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Jamea Masjid Margaon, Goa India

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All prayers including formal jum'a

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  • 10 Tips On How To Prepare For A Road Trip

    During this Covid-19 pandemic where most of us are staying home to prevent the spread of the virus, I'm sure many of us have thought about travelling after Covid-19. Some of us may have spent some time at home thinking about the perfect destination to go. It could be somewhere new, or somewhere with a beautiful view, as long as we get to spend quality time with our family and friends.  Domestic travel is expected to recover first after Covid-19 and going on road trips would thus be the most common way for people to travel with their family and friends. Imagine all the scenic views you can enjoy with your loved ones! A road trip is certainly one of the best ways to enrich your travel experience. To help you out in creating the best experience for a road trip, especially for first-timers, here are 10 tips on how to prepare for a road trip! via GIPHY 1. Prepare Your Vehicle Image Credit: Ian Noble on Unsplash To have a pleasant and safe road trip, pick the best vehicle for this road trip that suits the terrain and the number of people you will bring along. Will it be a 4- seated car, SUV, minivan, or RV? You surely do not want your vehicle crowded with people. A pleasant road trip could be obtained by planning which type of vehicle best suits the number of people you are bringing along for this road trip. Furthermore, it is very important to check your vehicle performance before going on a road trip. Make sure to do checks on your vehicle and if possible, get the mechanics to check your vehicle’s fluids, tires and brakes at least 3 days before a road trip. Also, prepare a fully inflated spare tire, vehicle jack, basic vehicle repair tools, jumper cables, and wiper fluids. After that, be sure to clean your vehicle before going on a road trip and be sure to dispose of trash at the right place during the trip. Having a clean vehicle would certainly elevate everyone’s mood and make travelling more comfortable.   2. Plan Your Road Trip Ahead Image Credit: Simon Migaj on Unsplash Plan your road trip ahead by doing some research. Have insights about your road trip’s destination and its routes. It is important that you are fully aware of where you are going, how long you will take to get there, and the route options available. Also, book your accommodations ahead to avoid going to a fully booked one. This is to save you time from all the hassle on the day of the road trip itself. Also, think about the rest stops that you can stop at to perform Salah, have a meal, and restroom breaks. However, to have the best road trip experience, be flexible. Planning for the road trip is important but try not to be too fixated on sticking to your timetable as road trips can be really fun if it is done more spontaneously.  3. Travel With The Right People Image Credit: Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash We must add this to our list! Traveling is not only about where or how we travel but also with whom we travel. Picking your best travel buddies can be an important factor that makes this road trip fun. By travelling with the right people, those that you are more comfortable with can make the road trip fun and exciting. It is also recommended to have at least two people who can drive on your road trip so that you both can take turns driving on the road. Also, it is better to have someone who knows how to navigate. It is best for the navigator to sit next to the driver to help and assist the driver on the road. This is to make things easier and more convenient on the road. However, if you are the only driver, you can still make the road trip fun. Just be sure to take frequent rest, drink more water as well as eat some snacks to keep you energized.   