AQSA

The Packages Include

• This is a specifically designed Qur’an & Sunnah program focusing only on al-Aqsa and Quds (Jerusalem), going into academic detail concerning the historical events that have occurred in the Old City and concentrating on reconciling the different narratives offered by Muslims, Christians and Jews on those key events
• Group will be fully led all the way by Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah
• This program will revolve around personal ‘ibadah in Aqsa and study in the Holy Sanctuary, and not popular Tourist Areas and Traps in the wider country controlled by Israel
• 5 nights at Jerusalem’s leading Muslim-owned hotel, The Golden Walls – breakfast included
• This is a LAND ONLY program, so please arrange your own choice of flights. Check in is at 2pm on Monday 30th September and Check Out is at 11am on Saturday 5th October.
• Fully administered by Dar El Salam, the leading premier Islamic Tour Company in the West
• Led by professionally qualified guides covering Christian and Jewish landmarks and events
• A day long walking tour of the entire al-Aqsa Sanctuary, and other Islamic and Jewish landmarks in the Old City
• Coach ride to the Mount of Olives, followed by an opportunity to relive and study the Palm Sunday Walk
• A day long walking tour of the 14 Stations of Christ along the Via Dolorosa
In-ear wireless radio system for every person to allow uninterrupted, superlative quality teaching and focus during all lessons, tours, and group activities
Round-trip Airport Transfers by the premier private Airport shuttle service Limo Circle
• A guided tour and practical lessons in Bab al-Rahmah al-Islamiyyah Graveyard covering the Fiqh of Janazah and Burial
• Schedules from experienced organisers allowing for plenty of personal spiritual time, as well as structured Qur’an lessons and Q&A sessions with the Shaykh
Access to the Shaykh 24/7 via the Aqsa Whatsapp group and personal telephone
Full mentoring months before departure as well as after your return, webinars and individual email support for all the pilgrims before they depart from Shaykh Abu Eesa and then full Whatsapp and Mobile phone support 24/7 during the trip as well
• Group will be accompanied by tour managers

PLEASE SEE THE FAQ SECTION BELOW FOR FULL, DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM

To Book Your Place

F.A.Q

Full Details About the 2019 Jerusalem Program

This is a unique program designed by Shaykh Abu Eesa focusing on a more Islamic and religious approach to visiting Aqsa, and less so a Western “Touristy” approach.

A preliminary public program below indicates the itinerary which is fixed in content but subject to change only in the various days we choose for certain activities. All pilgrims joining us will receive the full detailed itinerary privately once their confirm their place. You should note that there are no visits to those places of dubious authenticity such as the Maqam of Musa (peace be upon him) and the graves of Ibrahim and his family (peace be upon them), and those places which are for Tourists following their own narrative such as the Church of the Nativity, and Nazareth and Bethlehem in general. There will also be no visits to tourist traps which are unfortunately many in the wider areas outside of Aqsa.

Instead, the program will focus on Quds which will keep any curious person busy for a week let alone a practising Muslim who wants to understand various narratives of the Torah and Injeel concerning their key historical sites and events. Aqsa will be the ultimate focus, with a Qur’an and Sunnah approach to the Aqsa complex and detailed study sessions every day alongside lectures and reminders to make this a beneficial trip not just from a political awareness standpoint but also individually spiritually benefiting as well with an intense focus on prayers, study and ibadah in the Aqsa Masjid about which the Prophet (peace be upon him) has specifically encouraged us to spend time in praying and staying there.

It is a land-only package which has been formulated to help save as much cost as possible by offering flexibility to each pilgrim in case they are able to procure cheaper flights on different days to the group program. Those who wish to come earlier or leave later can do so, but please see the rest of the FAQs to understand the costing implications of this.

