Frequently Asked Questions

About Ma'rifa 2021
Ma’rifa is a national organization committed to the spiritual and intellectual growth of Shi’i students. By curating resources, crafting content, and building a community network, we provide students with a framework for critical leadership, grounded in culturally relevant, Islamic perspectives. Our goal is to invest in and enrich the Shi’i student journey in order to discover our individual and collective ma’rifa. Ma’rifa 2020 was the first step towards this goal, spurred by the need for a forum of exploring God-centric knowledge for students, scholars, and community leaders.
Last year we delved into the theme of self-discovery and imagination to explore our understanding of religion and to re-imagine our practice of Shi’ism. Building on that, this year, we want to urge Shi’i students to reflect on their intellectual and spiritual journey and how that fits into their ultimate journey of becoming their true selves as encouraged by the Prophets and advised by God in the Quran. You can learn more about this in our Call of Responses prompt (coming soon) and by attending the conference!
Ma’rifa 2020 conference was a unique platform for engaging a wide network of Shi’i students across the country with a focus on spiritual and intellectual growth. This year, we aim to do the same. Ma’rifa 2021 seeks to channel theoretical Shi’a frameworks and practical strategies to dive into a multi-day virtual conference. We are using a novel platform, integrated with interactive and accessible features so students can still learn from and meet each other. Through different events and programs and insight from scholars and community leaders, we are providing opportunities and resources for students to tackle issues facing the Shi’i community that are important to them. Overall, Ma’rifa 2021 will prepare Shi’i students to undertake, individually and collectively, a movement of self-reflection and becoming.
Attendance & Registration
All Ma’rifa attendees must be Shi’a students in North America and must check off one of the following criterias:
  • undergraduate student (including 2-year, 4-year, and technical school)
  • recent alumnus ( less than 4 years after undergrad)
  • graduate student
To participate in Ma’rifa 2021, you just need to be enrolled in or be a recent alumnus of a North American educational institution.
  1. Fill out the registration form here.
  2. Purchase a ticket before they are sold out.
  3. Come ready to engage, learn, and have fun!
Before the conference, we ask that you respond to the Call for Responses prompt. We are a content driven conference so the most important factor in making Ma’rifa 2021 successful will be engagement from our attendees. We ask that you please come ready to participate, meet, organize, and learn with your peers.
Because the conference is virtual, the only cost will be the registration fee. If this fee is a barrier of entry for you, please indicate that in the registration form to receive a fee waiver.
Ma’rifa Inc. is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Our programs are sponsored primarily by academic grants through universities and Muslim organizations and public donations from community donors, masjids, centers and other religious organizations. If you are interested in supporting our work, please reach out to us at
We are recruiting! Please see our volunteer applications for positions in web development, graphic design, and community outreach and fundraising here. If you have relevant experience in these areas, we would love for you to join the Ma’rifa 2021 team! Please reach out to us with questions at
There are three ways to get involved with or sponsor Ma’rifa 2021.
  1. Spread the word and support your youth to attend and participate in the conference. Be on the lookout for a sponsorship form in January.
  2. Sponsor financially to provide resources and support for our attendees to engage and learn.
  3. Reach out to us if you are interested in sponsoring a specific event or community-related project related to the conference (e.g. scholarship, grant money, fellowship).
Please donate through PayPal to All donations are tax-deductible.
Though the conference is virtual, each ticket represents one individual, as the conference will still be interactive. If possible, we ask that individuals from one household use different devices.
The conference will require a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer with reliable internet access for live streaming and video chatting. If you do not have one of these and would like to attend the conference, please notify us as soon as possible. We will reach out to an ambassador or registrant in your area who may be able to help. Reach out to us at
Yes! Ma’rifa 2021 events will be recorded for registrants to access during and after the conference for a limited period of time.
The question was worded ambiguously so that students would grapple with it; there is no one right answer. We are looking for you to draw on your experiences to explore your own journey of self-reflection and becoming as it relates to your student identity.
We’re currently working on developing and integrating the platform. In addition to established features, such as closed captioning, please let us know if there are specific features we can include that will make the experience more accommodating for you. Reach out to us at