frequently asked questions
Please Read the FAQs section and the Important-Information-About-the-Dowra Section before submitting any queries, and/or your application
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Is it safe to come to Yemen in the current climate?
A. There is some political instability in the region and trouble exists in certain areas. These areas, however, are not close to the Hadramawt region (where Tarim is situated) and throughout the recent troubles, Hadramawt has hardly been affected. Habib Umar emphasises that had there been any concern for the safety of students coming to Yemen, the Dowra would not take place. In fact Dar al-Mustafa receives hundreds of students and visitors every year and the number is increasing.
- I wish to attend the Dowra and then carry on studying in Tarim. What should I do?
A. You need to apply directly to study in Dar al-Mustafa or Dar al-Zahra. Seehere for details. The most important thing is that you enter Yemen on a study visa. This website and the administration managing it are only responsible for the Dowra. If you wish to prolong your stay, even if just for a few days, you will need to apply directly to Dar al-Mustafa or Dar al-Zahra. This includes any short stay "just for the experience", even if it doesn't involve formal studies.
- Can you provide separate accommodation for families and married couples?
A. Dar al-Mustafa will do their best to accommodate families and married couples during the Dowra, although resources are limited. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact +967 734911150 or +967 735810997 (WhatsApp Nos.) for details.
- Am I able to make my own way and my own arrangements to attend this Dowra?
A. You are able to make your own way and your own arrangements to attend the Dowra, but all students must still apply for the Dowra.
- I am over 40. Would The Dowra be suitable for me?
A. Based on past experiences, some students (especially older ones), have found the Dowra accommodation and living conditions as well as the intensity of the course to be quite challenging. For example, students sleep on thin mattresses on the floor, share rooms with up to ten or twelve other students, share bathrooms and sit only on the ground. The food is also limited in variety compared to what you will be accustomed to.
- Can students under 18 years of age attend?
A. All applicants must be over the age of 18 years and wish to attend of their own free will, i.e. not coerced.
- Are women allowed to come without mahrams?
A. If it can be avoided it is better. If you can travel with other sisters that may be attending the course from near your area or country, this is preferred. Where possible, we will facilitate contact with any sisters that are traveling from your region in order that you can liaise with them to make appropriate arrangements.
- Can one bring their children and is there some kind of place to have them during the lectures?
A. Parents are welcome to bring their children. Unfortunately, there will not be childcare facilities available. Families are requested to make their own arrangements with regards to childcare during lectures.
- Can I attend part of the course only, and will I be able to travel back to my country or visit parts of Tarim and Yemen other than what the Dowra has organised?
A. Students wishing to receive the full spiritual benefit should remain for the full 40 days program. If you are unable to do so, then it is possible to attend part of the course and then travel back to your country, or (if your visa permits) you are free to plan your own individual activities. Please note that making visits to other parts of Yemen is not recommended in the current climate.
- I hear there are always difficulties traveling to Yemen, is this true?
A. Unfortunately we often have difficulties obtaining visas from the Yemeni authorities to suit our timing. Flights may also be cancelled unexpectedly. We ask applicants to be patient. We are hopeful that things will run smoothly this year.
- Will I have easy and continued access to the internet to keep in touch with work and family?
A. Internet is available, but the connections can be sporadic and slow at times. The best way to keep in touch is through text messages from your phone. It is best to come psychologically prepared to lay back, experience a different kind of life and strengthen your spiritual connections. In cases of necessity, we will facilitate you having access to the internet the best we can.
- What is the climate like; I hear it is very hot?
A. The climate is very hot and dry; however we do our utmost to provide facilities to make things as comfortable as possible for all. Our experience over the years reflects that most students are able to manage the climate. Please note if you feel you may have issues relating to such climate conditions then we recommend that you take appropriate medical advice before applying.
- Is the Dowra really that intensive?
A. The Dowra is relatively intensive and most of the students' time is occupied with classes or revision, or meetings with the scholars. The climate is also very hot and difficult to bear, which makes the course all the more difficult. Students in the past, however, have all risen to the challenge and reaped the fruits of their efforts.