Leadership for the Heart


Leadership for the Heart 2017


Alhamedellah there is no better way to develop leadership in an applied way than performing an umrah. The umrah program is developed for adults and teens ages 16+ to inculcate Islamic concepts and to practice attributes of a Muslim young man. It is a mix of worship, recreational and educational activities. Over a week during spring break your teen will be immersed into an experience of a life-time. Why spend over $5000 on an ambassador’s leadership development program in Paris, or Tokyo, when we have the two jewels of Makkah and Madinah.

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Inshaa Allah you and your teen will develop tremendous skills, experience and maturity upon completing this program. From getting exposed to a world of experiences and activities to learning about the prophets and messengers of the past your teen will connect with his Muslim character. The program is designed to completely transform your child’s daily activities from the routine of a young Muslim man in the US during a school break, to a focused and intensive format with a diversity of activities such as spending time learning from a scholar at the Masjid Al-Haram, to praying jummah with tens of thousands in front of the Kaaba, to visiting orphan kids in Jeddah, to getting exposed to a different culture, to visiting the battle-fields of the past, and reading Quran foot-steps away from the Kaaba and in the Rowda Al-Sharifa.

7-day Program
Departure from DC/Baltimore area on Sunday evening and return the following Sunday

Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah – possible one day Istanbul tour (additional fees apply)

Details provided later
Worship, history, recreation, social, teambuilding, patience

Local Transportation

Air Conditioned Bus from Madinah Airport to Hotel
Air Conditioned Bus to Makkah
Air Conditioned Bus from Hotel to Jeddah Airport

3 nights in 4 Stars Hotel in Madinah – Walking From Haram – including Breakfast.
$1,875 based Quad Occupancy Rooms – Price Visa fees is included , Double Occupancy available for extra charges.

Program fees include two meals and light snack.

Eligibility & Restrictions
Program is open to youth ages 16+.
Teens over 16-18 participating in the program without parents must provide two recommendation forms, and write a short letter of interest (100 words – limited to one page).
Parents may join the group if there are available spaces.
Participants must sign a form to abide by all trip rules and regulations.
Parental consent forms are required.

Program is limited to 20 participants. Instructor is Sheikh Essam Tawfik.

Sheikh Essam Tawfik has been one of the renowned khateebs/speakers based in the Washington DC Area and actively involved in Islamic activities and instructing in different Islamic Universities, institutions, centers and communities in the US and other different countries for the last 25 years. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Iqraa & Rattel Institute (www.Iqraawarattel.com) for teaching Arabic and Quran to Non-Native Arabic Speakers, he is also a board member at Islamic Leadership Institute of America. Moreover, Sheikh Essam is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the US with over 25 years of professional engineering and project management experiences in the US and other different countries.

A CPR and first aid chaperon certified by the American Red Cross will be available on trip inshaa Allah, our ratio is 1 chaperon per 5 kids, the program is developed by professionals educated and trained in leadership. Chaperons have experience in youth programs, and have conducted out-door programs at for several years including trips and other off-site programs.

Material & Supplies
All required informational material, booklets and handouts will be provided and are approved by the ILIA board of trustees, a board of scholars who advise ILIA program directors on shariyah issues. The current board of trustees is led by Dr. Salah As-Sawy.

Interested parties must complete a registration application online and mail a check for $200 payable to ILIA, no later than 2/28/2017. Fees will refunded in case your teen is not selected, your child has an emergency or trip canceled, and is non-refundable for any other purpose. No refunds of the deposit are possible after the full payment due date. Full payment will be required no later than 3/10/2017.

Exact fees will be determined in a few weeks once group size is determined and feedback is received from the travel agent and Saudi embassy. Fees are expected to be approx. $1900 (estimate, actual price might be less or more) and includes visa fees.

Recommendation Letters
Teens should follow these guiding points:
– Each participant needs to submit two recommendation letters, one is preferably from a school teacher.
– Letters are accepted from teachers, coaches, Masjid Imam or employer.
– Letters should reflect the recommender’s opinion on the applicant’s level in the following areas: (1) leadership, (2) teamwork (3) listening skills, (4) maturity, (5) motivation and initiative level (6) attitude and flexibility and (7) articulation.
– Letter should indicate the relationship of the recommender to the applicant.
– Letters should be sent to ILIA via email at info@islamicleadership.org or via postal service to Attn: Leadership for the Heart, PO Box 726, Clarksville, MD21029, no later than March 10th, 2017.

Participant Interest Letter
The interest letter should be no more than a single page, and no less than 100 words. The letter should reflect the reason the participant believes it is important to join the trip/program, the benefits that the participant strives to acquire and how the program will benefit the participant in his life and hereafter.

About ILIA
The beloved Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said in one hadith “All of you are shepherds, and each of you is responsible of his or her flock”. The Islamic Leadership Institute of America is based on this advice of the Prophet. Our programs instill leadership skills and traits into the participants.

For more information about the Islamic Leadership Institute of America email us at info@islamicleadership.org or visit the website at http://www.islamicleadership.org

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