University students in holy land
The Presidency of Religious Affairs has launched a new service and organized a special umrah program under guidance of faculty members to help improve the knowledge, manners, experience, religious sentiments and motivations of university students particularly from Faculties of Theology and Islamic Sciences.
200 students in holy land
The group of nearly 200 students reached the holy land with 4 religious officials under the program. University students who reached Medina and Makkah were brought to the Grand Kaaba accompanied by officials where they circumambulated the Kaaba and performed the sa’y.
Seeing the holy places
In the Medina stage of the program, students performed prayer at al-Masjid an-Nabawi, visited ar-Rawda al-Mutahhara, and saluted the tomb of the Prophet (pbuh).
A trip was also organized that included places that witnessed important incidents in the history of Islam and the Prophet’s (pbuh) life such as Mount Uhud and the Martyrs’ Cemetery, the Mosque of the Two Qiblas, the Seven Mosques built on the site where the Battle of the Trench took place, and Quba Mosque which is the first mosque ever to be built.
Information about Quran history
There were also visits under the program to places near al-Masjid an-Nabawi like Jannat al-Baqi Cemetery which is the first cemetery built by Muslims in Medina, Masjid al-Ghamama, Masjid Ali, Masjid Abu Bakr, and Medina Train Station Museum. The Quran museum to the south of al-Masjid an-Nabawi was also visited where students were given an opportunity to see the Holy Quran copies written so far and were informed about the history of Quran.
Students expressed their pleasure over the services offered during the Umrah tour and the attention and opportunities provided by the Presidency of Religious Affairs. They said they are going to serve as volunteers in their respective universities upon their return to Turkey to make sure other students also benefit from these services. Students also expressed their wish for continuation of the service in the years to come.
Registration window still open
The registration window is still open for the special umrah tours which are planned to consist of 51 tours for university students by the General Directorate of Haj and Umrah Services. The number of students signed up for the program has reached 750.