The institutes of Dar al-Mustafa and Dar al-Zahra, are firmly grounded on the following principles - all of which focus on a sustained improvement of the human condition. This improvement is not only directed at the individual but also at the collective body; the prophetic community.
- Seeking sacred knowledge (`ilm)
- Spiritual wayfaring (suluk)
- Calling to Allah (da`wah)
Dar al-Mustafa has run a Dowra or summer course every year since 1415 (1995). Since only a few people will be able to study long term in Dar al-Mustafa or Dar al-Zahra, the Dowra was set up to give more people the opportunity to receive a portion of the Prophetic methodology upon which the Dar was established. Students will have the opportunity to take knowledge from teachers are the direct descendants of the Messenger of Allah and have the strongest chains of connection to him. They are ready to impart this knowledge to anyone ready to receive it and then take it back to illuminate their communities.
Why 40 Days?
The Dowra takes place over 40 days. This time period has special properties, which are mentioned both in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. In addition, if someone is consistent in doing something for this period, it is likely to become a firm habit; and we pray you can continue to implement what you habituate during your Dowra experience.
Goals of the Dowra
- To increase in knowledge of Allah and certitude
- To purify the lower self and attain noble character traits
- To honour the covenant with Allah and to seek to benefit His slaves
What Makes a Successful Dowra?
The Dowra is a spiritual journey. Students will be immersed in a totally different world at all levels. To gain the utmost benefit, students need to be psychologically prepared to let go of most of your habits and routines and be open to new experiences. Physical and psychological discomforts are necessary concomitants of the spiritual journey; therefore, being flexible, open to new ideas and routines and easy going will immensely enhance your experience in Tarim.
More specific details will be available in your Dowra Course Pack, once you have been formally registered and during orientation once you reach Tarim.