In 1993, the Islamic seminary was founded by Habib Umar bin Hafiz. The Dar al-Mustafa campus was officially opened in May 1997 and incorporated as a center for traditional Islamic scholarship.
In 2007, there were 250 students from various countries studying at the school.
In 2009, the school had approximately 700 students, most of whom were aged between 18 and 25.
As a result of the school’s popularity, East Tarim has continued to grow as there has been an influx of students and spiritual leaders relocating to the region with their families.
The education at Dar al-Mustafa follows the methodology of traditional Islamic studies teaching in Arabic. Studies are focused on Islamic jurisprudence, Arabic grammar, Islamic theology, Qur’anic memorisation, Qur’anic exegesis, prophetic traditions and sciences of the heart. The curriculum is designed so that an average student can complete all of the core classes in a period of four years.
Every year, the school organises summer courses for 40 days between July and August, known as “The Dowra”.
- Students wake up an hour before Fajr
- They then pray the Witr Prayer, then gather for the recitation of the Adhkaar before Fajr
- After the Adhaan for Fajr, they pray the Qabliyyah, then recite the Adhkaar until the Fajr Prayer.
- After the Fajr Prayer,they recite the Adhkaar then the Wird Al-Lateef
- They then attend the First period for an hour. (On Thursdays, students attend the Khatm of the Al-Quran)
- Then the Second period for an hour.
- They then eat Breakfast for 20 minutes
- Then they attend the Third Period for an hour. (There is only one period on Thursday, while there are no classes in the morning on Friday)
- The students sleep Qayluulah (Siesta, a short nap before Zuhr), then wake up 15 minutes before the Adhaan
- After the Zuhr Prayers and the recitation of Hizb An-Nasr, they attend the Fourth Period.
- After classes, there is lunch, then the students rest until Asr. (On Wednesdays, the students of each room gather for a weekly gathering, where they discuss the state of the room and enjoin each other. For every first Wednesday in the month, there will be a visitation between rooms.)
- The students then prepare for Asr 15 minutes before the Adhaan.
- After the Asr Prayer and the recitation of Surah Al-Waaqiah, its Dua and the Hizb Al-Bahr, there is the Rawhah (a gathering of knowledge where books are recited in front of Habib Umar or certain Shaykhs, where they explain and expound upon what has been read. On Mondays, the Burdah of Imam Al-Busiri is read instead.)
- 20 minutes before the Adhaan of Maghrib, students gather in the Musollah where they recite the Wird Al-Lateef
- After Maghrib, students recite the Quran in groups until the start of the Raatib Al-Haddad until the Adhaan of Isha’. (On Mondays and on days of fasting such as the White Days, lessons are after Maghrib. On Thursdays, students gather for the recitation of the Mawlid, Diya’ Al-Laami’ (The Shimmering Light))
- After the Isha’ Prayer, students attend the Fifth Period for 45 minutes. (On Mondays, there is the Jalsah Ithnain
- They then read Wird As-Sakraan and the Wird of Imam An-Nawawi
- The students then eat dinner.
- After dinner, revision time starts and lasts until 10:30 PM. Students in the Musollah, library or the Assembly Hall.
- After revision, students prepare for sleep. Lights-out is at 11 PM.
1. Students are forbidden from exiting the Dar except if:
a. there are arranged programs that students attend outside the Dar, such as certain Mawlids that are held in Tareem
b. the student has obtained permission (rukhsoh) from the Main Office. The permissibility to obtain rukhsoh is as follows:
• On Saturday, students wishing to leave the Dar on Sunday should write their names down on a prepared list. Those who fail to do so will NOT be granted permission to leave. Rukhsoh is given for one hour after the third period.
• If the student stays inside the campus, while he has parents that stay outside the campus, he is granted rukhsoh every second Thursday, from after lessons until Friday after Asr.
• If the students has an important need he requires to attend to, he may ask for rukhsoh from the Main Office. The permissibility and time period of the rukhsoh is based on the Main Office’s decision.
2. Students are FORBIDDEN from possessing any mobile devices or laptops in the Dar. Anyone found possessing these things will be confiscated from them. All new students must surrender their devices immediately to the Main Office.
3. Students are able to contact their parents and/or guardian via the Main Office or the Inner Restaurant. A special mobile phone has been set up for this purpose
Requirements for Registration at Dar al-Mustafa
- (Non-Yemenis) To be older than 15 years old, for those who are coming with family. As for those without family, they have to be older than 18 years old.
- To pass the Acceptance Exam (for speakers of Arabic). The Administration Office will also be observing your character and behaviour.
- To join the Level that the Education Office has arranged for you.
- To register by a representative of Darul Mustofa.
- To not be contracting any contagious viruses. This will be checked upon arrival by a doctor.
- To present an official letter by your government or its representatives that you are able to stay and study in Yemen.
- To be able to pay the required amount.
- To present a Letter of Recommendation (If the committee asks for one to be presented)
Steps to obtaining acceptance
- Submitting the electronic application form within the allocated time period alongside the requested documents.
- Awaiting the response from the Acceptance Committee after the application has been taken into consideration.
- Successful completion of any examination, preliminary preparatory course or interview that has been determined by the Acceptance Committee.
- Reading and signing the contract of abidance by the rules and regulations and sending any requested documents.
- Commencing the process of organising entry into Yemen and arriving at the Dar.
- Submitting upon arrival at the Dar all official documents that have been requested alongside the payment of all fees and the undertaking of any necessary medical examinations.
- Attending a personal interview for the purpose of measuring the students’ level in language and Islamic knowledge and, based on the outcome, deciphering the appropriate class that he shall be entered into.
Residence and Other Matters
• There are 3 meals daily
• The Residence is comprised of rooms which are shared between 8 – 10 students
• The use of electronic devices by students is FORBIDDEN at all times except if given permission to use it at certain times by the Main Office
• There are multiple programs through out the week which we hope will be very beneficial in strengthening your Iman and increasing your closeness to Allah S.W.T. There are also daily programs in Sacred Knowledge and Purification of the Soul.
After finishing the Application Process, your data will be lifted to the Relations Office, where they will begin the application of your Visa. This process takes at the least two weeks and may be longer in some cases.
Note: The student must arrive in Yemen within a month after his Visa is ready.
|Registration and Admission Fee
|Meals in Dar al-Mustafa (Anually)
|Residence permit fee (for non-Yemeni citizens) + 1 Medical Examination Fee
|Residence permit renewal fee (Annually)
|Ticket Guarantee (This amount is to be paid upon arrival and will be returned to the student when returning to his country)
(Updated as of 16 April 2021 – Source: Dar al-Mustafa 2021 application form)
|Flight from Singapore
|Transportation (When travelling to Tarim)
|Personal Expenses (Monthly)
For Family staying outside the school
Start Up Cost
2x gas cylinders,
Drinking water cylinder etc.
|Flight Deposit (Guarantor money/pax)
|House rental (Upfront 1 yr payment – Mthly USD125)
Monthly Running Cost
|House rental (Upfront 1 yr payment USD1500)
(includes petrol and vehicle maintenance) USD400-USD600
|Processing fee YER9,500/pax
1. USD 2009 and later are accepted. Students are advised to bring all the money they need in cash and have it safe kept in the office as local ATMs lack reliability.
2. All costs may be increased or decreased over time.
3. The exchange rate may fluctuate at any time.