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Located to the west of the city of Marrakech, at the gates of the Atlas Mountains are the beautiful Menara Gardens. Built in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu’min, the gardens have become one of the most photographed places in Morocco due to its breathtaking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. The gardens get its name from the pavilion; built during the 16th century Saadi dynasty. This pavilion or ‘minzah’ and the basin; an artificial lake, are surrounded by gardens, palm trees, fruit trees and olive groves. Menara Gardens are in fact known to house around 30,000 olive trees. From the pavilion visitors are offered beautiful views of the gardens and surrounding landscape, including the magnificent Atlas Mountains. The gardens are now a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike, and are great for those looking to enjoy a picnic and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or for those looking to escape the soaring Moroccan temperatures, or for a fantastic photo op....more

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Located to the west of the city of Marrakech, at the gates of the Atlas Mountains are the beautiful Menara Gardens. Built in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu’min, the gardens have become one of the most photographed places in Morocco due to its breathtaking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. The gardens get its name from the pavilion; built during the 16th century Saadi dynasty. This pavilion or ‘minzah’ and the basin; an artificial lake, are surrounded by gardens, palm trees, fruit trees and olive groves. Menara Gardens are in fact known to house around 30,000 olive trees. From the pavilion visitors are offered beautiful views of the gardens and surrounding landscape, including the magnificent Atlas Mountains. The gardens are now a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike, and are great for those looking to enjoy a picnic and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or for those looking to escape the soaring Moroccan temperatures, or for a fantastic photo op.

Ticket Price

Free

Opening Hour

8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 2 hours or more

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children

Must See

The incredible surroundings and views of the gardens and the Atlas Mountains

Prayer Facilities

Finding prayer facilities at the Menara Gardens will not be possible. Muslims visiting the attraction can either find a secluded place in the gardens to offer their prayers, or they can visit one of the many mosques in the city of Marrakech, such as the Koutoubia Mosque. Muslim tourists can ask to be guided to the nearest mosque when needed.

Halal Food

As mentioned above, the Menara Gardens are the perfect spot for picnics. Visitors must therefore make it a point to take a long some snacks to enjoy while there. Muslim tourists will also be able to find plenty of Halal restaurants and cafés in the city of Marrakech, since Morocco's predominant religion is Islam.

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  • Birmingham: Check Out These Halal Eateries To Fill Up Your Tum Tum

    Birmingham is a hugely diverse city in England and it is the second most populated area in the UK after London. So, there's no surprise that with the amount of people living there, there is an abundance of choice of Halal eateries to fill up your Tum Tum. Keep reading for a carefully selected choice of halal eateries in Birmingham. Marrakech Restaurant Picture Credit: Marrakech Restaurant Facebook This restaurant succeeds in creating a gentle fusion of Mediterranean cuisine along with its neighbour north african cuisine. Customers love the marinated meats and garlic prawns that are clearly presented to let the flavours and recipes truly satisfy the taste palettes. From filling choices such as meat tagines, homemade bread to lighter dishes such as brochettes, mediterranean salads and hummus. The restaurant can satisfy groups of friends, adults and couples on dates. Address: 1122 Stratford Road | Hall Green Birmingham, Birmingham B28 8AE, EnglandPrice Range: ££Opening Hours: 5PM to 11PM (Mon-Thu)                               5PM to 11.30PM (Fri & Sat)                               4.20PM to 11PM (Sun)Contact: +44 121 702 2244Website: www.marrakechrestaurant-lounge.com Facebook | Instagram Wrap Chic Picture Credit: Wrap Chic Bullring Facebook A simple eatery in Bullring Shopping Centre, it’s a perfect stop during your shopping days and even worth a visit when nearby. This fast food fusion of Mexican and Indian wraps, bowls, meats is simple and straight to the point. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff to explain the menu as they engage and allow tasters as they understand their concept is unique. The opportunity to customize your bowls, burritos, wrap-chos, wrap, wraplette or Quesadilla means there's someone for everyone. A great place for family with little ones, hang out stops with friends, quick stops and lunch- breaks. Bullring OutletAddress: Bullring | Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham B5 4BU, EnglandPrice Range: £Opening Hours: 11AM to 8PM (Mon-Sat)                          11AM to 5PM (Sun)Contact: +44 7572 464 640Website: wrapchic.co.uk​ Facebook Birmingham International Airport OutletAddress: Birmingham International Airport​ | Ground Floor, North Terminal,​ B26 3QJ​Price Range: £Opening Hours: 6AM to 9PM (Daily)Contact: +44 121 782 1938​Website: wrapchic.co.uk​ My Lahore Picture Credit: MyLahore Facebook The atmosphere in My Lahore sizzles, from the meats placed sizzling hot before you to the colourful decor. Introducing Asian food with no inhibitions, you can find your classic currys, biryani, naan choices as well as choices from the Far east such as noodles and sweet and sour meats. If you have some picky little ones, they also have burgers and steaks available. The portions are sized generously and the traditionally decorated environment matches the food placed before you. The place is often packed and great for celebratory gatherings as well as family outings. Address: 191-194 Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD, EnglandPrice Range: ££-£££Opening Hours: 12PM to 12AM (Mon-Thu)                               12PM to 1AM (Fri)                               1PM to 1AM (Sat)                               1PM to 12AM (Sun)Contact: +44 121 771 1117Website: www.mylahore.co.uk​ Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Golden Balti Indian Takeaway Picture Credit: Golden Balti Indian Takeaway Many customers who have ordered from Golden Balti Indian Takeaway have returned for more. The tiny atmosphere and cultural remnants are felt as the food tastes authentic and homemade. Perfect for that cosy night in with some good comfort food without the hassle of preparing and cleaning. Golden Balti Indian do all the hard work and allow you to enjoy their delicious bangladeshi, indian food. Upon specific requests, the cooks can also whisk something off menu for you such as vegan or vegetarian foods or any cravings you have. This is perfect for sleepovers, days when you leave the office late or times with the family in-front of a film. Address: 82B Edgewood Road | Rednal, Birmingham B45 8SG, EnglandPrice Range: 5PM to 11PM (Mon-Sun)Opening Hours: ££-£££Contact: +44 121 453 0338Website: www.goldenbaltionline.co.uk Kobe Sizzlers Picture Credit: Kobe Sizzlers Steakhouse Facebook Although, not in Birmingham, it is just a one hour drive away and may be worth the trek for special occasions. Kobe Sizzlers is a deluxe diner that uses 35 day old steaks, premium ingredients that compliment each-other. Experts have created a menu that includes a variety of food guilty pleasures, such as truffle fries, monterey jack cheese melted on marinated grilled chicken, jalapeno teriyaki sauce on an 8oz beef patty. The restaurants crowning glory are the sizzlers which arrive with a meat of your choice, sauce of your choice and Hand-cut triple cooked Chips, Rice/Noodles, Onions, Green Beans & Carrots. The dishes arriving sizzling hot as the title of the restaurant suggests. Great for family, friends and days where your feeling a huge meal Address: 64-66 London Road Leicester, Leicestershire LE2 0QD AreaPrice Range: ££-£££Opening Hours: 5.30PM to 10.30PM (Mon-Thu)                              5.30PM to 11PM (Fri)                              1.30PM to 11PM (Sat)                              1.30PM to 10PM (Sun)Contact: +44 116 222 5555​Website: kobesizzlers.co.uk​ Facebook | Instagram...

