Umrah Fund


The “Umrah Fund” was established in 2012 with an extraordinary donation by Ahmed Khattak ’09.  The purpose is to fundraise to sponsor and offer Yale Muslim undergraduates the extraordinary opportunity to participate in the  Annual MeccOdyssey: ICNYU Umrah Trip.  Yale’s own “Coordinator for Muslim Life,” Imam Omer Bajwa, co-leads this transformative trip during Yale’s Spring Break.

All together, we have had nine Yale participants on this exceptional Umrah trip, and they have shared their life-changing experiences with our community upon returning!  All of this has been possible with the generous support of donors, which has been truly humbling and has inspired us to continue fundraising to sponsor more Yale Muslim students.  Please help contribute to this noteworthy endeavor by donating generously to the “Umrah Fund.”

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“If anyone calls others to follow right guidance, his reward will be equivalent to those who follow him (in righteousness) without their reward being diminished in any respect….” [Muslim]

For every dollar that you donate, you will receive a share of the rewards of the sponsored student!  The Muslim Alumni of Yale (MAY) is helping collect donations so please donate online via PayPal.  Each ticket costs $2450 and it covers all trip costs including round trip travel from JFK, domestic travel in Saudi Arabia, and hotel accommodations.


The Yale MSA is blessed to be in a position to support Muslim life on campus in such a salient way; we are constantly humbled and amazed by the support of our community.  Through these efforts, we hope that someone who might not otherwise be able to perform Umrah will be able to make the journey of a lifetime!

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please feel free to contact us at  Also, please check out the MeccOdyssey site for more details about this amazing trip which is open to everyone!

Yale Umrah 2015
Yale Umrah 2015 at Mt. Uhud: Saad Syed, Mustafa Malik, Ahmad Aljobeh, Mujtaba Wani, Omer Bajwa, and Ishrat Mannan
















  How did the participating students feel?

Visiting Baitullah was one of God’s biggest blessings for me and one that I could never deserve. I had never felt the sense of belonging I felt during my Umrah trip in my life. People who were strangers to me at the beginning became life long friends as we climbed Jabal al-Nur together, to see the cave where it all started. I urge anyone reading this to wipe away any doubts you have about yourself or your circumstances, and if you are financially and physically able, just take this chance! And if you yourself are unable to visit, imagine being the vehicle through which God enables another Muslim to visit His house, and so please help the Yale Muslim community to continue its efforts to send members of our community on a fully-sponsored Umrah trip through the “Yale Umrah Fund.” May Allah invite us all to His House in this world and to His Jannah in the hereafter. Ameen!” “This past Spring [2014], I was blessed with an immensely powerful 10-day journey that grounded me in my Deen like no other.  This was my first journey to Medina and Mecca, and everything from the poignant halaqas to the insightful tours to the help of our erudite group leaders really contextualized the significance of the trip in a way that would have been missing in any other setting.  Each time I remember that night of Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the first time I fixed my eyes on the Holy Kaaba, I cannot help but smile and thank Allah (swt) and MAY for making this precious endeavor both a reality and a success.”
-Didem Kaya ’16  (attended Umrah 2014) -Omar El-Hely ’17 (attended Umrah 2014)