Travel to Turkey Program

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Date(s) - 02/22/2019 - 03/04/2019
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Travel to Turkey Program by Diyanet Center of America!

We would like to invite recent converts to a trip to Turkey! The 10-day trip, scheduled for February 22nd, will include sightseeing as well as an Islamic Education Program. The cities covered will be Istanbul, Ankara, and Konya in Turkey. The trip will be subsidized for the participants, and there will be a small fee of $250, which will include the tickets, accommodation, transportation, and meals. Special thanks to our sponsor Konya Metropolitan Municipality and Turkish Airlines.


  • Application Deadline: February 10, 2019
  • Interviews: February 10 to 15, 2019
  • Receive Passports: February 10 to 17, 2019
  • Fee: $250
  • Trip Date: February 22 to March 4, 2019
  • Departure: Washington DC, Dulles Int. Airport (IAD)

Disclaimer: All applications must be received in a timely manner. The applicant will be called in for an interview and requested to provide additional information. Upon review of all candidates, DCA will select accepted candidates to participate in the program due to the limited seats. 

Please fill the form below and send your application now!


The application deadline is over! Thank you!

94 thoughts on "Travel to Turkey Program"

  1. Aminah Ali says:

    I am a American convert to Islam.. I currently reside in Egypt. I want to give you My Egypt cell 201112078275.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      We are bringing from the USA for this program. You need to be able to come to the interview.

      1. Alexis says:

        Will the interview be held in Maryland?

        1. DiyanetAmerica says:

          After the second round questions, those who live far, we will organize online interviews.

  2. eve k hennessa says:

    Salam Alaikoum,
    I am available & would love to go!

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      WAS, please submit an application. The Committee will decide who will be called for interview.

  3. Audra. says:

    Assalamu Alaikum, Thank you for providing this opportunity for American converts to learn more about Islam. Although I accepted Islam through a marriage in 2006, it is only recently that have been regularly practicing and studying with Imam Bashar Arafat. I am greatly interested in learning how Islam is practiced in other cultures and communities around the world, especially one with such a rich history such as Turkey. My only experience has been through Algeria where my husband is from.

    JAK, Audra Luscher

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      WAS, please submit an application. The Committee will decide who will be called for interview.

  4. shaf says:

    is airfare covered?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      As it states above, airfare, accommodation, food, and needs will be covered.

  5. Hailey De Jong says:

    I am Canadian but would love so much to apply for this program! I am currently learning Turkish and love the Turkish people and culture. I’m not sure if you’re accepting Canadians, but please consider it in sha Allah. I submitted an application.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      If you are able to departure from DC to Istanbul and match all other requirements, you can participate insha’Allah.

  6. Liz says:

    Alhamdulillah:) this looks like an amazing opportunity for converts. I did apply. I’m not sure it went through as it didn’t state anything after I submitted.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Your application is successful.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Salaam alaikum, I was wondering is there will be any other opportunities such as this one and if there were any other upcoming dates? I’m in college and won’t be able to go to this one but would love to visit turkey and experience the mosques and learn more about Islam.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam, we are sorry to hear about that.
      We didn’t plan anything for later dates, but insha’Allah, with help, support, and more requests, we love to organize more.

  8. Julie Alzohlof says:

    Salam alekoum,
    I was wondering if I can bring my young children… Also, if my muhram wants to come how can I go about that?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam, if we call for an interview and you will be selected, due to limited seats we are not able to accept other from actual convert brother/sister.

  9. Anyanna says:

    Assalamu alaikum, This is an amazing opportunity and blessing from Allah. Although I converted in 2012 from studying, this opportunity didn’t exist back then. In’sha’Allah if I am selected to go it would be a dream come true and blessing after the rough year I just experienced in 2018. I applied anyway.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      MasaAllah, may Allah help us to increase our Iman! Thanks for participating in.

  10. Alexis says:

    What if I don’t have a passport as of right now? Could I get it expedited?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Unfortunately, because of short timeframe, we cannot process those who not able to hold an 8 months valid passport.

  11. Kaya Gravitter says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    I applied and I wondered if it went through. I did not receive a confirmation email. This is an amazing opportunity I hope it went through InshAllah.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam,

      Your application is successful. No worries.

  12. Wendy says:

    Masha’Allah amazing opportunity! If someone is chosen do they need written proof of shahada? I never received my certificate but still know Imam and witnesses.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      First of all, thank you for participating in this program application. (If selected) During the interview, we will ask questions and discuss the process with related Community Leaders insha’Allah.

