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  • Every Story Has A Beginning. Here are 7 Historical Places You Should Visit in 2019!

    History surrounds us, whether you're walking down the street, sitting in a cafe or relaxing at home. It can be identified and traced for almost every object. There are many iconic places around the world that are identified by their rich history that still stands amongst us in the present day. This article will explore 7 historical cities you should visit in 2019. Check Out More Halal Travel Blogs 1) Luxor, Egypt We begin with the land of the Pyramids, Om al-dunya (Mother of the world) and the Breadbasket of the Empire. Egypt is generally a treasure cove when it comes to history. From the Pyramids in Giza, to the Hellenistic influences in Alexandria and the Ottoman remnants in the daily lives of their locals. Luxor is often overshadowed by the Capital and Resort towns but for history lovers, Luxor holds an untouched candour. The town's scenery is free of skyscrapers. The Nile and Temple's pillars stand in a way that can transport you away from modern city life. The city is divided by the river, leaving the East side as the lively side and the West side as the dead side. Considered as the oldest city in Egypt, it's no suprise that history surrounds the street. The Luxor Temple and extensions to Karnak Temple are always linked back to the days of Ramsis the 3rd, the Pharoah of Musa (pbuh). Historical Places to Visit: Luxor Temple Valley of the Kings- Tutenkhamun's Tomb Valley of the Queens Karnak Temple Medinet Habu Colossi of Memon 2) Rome, Italy An obvious choice as Rome is an open air museum. When in Rome do as the Romans do. Rome as a city and an expression of life, reminds us how roman lives were like in the early centuries. From the way the roads are structured to the city centre and plazas. A casual bus ride through the city will show you an immense amount of relics, including the Colosseum and fountain of Trevi. The era of Renaissance(rebirth) aimed to link itself back to the prosperity and dominance of the Romans, hence the structures that are in Hellenistic design. It creates a neat circle of history repeating itself. Historical Places to Visit: Castel Sant Angelo Colosseum Trevi Fountain Sistine Chapel The Vatican (though it is technically a separate city) Piazza Novana St Peters Basilica Roman Forum 3) Istanbul, Turkey Where East meets West, Istanbul cannot be compared to any other city in the world. Its unique position globally, historically and socially have made it a beautiful city that's rich in history. Formally known as Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital when the Roman empire split, evolving the city into the Byzantine Empire. After centuries of conflict, the Islamic Caliphate took over and gained access to Eastern Europe. Islamic history is the most prevalent in this destination, with huge, majestic mosques and museums dedicated to sharing Turkey's islamic past. Historical Places to Visit: Topkapi palace Hagia Sophia Sultan Ahmed mosque Grand Bazaar Basilica Cistern Sulemaniye Mosque Dolmabahce palace Galata tower 4) Prague, Czech Republic Prague is a picturesque beautiful city with immense amount of uphills and downhills. This city gives us a cleaner version of what the Bohemian middle ages may have looked like. The cobbled pavements take you back into the past with every step. The sight of houses with wooden panels will make you believe that you're living in a fairytale. Prague was rich in the aspects astrology and religion and the Old Town Square is a reminder of this. An interesting fact about Prague as a city is that is often used to film historical movies and tv shows due to its intact landscape. Historical Places to Visit: Astronomical clock Old town Square Prague Castel St Charles Bridge St Vitus Church Jewish Quarter Wencaslas square 5) Jerusalem - Palestine The holy city is a beautiful culmination of the three monotheistic religion. A truly religious city with Monks, Orthodox Jews and Muslims walking past each other in almost identical modesty and submission to God. This city has undergone immense changes but the old areas will transport you back to the Middle ages. The hilly landscape and forted Walls built by Suleiman the Magnificent shelter a historical haven away from cars and modern buildings. The Al Aqsa complex is not only a place of pilgrimage for Muslims but its serenity and the lack of change show us the steadfastness of Islam throughout the years.  This city is a perfect destination to explore the history of the three religions that majority of the locals practice. Historical Places to Visit:  Ethiopian Church Dome of the Rock Al-Aqsa mosque Old city Western Wall Mount of olives Church of the holy Sepulchre Damuscus Gate 6)Edinburgh, Scotland The capital of Scotland is not only known for the helpful character of the locals but also the history that graces the city. The Edinburgh castle reflects the development of forts and castles as the centuries progressed. With intact architectures displaying the Renaissance and Jacobean eras, Edinburgh is an important state for Scotland because it represents the history of the country's rebellion and cohesion. The rocky roads, gothic buildings and old-fashioned specialist shops truly give a sense of Victorian culture. The city itself holds a historic charm with its bridges, road structures and neoclassical architecture. Hike up Arthur’s seat for a view of the whole city and its sweeping natural scenery. Historical Places to Visit: Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Castle Old Town Holyrood Castle National Museum of Scotland Princes Street 7) Delhi, India India itself is a country drowning in history, so the capital is a good place to start. The Old Delhi holds the beautiful Mughal Red Fort where you can wonder around and imagine being part of the imperial household. Not far from the Red Fort lies Chandni Chowk, a colorful market selling everything from dried fruit to silver jewellery, allowing a historical market experience. This city’s history is heavily intertwined with Hindu and Mughal identities. Visit the intricately lavish Akshardham which shows the artisanal beauty and skillmanship of Hindu artisans. There is an immense list of temples and complexes that are worth a visit because of their unique and beautiful historical influences. A recent culmination of this would be the Lotus Temple which was opened in 1986 and is open to visitors of all religions. Historical Places to Visit: Red Fort Akshardham Qutb Minar complex Laxminarayan Temple Rashtrapati Bhavan Lotus Temple Humayun’s Tomb Get more inspirations for your 2019 trips  ...