  • Top 10 Muslim-friendly OIC Destinations

    The Global Muslim Travel Index for 2018 is out! If you’re wondering what the most Muslim-friendly countries are for the year 2018, getting yourself a copy of the latest index is an absolute must! Covering 130 destinations - both, OIC and non-OIC -, the Global Muslim Travel Index 2018 by Mastercard and CrescentRating rank these countries based on key criteria covering access, communications, environment and services. The OIC destinations that scored the top spots in the index all offer a plethora of facilities and services that Muslims look for when traveling; from Halal food and prayer facilities, to affordability and accessibility. Here’s a look at the top 10 Muslim-friendly OIC destinations in 2018 that are doing all the right things to make Muslim travellers feel right at home!   Malaysia Picture Credit: www.lonelyplanet.com It’s no surprise that once again, for the eighth consecutive year; Malaysia has managed to keep its top position in the global Muslim travel market! One of the most sought after travel destinations for Muslim families, as well as honeymooners and backpackers, Malaysia is a country that does not only offer endless things to do and see; from cultural wonders to spectacular natural sites, but its Muslim-majority status and the countless facilities they offer, attract Muslim tourists from around the world who are looking to have an unforgettable holiday while also staying true to their religious beliefs. Considered as one of the fastest developing countries in the world, Malaysia combines old-world charm and modern city-life effortlessly. Like most Muslim-majority countries, Malaysia is home to plenty of mosques; including some of the most beautiful in the world, and even offer prayer rooms and ablution facilities in most malls and major attractions. In addition to that, Halal food can be found throughout the country, from street-side carts to food courts to renowned, top-notch restaurant, thus the convenience. Along with the amazing tourist experience they offer, they are certainly proving to be unbeatable! Find Halal food places in Malaysia Find Mosques and Prayer places in Malaysia   Indonesia Picture Credit: blog.davestpay.com Next on the list, and tying with the United Arab Emirates in second place, is beautiful Indonesia! A fantastic destination for Muslim travellers, this Muslim-majority country is one of the most perfect spot for that Muslim-friendly holiday you’ve been dreaming of for a while! While this Southeast Asian country remains as a popular destination for both Muslim and non-Muslims, Indonesia truly defines what it means to be Muslim-friendly. Halal food can be found almost anywhere in the country, and mosques and prayer places are available throughout. Indonesia ticks all the right boxes. From offering Muslim travellers all of the Muslim-friendly facilities they require, to its natural beauty, and its cultural diversity and even being a destination for shopaholics and foodies, Indonesia is a destination unlike any other! Find Halal food places in Indonesia Find Mosques and Prayer places in Indonesia   The United Arab Emirates Picture Credit: www.zocalopublicsquare.org The United Arab Emirates, along with Indonesia, took the second spot in the Global Muslim Travel Index 2018. A collection of seven Emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Quwain, the UAE is a Muslim country that has been in the limelight for the past few years, due to its ‘bigger is better’ attitude. From being home to some of the biggest and most well-known attractions in the world, to its incredible world-renowned food scene and its note-worthy infrastructure. Even boasting some of the world’s best Muslim-friendly facilities and its diversity in culture, Dubai is without a doubt one of the most popular tourist destinations across the globe. Finding mosques and prayer places along with Halal food in the country’s major cities, like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will be incredibly easy, and finding the same, is just as effortless in its lesser known ones as well. Find Halal food places in UAE  Find Mosques and Prayer places in UAE   Turkey Picture Credit: www.worldatlas.com The vibrant country of Turkey has long been a destination attracting tourists from all over the world. Its fascinating history, culture and customs, along with its spectacular attractions and beautiful architecture, stunning natural scenery and its location makes it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world! Long being enchanting visitors, Turkey also has some of the most mouth-watering food! And, all of you out there who travel to taste and discover new exciting dishes; since the country is made up of mostly Muslims, almost all the food found throughout is Halal! Mosques are scattered throughout the country, and that along with all other Muslim-friendly amenities the country offers, make Muslims always feel right at home when visiting. Find Halal food places in Turkey Find Mosques and Prayer places in Turkey   Saudi Arabia Picture Credit: www.kozanbilgi.net Saudi