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Islamic King Faisal Foundation Friedensgasse 18 Friedensgasse Basel 4056 Switzerland

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02 89 061-261

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English/ Arabic/ French

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All prayers including formal jum'a

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  • Art Junkies, Boy Do We Have Good News For You!

    Are you a travel junkie with the soul of an art lover? Then this list of top ten art destinations is curated just for you!Fulfill your travel and art dreams by planning a trip to an art destination which can offer the best of both worlds. If you love contemporary art, modern art or a classical art, this list has got you covered so keep reading!   1. Paris, France Credit: Pexels Home to the most famous art museums and galleries like the Louvre Museum, this city is a must-visit for any art enthusiast. The Louvre has been romanticised by the likes of Kanye to Lorde to countless films and documentaries, so why not be a part of its pop culture history? It houses the world famous Mona Lisa by the Master Leonardo Da Vinci as well as other masterpieces. The Louvre was once a royal fortress and was turned into a Museum in the 1700s and now, it displays around 35,000 art pieces. Be sure to drop by the Musée d’Orsay, it has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art in the world. The Museum has been showcasing art since the 1800s and houses works by prominent French artists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and many more. If you are more of a Contemporary arts patron, check out the Modus Art Gallery, Yvon Lambert, Galerie Xippas, and La Maison Rouge. If you are looking for a more authentic experience, minus the queues and tickets head over to Bellville neighbourhood which is home to a collection of street art and graffiti.   2. Berlin, Germany Credit: Pexels A city with a controversial political history, this city is now one of the most popular art destinations in the world! Home to the longest open-air street art gallery in the world - the Berlin Wall. A part of it can be found in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district. The city is an ever-changing landscape with urban buildings co-existing with Gothic architecture. Berlin is intriguing, unique and will leave you with a sense of giddy wonder and excitement. The city’s busiest spot is the East Side Gallery, which is 1000 metres of kaleidoscopic murals. However, if you want to avoid the more touristy areas, it is not difficult to find world-class street art around the city. Every neighbourhood has its own unique art identity and you can find art adorning every wall, door, and roof, a great place to start would be at Kreuzberg. Street art is a crucial part of its history and a great example of how it is not condemned and has managed to persevere and survive in one of the world’s most famous cities. If you are looking for a more museum or gallery art setting, look no further than Museuminsel or Museum Island – and it lives up to its namesake. A whole island situated in the centre of the city is dedicated to art galleries and museums. It is home to five world-renowned museums. The Alte Nationalgalerie houses works by greats like Monet, Renoir and Manet. The Neues Museum showcases Egyptian art, while the Altes Museum is home to the largest collection of Etruscan art outside of Italy!   3. New York City, USA Credit: @metmuseum on Instagram The city that never sleeps is home to some of the world’s famous Museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and MoMA. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was famously referred to as the MET as it hosted one of the fashion world’s most flamboyant events – the Met Gala. Every year, the Costume Institute holds an exhibit at the Met Gala with a huge fundraising event opening the exhibit . Thus, this place is a must-visit for any fashion lover. The Guggenheim Museum has appeared in many postcards and been the backdrop for many TV shows and films throughout the years. This museum houses artwork by Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Kadinsky, as well as paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and Degas and photography by Robert Mapplethorpe. The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) houses the best Modern art world. It houses works by Andy Warhol, Frida Khalo and Monet to name a few. However, you don’t always have to visit the world best museums to see the best of Contemporary art; you can also visit other numerous art galleries within the state, especially at Chelsea, Tribeca, SoHo and Lower East Side to witness amazing artwork. You can experience a more immersive art scene in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for interesting street art and have one-on-one sessions with the artists themselves.   4. Miami, USA Credit: @wynwoodartsdistrict on Instagram The USA’s second contender on this list - This vibrant seaside city has a lot to offer for everyone, especially art lovers. Miami boasts an energetic art scene that can be best experienced through one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs: Art Basel. The city also has a whole district dedicated to the arts (Wynwood Arts District) and this houses over 30 contemporary art spaces and studios! You can even enjoy a street art tour at the Wynwood Art Walk Block Party. If you want to witness the best Modern and Contemporary art that Miami has to give, head on over to the Perez Art Museum.   5. Tokyo, Japan Credit: @moriartmuseum on InstagramA city where the traditional co-exists with the Modern, it is definitely an exciting place to visit. You will find a myriad of galleries scattered across this fast-paced city, in between its skyscrapers, old houses and back streets. In an old, traditional Japanese neighbourhood lined up with wooden houses and temples, you can find SCAI The Bathhouse, one of Tokyo’s most prestigious contemporary art galleries. As its name suggests this was once a bathhouse and has been standing for 200 years. It has housed works by prominent artists such as Anish Kapoor and Tadanori Yokoo. If you are looking for a little more thrill, head to the skyscraper where Mori Art Museum resides at the 54th storey. The museum once exhibited the world famous polka dot art of Yayoi Kusama.   6. Florence, Italy Credit: Pexels Every Renaissance art fan should definitely visit Florence, home of some of the pioneers of the movement. Florence is home to the famous Uffizi Gallery which houses the vast art collection of the infamous Medici family, along with works by the masters like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and more. Be sure to pay a visit to the Accademia Gallery to witness Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the world famous David sculpture. If you want a taste of authentic Contemporary Italian art, head over to the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, which is also known as the “Anti-Uffizi”.   7. Barcelona, Spain Credit: @museupicasso on Instagram Home to the Museu Picasso, which houses the biggest Pablo Picasso collections in the world, it is a must visit for any avid fan of Cubism or art in general. Apart from the Picasso Musuem, Barcelona has a lot more to offer in the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. You can find them displayed at the Museu Nacional d’Art. Also, don’t forget to check out the fantastical architectural designs of Gaudi, a Master of Catalan Modernism.   8. London, United Kingdom Credit: Pixabay An eclectic mix of art styles and movements, London will keep you enthralled till the very end. You can find the likes of classics such as Van Gogh at the National Gallery, for Modernism head to the Tate Modern, which houses works by Warhol and Picasso. You can find more Contemporary art pieces at the Saatchi Gallery. If you are more of a street art fanatic look no further than Shoreditch, a creative inner city district located at East End. The streets are adorned with some of the most impressive street art in the city, for a more in depth experience take part in the Alternative London Walking Tour, hosted by local street artist and creatives.   9. Beijing, China Credit: Pixabay Beijing may seem like an unlikely place to visit for art but this city actually has a burgeoning art scene. Since the recent contemporary art boom, most of the city’s art scene can be found at 798 Art District. Industrial buildings in the district have been converted into contemporary art spaces and open-air installations. Art forms presented there consist of photos, sculptures and fashion design. If you are an avid lover of traditional Chinese art, then the Poly Art Museum is for you as it features ancient bronze works from the Shang and Zhou dynasties!   10. Singapore Credit: @singaporeartmuseum on Instagram Singapore is well-known as being a financial hub. However, it boasts an impressive art scene. Singapore has two prominent up and coming art museums, namely the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Singapore Art Museum. The National Gallery Singapore houses the world’s largest collection of Singaporean and South Asian art, thus giving the South Asian art world an international platform. Indeed, Singapore is teemed with art, which can be easily found as you take a stroll around the city. Check out Haji Lane for example and witness all kinds of colourful street art which adorn old buildings. You can also witness stunning public sculptures such as Homage to Newton by Salvador Dali at the UOB Plaza and First Generation by Chong Fah Cheong near Cavenagh Bridge.   Undoubtedly, art and travel go hand in hand so what are you waiting for? Add all these art destinations to your bucket list and get inspired to create art of your own!...

