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Jamee Masjad Al-Madinah

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Five daily prayers , Jumu'ah prayers

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  • 5 Interesting Facts About the FIFA World Cup

    The biggest event in football is the FIFA World Cup. With millions of fans worldwide, the sport has brought about camaraderie as well as enmity between its fans, but, at the end of the day everyone enjoys a good game. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to begin on the 15th of June in Russia, so here are some interesting facts about the World Cup to get the football spirit going! 1. Did you know that host teams automatically qualify for the World Cup? Picture Credit - www.fifa.comThe 2002 World Cup had two nations co-hosting the games – Japan and South Korea. Even though both nations had not won in previous World Cups, the hosting teams as well as the then defending champions – France – automatically qualified without having to play in any qualification matches. This was the final World Cup in which the defending champions automatically qualified. The South Korean team made headlines with their surprise wins, they were placed fourth in the tournament and garnered much respect and widespread euphoria from the Korean public. They won against Poland, United States, Portugal, and Spain, they were the first Asian team to reach fourth place in the World Cup. However, their wins were not very well accepted by European football fans as the teams they were rooting for did not win. Many people assumed that the matches were unfairly refereed and that some form of corruption was happening within the FIFA organisation for South Korea to be placed fourth instead of other worthy competitors. 2. The 2014 World Cup was held during Ramadhan Picture Credit - www.vancourier.comThe 2014 World Cup stirred much controversy due to the knockout stages starting during Ramadhan season. The main debate being whether fasting affected the performance of players. Research conducted by various parties said that fasting did not have a major effect on a player’s performance on the field. This caused uproar within fans as they questioned the ability of the players to play well during fasting. However, these doubts were shut down as health experts provided evidence that if physical training, food, fluid intake and sleep were well controlled, with individual monitoring, the players would not suffer from fatigue or other injuries and illnesses. A 2013 NCBI report suggested an increased fat intake before Ramadhan and during the predawn meal as fat slows down gastric emptying. Other research encouraged players to eat a meal just before dawn, so as to maintain appropriate energy levels throughout the day. Some players like Mesut Özil from Germany, who is of Turkish descent, had not taken part in fasting due to “work”. However, according to FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, players willing to fast during Ramadhan have the option of asking religious authorities for an exemption and make up for the missed days at a later time. 3. The World Cup is no stranger to threats Picture Credit - www.vg247.comDue to the World Cup being an event televised worldwide, with thousands of fans attending the tournaments, it is easily targeted by terrorist organisations and hackers. The al-Qaeda and certain Anonymous hackers had attacked the FIFA World Cup due to varying reasons. The 2010 World Cup held in South Africa was under surveillance by intelligence agencies due to alleged threats by a Somalian terrorist group known as al-Shahaab, which had possible links to al-Qaeda. However, the director of sub-Saharan Africa for the United States intelligence company Strategic Forecasting stated that tourists were more prone to crime than terrorist attacks. In 2014 an Anonymous collective of hackers had threatened to launch cyberattacks in order to disrupt the World Cup hosted by Brazil. They were successful in hacking many websites across the country, their intentions were to attack major sponsors of the World Cup as they were not happy with the large sums of money spent on the football tournament. The ISIS released a terrifying poster depicting star player Lionel Messi standing behind bars crying tears of blood, threatening to attack the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. They two other posters depict ISIS soldiers along with weapons and threatening messages, with one poster saying ‘I swear that the Mujahideen’s fire will burn you...just you wait’. 4. More than just a game Picture Credit - www.fifa.comFor some football is a matter of life and death, as fans of the game get very passionate and intense about the teams they support and turn to violence in order to intimidate supporters of a rival team or to threaten players. This is referred to as football hooliganism, and causes major disruptions during games, even before or after a match. One of the most famous and worst acts of hooliganism took place during the 1994 World Cup, where the Colombian team lost 2-1 to the American hosts as Colombian player, Andres Escobar, scored a point in their own goal causing the team to be eliminated. The player was shot and killed in his home, many speculate that it was punishment for the own goal; however it may be linked to gambling losses by drug lords. During the 2006 World Cup, more than 200 England Fans were taken into custody due to clashes with German fans, it was said that some German fans were arrested as well. During the Germany Vs Sweden match, where 40,000 people were gathered at Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz for the game, five German fans were injured due to a fight that broke out between them and England fans. The fans had thrown plastic bottles, chairs and tables at each other which resulted in the injuries. 5. The World Cup is no stranger to controversies Picture Credit - www.viagogo.com The world of FIFA is full of controversies and scandals, with widespread coverage by the media. Embezzlements, bribes, and Machiavellian plots – these corrupt acts have taken the football world by storm. One of the World Cup’s most controversial matches took place in 1989 at the Macarana stadium. The qualifier match for the 1990 World Cup between Brazil and Chile was abruptly stopped when Chile goalkeeper, Roberto Rojas was hit with a firework. If the match had continued Brazil would’ve won the match and qualified for the World Cup, however the Chilean team left the grounds which ended the game and thus the match had no victor. Due to a photographer capturing the moment within 4-5 shots, the whole hoax was revealed. Rojas had cut his head using a blade hidden in his gloves; in an attempt to cause a disruption and ensure Brazil’s elimination form the World Cup. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar, many people believe that the final vote should not have gone to Qatar. Millions of dollars spent to secure contracts to televise matches, bribes given to FIFA officials to determine World Cup hosts, and death threats for cooperating with investigators, these are some of the allegations against corrupt FIFA officials. Years of embezzlement was disrupted by the U.S. Department of Justice, many FIFA officials who have abused their roles within the global football body were exposed. So, are you pumped for the 2018 FIFA World Cup?...