  13. Mellie says:

    Is the interview conducted in Maryland?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      After the second round questions, those who live far, we will organize online interviews.

  14. Marlene says:

    Selam, I know I became a Muslim a while ago but I did not invest in my Deen that much all these years because I was busy raising my kids who had some special needs. I started to invest in my spirituality and searching knowledge just a couple of years ago and I am so interested to go on this trip to learn more and going to Konya would be such a spiritual experience. I did apply with just a little hope and with my duaa to Allah swt.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam, masa’Allah. Thank you for submitting your application. May Allah SWT help us increase our Iman!

  15. Amani Gamal says:

    Is this only for recent converts to Islam? Is there a trip for everybody not just converters?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      This program is for converts only. Follow us for upcoming programs!

  16. David Lillis says:

    Where is the initial interview held?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      We are in the DC Metro Area but those selected and lives far, the interview will be online.

  17. Tamara Ahmad says:

    When would we be notified if we are selected so I would be able to cover my shifts. What an amazing experience!!! I have been a Muslim 5 years but only recently learned the prayer and am trying to learn various surahs.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      We will start returning for the second round of questions to those who selected from February 1st to 10 insha’Allah.

  18. Rebecca Paone says:

    I would like to come but it is not enough notice for me. I just received this link today. Will you be offering this again later in the spring? Insha Allah.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Hi, Rebecca,

      Thank you for interest and request. When we launched this program (January 30th) we got a lot of requests. Insha’Allah with the help(donation) of other brothers and sisters we will work on organizing the next one.

      Please submit an application even though you can not participate. So we can reach you for the next one insha’Allah.

  19. Aicha Sandoval says:

    Salama alaikum, my mom is a convert from Colombia she is not actually living in America. Can she participate?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam,

      This program is planned from the USA only. If she can come to the States, then she can participate.

  20. Habeebah Muhammad says:

    ASA. My husband and I would love to travel with your program to Turkey, however how recent a convert do we have to be? We both accepted and have been practicing Islam for about 30 years. We have a Muslim American Museum and love to study other countries’ culture. I shall await your reply. Shukran

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      MasaAllah, may Allah increase our Iman. 30 years is great.

      You can still apply to the program. The Committee will focus more of recent converts. (last years) The aim of the program is to help the brothers/sisters to experience and improve the Islamic Knowledge.

      1. Habeebah says:

        Ok shukran. I shall apply for me and my husband.

        1. Habeebah says:

          ASA. Ok I tried to put in my Islamic acceptance date and it wouldn’t take. What do I do now? How do I apply?

          1. DiyanetAmerica says:


            You already applied, please wait for the results. Thanks.

  21. Heidi Soliman says:

    Asalam alykom, what a beautiful opportunity! Have you done trips like this before and will you be doing more? I’m currently in the Boston area and will a little more advanced notice I could arrange a trip like this. Where are the interviews held? Also, this is the type of thing I would love to donate to during Ramadan. Can you add me to your email list please? Jazakallah!

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam,

      Thank you for your great review and wish. Insha’Allah we are trying to increase our services. Also, you can send your donation without waiting Ramadan 🙂 Please add your note so we can count as a Trip Donation. And will definitely add you to our weekly newsletter.


  22. Ahmed says:

    Is this program only for reverts, can a Muslim sonce birth attend this program

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      This program planned for converts only. Insha’Allah if we can organize for everyone in near future, we will announce it.

      Subscribe to our newsletter and social media accounts for learning in first hand. @diyanetamerica

  23. Kenneth Chen says:

    AsSalaamu alaikum,

    MashaAllah this looks like a great opportunity. If my passport expires in Aug 2019, am I still eligible to apply?

    JazakAllah Khier

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:


      It won’t be a problem insha’Allah. We will ask later on.

  24. Jamela Aintrazi says:

    Assalam alikum
    How many people will you be accepting on this trip? MashaAllah it seems the chances will be hard due to so many beautiful Muslims requesting. Also I can only ask off if I’m 100 percent I was accepted so will you do this in the near future again?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:


      The seats will be limited of course. Insha’Allah we are working on the organize again, if you want to donate and support Turkey Trip Cause, please donate and support us!

  25. Mahasin Nawal says:

    My Name Is Mahasin and I am an American Convert I love Islam and have never been to Turkey It would be greatly appreciated if I could go.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      May Allah SWT increase our Iman. The aim of the program is increasing our knowledge and Iman. For selection, Khair insha’Allah. No promise.