Arabia is one of the top countries in the world for Muslim travel, especially due to it being home to the sacred cities of Makkah and Madinah. Muslims travel across the world to Saudi Arabia at least once in their lifetime to perform the Holy pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah. However, Saudi Arabia’s other cities also offer plenty to do and see; from Islamic heritage sites, to modern attractions, making Saudi Arabia the ultimate Muslim-friendly destination. One thing that Muslims are sure to find exciting, is that only Halal food can be found throughout the country, so eating out can be done without a worry in the world! The country also has countless mosques and prayer rooms, which means no matter where you are; in a mall, or even driving across the dessert, finding prayer facilities can be done so with ease. Find Halal food places in Saudi Arabia Find Mosques and Prayer places in Saudi Arabia   Qatar Picture Credit: www.iloveqatar.net Qatar is the new up-and-coming destination, fast following in the steps of some of the UAE’s major cities, such as Dubai. The Middle Eastern country; known for its futuristic architecture and impressive, modern skyline, is developing rapidly and becoming a must-visit destination for Muslim travelers. It offers a great blend of rich culture and traditions, along with a sophisticated art and food scene, making it an exciting destination for Muslims to discover. As with all of the countries in this list, its majority-Muslim population means that Muslim-friendly facilities like Halal food, as well as mosques and prayer rooms, can be found throughout. Find Halal food places in Qatar Find Mosques and Prayer places in Qatar   Bahrain Picture Credit: itcsecure.com Moving a few spots up in the Global Muslim Travel Index 2018, from the 2017 index, Bahrain may not be as well-known as some other Middle Eastern countries, but the destination is rapidly gaining recognition as a superb destination for Muslim travelers due to a number of factors. The island-nation boasts a laid-back vibe, which attracts those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life while not compromising on their religious values. It is home to numerous historical and cultural sites, offers visitors a fascinating look into wealthy Arab life and culture, and also has a plethora of Muslim-friendly facilities. Halal food and prayer facilities are widely found around the country, thus making it incredibly easy for Muslim visitors to explore it without a worry. Find Halal food places in Bahrain Find Mosques and Prayer places in Bahrain   Oman Picture Credit: www.constructionweekonline.com Next up, is the exotic destination of Oman! The Islamic country offers Muslim travellers an incredible experience, by featuring all of the Muslim-friendly facilities visitors usually look for in a destination; Halal food and prayer facilities, as well as numerous fascinating attractions and sites, making it a gem of a destination that can be discovered with ease, and thus a popular getaway spot for those in neighbouring countries. The country is steeped in history and has managed to keep its roots without letting development take over. From incredible culture immersions, to the friendliest of people, to beach getaways, mountain treks and desert escapades, to breathtaking natural scenery and ancient sites, we truly can’t think of another place that offers everything that the spectacular country of Oman does! Find Halal food places in Oman Find Mosques and Prayer places in Oman   Morocco Picture Credit: www.moroccokeytravel.com This list would definitely be incomplete without the addition of colourful Morocco! A well-known travel destination; the North African country of Morocco is one that will enchant you with its incredible, diverse culture, its natural beauty and spectacular beaches, its fascinating ancient cities and rich deserts, its warm hospitality and its delicious, fragrant food. And it only gets better because of its Muslim-friendliness! With the country being predominantly Muslim, it has all the amenities Muslim travellers look for when planning a getaway. Halal food is widely found across Morocco, and so are mosques and prayer rooms. Find Halal food places in Morocco Find Mosques and Prayer places in Morocco   Kuwait Picture Credit: www.worldtravelguide.net Kuwait takes the Global Muslim Travel Index’s tenth spot for the year 2018, and we think that’s definitely well deserved! While not as loud and luxurious as other well known Middle Eastern countries, Kuwait’s charm is magnetic and undeniable. Ideal for those looking to experience that ‘Arab feel’, Kuwait is home to some wonderful attractions, and its natural beauty is certainly something to write about. The country features some fantastic museums, a lively food scene, some lovely beaches and pretty souqs. Its predominantly Muslim population also means that no matter where in the country you are, prayer facilities are easy to find and Halal restaurants are aplenty! Find Halal food places in Kuwait Find Mosques and Prayer places in Kuwait   Go on a Halal Trip with us!...