The itinerary will be approximately as follows:

 

Jerusalem Tour 2019 with Shaykh AE

Day 1 (Mon 30th Sept):

  • Afternoon/Evening arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv
  • Transfer to Golden Walls Hotel in Jerusalem as per the already arranged above transfer schedule, check-in and rest

Day 2 (Tue 1st Oct):

  • Full Five Daily Prayers at al-Aqsa
  • Meet up in Hotel Lobby at 12pm, for Group Orientation
  • Preliminary Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Formal Introductory Lecture by Shaykh AE between Maghrib and Isha at Masjid al-Aqsa

Day 3 (Wed 2nd Oct):

  • Full Five Daily Prayers at al-Aqsa
  • Full Day Walking Tour of the Islamic and Jewish Sites in the Old City with Shaykh AE and Professional Guide
  • Individual time to visit the Western Wall in your own private capacity
  • Shopping Time in the Old City

Day 4 (Thu 3rd Oct):

  • Full Five Daily Prayers at al-Aqsa
  • Mount of Olives Coach Trip
  • Palm Sunday Walking Tour
  • Full Day Via Dolorosa Tour
  • Full Daily Prayers at al-Aqsa
  • All the above are with Shaykh AE’s commentary and guidance along with the professional Christian specialist guide

Day 5 (Fri 4th Oct):

  • Full Five Daily Prayers at al-Aqsa
  • Jumu’ah at Masjid al-Qibli for Men and the Dome of the Rock for Women
  • The Fiqh of Janazah in the al-Rahmah Graveyard with Shaykh AE
  • Closing session with Shaykh AE

Day 6 (Sat 5th Oct):

  • Full Daily Prayers at al-Aqsa depending on your flight departure time
  • Breakfast in hotel, or packed if leaving early
  • Departure as per fully arranged airport transfer schedule from Golden Walls Hotel to Tel Aviv Airport, five hours before your departure time

 

Please note the following points of advice:

  1. Entering Palestine is not like entering normal countries. It is under occupation and therefore you should prepare for signs of a heavy military presence everywhere you go. In general, the areas you visit will be safe but even if there is trouble, this should not deter anyone from being firm and confident about their faith and its holy sites
  2. Customs and immigration at Tel Aviv airport is a long and often humiliating process which can sometimes take a very long time as nearly every Muslim who flies in is profiled and detained for investigation and sometimes even detailed questioning about your views and political activity. We advise everyone to be incredibly patient and courteous throughout the process, which normally shouldn’t take longer than a few hours but might even take as long as 10-12 hours. You should bring snacks with you. There is water and toilet facilities available, but no prayer area so you will have to pray in a corner at the appropriate time. The Shaykh will help with all this planning on the Whatsapp group before the program starts so you have nothing to worry or stress about.
  3. We advise that you have no hand luggage or very very little hand luggage on your way out of Tel Aviv when returning home because it is normal security protocol for the Israelis who completely dismantle every single piece of your hand luggage or purse inch by inch in the security queue which can take a few hours. This is in addition to security checks on your way into the airport itself in your checked baggage as well, hence why we advise that you plan to leave the hotel in Jerusalem approximately five hours before your departure time on the 5th of October even though the airport is only an hour away. Even better if you can avoid much luggage then you will have a vastly improved experience during your stay and also a cheaper ticket option on budget airlines that charge extortionate sums to take a checked bag anyway. Of course if you plan to shop for the usual popular things in Palestine such as their Medjoul dates, their oil, their sweets, and their handicraft then you will need checked luggage allowance, and it is far better to put all hand luggage items in such bags too to avoid the long detailed security headache later on in the airport when going through security.
  4. It is essential you read ALL THE FAQ section below to understand all details about the program, especially the times of the airport transfer shuttles etc
  5. Once you have registered and confirmed your place, please purchase your ticket. Once you have done that, please contact us at hajjwithae@darelsalam.co.uk with the reference “Aqsa 2019” and share your travel itinerary with us so we can arrange the airport transfer shuttle numbers accordingly.
  6. Please note that there are no visas needed for British, Canadian and US passport holders. Israeli immigration will give a separate entry visa ticket to all tourists free without charge, and will NOT stamp your passport in order to avoid problems in other countries.
  7. We are not responsible in any way for any pilgrim who is refused entry into Israel and is therefore unable to join the program. This is entirely in the hands of the Israeli authorities and they have the right to refuse any foreigner of any age, including the organisers or the scholars or any individual. We shall try our best to make your trip as beneficial as possible with the guides from Jerusalem especially if one of our own team is unable to gain entry. We hope you understand this causes a huge difficulty for us that we cannot navigate.
  8. TO BOOK, PLEASE FILL IN THIS FORM

