Harvard Umrah

  • Umrah


We are pleased to announce the inaugural year of our Harvard Umrah. This trip ushers in the opportunity of our students to engage in spiritual transformation in a manner that most only dream of. In working with with Dar el Salam Travel, the world’s leader in Hajj and Umrah trips, the Harvard Umrah strives to provide students with the best experience in affording them the opportunity to devote themselves fully to worship of the Divine with true peace of mind.

The Package

Our package consists of round-trip flights from Boston’s Logan Airport to Medina, Saudi Arabia (flights are available from other US cities), with a layover in Istanbul, Turkey; Four nights accommodation in Madinah at the Medina Hilton Hotel (5 star hotel) and four nights stay at the Conrad Hotel (5 star hotel) in Mecca; Daily Halaqas and organized trips to the Prophet’s Mosque will be led by Chaplain Khalil Abdur-Rashid and Ustadha Samia Omar; Sightseeing trips and guided tours of Islam’s most sacred sites in both Medina and Mecca will take place on scheduled days and times; One-way ground transportation from Medina to Mecca in included. We will perform Umrah together at the Haram and there will be an opportunity to perform a second Umrah as a group as well for those interested.

For a full itinerary of the trip, please Click here

Room Options:

QUAD ROOM - $2,325 per person

TRIPLE ROOM - $2,425 per person

DOUBLE ROOM - $2,625 per person

INFANT (under 2 years old) - $350 per person

CHILD (up to 9 years old) NO BED - $1695 per person

CHILD WITH BED: Same price as adult 


Harvard Umrah Leaders

Chaplain Khalil Abdur-Rashid

Khalil Abdur-RashidKhalil Abdur-Rashid is the first full-time University Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University and Instructor of Muslim Studies at Harvard Divinity School. He serves all Muslim students at Harvard, supervises staff of the Harvard University Office of the Chaplain and also serves on the Board of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life at Harvard.

He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and completed his bachelor’s degree in Social Work. He worked for the state of Georgia as a social worker for several years. He pursued Islamic studies academically and traditionally which led him overseas to study for numerous years in the Middle East and in Istanbul, Turkey. While in Istanbul, Chaplain Khalil pursued a Master’s Degree in Comparative Islamic Law at Marmara University and completed two Islamic seminary doctoral licenses in Islamic Sciences.

He also holds both a Master of Arts in Islamic law and Middle East Studies as well as a Master of Philosophy in Islamic Law and Middle East Studies from Columbia University in New York City. He has taught numerous courses on Islam and Islamic law at NYU and Columbia University and taught Arabic language at Georgia State University. He was the first paid Muslim Chaplain for Columbia University and Barnard College in New York City and served as an advisor to the NYPD Police Commissioner. He also served as Imam for several years in New York City and several years as Scholar-in-Residence at a major Islamic Center in North Dallas. He also worked as adjunct professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate of Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodists University. He is now completing his academic doctoral degree in Liberal Studies, specializing in the structure and representation of American Muslim identity. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and children.

Samia Omar

Samia Omar

Samia Omar is an Egyptian American who completed her bachelor's degree in social work and has pursued a master's degree at SMU in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Islamic Studies. She holds an advanced certificate in Islamic Studies as well as a general ijaaza in Islamic sciences. She worked in New York City from 2001 - 2005 as an Islamic Studies school teacher in an Islamic school. She also worked as a residential manager for many years overseeing the service to adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. She relocated to Dallas, Texas to help her husband establish the Arabic language and Islamic studies program at TAQWA Seminary. She later became co-founder of the Islamic Seminary of America and managed the Islamic studies and Arabic language programs there, with over 200 students in attendance.

After losing her oldest daughter to cancer, she devoted herself to assisting her husband as a volunteer to serve the Muslim community, especially youth in their journey to overcome life’s challenges. In this regard she developed two youth programs in Dallas, Texas. She is now a lead organizer and developer of the Hadara Program, a study abroad program for Arabic language and Islamic civilization. Ustadha Samia has also served for several years as a group leader for Umrah for numerous different Umrah groups and is delighted to accompany Harvard Muslim students and serve as an official group leader for the Harvard Umrah trips as part of the programs of the Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University.


For Registration

Currently we are full and no longer accepting people to sign up. If you would like to join us and can cover all of your expenses please go to: www.darelsalam.com/harvard


For information about Umrah Visa requirements as determined by authorities abroad

Umrah Visa Requirements


Sponsorship of a Student for Umrah

To sponsor a student for Umrah or to make a donation towards the Umrah of a student please go to:https://ocs.fas.harvard.edu/make-gift