  • 6 Ways You Can Experience Wakanda in Real Life [Updated]

    Picture Credit - Original Image © Marvel Studios' Black Panther ***Spoiler alert!!!***   The following article contains spoilers from the Black Panther film.  You have been warned! via GIPHY Marvel Studio’s Black Panther has been making waves online for its empowering representation of a futuristic, ethnic hybrid of pan-African culture and civilisation that is Wakanda.  Fans all over the world have been raving over the beauty and significance of all sorts of details in the film.  So, we're taking a look at 6 features of Wakanda's technology, fashion, nature, culture and diplomacy that you can actually experience in real life. Check out our top Travel Destinations for 2018 Find things to do on our Halal Travel Blog   1.      Ride a Maglev train Picture Credit - Tim Adams, flickr.com Agent Ross: These...these train things, that’s magnetic levitation, right?Shuri: Obviously!Agent Ross: Obviously? I’ve never seen it this...efficient.  The light panels, what are they?Shuri: Sonic stabilisersAgent Ross: Sonic what?Shuri: In its raw form, Vibranium is too dangerous to be transported at that speed, so I developed a way to temporarily deactivate it.Agent Ross: There’s Vibranium on those trains?Shuri:  There’s Vibranium all around us. That’s how I healed you. via GIPHY While we may not have Vibranium, Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) trains actually exist in real life!  There are only three countries in the world right now that have them: China, South Korea and Japan, and while they don’t have sonic stabilisers to temporarily disable raw Vibranium at high speeds, these trains can move pretty fast!  Maglev trains average over 300km/h, and have clocked in maximum speeds of above 500km/h.  Some trains, like the ones in China, also have an LED signboard to tell you how fast they’re going, so it could be an Instagram-worthy moment to capture if you ever find yourself in the Far East. Picture credit - Bernt Rostad, flickr.com Right now, the Maglev trains in South Korea and China are relatively new compared to Japan’s, so they might be better for those who just want to experience a shorter ride, exploring the attractions around Shanghai or Incheon.  China’s Shanghai Maglev train can take you from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Station, while South Korea’s Ecobee can take you from Incheon International Airport to Yongyu, 6 stops away. Find Attractions near you in Shanghai, China Find Attractions near you in South Korea For those who crave longer journeys, you can get yourself a Japan Rail Pass to get train tickets at discounted rates. The Shinkasen, Japan’s Maglev, runs through pretty much the whole country, so you’d be able to visit Mount Fuji in Shizuoka, go shopping in Kagoshima and relax at an Onsen in Semboku City, even if you were travelling for just a few days. Picture Credit - www.nippon.com   In the works: The Hyperloop Vactrain Picture Credit - Reuters Dubai is upping the tech ante by working with Elon Musk to build the Hyperloop, its own Vactrain; a Maglev train that operates within a vacuum tunnel. Without any air resistance, it can reach speeds of up to 1200km/h (theoretically!)  A prototype is slated for completion by 2020, the route connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi.  Right now, it takes slightly over 1 hour 30 minutes by car, and 1 hour 40 minutes by metro.  With the Hyperloop, the estimated travel time is an incredible 12 minutes, which would be great for locals and tourists alike, so there'll be much more opportunities to explore both Abu Dhabi and Dubai!   2.      Remotely pilot a drone (and ride self-driving vehicles) Picture Credit - trailers.apple.com In Black Panther, we see Shuri remotely driving a car while T’Challa battles the baddies, and Agent Ross pilots a Wakandan aircraft remotely from Shuri’s lab. While we’re still some way from remote-piloted cars being commercially available, you can content yourself with remote-piloting a remote control (RC) drone with a camera.   As for riding a vehicle without actually driving it, the closest thing we have right now are probably self-driving vehicles, like the electric pods in London, at the London Heathrow Airport: Picture Credit - wtsinternational.org You can also grab a ride on a driverless shuttle around Gardens by the Bay, if you’re in Singapore: Picture Credit - straitstimes.com If being on the ground isn’t exciting enough for you, you can place your hopes in Dubai, where they've pilot-tested self-flying taxis to be rolled out some time in 2021: Picture credit - gulfnews.com   3.      Promote distinct, modest fashion Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther Black Panther featured an ethnically inspired fashion from all over Africa, which is great for its unique, colourful and fresh perspective it gave the fashion industry.  In Indonesia, some have commented on how life imitates art... Picture Credit - Rima Wahyuningrum, Kompas.com ...and how art imitates life: Picture Credit - tribunstyle.com Besides ethnically inspired African fashion, Modest fashion also happens to be facing a similar trend in rising interest as a distinct philosophy and design attitude. More and more big names in fashion have been releasing modest fashion lines in their endeavours to capture a slice of the Muslim market, the most recent one being Macy’s.  Stylist.co.uk's Ramona Aly reports that, “according to a recent report from Thomson Reuters and Dinar Standard globally, Muslims spent £185 billion on clothing and footwear in 2013. That tops the total fashion spend of Japan and Italy combined.” With so much potential from the Muslim travel and fashion markets, dignified beautification is, in sha Allah, fast becoming the next big thing in the fashion world. Here’s some ethnically inspired modest fashion designs: Picture Credit - @hijabstyleicon, Instagram Picture Credit - @YazTheSpaz89, Pinterest   4. Stunning Natural Locations Picture Credit - Still from trailer, © Marvel Studio's Black Panther Black Panther sure had a lot of impressive filming locations, and what better way to destress than to leave the hustle and bustle of the city, watch the sunset with a loved one, or gaze at the stars?  