  • The 7 Great UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt

    Wondering what the top attractions in Egypt are? HalalTrip has compiled a list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Egypt - the must-visit attractions when traveling to the acclaimed Muslim-friendly travel destination. Read on for more information!   Click here for Muslim-friendly guides to popular destinations in Egypt   Large numbers of tourists flock to Egypt every year. Many yearn to get a glimpse of Egypt's rich history and wish to witness the great UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt. It is by no means an easy task to gain such a status and it is only due to their immense value that these sites in Egypt possess the title of being a UNESCO site. Through this article you will get a glimpse of the six cultural heritage sites of Egypt and the natural heritage site of Egypt which have received this recognition.    1) Abu Mena     Leading the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt this site gained world recognition due to its immense cultural importance. Built in the 2rd century AD it features an ancient city with the tomb of the Martyr Menas of Alexandria and other religious buildings.    2) Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis     Ancient Thebes is the ancient city which once thrived as the city of the god Amon. It is also historically important as it was the capital city of the country during the Middle Ages. All those who visit the site located in Qina, will be able to witness amazing wonders such as the temples of Luxor and Karnak and the Theban Necropolis.   3) Historic Cairo     A tour itinerary of Egypt will not be complete without a visit to Historic Cairo. Formed during the 10th century this site is of immense importance as it is known to be one of the oldest Islamic cities in the world. The city remains a popular Muslim-friendly attraction due to the beautiful mosques, madrasas and fountains.   4) Memphis and its Necropolis - The Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur     These UNESCO pyramids speak for themselves. The truly awe inspring structures still baffle experts on how they were constructed during such ancient times. Due to this they are also identified as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.     5) Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae   This site is yet another popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt which is visited by counts of tourists every year. There are so many monuments of historic value and gives visitors the great opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the country. The most important attractions not to be missed are, Abu Simbel Temples and Sanctuary of Isis at Philae which overlook the beautiful River Nile.   6) Saint Catherine Area   One of the more recent sites to join the list of UNESCO sites in Egypt, is the Saint Catherine Area. This location is centered on the Mount Horeb which is considered sacred amongst Islam as well as Christianity and Judaism.    7) Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)   The above sites received recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt owing to their cultural significance. But the Wadi Al-Hitan or whale valley has managed to secure the title of natural heritage site of Egypt since it contains rare fossilized remains of extinct whale species. The discovery of these findings led to the explanation of how whales evolved from a land mammal to an oceanic species.     HalalTrip guide for travelers on how to use Qibla direction feature and prayer calculator   Travelers may also use the attraction spotter feature on the HalalTrip App to locate more top attractions in Egypt. Explore nearby attractions during your travels! Click on the below links to download the free App:   Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/halaltrip/id680194589 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halaltrip.app     ...

