Hanbali winter intensive


expand your knowledge

Immerse yourself in an intellectual journey during our Hanbali Winter Intensive Programme 2024. Join Shaykh Yusuf bin Sadiq Al Hanbali for 6 intensive hours of study and 2 hours of enriching reading for 7 days, all in the disciplined atmosphere of the Hanbali tradition.

Date: 17 – 25 February 2024
Location: Cairo, Rehab City
Scholar: Shaykh Yusuf ibn Sadiq al Hanbali
Price: €600 950 exc flight (Instalment option available – deposit required)

All details will be provided upon registration and further details provided closer to the start date. Please note there are a maximum of 15 places available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please read all the information on this page carefully including the FAQ’s. For more information or any questions, please contact us at events@almadrasahalhanbaliyyah.com

Special Early bird offer!

Those who make the full €600 upfront will receive a special gift from the Madrasah. This includes a tailored Madrasah Jubbah and Cufflinks designed by the Shaykh himself. (Measurements will be required). Additionally, your essential course books will be exquisitely leather bound, adding a touch of opulence to your collection. Don’t miss out on this limited-time opportunity which expires on the 31st October!

Unique Deal
Specials for the early birds

What is included?

Guided Day Tour

Experience Cairo’s Islamic legacy, visiting iconic Hanbali sites and revered mosques like Al-Azhar as well the burial places of great scholars.

intensive lessons

6 hours of intensive daily lessons with Shaykh Yusuf.

Meals included

Nourish Your Journey: Our balanced meals fuel body and mind, enhancing focused learning and spiritual growth throughout the program.


Enjoy comfortable and convenient shared accommodation, allowing you to focus on your learning and experience.

airport transfers

Smooth Arrival: Enjoy effortless airport transfers, available for arrivals in Cairo. For other locations, we’re here to guide you seamlessly.

intensive Reading

Immerse yourself in the traditional practice of intensive reading, dedicating 2 hours a day to deepen your understanding of the Hanbali tradition.


As part of the program, certain essential books will be provided. Additional recommended reading materials may need to be purchased or can be conveniently ordered through us.

exc Flight

Please note that the program cost does not include flight expenses. We expect participants to arrange their flights individually, ensuring flexibility and convenience.

Flight Tips & Tricks

We understand the importance of cost-effective travel arrangements for our participants. To assist you in finding budget-friendly flights to Cairo for our Winter Intensive, here are some valuable tips:

1. Explore Budget Airlines: Airlines like EasyJet and Wizz Air often offer competitive fares, making them excellent choices for affordable travel.

2. Utilize Flight Search Engines: Websites like Skyscanner.com are fantastic tools for comparing flight prices across various airlines. An insider tip: expand your search by exploring the entire month of February to identify the most economical options.

3. Expand Your Search Area: When using flight search engines, consider searching for flights departing from your entire country rather than just your local city. This broader approach can reveal hidden gems in terms of pricing.

4. Flexibility Matters: If your schedule permits, keeping your travel dates flexible can lead to significant savings. Adjusting your departure and return dates by a few days can result in more cost-effective options.

5. Alternative Airports: Exploring nearby airports can yield surprising cost differences. While you may not travel directly to Cairo, considering airports in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh could potentially offer more budget-friendly options.

6. Utilize Ground Transportation: Once you arrive at an alternative airport like Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh, the GOBUS service can be an economical and comfortable way to reach Cairo. This bus service offers a convenient connection, allowing you to enjoy a scenic journey as you make your way to our program location.

At Madrasah al Hanbaliyyah, we strive to make your journey as accessible and enriching as possible. By implementing these strategies, you can find the perfect flight options that align with your budget and preferences.

Accommodation & study location

Rehab City: Your shared lodging will be in the charming neighbourhood of Rehab City. This well-planned community in Cairo offers a peaceful atmosphere, lush green spaces, recreational facilities, and easy access to various conveniences, making it an ideal place to unwind after the intensive days of learning. Participants will be sharing a bedroom with a maximum of one other student during the programme.

Study Location: Experience a unique blend of comfort and scholarly immersion as our accommodation doubles as the study venue reducing commuting times. Unwind in the same tranquil space where enlightening lessons unfold, allowing for an uninterrupted and immersive learning journey.

Lessons & readings

Under the guidance Shaykh Yusuf, participants will receive a comprehensive curriculum encompassing various aspects of the Hanbali tradition.

Books to Be Studied:

  1. Ikhtisar Ulum al-Hadith by Ibn Kathir
  2. Introduction to Tashih al-Furu’ by Mardawi
  3. The Letter of Imam Ahmad to the Man Who Prayed Inappropriately
  4. Hath ‘ala Hifdh al-‘Ilm by Ibn al-Jawzi
  5. Critical Study of Ibn Taymiyyah’s Hamawiyyah
  6. Parts of Futuh al-Ghayb by Sidi Abdul Qadir al Jilani.
  7. Najat al Khalaf fi al I’tiqad al-Salaf by Ibn Qa’id
  8. Further texts to be confirmed.

Selected Readings:

  1. Ahkam al-Nisa and al-Ashreba by Imam Ahmad
  2. Shama’il (Prophetic Traits)
  3. Selective readings from the Musnad
  4. Further readings to be confirmed.

The final list of additional books and readings will be confirmed during the event, ensuring a tailored and enriching learning experience. This rigorous curriculum promises to deepen your understanding of the Hanbali tradition.


Unfortunately on this occasion, the programme is open for men only due to the shared accommodation.

Given the already competitive cost, we are unable to provide discounts. However an instalment payment option is available.

Payments can be conveniently made through Wise, PayPal or UK Bank Transfer. The payment details will be provided upon registration. Please note that the PayPal account for this event is different from the usual Madrasah PayPal.

Yes, an instalment option is available. This will require a non-refundable deposit of 300 Euros with 3 subsequent 100 Euro payments payable on the 1st of each month. Please be aware that all payments are non-refundable. These payments are crucial for the programme’s necessary preparations and arrangements, ensuring a seamless and enriching experience for all participants. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Arrival to the accommodation will be on the evening of Friday 16th February ready for the opening dars on the morning of Saturday 17th February. Those arriving earlier than the 16th will need to arrange there own accommodation until the programme starts. The last dars will take place on Sunday 25th February.