  26. Adil Cole says:

    This is awesome. I applaud you for doing this. It would have been nice if they had stuff like this in the 90’s when I became Muslim.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Thank you for your great support. We got hundreds of emails, applications, and support.
      If you are able to financially support please visit and mention Turkey Trip.

      Keep us in your Dua’s!

  27. Anas says:

    So can I go? I just submitted the application.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      No, all applicants are not be able to go. Our Committe will call for second question. If you are not called for interview by Feb 10th, you are not able to go with this program.

      Insha’Allah we are working on others with your donations and support.

  28. Zakir Ali Qureshi says:

    Would like to visit Turkey and learn more .

  29. Timothy S. Locke says:

    Dear Sir,
    My name is Timothy S. Locke
    This will be my first time to go out of the country.
    I been a muslim 6 years. I am learning to pray.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Dear Timothy, thank you for your interest. If you fill the form, please wait for the results.

  30. Gihan says:

    I am not a convert but I would love to attend this trip. I volunteer weekly to help youth to learn about Islam and Adult . I would love to go to be around those convert and help them.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Thank you for your interest and support. Chaperons are arranged by the committee. Next time insha’Allah.

  31. Letty Brelsford says:

    Majida is my name. I’m an American convert and a senior citizen. How I wish to visit that great country home of some of our revered Pirs!

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Hi Dear Majida, masha’Allah. May Allah increase our iman!
      We cannot promise to everyone, but submitting an application is a starting point.

  32. Letty says:

    This is Majida again. I need to add that I cannot travel in February, but I would appreciate to please give consider my application for a later day during benign weather

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Khair insha’Allah.

  33. Ramazan B says:

    Assalam aleikum,

    I converted to Islam when I was born in 1982. I also went to Hacc with Diyanet America in 2017. Can I come too? I am from Konya so I can guide you as well.


    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam Brother Ramazan,

      Unfortunately, we do accept only converts. Thank you for your support!


  34. Alexandra Del Carmen Basantes Defaz says:

    Salam Alaikum

    I did apply just now. Inshallah the application went through because I didn’t get any notification in my email. How we make sure that our application went though.


    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam,

      Your application is successful.

  35. Mariel Otero says:

    Salam Alaikum,

    How do I know if my application went through?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Walikum Assalaam, after the application the note shows up in the form area. Your application is successful.

  36. Sandra says:

    I love Turkey with all my heart.I’m from Bosnia living in USA and my dream iz to live in Turkey.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Thank You Dear Sandra!

  37. Kimberly says:

    Will this trip happen during the summer?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Nothing planned as of now. But insha’Allah we will be working on it. Wassalaam,

  38. Jamela Aintrazi says:

    Assalam alikum,.

    Did you receive my application?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      WAS, yes Dear Jamela Aintrazi! It is successful.

  39. Teresa says:

    I am not available to travel at this time but I submitted my information in case another opportunity comes around inshaallah. Everyone who has a chance to go I wish you safe travel and please make dua for us.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      WAS, thanks.

  40. Julie Alzohlof says:

    salam alekoum!

    If i have children to tend to will they be able to come along? also how will i be able to travel without a muhram?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:


      Unfortunately, we are not able to bring kids. We have limited seats. Only the people selected will be able to participate.

  41. Cassandra says:

    This sounds like a fantastic deal and opportunity but for those of us not near the D.C. area does that include the cost of the flight to get to D.C.? Also is there any other information available such as the itinerary? hotel accommodations? etc…

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Hi Cassandra, thank you.

      The participants will cover their own flight/drive cost to the DC in the US. We are covering DC to Istanbul and return, accommodations, hotel, flights in Turkey, food/meals and visit costs. This operation cost multiple thousand dollars per person but we kindly asking $250. We think, brothers and sisters will understand and support the cause and don’t mind the cost of reaching to Washington DC inside the US.


  42. Susan Dobson says:

    Would this be open to residents of Canada if they can make the trip to Washington for departure?

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Yes, it is open.

  43. Chaplain LaNissa McCord says:

    Insha Allah
    With Confirmation of acceptance
    And proof of travel it should be easy to get or renew passports for travelers with this opportunity may AllahSWT Bless All involved and Bless many more to support such a Blessed Trip. On going for many more to come. Travel Safely Bon Voyage

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      Thank you for your support.

  44. Najla Abdullah says:

    As Salaamu Alaikum, I sent a message through your contact page.

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      WAS, thank you.

  45. Steve says:

    Salaam Alaykum,

    I hope that you received my application so that I can be considered

    1. DiyanetAmerica says:

      WAS, yes we got your application.

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