  • 10D9N Itinerary For An Epic European Adventure

    A tour of Europe would be like a dream come true for many. But with so many attractions in Europe scattered across some of the most iconic cities in the world, it comes to no surprise that almost every traveler would find planning such a journey quite overwhelming. In addition, you would also need to focus on aspects like how to find nearby Halal food and what Muslim-friendly hotels in Europe are available for your stay. Keeping all your needs in mind, we have put together a 10D9N Itinerary which is perfect for your Muslim-friendly travel to Europe. So, get set for the ultimate European holiday experience with this amazing 10-day tour to catch a glimpse of some of the most beautiful cities in the world.   Credit - giphy.com DAY 1: London, United Kingdom Get set to be greeted by the majestic splendour of Europe as you set foot in the capital city of United Kingdom, London. Before you commence your journey this would be the first point at which you would need to find Halal accommodation in Europe. If you are looking for a super luxury experience, you might want to consider hotels like The Dorchester, Bulgari Hotel or The Landmark which are some of the best Muslim-friendly hotels in Europe. Once you have had time to settle down you can enjoy a lovely tour of the city of London and witness some of the iconic sights of the city including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.   DAY 2: Paris, France Now that you have got a flavour of what’s in store for you in this wonderful continent, it’s time to set off to the ‘City of Light” – Paris. There are many ways you can travel to Paris from London and one of the cheapest options available is by train and would cost you about € 40 – 50. Crossing the English Channel would be a truly amazing experience to prepare you for the allure of the most romantic destinations in the world. Make sure you get your cameras ready as a tour of Paris will cover some of the most talked about attractions in Europe like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and Louvre museum. For dinner, you could stop by the very beautiful Paris Restaurant located in the Grand Mosque and enjoy a variety of exquisite European cuisines.   DAY 3: Paris - Free day Day 2 was packed with many sightseeing opportunities so on day 3 you can tone things down and enjoy a free day out in the city. This gives you the perfect chance to enjoy some shopping in Europe. Here are some of the top places to shop ’till you drop in Paris.   DAY 4: Bruges, Belgium Many travel to Europe to witness the medieval splendour on display. One of the best stops to enjoy just this is Bruges, Belgium which is also referred to as the "Venice of the North". As you enjoy a city tour of some of the most historic landmarks like the Town Hall Square and Our Lady's Church you could also enjoy a quiet picnic with friends and family overlooking the breath-taking Minnewater Lake.   DAY 5: Brussels, Belgium Belgium is a proud nation with much to offer its visitors, and on the next day of your tour, you can head off to Brussels to explore more historic wonders like the Atomium, Palace of Justice and Grand Place. Lookout for popular eateries like Ce Soir, Touareg, La Khaima and La Medina which are some of the best Halal food places in Europe.   DAY 6: Amsterdam, Netherlands Next, you can cross canals and green pastures to take you to the next point in this epic journey, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Apart from the scenic landscapes, the city is also an art lover’s paradise with many artistic venues such as Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. You can also enjoy nearly half a day at the Science Centre NEMO with is amazing waterfront, museum and interactive science exhibits.   DAY 7 – 8: Frankfurt – Stuttgart, Germany During the next two days of your journey, you can spend time exploring the wonders of Germany. Frankfurt and Stuttgart are great cities to concentrate your tour activities during this time. The Frankfurt Marriott Hotel, Novum Hotel Boulevard Stuttgart City, IntercityHotel Stuttgart and Best Western Hotel Stuttgart are some great Muslim-friendly hotels in Europe to consider as accommodation.   DAY 9 - 10: Zürich, Switzerland - Departure from Switzerland As your tour draws to an end, you can travel to Zurich, the global centre for banking and finance. As one of the main cities in Switzerland, you will find an ample number of things to do here like visiting attractions like Lake Zurich, Grossmünster and the Swiss National Museum. You can even enjoy some last-minute shopping in Bahnhofstrasse – known as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world and even find more affordable options at the Manor or H&M. Since you will be spending much time in the city you might want to buy a ZurichCARD that gives you 72 hours’ access to public transport. You can leave Europe in style from the Zurich airport, the largest airport in Switzerland with many memories of this truly remarkable journey.  ...

