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This site has been created by a group of English speaking students who are currently studying in the holy city of Qum in the Islamic Republic of Iran (how can I HelpDevelopThisSite?)

Our purpose in creating this site is to provide correct information about living and studying in Qum. Our primary target audience is English speaking Shia Ithna 'Asheri Muslims living in a "Western" environment. However, we are sure that others will be able to benefit from the site as well.


This site is not an officially endorsed site of any organization. We have tried our best to provide factual information and in doing so, we may have had to be critical about certain aspects of living and studying in Qum. We hope that such criticism will be taken with the same spirit of unity and love in which we offer it. Also, we do not make any claims on the accuracy of the information we have provided, so before making any decisions based on it, please ensure that you consult real people and official organizations. For general information about Islam, Shiaism and Muslims, see Al-Islam.org.


This site is dedicated to the noble lady of Qum, Sayyidah Fatimah Ma'sumah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon her and her family (see SayyidaMasuma). Her brilliant, beloved shrine is the physical and spiritual center of the city of Qum, and it is through her proximity that this city has come to be what it is.