Applicants From Other Countries

Although the Shaykh will be travelling from the UK, these packages are open to applicants from all countries. This is a LAND ONLY package so anyone can apply from anywhere as long as you ensure that you arrive in time and leave on time as per your flights and your departing airport. PLEASE FILL IN THIS FORM and mention your situation in the notes section and then we will get back to you soon to confirm whether we can or cannot process your application.

The prices mentioned above cover the cost of the program itself and all transport and accommodation inside Jerusalem. They do NOT cover the cost of the respective visa if you need one or any other costs. Please check with the Israeli embassy in your own country whether you will need a visa for entry. We do not arrange immigration support for any applicant.

What are the costs for children?

In general, Shaykh AE’s programs are heavy on ibadah and tarbiyyah of adults, spending a lot of time walking and meeting and studying. This does not make it prohibitive for children but younger children will definitely feel the strain. For that reason we advise all parents to try and leave their young children with family members if they want to enjoy the experience to the maximum. However if you have no choice then please see the costs below. Children over ten years old will benefit from the program.

 

Under 3 years old: Free (no bed)
3 – 9 years old: £200 (no bed)
Above 10 years old or children of any age wanting their own bed: Adult price

How can we get more information?

You have a number of options open to you:

  • filling in a form will allow us to contact YOU if you wish and answer any questions
  • for quick small queries, our Facebook Messenger team can help, especially outside of office hours and in emergencies. This usually has the fastest response time but the most limited scope in terms of helping with actual applications. Message us at https://www.facebook.com/HajjwithAE/
  • email us at hajjwithae@darelsalam.co.uk
  • call us on 020 3900 1223 ext. 306
  • Visit our office:
    • Dar El Salam Travel UK, One Canada Square, 29th Floor, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5DY
    • Hours: Mon to Fri: 10:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 11:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday: Closed

Can I fly in to Jerusalem later than the group or leave earlier due to work reasons etc?

Usually, we do not like this approach because the Shaykh likes to keep the group dynamic unified, and the tarbiyyah program builds on itself. However, it might be possible in a unique circumstance so please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate.

As for the costings if you wish to confirm an extra night before or after the group’s dates, or if you wish to check in early because your flight arrives significantly earlier, then note:

  • for a triple room, it will cost £240 for the room per night
  • for a double room, it will cost £150 for the room per night
  • for a single room, it will cost £115 for the room per night

It is therefore clear that it makes sense if you are arriving earlier or staying on later extra nights, that you do it with some other people and share the room costs. A triple room will cost £80 per person as long as you have other people in your travelling party that will pay for the rest of the room. If you are by yourself, you are advised to get a single room by yourself as this is the cheapest approach.

Please also note that you will have to pay for your airport transfers if you arrive earlier or later than the 30th of September, or leave earlier or later than the 5th of October, as these are outside the group airport transfer arrangements. The cost of this will be £50 per person, covering the return journey from Tel Aviv Airport to Jerusalem.

Finally, when booking your flights try and allow for the possibility of delays at immigration in Tel Aviv Airport upon arrival, from anything from 2 hrs – 12 hrs depending on how much the Israeli authorities decide to investigate you. Our booking at the hotel starts at 2pm on Monday 30th September, and we have to leave the hotel before 11am on Saturday 5th October, with our advice that you should leave the hotel approximately five hours before departure to cover all security possibilities.