  • A Muslim's Guide to Finding Mosques in Germany [Prayer Facilities]

    Germany, with its captivating scenery and natural beauties, lively cities, fascinating history and delightful cuisine, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It is also home to world-renowned attractions like the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, and Museum Island, which tourists from across the world; including Muslims, come to see. If you’re planning on visiting the country, and wondering if there are Muslim-friendly facilities, such as mosques in Germany, read on to find out. Credits - giphy.com Islam in Germany Although Christianity is the major religion in Germany, Islam comes in as a close second and is a recognized religion in the country. Muslims in Germany come from a variety of backgrounds; with the community being made up of a majority of those of Turkish origin, while the rest of the Muslim population in Germany is made of individuals from Arab countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and so on. Islam in Germany is therefore present throughout; with Muslim communities residing all around the country. . Mosques in Germany With millions of Muslims now residing in the country, there are multiple prayer facilities in Germany, including about 50 well-known mosques. The other prayer facilities consist of just a room and are not obvious to those passing by. Muslims will be able to find quite a number of mosques in Berlin, Hamburg, Hesse, as well as in many other cities and states. Muslim tourists must however be aware that although there are numerous mosques in Germany, they belong to different denominations. . Berlin, the capital of Germany, is home to a sizeable number of Muslims and tourists will therefore be able to find quite a few mosques in Berlin - with the Berlin Mosque being the oldest mosque in Germany. Other mosques and prayer facilities in Berlin include the Sehitlik Moschee (also known as the Berlin Central Mosque), Omar ibn Al Khattab Mosque and Ar-Rahman Moschee. . Mosques in Hamburg will also be easy to locate, due to its large Muslim community. Two popular mosques in Hamburg include the Fazle Omar Mosque, and the Hamburg Central Mosque. Other well known prayer facilities in Hamburg include the As Salam Mosque and Al Nour Mosque. . Muslim visitors will also be able to find several mosques and prayer facilities in Munich. While the Mosque in Sendling is quite well-known, other mosques in Munich include the Freimann Moschee (also known as Islamic Centre of Munich) and Al Ummah Moschee (Mosque). . Frankfurt also houses several mosques to serve the local Muslim community, as well as tourists. Noor Mosque, Othman Ibn Affan Mosque and Abubakr Mosque are just a few mosques in Frankfurt. There are also numerous prayer rooms in Frankfurt that are used mainly by the Muslims in the area surrounding the facility. You can ask the locals who are more familiar with these prayer rooms. . The Cologne Central Mosque is one of the most well-known mosques to be built in Cologne, and also aims to be one of the biggest in Europe, after construction. Muslims can also offer their prayers at the Abu Bakr Moschee (Mosque) or at one of the other mosques or prayer facilities in Cologne. . Muslim visitors will also be able to find mosques and prayer rooms in Leipzig, Hannover, Nuremberg, Dresden, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, as well as in several other smaller cities and towns. You don't have to worry about not being able to find a place to do your prayers while you're travelling there!  ...

