Daily Schedule

A typical day consists of roughly 6 hours of sessions, with ample time for relaxation and activities on board the Le Fayan cruise boat. 

 
Schedule
  1. Day 1

  2. Pick Up from Luxor Airport

    Plan to arrive at Luxor airport by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 1 to enjoy the morning Luxor Tour. There are several early morning flights from Cairo Airport or the overnight train from Ramsis Station in Cairo, which departs at 8:00 p.m. on February 28.

  3. Visit East Bank: Karnak & Luxor Temples

    Karnak was the most important place of worship during the New Kingdom and is a temple of an extraordinary scale covering 2 sq km. It holds the Temple of Amun, which is the largest religious building ever built. What you will see there is 1,500 years of reconstruction, decoration and restoration.

  4. Check-In & Prayer

    You'll have time to pray duhr and asr on board the boat before lunch.

  5. Lunch

  6. Visit West Bank: Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

    This is a world class World Heritage Site. The sixty-three royal tombs from the New Kingdom period (1550-1069 BC) are breath taking each have their own distinct differences. Possibly most famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhmun, there are plenty of other tombs to explore if you don’t feel like risking the Curse of the Pharaohs.

  7. Maghrib Prayers

  8. Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

    In this session, we will receive and welcome scholars and participants and lay out the objectives for this weekend. Dr. Umar will introduce the discourse which will continue over the next 4 days and share his hopes for the work that lies ahead.

     

  9. Opening Dinner

  10. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 2

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. Prophetic guidance concerning Islamic eschatology and the signs of the end of time

    How do these signs and portents pertain to us as individuals, to our communities and to humanity at large? We will address some of the excesses and misunderstandings prevalent today, such as the identification of specific events and phenomena in our times as the instantiation of particular signs of the last day. We will also learn broader methodological principles about how to engage with the Qur’an and the Sunnah on theological topics.

  5. Study controversial issues relating to hadith

    We frequently encounter individual hadith reports that are described as ‘problematic’; because they seem to contradict other reports, they conflict with our understanding of the Prophetic legacy, or they clash with our modern sensibilities. How did the hadith masters and commentators historically assess and contextualize these reports? How should these reports inform our personal practice, our ethical ideals, and most importantly, our relationship with our Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him? This topic has important implications for a range of controversial topics, from theology, to contentious legal rulings, to questions about women and gender. 

     

  6. Ju'muah Prayer

    We will travel by bus to a mosque in Luxor for Ju'muah.

  7. Lunch on Board

  8. Asr Prayer

  9. Gain a deeper understanding of the epistemology of our theology

    Some of the questions we will examine include: How do we know what we believe about God, the Prophets, and matters of the Unseen? What scriptural evidence do we use to affirm our theological beliefs? What matters are open to conjecture and speculation and what matters are univocal and definitive? And, what is the utility of the distinction between definitively and preponderantly established (qaṭʿī wa dhannī) texts and beliefs?

  10. Tea Time

    Join us outdoors on the deck for afternoon tea and snacks.

  11. Maghrib Prayer

  12. Prophetic guidance concerning Islamic eschatology and the signs of the end of time

    How do these signs and portents pertain to us as individuals, to our communities and to humanity at large? We will address some of the excesses and misunderstandings prevalent today, such as the identification of specific events and phenomena in our times as the instantiation of particular signs of the last day. We will also learn broader methodological principles about how to engage with the Qur’an and the Sunnah on theological topics.

  13. Dinner

  14. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 3

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. Prophetic guidance concerning Islamic eschatology and the signs of the end of time

    How do these signs and portents pertain to us as individuals, to our communities and to humanity at large? We will address some of the excesses and misunderstandings prevalent today, such as the identification of specific events and phenomena in our times as the instantiation of particular signs of the last day. We will also learn broader methodological principles about how to engage with the Qur’an and the Sunnah on theological topics.

