Celebrate 5 years of Ma’rifa with us at our annual conference in Philadelphia from February 16-18! Join us for Ma’rifa 2024: Under One Sun to connect our understandings and experiences of community. In the midst of collective grief and struggle, what shared purpose and values link us to each other? Drawing across diverse traditions of mercy and justice, how should we cultivate care and accountability towards one another, our communities, and all others under the sun?

The theme is inspired by the following Quran verse:

“So endure what they say, and celebrate by praising your Lord before the rising of the sun and its setting.” [50:39]

We pray that Ma’rifa 2024 will illuminate our hearts and inspire us to pave the way for Prophetic community.

Who? Shi'a individuals between 18 - 25 years old

When? 5pm EST February 16th - 1pm EST February 18th

Where? Drexel University & Billy Penn Studios (Philadelphia, PA)

Frequently Asked Questions


Have a question about attending Ma’rifa 2024? We encourage all those interested in attending the conference to take a look at some helpful FAQs! Please feel free to reach out by DM on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @marifaprograms or by email at conference@marifaprograms.com with any additional questions.

Our History

Ma’rifa Memories

We’re celebrating our 5th year anniversary! Take a look at some of the highlights from our previous conferences.


Contribute to the Ma'rifa Movement

At Ma’rifa, we are constantly developing new projects, services, and content dedicated to Shi’i youth. We are student-led and volunteer-run; all our funds are used to serve the Shi’i student community through inclusive and accessible programming. We are asking you to contribute to the Ma’rifa movement. By donating to Ma’rifa, you will be investing directly in the future of the Shi’a community. Help us build a world where Shi’i students approach their personal and professional growth through Islamic frameworks, where the Shi’a community organizes together, where religion is not a concept but an activated lens to approach all issues. Please consider this as doing your part in enriching the Shi’i student journey in North America.

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Ma'rifa Stories

Ma’rifa Turns Five!

Since 2020, Ma’rifa has cultivated an intellectual spirit in Shi’i students through our annual conference, where we explore, reflect, and teach the intersections of Shi’i tradition and student experience.

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Syed Haider Rizvi

The annual Ma'rifa conference holds great value in my life. From the very first one in 2020, a platform was created to gather young, Shia students to get together and speak on their journey of faith and life and how the two intersect. With knowledgable scholars and professional workshops that combined faith and life, Ma'rifa provides an opportunity for Shia students like no other. It has been four years of spiritual connections, networking, and building life long relationships with fellow Shia peers from around the world and I am looking forward to the next!

Attendee ~ Ma'rifa 2020 - Present