Here, we look at four of the stunning natural scenes in this section: the ancestral plains, the mountains and the waterfalls.   Savannah Grasslands Sunsets When T’Challa is sent to the ancestral plane to meet his father, we see them set in a beautiful Savanna Grassland. For us at least, it's a good thing we don't have to go to the ancestral plane to experience this, in Africa!    Mountain sunsets Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther   Having bested Killmonger, we see T’Challa honour Kilmonger’s final request to see the Wakandan sun, set behind the mountains.  Those mountains may have been in Wakanda, but if it’s just mountains you’re looking for, any mountain will do, right?   The beauty and majesty of these natural formations never fail to inspire awe in their visitors, and the best part is, there are literally hundreds of mountains out there in every continent of the world.   View from the top of Jerangkang waterfall, Pahang, Malaysia: Picture Credit - mohdfaizaladha, Instagram   Find a majestic mountain near you Waterfalls (with lakes at the bottom) Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther The landscape shots for the river district, where the proving rituals were done, was filmed in Iguazu Falls, Argentina (the close-up scenes were filmed in a studio set), but with so many waterfalls in the world, there’s something for everyone, no matter where you are. Victoria Falls, Zambia-Zimbabwe border Niagria Falls, Canada Plitvice Falls, Croatia Picture Credit - croatiaweek.com Dua Warna Falls, Sibolangit, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia Picture Credit - Ariana Photography, wowshack.com Sri Gethuk Falls, Menggoran Beleberan Village, Playen, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Picture Credit - Soga Soegierto, wowshack.com Find a wondrous waterfall near you 5. Learn a Foreign Language Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther In the film, we see the Wakandans speaking English and Xhosa, (and Nakia apparently speaks Korean, too!)  Learning to become a specialist in one or more languages might open your doors to more exciting opportunities, and in today’s fast-changing world, who knows how knowing a foreign language could come in handy?   You can try taking up diplomatic work like Nakia does, or do business in new and emerging markets around the world.   Also, you may not necessarily have to learn a new language to understand one, and be understood.  The Google Translate app lets you use your camera for instant text translation: Picture Credit - Google LLC, play.google.com Google's other translation product, the Google Pixel Earbuds, can translate 40 spoken languages for you on the go.  Paired with the Google Assistant, you can even ask it for directions to nearby amenities, making the wireless earbuds a potential, worthy travel companion to consider.  Note that an Assistant-enabled Android device and a data connection is required for these features, though.     Picture Credit - store.google.com   6. Build Bridges! Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studio's Black Panther “We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” - T'Challa T’Challa’s  message to build bridges strongly resonates with the Muslim experience of the war on terror and Islamophobia.  The constant reinforcement of terrorism and “Islamic” radicalisation in the media means that Muslims have to reach out to their neighbours, now more than ever, to promote peace and mutual understanding between peoples from all walks of life, no matter where they are in the world. Hence, here are four initiatives that one can get involved in to build bridges.   The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies is an annual forum to address and diminish and hatred and clarify Islam’s position as a religion of peace and justice.  The forum was responsible for convening the Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities together with the Moroccan government in Marrakesh, Morocco. UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) mentions in their Vision Statement that they work “toward a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity.”  The Organisation hosts and sponsors an entire spectrum of initiatives to this end.   Study Peace Studies Picture Credit - Best Goods on Sale, aliexpress.com Yes, you can actually become a scholar in peace studies!  Peace studies programmes tend to be at the postgraduate level, so you won't have to worry if you've already got a degree in any field. In any case, what better way is there to prepare for the role of promoting peace, than by actually spending some time to study it? There are peace studies programmes found in literally every continent, so if you’re considering a career in diplomacy, scholarship or a career in an NGO, this might be a very possible path to pursue to build bridges. Promote Inter-faith Relations Picture Credit - Harmony Centre @ An-Nahdhah Mosque, Singapore | Facebook It might seem counter-intuitive for the adherent of one religion to study another religion, but according to Dr Marianne Moyaert, a professor at VU University Amsterdam, interfaith experiences can lead a person to become more committed to their own tradition, because understanding the other requires understanding the self.  The process can cause individuals to become more rooted and more vast in their understanding as they encounter the depth and breadth of the landscape of human spirituality. Enjoining good neighbourly relations with the members of other communities also helps raise awareness about the true, upright character of Islam and dispels any misgivings that non-Muslims may have.   Wakanda's Spirit lives on... Picture Credit - redbubble.com Wakanda may not exist in real life, but if the film was inspired by real people, real places, real ideas and real practices, at least we know that the spirit of Wakanda is out there, and not just in Africa! So get up and get going, because Wakanda awaits! Check out our top travel destinations for 2018 Find things to do on our Halal travel blog...