  • A Muslim Backpacker's Guide to Germany

    Germany is a glorious haven for backpackers. Backpacking in Germany will expose travellers to the marvels and wonders that Germany has to offer - be it the breathtaking Bavarian Alps or the charming coastal towns in the North. The rich history of the country and its abundance of spectacular natural scenery will enthrall every type of traveller. The best destinations in Germany for backpackers ultimately depend on your interests and what you are looking for. Travellers who wish to see ancient castles must not miss out on a visit to Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, while car lovers should head to the Autostadt in Wolfsburg. For Muslim travellers, most major cities in Germany offer sufficient facilities to ensure a comfortable visit. Berlin, the vibrant capital of the country, is a must-visit destination on the itinerary of every traveller to Germany. Berlin is home to a population of over 40,000 Muslim residents and facilities such as Halal food and prayer facilities will be available across the city. Berlin offers around 70 mosques for Muslim travellers including the Sehitlik Mosque, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque, Khadija Mosque and the Ahmadiyya Mosque Berlin - the oldest mosque in Germany which was built in 1924. Several Halal restaurants are also available in Berlin – most of which are owned by Muslims. Travellers could try out ZamZam Restaurant at Hauptstrabe for South Asian cuisine, Rayan Chicken at Friedrichstrabe for American cuisine, Baraka at LausitzerPlatz for Turkish cuisine and Sharazad at Dahlmanstr for Middle Eastern cuisine. Muslim travellers should also pay a visit to Munich – the capital city of Bavaria. Some of the highlights of Munich include Marienplatz - the central town hall of Munich, Frauenkirche - the symbol of the city, the early Dachau Concentration Camp of Nazi Germany, the English Garden - Munich's largest park, the bustling Viktualienmarkt market, the Residence Palace of Munich as well as its numerous museums. Muslim travellers will be able to find quite a number of Halal restaurants in Munich, serving South Asian and Middle Eastern fare - such as the Istanbul at Landwehrstraße and Dehbaschi at Dachauer Straße. Munich's most popular mosque is located at the Sendling borough of Munich and more mosques are available in the neighborhood of Ludwigsvorstadt. Hamburg and Frankfurt are also excellent destinations. Hamburg - Germany's second largest city - is the country's wealthiest city and offers rich history and architecture. Some of its attractions include the Hamburg Harbor, its museums, markets and ancient cathedrals, offering plenty to explore. The city of Frankfurt is located on the banks of River Maine and is one of the largest financial hubs in Europe. Travellers in Frankfurt will be able to witness the city's rich cultural history in some of its old building architecture that date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Both cities are home to a diverse population of Muslim residents and facilities will be adequate when travelling. Some of the other destinations in Germany that are worth visiting include Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dresden, Hannover, Stuttgart, Nürnberg and Leipzig. Each destination has something different and unique to offer, to ensure a memorable visit! ...



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