  • 4 Reasons to Visit Egypt - The Mystical Land of Pharaohs & Pyramids

    Why visit Egypt? You may have already seen and heard much about this mystical land. Ancient Egypt history has been the topic of discussion for many centuries and almost everyone on the planet has heard of the wonders this magical country has to offer. There are many reasons to visit ancient Egypt, with countless Egypt points of interest scattered all throughout the country. Apart from that it is a destination that offers a wide range of things to do and is popular for its specially designed tour packages with the Muslim traveler in mind. Listed below are a few reasons to visit Egypt. 1) A Visit to the Pyramids in Giza & Other Ancient Sites A visit to Cairo, the capital city of the country, is a good enough reason to travel to Egypt. The famous Pyramids of Giza are by far one of the most popular attractions in Egypt that are known around the entire world. Show similar intertwinement with the rich history of the land is the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis which showcases the world’s oldest standing step pyramid. You would also not want to miss out on another one of the important attractions, the massive rock temples of Abu Simbel.    Other top attractions which draw counts of tourists every year include the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria and the Luxor Temple in Luxor. Apart from the attractions of historical significance your holiday in Egypt will not be complete without visiting the modern wonder of Cairo Tower.    2) Discover Egypt's Fascinating Rich Ancient History The rich history of Egypt is no secret and the tales of its past civilizations have been passed down generations over the years. A trip to Egypt will undoubtedly help uncover some of the stories of ancient Egypt, for an experience like no other. Be it getting to know more about the Pharaohs who ruled the land or delving into its ancient kingdoms; there is a lot to be experienced.   3) Cruise Down the Nile Enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the river Nile while on a unforgettable cruise is a definite must during a visit to Egypt. Witness the natural beauty of Ras Mohamed National Park, and of course learn more of the ancient history by exploring the mystical lands created by Pharaohs.     4) As Muslim-Friendly as it Gets! There are a vast number of options for Muslim travelers to consider in terms of food and prayer facilities - a crucial aspect of your travels. There are many leading tour operators in Egypt who would help you find accommodation close to mosques in Egypt. With Egypt being a Muslim country, finding restaurants which serve Halal food in Egypt does not require extra effort and will be available no matter what part of the country you travel to.     ...

