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10 Pieces of Advice Before You Leave for Umrah

10 Pieces of Advice Before You Leave for Umrah

Umrah is  the most beautiful trip for all Muslims. No matter where they live, rich or poor, Muslims all over the world aspire to make this spiritual journey. Since Rajab is a high season for Umrah, So, I just wanted to give a few pieces of advice for those who will be traveling soon to perform …

Goree island

Goree Island: The Gateway to Hell

What an awful, beautiful island. The approach to Goree Island, just off the coast of Senegal , a 15-minute ferry ride southeast of the country’s capital city of Dakar , gives the impression of exotic serenity. Even walking through the small island, a mere 900 meters (0.6 mi.) long and 300 meters (0.2 mi.) wide, …


A Hijabi's Guide to Packing for a Weekend Getaway!

I’ve packed a suitcase enough times that I’ve basically got it down to a science. Break your packing down into sections to help you stay organized (and sane! yes… I hate packing just like the rest of you). Here are my how-to’s and time-saving tips for every hijabi jetsetter! 1) The Essentials – I keep …


The Alpujarras: Spain's Last Muslim Stronghold

From the many hillside cafes and plazas of the bustling city of Granada, snow-capped mountains are visible just a short journey away. On the slopes of these mountains are strings of tiny villages which housed the remnants of Spain’s last Muslim communities; they have their own small but distinct role in Andalucia’s history, and offer …


When I Took My Way to Makkah

Read part one After spending five wonderful days in Madinah, I left for five more days in Makkah. The van took off and I started to miss my beloved Madinah. About 20 kilometers later, we stopped at “Abyar Ali” for ihram. And this part is actually why my family chose our umrah program to start by …

How to Travel the World as a New Muslim?

Traveling the World as a New Muslim?

Traveling as a Muslim is not different as compared to traveling before becoming a Muslim, as long as certain guidelines are adhered to. Tourists, Muslim or not, are required to be respectful of their place of travels, to represent themselves and their own country in a positive light.

13 Tips for Acceptable Hajj

13 Tips for Acceptable Hajj

Are you performing Hajj this year? The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has a great promise for you. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The reward for a Hajj mabroor is nothing but Paradise” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Here are 13 tips …

The Comfort of Little Things

The Comfort of Little Things

The beginning of ultimate happiness and contentment is once you start to acknowledge and enjoy the little things in life. Make the best out of what you have – the little, yet significant things right by your side that have long been taken for granted could contain abundant joy…

This Life is But a Journey

No matter how excellent any stop along the way is, or how much you enjoy the company of a new acquaintance, you will enable yourself to say goodbye. You will move on because you knew at the outset that you were never meant to stay. Your awareness of your true goal facilitates letting go.

Take a Break For a Change of Scene

If a family truly wants to enjoy a trip, they should shed their self-obligated cultural burdens first, and then plan a trip according to their budget. Keep an open mind and try to make the journey as purposeful and light as possible. You can travel somewhere even for two days…

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