  • Top Travel Destinations in 2018 on the Bucket List of Muslim Travel Influencers

    If you’re a travel addict like we are, you’re sure to have your own travel bucket list for 2018. But with the world offering so much magnificence to see and do, deciding on the best places to travel in 2018 for us was quite a task! So we decided to ask some of our favorite Muslim travel influencers to tell us which destinations were on top of their travel bucket lists for 2018 and why. We loved hearing their opinions on the best places to travel in 2018 and we were absolutely delighted that they were so varied. Here’s what they had to say! Iran and Oman - @muslimtravelers Zaid and Huda are a Muslim power couple residing in the United States. Having visited over 50 countries, they have set their sights on Iran and Oman for 2018. On asked why these two countries are at the top of their travel bucket list for 2018 - as they are not as commonly mentioned in most individuals’ bucket lists - this is what they answered: ‘Both countries are underrated in our opinion, as each of them have so much to offer: rich history that goes back thousands of years, authentic culture, gorgeous palaces, gardens and natural landscapes, spectacular mosques, and of course, wonderful and hospitable people.’ And boy are they right! Iran is home to some fascinating museums and galleries, architectural marvels and even a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the beautiful Golestan Palace, Susa, Persepolis and the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan. From the historic Persian Garden of Eram to the vibrantly coloured Nasir ol Molk Mosque, to bustling bazaars, and the ski slopes of Shemshak, the attractions that Iran offers will leave you in awe and definitely out of time! Oman’s varied and diverse landscapes have made it an up-and-coming tourist spot. Offering some of the best scuba diving sites in the world, stunning historical forts, pristine beaches, rich greenery and wildlife, and not-to-be-missed desert camps, Oman sure gets our vote for one of the top places to visit in the world this year! Let’s also not forget that with both destinations being predominantly Muslim, finding Halal food and places to offer your prayers will not be a problem at all! Cape Town and Marrakesh - @faizdickievp From exploring his home country, to experiencing the best of what the Big Apple had to offer, and even joining us on a trip to the Philippines, Malaysian influencer Mohd Nasrul Faiz Abu Azal has travelled the world. Cape Town and Marrakesh are the two destinations on his travel bucket list for 2018. Here’s why: ‘Apart from the fact that I love animals and I have been watching Animal Planet with my father for years when I was growing up, I have never been to the African Continent so I would like to tick it (Cape Town) off my bucket list.’ Regarding Marrakesh, ‘I once watched a documentary about Marrakesh and what attracted me most is its street food! Since I’m a foodie I would love to go there and experience it myself - plus, I don’t have to worry about its Halal status!’ Both, Cape Town and Marrakesh are immensely gorgeous destinations. Rich in culture, home to breathtaking sites, and more importantly, Muslim-friendly!   France and Venice - @yunitameliani_ Yunita Tri Ratna Meliani’s recent adventures have been in destinations like South Korea and Turkey, and this year she hopes to pay France and Venice a visit with her husband, mostly because of its beautiful architecture and romantic scenery. France has long been one of the best honeymoon destinations on earth as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations amongst families. Home to iconic attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, exquisite cuisine, and charming landscapes, the country has much to offer. France does house a sizeable population of Muslims, so finding Halal food and mosques in most major cities will be possible. People from all over the world are drawn to picturesque Venice, said to be one of Italy’s most popular attractions. With canals instead of streets, and historic buildings sure to keep you distracted for hours, this floating city sure gets our vote too! It is also worthy to note that although finding Muslim-friendly facilities such as Mosques and Halal restaurants in Venice will be difficult, it won’t be impossible.   Nusa Penida - @daneswra Danes, having already been to Bali, really got into it and told us exactly why Nusa Penida - an island found to the southeast of Bali - is on her bucket list, and what she’d like to experience there. ‘The island in the southeastern region of Bali’s Klungkung Regency has many coral reefs, cliffs and hills that make the atmosphere on this island unique and exotic . Some of the tourist attractions are: Broken Beach, Angel's billabong, Crystal Bay, Atuh Beach, Goa Giri Putri and Hutan Tembeling. Nusa Penida is located between two beautiful islands named Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, so if I go to Nusa Penida, I can visit the other two islands, and experience the three islands’ spectacular scenery. Nusa Penida offers many things for me to explore. Nusa Penida not only offers beauty that is still natural, but also the beauty of cultural customs and the local wisdom of the people, which are three things that cannot be separated from Bali.’ Indonesia is one of the best countries to visit in Asia (according to who/why?), and although Bali is a famous must-visit destination, we love that Danes has the lesser-known Nusa Penida on her bucket list for 2018! Exploring the unexplored definitely appeals to us! Cairns and Xi’an - @thetudungtraveller Residing in Singapore, Atikah Amalina is an English & Literature teacher, a social activist for women’s empowerment and an avid traveler. She has been to places like Seoul, Tasmania and Edinburgh, and for 2018 here are her destination goals: ‘Two places I would like to visit in 2018 are Cairns and Xi’an. I love diving and diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns has been a dream for the longest time! I’ve also always wanted to experience the majesty of the terracotta warriors! InshaAllah, my path will lead me to these 2 places this year!’ Said to be the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the perfect destination for adrenaline junkies and those into all things outdoors, we think Atikah couldn’t have picked a better destination than Cairns! Australia also happens to be a great destination for Muslims. Find out the best places to visit, shop, dine and pray in our guide to Australia. China’s Xi’an is a history buff’s dream spot. With ancient stories sure to keep any visitor riveted, Xi’an is home to countless attractions - historical, cultural and scenic - and a Muslim Quarter with over ten mosques! You won’t have to worry about finding Halal food there either, so eat to your heart’s content! :) Bali & Japan - @Nurfatiin Singaporean fashion and lifestyle blogger, Nur Fatiin picked Bali and Japan as the destinations she would like to visit in 2018: ‘I have been to Bali several times but it’s also a place I will never get tired of. This year, I can’t wait to be back in Bali because I will be going there with my husband for our honeymoon. I want to go to new and undiscovered places with him. We’ll create new memories at places I have been before. I have always wanted to go to the Land of the Rising Sun. To witness the sakura blossoms and to experience the weird and interesting paraphernalia that Japan has to offer. Oh, Bali! Every time we even hear the word Bali, all we can think of is relaxing on a jaw-dropping beach, sipping a virgin mojito, surrounded by pure tropical bliss. Popular as a backpacking spot, as well as amongst honeymooners and even families, Bali manages to suit everyone’s requirements and budgets, while offering unlimited fun. A mix of ancient and modern, Japan is sure to charm your socks off! Offering so much to see and do, no matter how many times you’ve been, you’re sure to never get tired of it. There are also numerous Halal-friendly tours being offered, such as the Halal Gourmet Food Tour Package to Tokyo, Japan, so it may be time to book your next vacation!...