  • Ibn Batutta's Journey | Time Line

    February 1304 (Rajab 703) : Haji Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta was born in Tangiers, Morocco June 1325 (Rajab 725) : Started his journey from Tangiers. His intention of the journey was perform Haj and visit the tomb of prophet (peace be upon him). He sets out with a very heavy heart due being seperated from his parents. He never sees them again. Year 1325 ( 725) : Crosses into modern day Algeria, the first destination of Ibn Battuta when he set out on his voyage. Enters Tlemcen and mentions performing Salaathul Istikhara on making a decision to accompany the tow two ambassadors of the Sultan of Tunis After leaving Tlemcen, Ibn Battuta arrived at Miliana where he caught up with the Ifriqiyans. Miliana was a small commercial centre located in the Zaccar Hills. He stayed on in Miliana for over 10 days because his fellow travellers fell sick. On the eleventh day he continued with his journey with the other Ifriqiyan merchants down the Zaccar hills towards the port of Algiers. An attractive city, Algiers is the capital of Algeria. Ibn Battuta after leaving Miliana arrived at the port of Algiers. During the 14th century Algiers did not hold much importance as it holds today. He camped outside the city walls for several days waiting for other fellow travellers who had fallen sick in Miliana to catch up. Once they did, the caravan left for the port of Bijaya. After leaving Algiers, Ibn Battuta and his fellow travellers reached the Port of Béjaïa, which was then a city in the Hafsid Kingdom. A Mediterranean Port on the Gulf of Béjaïa in north-eastern Algeria, Béjaïa was a major international port in the 14th century. Their route took them towards the Grand Kabylie Mountains. After leaving Tlemcen, Béjaïa was the first city that Ibn Battuta explored. Leaving Béjaïa, Ibn Battuta left with his fellow travellers to reach Constantine or Qusantînah, which was the next major city on the pilgrimage route. He crossed the Little Kabylie Mountains to arrive at Constantine. Even though there were a lot of troubles going on in the area, Ibn Battuta reached the city without many difficulties. He didn't camp in the city for a long time but had the opportunity of meeting the then governor of Constantine. The governor presented Ibn Battuta with alms making the meeting a memorable one. After parting from Constantine, Ibn Battuta along with other travellers started heading towards the Mediterranean coast again for the Port of Bône and reached Annabaformerly known as Bône. It is located in the north-eastern corner of Algeria close to the River Seybouse and the Tunisian border. He camped in the safety of the city walls for several days and then started for Tunisia. Travellling with two others, namely Al-Zubaydi and Abu-Al-Tayyib, Ibn Battuta the arrived in the capital Tunis. Sousse is the next main city through which the caravan of Ibn Battuta passed after departing from Tunis. After crossing Sousse the convoy of Ibn Battuta reached Sfax and then went on to Gabès. On leaving Gabès, Ibn Battuta travelled towards south to reach Tripoli in Libya. April 1326 (Jamadul Awwal 726) After crossing Libya, Ibn Battuta with other Moroccan travellers, continued their journey towards Nile. They reached Alexandria, Egypt in April 1326 and Ibn Battuta stayed on to explore the Nile Valley leisurely as the next pilgrimage was eight months away. He went on to explore Cairo and other areas in Egypt. For centuries the Nile has been the lifeline of Egypt. Ibn Battuta travelled along the Nile exploring several cities and ports. He spent almost three weeks in the April of 1326 along the Nile and was impressed by the extensive inhabitation along the banks of the river. Ibn Battuta mentioned in his Rihla about the convenience of offering prayers, shopping and finding food along the Nile. On his way to Edfu, Ibn Battuta crossed several cities along the Nile including Minya. He crossed another lovely town, Qina. Ibn Battuta was highly impressed by, the beauty and the architecture of the buildings on the city. Moving towards the port of Aydhab after leaving Qina, Ibn Battuta crossed the cities of Luxor, Esna and Edfu. From Esna he travelled a full day and a night crossing the desert to reach Edfu. Both these cities are located on the western bank of the Nile. In Edfu, Ibn Battuta crossed the Nile and journeyed with a group of Arab travellers to cross another stretch of desert reaching the city of Aydhab. Arriving in Aydhab, Ibn Battuta Ibn Battuta and his convoy realized the complexity of the political situation as well as the difficulties in crossing the Red Sea, hence they returned back to Cairo to take land route to Makkah. Ibn Battuta stayed just for a day in Cairo and started his journey towards Syria in July 1326. He crossed the Egypt frontier to enter the city of Gaza, which was the first main city of the Syrian territories at that time and then went on to Hebron in the West Bank. From Hebron he proceeded to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. In his Rihla, Ibn Batutta states: "On the way from Hebron to Jerusalem, I visited Bethlehem, the birthplace of Ias (A.S). The site is covered by a large building; the Christians regard it with intense veneration and hospitably entertain all who alight at it." In Jerusalem he describes the magnificence of the Dome of the Rock and spent about a week in the city spending quality time at the Haram-al-Sharif. From here, Ibn Battuta passed through Beirut and Tripoli, two cities in Lebanon. On his way to Beirut he passed through many cities like Askalon, Ramallah, Nabulus, Acre, Tyre, Sidon and Tiberias. August 1326 (Ramadhan 726) Ibn Battuta travelled for about 23 days to cover the distance between Jerusalem and the Syrian Capital, Damascus. In doing so he passed through Aleppo andLatakia and reached Damascus on 9th August 1326 (9 Ramadan 726 Hijri). He was awestruck by the beauty of it and writes "that it surpasses all other cities in beauty Ibn Battuta in his Rihla also describes about the Islamic Institutions in the city where he studied for the time that he stayed. He stayed in Damascus for about 24 days before joining the Hajj caravan leaving for Makkah. The Hajj caravan took him through some of the cities of the current day Jordan and reached Tabuk in Saudi Arabia. Tabuk was an important stop in those days on the land route to perform Hajj, coming from the North. The Pilgrim caravans would stop here to fully prepare to cross the harsh desert at high speed....

