Dar al-Ilm seminary opens + Photos

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Shafaqna – Dar al Ilm seminary, which is dedicated to religious studies opened in the holy city if Najaf, today.

According to its website:

1. THE DAR AL-ILM PROJECT WAS ORIGINALLY A RELIGIOUS SEMINARY FOUNDED BY THE LATE IMAM AL-KHOEI IN 1973 IN NAJAF. THE FORMER REGIME DEMOLISHED THE SEMINARY IN 1990 WHICH IS THE BASIS OF THIS NEW PROJECT THAT HAS BEEN RE-ESTABLISHED ON A LAND AREA OF 3320 M², 30 M FROM THE SHRINE OF IMAM ALI IBN ABI TALIB (AS). THE LAND CONSISTED OF 16 RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES THAT WERE PURCHASED BY IMAM AL-KHOEI DURING HIS LIFETIME.
2. THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF TWO 11-STORY BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED ON A TOTAL AREA OF 31000 M², APPROX. COST $40 MILLION.
3. THE INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST BUILDING WILL BE IN THE YEAR 2016 (1437 AH).
4. THE DAR AL-ILM PROJECT IS A CHARITY ENDOWMENT (WAQF) SUPERVISED BY THE SUPREME MARJA IN NAJAF.
5. THE DAR AL-ILM PROJECT CONSISTS OF:
– A HAWZA SEMINARY WITH 40 VARIOUS SIZED CLASSROOMS FOR STUDENTS.
– AN ACADEMY FOR INTERFAITH STUDIES AND DIALOGUE.
– A LIBRARY LOCATED ON 2 UNDERGROUND LEVELS WITH CAPACITY FOR 1 MILLION AND A HALF BOOKS, 24 ROOMS DEDICATED FOR VISITING RESEARCHERS, AND SPECIAL READING AREAS FOR WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND DISABLED PEOPLE.
– A PRAYER HALL (850 M²) WITH A CAPACITY OF 800 WORSHIPPERS.
– 2 CONFERENCE HALLS EACH WITH A CAPACITY OF 700 PEOPLE.
– 10 GUEST ROOMS FOR VISITING PROFESSORS AND HAWZA SCHOLARS.
– STUDENT DORMITORY: 300 ROOMS FOR RESIDENT STUDENTS.
– A STUDIO FOR THE PRODUCTION OF RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMES.
– AN OBSERVATORY.
– NAJAF SEMINARY MUSEUM.
– A KITCHEN WITH A DINING FACILITIES FOR 400 PEOPLE.
– 9 ELEVATORS, ENCLOSED LOUNGE AREA AND GARDEN, FACILITIES AREAS FOR CENTRAL COOLING/HEATING, BACKUP POWER GENERATORS, ELECTRONIC SERVICES, AND A GYM.
– A SPECIAL GRAVESITE FOR NAJAFS SCHOLARS AND MARJAS.

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