  • Find 7 Halal Food Restaurants Near you in Berlin, Germany

    Lunch is as essential and important as the first coffee in the morning. In a multi-cultural city like Berlin, you will have the agony of choice considering that the city is home to several thousand restaurants, bistros and cafés. And given the high quote of migrants from Muslim cultures who live and work in the German capital and the millions of tourists that visit the city every year, Berlin has no lack of Halal lunch spots! We've just collected a variety of trendy and modern eateries for you where you can easily head with your coworkers during your break. And since the budget can be as tight as your time schedule we kept an eye on both of these issues, so rest assured that the restaurants are affordable and the service is quick. Some of them even qualify for a dinner night out after work! Credit- Giphy.com 1. Koshary Lux – Fresh and Authentic Middle Eastern Street Food Picture Credit - www.klx-kosharylux.com Being located in Grolmanstraße, this bistro is just a short walk from Ku’Damm and very close to Savignyplatz. The signature dish of this store with a colourful mix of the modern and old interior is Koshary, an unbelievable tasty high-carb Egyptian dish containing mainly pasta, rice, lentils and tomato sauce. If you have ever been to Egypt you’ll most likely know it. The regularly altering specialities take you on a journey through the alleys and souks of Cairo, Algier, Beirut or Marrakesh. The owner always tries something new and experiments on how to give the classics a modern twist. Algerian chickpea soufflé, Palestinian Freekeh soup, Israeli beetroot mash - the dishes are all variations of the originals. For your sweet tooth, they also offer desserts such as Umm Ali, a kind of sweet bread and butter pudding that’s very popular in the Arabic world. The staff is friendly, the service is quick. Everything on the menu is homemade and organic, their merguez comes from an Algerian butcher’s shop in Berlin. You shouldn’t miss the homemade hibiscus tea. Following their Facebook feed will make you drool! Address: Grolmanstraße 27, 10623 Berlin, Website: www.klx-kosharylux.com Price Range: €€   2. Namaste – Indian Hospitality Picture Credit - namaste-indisches.de Only 1 subway station from Kurfürstendamm you will find this great Indian restaurant. They have dishes from all Indian regions on the menu. The service is very professional and highly attentive, they show a great sense of hospitality. You will get a welcome drink and papadams as a starter before you order anything. They have a special lunch menu from Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. The dishes for this business lunch change daily. Besides a variety of chicken, fish, and lamb curries you will find delicious biriyanis and dishes from the tandoor oven on the menu. The meat is very soft and the spices are well-balanced. Try the bathura bread. It’s perfect for soaking up the sauce of your curry dish and will get you addicted. You should best come here with a couple of friends or colleagues or with your special someone for a romantic dinner. Address: Pariser Str. 56, 10719 Berlin, Website: namaste-indisches.de Price Range: €€   3. Nusantara Restaurant Picture Credit -www.restaurant-nusantara.de Directly opposite the small Tiergarten, you will find Indonesian dishes which perfectly combine the spiciness and the freshness of the Indonesian islands. Nusantara at Turmstraße was founded by three Berlin women with Indonesian roots in 2011. They offer a diversified menu with specialities from Sumatra, Bali and Java such as Gado Gado, Fried Rice, Bakmi Goreng and Saté and traditional cold Indonesian beverages like Ice Campur or Ice Cendol. All dishes are halal-certified. The food they serve can be considered as authentic since you will see a lot of Indonesian people going there, which is always a good sign, right? The service is quick and the prices are cheap, with main dishes being around 6€ in average, so it’s a good place when you are currently on a budget or if you are looking for a quick and easy lunch. They also offer free wifi. And while you Instagram your food you should try a Tubruk – coarsely ground Indonesian coffee that carries the flavour of Java and Sumatra. As it sometimes can happen in Germany, they don’t accept debit/credit cards, so cash only. Address: Turmstraße 18, 10559 Berlin, Website: www.restaurant-nusantara.de Price Range: €   4. Yarok – Fine Syrian Cuisine from Damascus Picture Credit - www.yarok-restaurant.de Don’t let yourself be fooled by the simple appearance of this place. It might not look hip or stylish but the food that Yarok offers is nothing less than sensationally delicious. Yarok means “green” in Hebrew and hence is supposed to symbolize solidarity among the peoples. This down-to-earth, next door restaurant is a simple place with friendly staff, traditional food, and great service. This oasis of Syrian hospitality will send your taste buds on a journey with the aroma of