Enlightening Hearts, Awakening the Mind
Welcome to a revolutionary idea, one revolutionary perhaps only because the youth have not had access to it for some time it seems, but one as old as the Deen itself. Throughout time, Prophets have taken time to meditate and contemplate the meaning of this world. Scholars have taken time to leave society for a small time, study and learn, and then come back to help their people.
There is the specific example of Hira. Hira is the cave that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) meditated in to understand his place in the universe, who Allah is, and where he received the first revelation of “Iqra” – Read.
And so we invite you to a 21st century, American-Muslim version of that cave. Come here, and in the company of your peers, all of them striving on the same path as you, read. Read, like our Prophet was commanded to, about what Allah says and how that plays into the world around our lives and us. Discuss with scholars, teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, about how they make a mark on this world while retaining their Islam, and be inspired to make your own. Meditate, as the Prophet did, on this universe, God, and yourself.
And remember, the Prophet left Hira, and went on to change the world. God willing, you will leave our cave and do the same.
All the best on your journey.
The Hira Team
Hira Intensive is on break for Summer 2016
Please check back for details of our upcoming programming in 2017
With input from leading thinkers throughout North America, our program is fresh, challenging, and designed specifically for the 15-19 age group. Our 4 core classes are coupled with TED style lectures, personal development, and leadership workshops. Not to mention excursions, outdoor experiences, and exploring American Islamic heritage.
Nationally renowned scholars as full tie teaching staff, along with with a visiting lecture series with teachers, big thinkers, entrepreneurs, artists, and more.
Brotherhood and Sisterhood
With a graduating class size of 40, students will be studying with, living with, playing with, and praying with 39 fellow students, facilitated and guided by our team of 10 handpicked mentors in addition to staff. The opportunity for building bonds has never been greater. Hira is a place to experience Ummah in its purest form.
Our program is backed by the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA), the largest Muslim youth organization in the region, as well as the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). MYNA strives to create programming to fulfill its vision to create “Empowered Youth with Awakened Minds, Inspired Hearts, and Enlightened Actions.”
Intensive learning and groundbreaking curriculum for the next generation of leaders.
With input from leading thinkers throughout North America, our program is fresh, challenging, and designed specifically for the 15-19 age group. Our 4 core classes are coupled with TED style lectures, personal development, and leadership workshops. Not to mention excursions, outdoor experiences, and exploring American Islamic heritage within Detroit.
WHAT IS HIRA?
The HIRA Institute is MYNA’s educational retreat. It is meant for MYNA age youth who are seekers of knowledge, self improvement and service. The Beloved Prophet (S) retreated to the Cave of Hira as a place of solitude to reflect upon himself and build his relationship with his Creator. In the same light, Hira Intensive is MYNA’s educational retreat that calls upon youth to dedicate time towards strengthening their mind, body, and soul through a deeper understanding of the foundations of faith.
Engaged over a 3 week program, youth will be exposed to world renowned scholars and teachers. These teachers will provide students with a framework for a deeper understanding of the Islamic Sciences, experiential training, course practicums, critical thinking methodologies and collective planning.
This program aims to empower youth by awakening minds and inspiring hearts towards enlightened actions. HIRA encourages us to claim and protect beautiful character while re-imagining a world built around the principles of faith, justice and service.
Will YOU join us?
Financial aid is available in every situation and deserving students will not be turned away. Merit scholarships and early discounts also available. Click for more details.