4. Prepare An Offline Playlist Image Credit: Tobias Tullius on Unsplash Be sure to have enough entertainment on the road. Without it, having a road trip could be boring. It is important to keep everyone entertained, especially the driver to avoid drowsiness while driving. Therefore, we suggest preparing an offline playlist for your road trip beforehand in case there is a bad signal on the road. You can add a variety of songs, as well as songs suitable for kids if you are travelling with kids, in order to keep them entertained. If you like to listen to podcasts on your road trip, be sure to check out our article here.   5. Bring Extra Cash Image Credit: Chris Lawton on Unsplash You might have already prepared a fixed budget plan for your road trip but bringing extra cash will not hurt everyone. Our safety tips for a road trip is to always bring extra cash, at least enough to fully fill up your vehicle’s gas tank. You can put the extra cash inside your pockets or any hidden place to use for any emergency situation. Remember that it is always best to be safe! 6. Bring Enough Essential Items Image Credit: Tai's Captures on Unsplash To make it easier for you, we have listed some essential items for you to bring to your road trip after Covid-19. You can bring face masks, hand sanitizer, a small bag like a fanny pack or sling bag, medicines, enough clothes and a warm jacket or jumper, one pair of shoes or sandals for spare use, fully charged power banks, tissue paper, lotion, mukena, prayer rugs, travel pillow, sunglasses, cap or hat, and a camera. Also, do not forget to bring your ID cards like your driver’s license! 7. Prepare Your Body And Mind Image Credit: Ben Kolde on Unsplash You not only have to prepare your vehicle, but also prepare your body and mind before going on this road trip. To keep yourself and your travel buddies energized, eat a meal before going on this road trip. Never skip your breakfast! A healthy meal before a road trip could sustain your energy, which is important for the road trip. Also, make sure to stretch and make dua before starting your road trip journey. Other than that, plan for driving breaks. Stop for at least 15 minutes for every 4-hour drive. 8. Bring Healthy Snacks And Stay Hydrated Image Credit: Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash Keep yourself hydrated along the way by drinking at least 2 liters of water per day. Make sure to bring enough water for everyone. Other than that, snacks are also road trip essentials. It is believed that snacks can keep you awake and more energized. This is especially important for the driver who may be driving for long hours on the road. You could start with a simple snack such as gums, snack bars, or nuts.  However, keep in mind that everyone has their own preferences when it comes to snacks, so be sure to bring your own favourite snacks. Also, do not litter and ensure that you dispose of your trash in its rightful place. 9. Stay Adventurous Photo by Coleen Rivas on Unsplash You can make your road trip fun by staying adventurous. The keyword to it is to just stay local! Staying local means eating local food, buying local snacks, and getting other local-made items. This is the best way to have an enriching road trip. This way, you can gain knowledge of the local culture. Try popular local food and explore interesting cultural sites on your road trip journey. Be adventurous; you never know what you will find ahead that can make your road trip memorable.  Visiting places with local cuisine and culture can make your road trip memory beautiful and unforgettable!   10. Have Fun Image Credit: Timon Studler on Unsplash The last tip on how to prepare for your road trip is to have fun. Leave your problems at home. We don't need them here, especially on this road trip, because this is the time for adventures and new experiences. This is the time that we have all been waiting for! So, the key to having fun is to be spontaneous. Be open to trying new things that you have discovered on the journey to your destination. Stop by safely at some interesting places along the way and capture these moments with your mobile phone or cameras. That's all we have for today, tips for you on how to prepare for a road trip. Do not forget to perform dua and sunnah on your road trip. For those of you who have worries about missing out prayer times, having difficulties finding Qibla, Halal restaurants, or hotels, simply download the HalalTrip to get the best Muslim travel insights here! Stay healthy and stay safe readers! via GIPHY ...