their falafel, hummus and shawarma. Traditional dishes like fattoush, kebab and the obligatory oriental peppermint tea will make you miss nothing. If you are not familiar with Arabic cuisine or simply can’t decide just order one of their mixed plates. Yarok is quite popular among Vegetarians, too. To make your lunch or dinner perfect, take baklava for dessert. They also offer a daily changing speciality. As Syrians can generally be considered to be kid-friendly, there will be no problem taking your little ones with you for a family lunch. They don’t accept cards, so cash only. Also, they don’t take reservations, so simply walk in. Address: Torstraße 195, 10115 Berlin and Wilhelmstraße 41a, 10963 Berlin Website: www.yarok-restaurant.de Price Range: €€ 5. Nil – Surprising and Delicious! Picture Credit - nil-food.de Nil Bistro is truly a hidden gem. The owner, Walid, began cooking in his student dormitory in the 1990s and eventually made it a profession. He will soon open his 4th store because the Sudanese cuisine obviously meets a need for more than just Döner Kebab when you want a halal lunch. With his homemade peanut sauce, Walid proves that falafel can taste different and interesting. The most expensive dish is 6€, so you will get very fresh and authentic Sudanese lunch for a low price. They offer African Burgers, Koshary, Tamiya, and Foul, an African dish made of Fava beans. Also, you will find chicken, fish, and kofte on the menu. In the cold and long winters of Berlin, one of their delicious soups will warm you up. In summer, you should try some of their homemade coconut-, hibiscus- or hazelnut sorbets. To fight against the food coma after lunch you can try original Sudanese coffee or one of their regularly changing homemade Sudanese drinks and shakes. Tamarind, lemon-ginger, mango, baobab, and watermelon-peppermint are just some of the flavours they offer. Walid usually works in the store at Boxhagener Straße, experimenting and trying new things. So, if you always want to taste his newest creations, go there. If you come regularly, he will most likely greet you with a handshake. Address: Oppelner Strasse 4, 10997 Berlin Grünberger Str. 52, 10245 Berlin Boxhagener Str. 27, 10245 Berlin Website: nil-food.de Price Range: €   6. UNI Burger Picture credit- yelp.com This Burger restaurant is close to the Virchow hospital in Berlin in the area between Wedding, Moabit and Gesundbrunnen. The place is easily accessible because it’s located directly at the exit of Amrumer Straße subway station. It’s a low-key small store but the burgers are fresh and not made from frozen patties. The halal meat patties are fresh and the crispy-toasted bread rolls are from their own production. They offer a variety of different burgers such as the Cheesy Cheese or Crispy Chicken. You can also get a healthy vegetarian and even vegan alternative such as Falafel or Halloumi burger. Besides, UNI Burger offers two burgers for children. You can order a menu with French fries and a drink for about 6€. The low prices are certainly due to the nearby Beuth-University (hence also the name). Since the main customers are (mostly) male students on a budget, don’t expect too much cosiness from this place. They only have seats outside so you better come during the warmer days. But it’s perfect for a quick lunch when you simply need a quick bite and don't have the time to hang around a place for long Address: Torfstraße 17, 13353 Berlin Price Range: €   7. Toro Negro – Spanish-Oriental kitchen Picture Credit - www.restaurant-toronegro.de/ The Toro Negro (Black Bull) will seduce you with a modern Spanish-oriental Halal cuisine and with a lot of passion that you can taste with every bite. The restaurant is just a short walk from subway station Kurfürstendamm, so it’s very centrally located. In addition to countless tapas specialities and steaks, you will also find classics from the Spanish, Italian, and Arabic cuisine selected specialities from southern France, as well as their own creations on the menu. For lunch, they offer a special lunch deal with pasta or pizza for 5,90€. You can get this business menu from Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The prices are quite moderate, with the most expensive fillet steak of 300gr. being 19,50€. The service is very kind, attentive, and kid-friendly. When you come here for a family dinner, your kids will certainly find something they like on the comprehensive menu. The ambience is quite cosy and old. During the weekend and in the evening a reservation is recommended since the place is evolving from an insider tip to the favourite Spanish restaurant of many people. Address: Nürnberger Straße 46 10789 Berlin, Website: www.restaurant-toronegro.de Price Range: €€ Wondering how to find nearby Halal food in Berlin? Don’t forget to use the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food places on your mobile in Berlin so you won’t miss out on the best halal food  ...



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