  • Top 10 Halal Friendly Destinations

    Deciding on the ideal Halal-friendly holiday destination can prove to be a meticulous process. The planning process would need to involve checking up on several aspects of travel and accommodation in order to ensure that the needs of Muslim travelers are catered to. The availability of Halal food, access to prayer room facilities and mosques in the area are all factors that would be needed to be taken into consideration during the planning process. Certain destinations tend to be more capable of catering to Halal conscious travelers than others. Two separate country rankings - one for OIC destinations and another for non-OIC destinations - have been prepared and listed below. The ranks were determined after judging each country on its overall Halal friendliness, taking into account the facilities, services and amenities that it offers Muslim travellers as well as its suitability for family travel.   Top 10 OIC Halal Friendly Destinations: 10) Egypt Egypt - the land of pyramids, pharaohs and glittering dynasties - is an immensely popular tourist destination for Halal conscious travelers. Must-visit locations in Egypt include Hurghada, Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, Dahab, Alexandria and Aswan.   9) Tunisia Offering rich culture and numerous spectacular sights, Tunisia is ranked 9th amongst the top Halal friendly destinations belonging to the OIC. The most popular destinations in Tunisia include Tunis - the capital city - as well as Sousse, Sfax and Gabès.   8) Qatar The richest country in the world is also one of the best options when it comes to Halal travel. Qatar offers visitors a number of fascinating attractions in addition to popular destinations such as the capital city of Doha, Al-Khor, Rayyan and Wakra.   7) Jordan A country known for its long history and many civilizations, Jordan is home to a population of close to 6.4 million residents and offers plenty to Muslim travellers. Amman, Aqaba, Ajlun, Irbid, Jerash and Petra are amongst its most-visited destinations.   6) Morocco Morocco offers genuine warm hospitality and a rich Islamic history to captivate Muslim travelers and to make them feel at home. Tangier - the hometown of Ibn Battuta - as well as Rabat, Fez, Marrakech, Al Hoceima and Ouarzazate are destinations that must not be missed.   5) Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia being included amongst the best destinations for Muslim travellers perhaps comes by no surprise. In addition to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, other much visited cities include Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Tabuk and Taif.   4) Indonesia Indonesia offer a bit of everything - breathtaking beaches, natural wonders, historic attractions...as well as an abundance of facilities and amenities for Muslim travelers. Must-visit destinations in the country include Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Ubud City, Bandung, Medan, Lombok and Bali Island.   3) Turkey Turkey offers stunning natural splendor with centuries of history and is a fantastic holiday destination for Muslim travelers. The cities of Antalya, Istanbul, Izmir, Ani, Oludeniz and Konya are a few of the most visited destinations and are definitely worth seeing.   2) United Arab Emirates With seven emirates to explore, the United Arab Emirates will dazzle and amaze every traveler with its pure brilliance and magnificence. Must-visit locations include Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Hatta, Khor Fakkan, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain.   1) Malaysia The best Halal-friendly country in the world is none other than beautiful Malaysia. Known for its exotic yet delectable cuisine and numerous attractions, Malaysia caters to the needs of Muslim travelers with ease. Visitors should not miss out on popular destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, Johor Bahru and Melaka.   In addition to the above mentioned OIC countries, non-OIC countries were also ranked on their Halal-friendliness. Singapore topped the list, with South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, Bosnia & Herzegovina, India, Hong Kong, Germany, Australia and Tanzania claiming the other ranks respectively. ...



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