  5. Study controversial issues relating to hadith

    We frequently encounter individual hadith reports that are described as ‘problematic’; because they seem to contradict other reports, they conflict with our understanding of the Prophetic legacy, or they clash with our modern sensibilities. How did the hadith masters and commentators historically assess and contextualize these reports? How should these reports inform our personal practice, our ethical ideals, and most importantly, our relationship with our Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him? This topic has important implications for a range of controversial topics, from theology, to contentious legal rulings, to questions about women and gender. 

     

  6. Duhr Prayer

  7. Gain a deeper understanding of the epistemology of our theology

    Some of the questions we will examine include: How do we know what we believe about God, the Prophets, and matters of the Unseen? What scriptural evidence do we use to affirm our theological beliefs? What matters are open to conjecture and speculation and what matters are univocal and definitive? And, what is the utility of the distinction between definitively and preponderantly established (qaṭʿī wa dhannī) texts and beliefs?

  8. Lunch on Board

  9. Asr Prayer

  10. Prophetic guidance concerning Islamic eschatology and the signs of the end of time

    How do these signs and portents pertain to us as individuals, to our communities and to humanity at large? We will address some of the excesses and misunderstandings prevalent today, such as the identification of specific events and phenomena in our times as the instantiation of particular signs of the last day. We will also learn broader methodological principles about how to engage with the Qur’an and the Sunnah on theological topics.

  11. Visit Kom Ombo

    Kom Ombo lies between Aswan and Luxor. The riverside Temple of Horus the Elder and equally of the crocodile god Sobek gloriously overlooks the Nile. This dual dedication can be seem in the symmetry of both western and eastern sides of the temple.

  12. Dinner on Board

  13. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 4

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast on Board

  4. Prophetic guidance concerning Islamic eschatology and the signs of the end of time

    How do these signs and portents pertain to us as individuals, to our communities and to humanity at large? We will address some of the excesses and misunderstandings prevalent today, such as the identification of specific events and phenomena in our times as the instantiation of particular signs of the last day. We will also learn broader methodological principles about how to engage with the Qur’an and the Sunnah on theological topics.

  5. Study controversial issues relating to hadith

    We frequently encounter individual hadith reports that are described as ‘problematic’; because they seem to contradict other reports, they conflict with our understanding of the Prophetic legacy, or they clash with our modern sensibilities. How did the hadith masters and commentators historically assess and contextualize these reports? How should these reports inform our personal practice, our ethical ideals, and most importantly, our relationship with our Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him? This topic has important implications for a range of controversial topics, from theology, to contentious legal rulings, to questions about women and gender. 

     

  6. Duhr Prayer

  7. Gain a deeper understanding of the epistemology of our theology

    Some of the questions we will examine include: How do we know what we believe about God, the Prophets, and matters of the Unseen? What scriptural evidence do we use to affirm our theological beliefs? What matters are open to conjecture and speculation and what matters are univocal and definitive? And, what is the utility of the distinction between definitively and preponderantly established (qaṭʿī wa dhannī) texts and beliefs?

  8. Lunch on Board

  9. Asr Prayer

  10. Q&A

  11. Maghrib Prayer

  12. Firqat Al Ridwan & Dinner

    Enjoy the beautiful voices of the Syrian nasheed group while we eat dinner.

  13. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 5

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast on Board & Check Out

  4. TBD Based on Flight Timings

    Aswan is Egypt’s hottest southern city and is renowned as one of the warmest places in the world but it’s not just the dry heat that makes it warm. Situated on the East Bank of the Nile, Aswan was the perfect city to quarry and transport the stone needed to build the pyramids. Today it’s a bustling city with extremely relaxed and friendly locals that need no excuses to play Nubian music and dance. It’s small enough to walk around and not feel too lost. For those who like to keep busy the quarries around the Unfinished Obelisk are pretty impressive. Aswan frames the most beautiful parts of the Nile so you would be forgiven for just sitting in one of the many cafes. Go and see the locals catch fresh fish and serve it to you while you survey the sailing boats in the glorious sunsets and watch the world go by.