A Hawza couple
If both husband and wife share common intellectual and spiritual goals to a certain degree, married life as a Hawza student can be incomparably fulfilling. Each can help the other in their joint journey towards the nearness of Allah (awj) and His Hujjat (a.t.f.s.).
Of course, there can be occasional challenges such as the pressures of being away from relatives, having to adjust to a new language and culture, financial difficulties and the like. But for a couple whose goals match, these only add to the sweetness of their journey.
For couples seeking to study at the Hawza, the usual procedure followed is for the husband to first secure admission. Upon the couple’s arrival in Iran, the husband is issued a student’s resident visa and his wife is issued a dependent’s resident visa. A lady with a dependent’s resident visa is eligible to seek admission at one of the Hawzavi institutes for female students, such as Jami’atuz Zahra or Bintul Huda in Qom.
Not all married ladies choose to study at the Hawza. Some decide that their more important responsibilities at home do not make full-time study a practical option for them. MIU offers certain part-time courses for such ladies.
At the Hawza with kids
The Hawza is also a wonderful place to bring up children. Where else can parents hope to provide such a positive religious environment to their children? Children of Hawza students grow up in close proximity to the shrine of a holy personality and are surrounded by books, scholars and intellectual discussion. They are also shielded from many of the harmful effects of exposure to western or materialistic culture.
Schooling in Iran is of good quality; both government schools (free) and private schools (charge moderate fees) operate. The medium of instruction in almost all of them is Farsi. A few non-Iranians have begun a handful of schools with English or Arabic as the medium of instruction; however most of these are still new, and it may take some time before they stabilize.
Indian Hawza students with children in Iran tend to be quite concerned about their children learning English. This concern is justified to an extent as the child must adjust to an English language academic environment upon the family’s return to India. However with some planning and effort, parents can ensure their children develop some proficiency in English while growing up in Iran.