  • Here Is What Travel Will Look Like After Covid-19

    Travel won’t be the same after Covid-19. The pandemic which has impacted the world today has changed the way we think of travel. There are more factors to consider before travelling right now such as hygiene standards, health and security. It also takes time for travel to recover after Covid-19.  Before international travel recovers, we feel that domestic travel and tourism will start to pick up first. People will start travelling within their own country first as it is relatively safer and more secure than international travel. We have come up with the 5Fs that we think will shape what travel will look like after Covid-19 which would gravitate towards domestic travel and tourism.  Here are the 5Fs that we think will shape travel after Covid-19! via GIPHY 1. Family  Image Credit: Kylo on Unsplash Firstly, we feel that travel will be family-oriented. During this Covid-19 situation, as we are advised to stay at home, some of us may not have the opportunity to visit our parents who are living away from us. During this year’s Eid, instead of going house visiting as per usual, most of us stayed at home instead. We used different means to connect with our family during this festive occasion such as having “Virtual Raya”.  With this in mind, travel after Covid-19 would be more family-oriented as many of us will take this opportunity to reconnect with our family members and spend more time with them. One such way is by travelling together with them. This could be done through travelling domestically with the family by going on road trips, visiting relatives back in the hometown, getting together for family events, as well as going on a staycation.   2. Friends  Image Credit: Noorulabdeen Ahmad on Unsplash After months of not spending time with our friends, we will try to find more ways to reconnect with them and enjoy quality time with them as much as possible. Given the uncertainty of international travel, some of us would find domestic travelling a more desired alternative.  Activities that we used to do together with friends such as cycling in the city, going on walking trails, going on picnics as well as going on short staycations, will be increasingly common. These activities are much easier to plan, more affordable and definitely more convenient. Also, as we spend most of our time at home during the quarantine period, many of us start to yearn going outside and to spend time with our friends with activities that may be quite familiar to us prior to the pandemic.  3. Fearless  Image Credit: Jeffrey Eisen on Unsplash Travelling to hidden places and non-touristy destinations is not a new phenomenon. However, after the Covid-19 situation, we feel that this would become more magnified as people become more fearless and motivated to discover new and unknown places. Before moving on to discovering new places overseas, we feel that people will start to explore hidden places and cultures locally. Discovering local places will be common and there will also be this emphasis on "local places for locals" as companies start to promote domestic tourism further before travelling overseas gains traction once again.  As we slowly overcome this tough period, we become more equipped with knowledge and information from the long hours we spend on the Internet. This gives us a new motivation to explore and learn more about the hidden places and cultures we never really knew about, fearlessly. We will see a rise in locals going for road trips with their family and friends to discover new and hidden places within their country.  4. Fulfilment  Image Credit: Meritt Thomas on Unsplash If there’s one thing this quarantine period has taught us, it is that we should appreciate local artisans and services more. As such, when people travel, they travel for fulfilment. This means opting for more localised services that can contribute to the wider society and help local cultures thrive.  Certain communities dependent on tourism for their livelihood may face challenges and a great loss to their income. For some of us who are aware of the difficulties that these communities are facing, we might want to render more support to help them cope and recover from this crisis. One way to do so is to opt for their localised services through travel. While we get to learn more and experience local cultures, we also get a sense of fulfilment as we promote and help these local communities thrive.  5. Freedom  Image Credit: Ilya Zoria on Unsplash We also look for freedom from city life. After being at home for so long, many of us would love to experience something different; breaking free from the mundane routine life. When travelling, some of us would start to consider more authentic local hospitality, instead of the usual pristine hotel experience.  Of course with this desire for freedom, comes certain extra precautions that we start to pay more attention to. Things like hygiene, food, health and so on, become important factors when determining places to travel to. Perhaps in the future, carrying hand sanitizers in your bag and wearing a face mask wherever you go would be the new norm.   There you have it, the 5Fs that we think will shape travel after Covid-19! We hope that with this article, you now have a rough idea of what travel will look like after Covid-19. Perhaps you can take this chance to plan for future travels after Covid-19 better especially with more information and sources readily available on the Internet.  via GIPHY ...

  • Our Collective Responsibility Towards Refugees | Zeenab’s Passage

    Zeenab and her family at their shelter in Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq Governorate, Jordan. © UNHCR/David Azia In February of 2014, Zeenab and her family embarked on a four-day trek to reach Jordan, eventually relocating to Zaatari Camp, which is close to the country’s northern border and home to some 80,000 refugees. “My house was destroyed, the whole country was destroyed and we really didn’t have a safe place to stay,” said Zeenab, originally from a small town in rural Damascus in Syria. “There were a lot of strikes and children’s dead bodies all around us. I couldn’t bear that sight and I didn’t want my kids to end up like that.” The young mother had seen enough of the raging violence in war-torn Syria and the shelling that decimated her home to know she needed to take action to steer her loved ones out of harm’s way. However, the initial path in search of safety was plotted with significant challenges along the way — namely the lack of supplies to stay warm. “I had five little kids with me and I only brought two changes of clothes for each. It was during winter, and on our way, we had to leave a lot of our belongings because we could not carry them. The journey was very difficult.” Zeenab is now a mother to six children – with another on the way. She is eight months pregnant, and mother to daughter Rahaf, 8, and sons Eskander, 14, Murad, 12, Kais, 10, Laith, 5, and Mohamed, 3. Her family is the recipient of winter cash assistance from UNHCR, providing them with the funds so sorely needed to equip their shelter for the challenging winter conditions. UNHCR has been distributing winter assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees like Zeenab in both Zaatari and Azraq camps in Jordan reaching more than 24,000 families as of the end of December 2017. Support has come in the form of in-kind and cash assistance, such as money for gas to cover the cost of refills and for shelter maintenance. “Thank God, now the situation is better. At least I feel safe and secure. I can sleep and make sure that my kids are with me.”    How can you support UNHCR’s on-the-ground work with refugees? To facilitate the contributions of Muslims all over the world, UNHCR has launched its Refugee Zakat Fund, a trusted, compliant and effective distributor harnessing the power of Zakat to transform the lives of refugees. Let’s fulfill our responsibility towards refugees.  To learn more and contribute you can visit: *This article is from CrescentRating-UNHCR’s Joint Publication - Forced Displacement : A Reality For Millions Of Women. You can learn more and download the publication here....

