Darul Arqam Educational Trust

Wayfarers Retreat Week in Sanliurfa Turkey & Visit Maqam of The Venerable Companion Abu Ayyub al-Ansari RA


Dates: Sat 18th December 2021 – Sat 25th December 2021
  • Adult – Age 12+ £795
  • Child – Age 2-11 £550
  • Infant – Under 2 years of age £100
Location: Sanliurfa – The Ancient City of Prophets, Turkey

See below for full info on how to make your deposit – Please note, your space is not secure until the deposit has been paid.

Package Includes:

  • Flights (Departing from London) + International Transfers + Local Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Daily Ziyaarah, Guided Tours and Excursions
  • Retreat lessons and Daily Dhikr lead by Shaykh Zaqir.
  • Children’s Activities during lessons for Adult’s (details TBC).

Click Here to view the brochure & full itinerary.

Why Retreat with Darul Arqam?

“The contemplative believer who remembers God will begin to enjoy solitude and places of seclusion where voices and movements are hushed. There he will find strength of heart and will, and he will no longer be worried or depressed. He will begin to taste the sweetness of worship, of which he cannot have enough. In it, he will find abundance of pleasure and comfort – more than what he used to find in diversion and play, or in the satisfaction of worldly desires. When he experiences this state, many of the worldly concerns will disappear, as he is in a completely different world from the rest of humanity!”

–Ibn Al Qayyim, Madaarij As Salikeen

Darul Arqam invite you to join the Wayfarers Week Retreat for a week of remembrance and contemplation. Aiming to recreate an atmosphere of brotherhood, compassion and joy that emanates with true faith. We deliberately keep costs low so that the most people possible can benefit. We hope during week we can rejuvenate some of the meanings we have been studying within the various courses at Darul Arqam.  It is a joyful time, with attendance open to all, including families and we welcome children (for whom special activities have been arranged) since their presence is a means for the attraction of the angels of mercy. There are various activities, circles of sacred knowledge, circles of Qu’ran, remembrance, congregational prayers and sacred recreational activities which will enlighten the soul and draw you in proximity to our Lord.

This is going to take place in the blessed city of Sanliurfa in Turkey.

Why Visit Sanliurfa?

Urfa (or al-Ruha in Arabic) known as Edessa in ancient times is an important city with a rich history. It is situated fifty miles from the Euphrates river marking it as one of the most earliest human settlements. There is evidence to suggest that the ancient city was home to the temple which our liege lord Ibrahim عليه السلام resided near and he was born in this city.

Ur Kasdim – as the city is also called is considered to be the hometown of Ibrahim عليه السلام. Islam first arrived in Urfa around during the period of the Khulafah al-Rashideen and they willingly invited the liberating force and no hostilities took place. The Crusaders established this city as their first colonial Crusader Kingdom and forced the local population to accept Catholic rites.

The commander Imad al-Deen Zengi رحمة الله عليه liberated the city and returned it to the hands of the believers, allowing for religious freedom of worship. He was the precursor to the Liberating Battle (Jihaad) – and his noble gesture ushered in a warrior spirit in the Ummah – and the likes of Noor al-Deen Zengi (Imad al-Deens son) and Salah al-Deen Ayyubi continued the struggle. The Uthmanis (Ottomans) Sultan Salim during the battles of Marj Dabik (1516) and Raydaniyya (1517) amalgamated it to the Uthmani Khilafah. During Sultan Salims battles with the Mamaluks of Egypt the Prophetic Vestiges arrived to Istanbul passing through the important town of Mardin. Urfa – a city Prophetic in origin and a frontier land (Thughrah – Ribat) in history espousing faith, struggle and spirituality!

Details of Ziyaarah and Excursions

  • Visting Maqam of The Venerable Companion Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him)
  • Dergah Complex (Balıklıgöl, Prophet Ibrahims عليه السلام birth – Mevlid-i Khalil Cave & Nimrod’s throne)
  • Gobekli Tepe Temple – The Temple Which Ibrahim عليه السلام Destroyed
  • Our Master Prophet Ayyub عليه السلام and Spring of Rejuvenation / Hzt. Eyyüp
  • Ancient Mardin crossroads of Civilisaton (Sitti Radviyye (Hatuniye) Medresesi, Ulu Cami and Zinciriye Medresesi)
  • Spiritual Wandering
  • Al-Qardiri Dhikr
  • Day of ‘Gift each other and love each other …’ (al-Bukhari & Muslim) – Free Bazaar Day

Classes and Prayer Schedule
Morning and afternoon Classes and the Adhkaar will take place in the conference room in the ground floor of the hotel. The venue for Salaah will be in Ulu Masjid across the hotel being a 3 minute walk from the accommodation.

Please click here to view the full brochure and itinerary.

Are you ready to retreat!?

A deposit of £400 per adult, £275 per child and £50 per infant is required to secure your space. Payment of full balance is required 6 weeks prior to travel (you are welcome to pay the full balance when booking if you prefer). Please make a transfer to Darul Arqam’s bank account using the below details:

Islamic Bank of Britain

Darul Arqam Educational Trust

Sort code: 30 00 83

Account No: 01226101

Reference: (see below)

In the bank transfer reference section, please make the reference your first two initials followed by ‘-WW21’. For example, Zaid Imran will use the reference ‘ZI-WW21’

Important: Once you have transferred the money via bank transfer, please email us at info@datrust.org with a screen capture of the final screen mentioning whom the amount has been transferred to (or a PDF receipt) and email us with your full name and the back page/info page of your Passport.

We look forward to retreating with you!

Wayfarers Retreat – Urfa December 2021 PDF!