Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah
Egypt is one of the historic places among the lands of the muslims, it has significant history in Islam and has been known for a place of knowledge. Lately a lot of people have been going over to Egypt in order to learn the deen or to make Hijrah there.
One of the advantages of Egypt is the visa. The cost of visa is approx $15 for thirty days for US citizens, for Canadians it’s $20 and for Uk $20, prices and requirements can be checked online from the Egyptian Embassy’s website. As some people that were asked about info on visas have mentioned that before the thirty days are over, you can renew your visa for a year. And most brothers and sisters from the West do this for many years. After the thirty day visa you pay a fee around 80 LE for a one year visa. Called tourist visa.
For any other visa for a longer period of stay, you must be married to a Egyptian then you can receive a 5 year visa. Or be a student in a University . Not at the private owned centers, If they help you with a visa It may be just a tourist visa which you can get one your self for a cheaper price.
One issue I must mentioned before I write more is that I hear/read several times that in the mosques over there, they have grave’s. In one of the dars I herd that Egypt was occupied by Raafidas i.e the shias who bought this there but Allah knows best. So brothers can probably go in and see if there’s a grave before they pray but as far as sisters are concerned i do not know how they can find out if they ever had to pray in a mosque there.
Some people may choose to goto known cities such as Alexandria or Cairo where there may be a large population of foreigners and a lot of fitna, prices may be high too, however one should consider that Egypt is a big place and those going with the intention of making Hijrah should choose other places after researching and speaking/contacting people that know more about it. Property can be purchased there which i suggest looking someone up that has brough property there as it may involve other steps to be taken along with the paper work, prices wary…one of the websites to get some info quick is http://www.flatsinegypt.com/
For thoose seeking knowledge then there are people of sunnah and scholars present in egypt, one of them is Sheikh Raslan, he teaches in a village there and his website is http://www.rslan.com
One of the brother’s mentioned his story on a forum that i’d like to share with others
PS: (I did some editing and fixed some mistakes as much as time allowed me too):