Our Tel Aviv Airport Transfer Service is run by Limo Circle who will have a vehicle ready to take our group members to our Jerusalem hotel at the following times:

Monday 30th September: throughout the morning at times to be later determined, and then at 5pm, 8pm, 11pm

Tuesday 1st October: 2am, 5am

This means that whenever you clear customs and immigration, you make your way to the Limo Circle office in the Arrivals Hall after picking up your luggage and you will wait for the next scheduled vehicle to leave at its set-time regardless of what time time you exit. Note that the vast majority of flights that will arrive into Tel Aviv on Monday 30th of September will be from the afternoon onwards and one way or the other you will find the set times of the vehicles above most appropriate. Please do not arrive too late into Tuesday as you need to be fresh and rested by Tuesday afternoon for our group program to start on time. If you arrive very early on the Monday because of a 29th September Departure from your home airport, we will arrange an Airport transfer shuttle outside of our normal hours above but you might have to wait a few extra hours, and inevitably you will have to wait in the hotel lobby for a very long time before you can enter your room at 2pm on the 30th. This is therefore not advised, OR you arrange to pay for an extra night and enter your room and you will need to pay Limo Circle for a bespoke vehicle to take you to the hotel as per the above rate OR stick to your plan and come early, wait in the lobby or leave your bags there and visit the Old City until the Check-in time.

Are you able to take disabled or very elderly pilgrims?

The layout of the Old City makes the Aqsa complex quite difficult to navigate, due to its gradient and slopes as well as cobbled pathways which make it difficult for wheelchair pushing as well. Although it is possible to push a wheelchair, it will take approximately 15 minutes to do that from the hotel to the main Masjid al-Aqsa due to the slopes and uneven ground. The distance is not far, but the elderly and infirm will struggle on the route into and out of the Masjid. There are no hotels in Jerusalem whatsoever which can avoid this reality.

The nature of this package is very intense on the time of the leader and guide in order to give the best possible experience to the majority pilgrims. This means we sadly cannot take anyone who is disabled or is too weak or old to completely look after themselves. However if they are being accompanied by someone who will be able to look after that person’s each and every need without recourse to extra resources, then please email us for further discussion.

How do we book a place?

Please FILL IN THIS FORM and one of our team will contact you to confirm all the necessary details and requirements.

Will "Triple" rooms be bigger?

Please expect “triple” rooms to feel a bit less spacious. If you want to avoid any issues like this, we advise you to book a double room and that way you will be guaranteed that the hotel will not try to take advantage of you.

Who is the organiser of this Aqsa Program?

We are Dar El Salam, proudly one of the world’s leading Hajj, ‘Umrah and Islamic Tour operators having served in excess of 100,000 pilgrims over the last three decades.

We have built our reputation in the industry with representatives serving guests in over 30 major cities worldwide from our offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Florida, and Toronto, making us the leading Hajj travel agency in all of North America. In 2009, we began providing Islamic Heritage Tour packages, with expert guides leading Guests on a memorable exploration of countries like Turkey, China, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

We are proud to have opened our new office in the UK in 2017, as the first step towards providing UK travellers a premium travel experience.

We are proud of the countless positive testimonials we have received from our guests. We welcome you to explore our website to see what package fits your needs. Feel free to contact us for more information, we’d love to hear from you! Visit us at http://www.darelsalam.com/our-company/

We pray that you will have a great experience with us and that you return back home with 100% satisfaction and an accepted trip. Ameen.

How can we contact you?

You have a number of options open to you:

  • filling in a form will allow us to contact YOU if you wish
  • for quick small queries, our Facebook Messenger team can help, especially outside of office hours and in emergencies. This usually has the fastest response time but the most limited scope in terms of helping with actual applications. Message us at https://www.facebook.com/HajjwithAE/
  • email us at hajjwithae@darelsalam.co.uk
  • call us on 020 3900 1223 ext. 306
  • Visit our office:
    • Dar El Salam Travel UK, One Canada Square, 29th Floor, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5DY
    • Hours: Mon to Fri: 10:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 11:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday: Closed