After two weeks of a fully packed trip of cultural and spiritual enrichment, our group of selected university students return home safely from the Holy City of Najaf. The group of 20 American and British university students were hosted at the Islamic Seminary, visited the Grand Ayatullahs, and engaged with scholars and students of the seminary. This is in addition to visiting the shrines and religious heritage sites in Najaf, Karbala, Kadhimiya, and Samarra. The Najaf Retreat takes place every year during Winter Break (commonly between the last week of December and the first week of January). University students (ages 18 – 24) are invited to apply in a competitive application process in order to be selected to go on this fully sponsored trip. Applicants are chosen based on academic merit, involvement in their local communities, and a writing prompt.