The program details for our family retreat will differ among age groups:
LANTURNA (19 and older) A thorough study of al-Shamā’il al-Muhammadiyyah by Imām al-Tirmidhī, his compilation of descriptions of the Prophet’s aspect, virtues, possessions, and devotions in 415 hadith, which will be read and commented upon in their entirety. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the retreat. This program will be led by Lanturna’s Founder and Lead Instructor, El-Hajj Hisham Mahmoud.
LANTURNA YOUTH (14-18) A journey through the sīrah of the Prophet ﷺ highlighting the legacies of the Companions who supported him with their lives, that we may hold our heads high with hearts rooted in faith. By the light of the guiding stars of the celestial canopy of New Mexico, we hope to find in each Companion a guiding star for our own lives. This program will be led by one of Lanturna’s most seasoned instructors, Ustādh Saad Omar.
TRUE HEARTS SOCIETY (10-13) True Hearts is designed to serve the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of our children at perhaps the most critical years of their development. True Hearts is focused on mentorship, heart-to-heart conversations, community-building games, lessons that awaken our youth’s love for God, public speaking and “teach-back” activities, and relationships between fellow youth that can last a lifetime. Our mentors will center the daily classes around the stories of twenty of our great Companions of the Prophet ﷺ. This program will be led by Misha Khan, Masters Candidate in Early Childhood Education at James Madison University, VA.
YOUNG DREAMERS KIDS CLUB (4-9) Imām ʿAlī taught us to play with our children from ages 1-7, to teach them from 8-14 and then to befriend them ages 15 and beyond. The Young Dreamers Kids Club is designed to provide holistic enrichment for this very important age group that blends Imām ʿAlī’s instructions to play and educate. Similar to our Virginia Flagship Club, the Young Dreamers will be building their own town, including a mosque, café, game house, library, school, theatre, village store, and more. Throughout the week, our children will learn how to build their own businesses, manage their “gold coins,” and give in charity. For every coin donated, real money will be given to a charity of their choice. Our Young Dreamers facilitators will center the program’s lessons around developing seven Prophetic characteristics: empathy, service, inner peace, courage, introspection, kindness, and generosity.
CHERISHED CHILDREN CARE (1-3) Lanturna’s Cherished Children Care is a special service that provides experienced childcare services to our precious young ones, whom the Prophet ﷺ once called “the flowers of heaven.” We believe that childcare should not be mere babysitting, but rather nurture the inner fiṭrah (nature) of our young ones. Activities will include, tarbiyyah (socialization) based lessons, crafts, anāshīd (poetic song), and story-telling.
DAILY TAJWĪD (4 and older) We are honored to partner with Measured Tones Institute to bring the rules of Qur’an recitation (tajwīd) to all our students. This is a rare opportunity to sit with one of the nation’s expert tajwīd teachers, Ustādh Ashir Kirk, to perfect our recitation of Sūrat al-Fātiḥah.