love, Mercy and Compassion of the Prophet Muhammad
  2. The Patience and Resilience of the Prophet Muhammad
  3. Finding and Connecting with the Prophet Muhammad

Our speakers on the day include:

  • Shaykh Qasim Hatem (USA)*
  • Shaykh Omar Habbouche
  • Shaykh Ahmed Abdo

and others to be announced

Save your spot here.

Venue: Novotel Parramatta, 350 Church St Parramatta

Cost: $50 per person, includes coffee and lunch

For more information call 02 8094 1564

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* Shaykh Qasim Hatem’s Biography

Shaykh Qasim Hatem was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his forefathers built one of the very first mosques in North America. His family moved to Washington State in 1993, where he would later earn a full-ride scholarship to play football for the University of Washington. Originally recruited as a linebacker, he would go on to earn a starting position in 2001 at nose tackle on the top-ranked and Rose Bowl-winning Huskies. Appearing in Sports Illustrated and being scouted by NFL teams, Shaykh Qasim seemed destined to fulfill the “All-American Dream.” Shortly after that spectacular finish in the Rose Bowl however, Shaykh Qasim incurred a life-threatening injury. Although he would not be able to play football that fall, he had the opportunity to return and play in the next two seasons to complete his collegiate football career. He chose a different path entirely: his faith.

A year after graduating with his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003, Shaykh Qasim traveled to Yemen to study in the blessed city of Tarim. He first enrolled in the Badr Language Institute and then moved on to the prestigious seminary, Dar al-Mustafa, to study the traditional Islamic disciplines under some of the most illustrious scholars of our time. Shaykh Qasim completed his rigorous studies in 2011, with primary ijazaat (licenses to teach) in: Shafi’i fiqh (jurisprudence), ’aqeedah (Islamic creed), nahu (Arabic grammar), tajweed (Quranic recitation in hafs), and da’wa (methodology of inviting to Islam).

Currently Shaykh Qasim is the Executive Director and Resident Scholar of the Mihraab Foundation based in Seattle, Washington. He is also the Muslim Chaplain for Harborview and University of Washington Medical Centers and the Muslim Chaplain for a Washington State prison.

Family Camp 2018 Announcement

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 2nd Annual Family Camp over 4 days and 3 nights, from the 11th to 14th October 2018.

Fill in the registration form and follow the instructions below to secure your place! Registrations are NOW OPEN.

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Taraweeh 2018 Family Friendly Ramadan Nights

Nightly Ramadan Taraweeh Program for 2018 at Sir Joseph Banks High School

Starts 7pm each night of Ramadan. Due to limited space, we would appreciate if you could register your attendance here.

Taraweeh 2018

Solutions Focused Youth Summit – Be the Change – Video Entries

Solutions Focused Youth Summit

Our Solutions Focused Youth Summit is set to be the platform for creativity and leadership. Our team of inspiring and motivated young people are ready to bring their best ideas to cook up the best solutions the world has seen!

We have tweaked the program slightly, with an opportunity for our young people to record a video at the end of the day.

And we have lowered the minimum age to 9 years old.