  • How Uzbekistan is celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr this year (2020)

    Ramadan and Eid experience is unique this year. Each country is celebrating in different ways. Uzbekistan is one such country where the Ulema Council has given recommendations on how to celebrate Eid this year. Uzbekistan has a population of 34 million with 88% being Muslims.  Acknowledging the current pandemic situation which does not allow Eid al-Fitr prayer to be performed in congregation, the Council of Ulema of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan have the following recommendations for the celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Uzbekistan:   Pray at Home Taking into account the temporary suspension of public prayers in mosques during the epidemic period, on the basis of the fatwa of the Council of Ulema of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan, the performance of Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr) prayers is also exempt from the obligation of Muslims. The brothers and sisters are advised to perform four rakahs of nafl prayer in their homes after the sun rises on the day of Eid.   Talks by Scholars on TV and Social Media The scholars, imams and preachers, in spite of today’s temporary difficulties, have said that the Eid al-Fitr, brings joy to the homes, hearts, blessings to the country and increases the love for each other. The media, television and radio channels are requested to carry out large-scale advocacy work in press and mass media. Conveys the Eid al-Fitr greetings of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan on May 24, 2020 to the people of Uzbekistan. Have televised interviews by scholars about the virtues of Eid al-Fitr. On the eve of Eid al-Fitr, depending on the Media Plan, the programs planned to be broadcast on all TV channels to be organized and covered by the Qadi,  chief imams of cities and regions and the authoritative religious scholars. The Qadi and the chief imam-khatibs of the cities and regions are recommended to organize "Happy Ramadan!" online lectures on the day of Eid al-Fitr through social networks.   Take Care of the Elderly and Sick On the eve of Eid and during holidays, it is recommended to visit and take care the elderly and the sick and to carry out the traditions of congratulating on Eid and other customs in keeping requirements of quarantine.   Nationwide Eid wishes campaigns To place in the centres of cities signages "Eid al-Fitr - a holiday of generosity", "Eid al-Fitr - a season of joy", "Eid al-Fitr - a great joy". To carry out a nationwide campaign themed "Generosity and Support" with the involvement of sponsors in order to support the needy on the eve of Eid al-Fitr. Their Prayers The Ulema Council makes Dua that our brothers and sisters, in this moment of Allah's mercy and blessings, that our hearts soften and our sincerity grows. May He protect the Uzbekistan people from disasters and calamities, and make the lives even more prosperous.   Ameen!...

  • Eid Mubarak 2020 Wishes from HalalTrip and CrescentRating

    This year’s Eid celebration is a little different because of the current situation. Visiting one another is a little tricky this year, but here at HalalTrip and CrescentRating, we make it work!  For the past few months, we have been diligently working from home. As Ramadan comes to an end, we have always wondered how we could send our greetings and wishes to everyone this coming Eid.  As a team, all of us came up with an idea to record an Eid greeting video through an online platform, Zoom. We had set a date to record this Eid greeting video and gave out instructions beforehand to brief everyone on their respective roles. We decided to record this video while wearing our traditional Eid outfits, each of us wearing bright colors, in order to set the festive mood. One of our colleagues suggested using green packets as a prop, as well as to prepare markers and papers to form the words “Eid Mubarak.” When it came to the recording date, all of us came prepared before our laptops, donning our traditional Eid outfits and holding a green packet each. The process of filming was not easy. Since we were all recording in our respective homes, we had to find ways to coordinate our actions. This took many tries; we made a lot of mistakes, including uncoordinated hand movements when “passing” the green packet.  But eventually, we made it work!  This year’s Eid would be remembered by many as a very unique one because of the current situation. We feel the same way too as there were many things that had to be done differently. But we have found a way to make things work, so we believe you could do it too. Visiting one another on this very special occasion may be a little tricky due to the current situation, but we found a way to make it work! May Allah bring you joy, happiness, peace, and prosperity during this blessed occasion. We at HalalTrip and CrescentRating wish you a very Happy Eid! via GIPHY...

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