  • Who Is Mo Salah? Story of an emerging star from the land of Pyramids

    Born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo, Mohamed Salah Ghaly’s footballing journey began in the Nasr City district of the country’s capital. Often nicknamed as 'The Pharoah', he is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as forward for an English club in Liverpool and the Egyptian national team. Picture Credit: Background Images HD A talented youngster, he honed his skills in the youth teams of El Mokawloon SC and made his debut for the senior side aged just 17 at the back end of the 2009-10 season. Salah was just 19 when he made his debut for Egypt – in a match against Sierra Leone in September 2011. After starring for Arab Contractors, Salah made the move to Europe in 2012 on the back of his hugely successful showing at the Olympics. He struck his first goal for his country against Niger, while he also represented the Pharaohs at the Olympic Games in England in 2012. FC Basel in Switzerland was his destination as he moved continents for the first time. FC Basel provided a brilliant base in his carrier. In January 2014, amid reported interest from Liverpool, Chelsea announced the signing of Salah from Basel. He spent one year with the Londoners, which included an Anfield experience that would later have an impact on his decision to come to Liverpool. Picture Credit: Background Images HD Salah moved to Italy in February 2015, initially on an 18-month loan to the Italian club Fiorentina before he joined AS Roma on 6 August 2015, where he spent two highly successful seasons and accelerated his development. Consecutively consistent match-winning performances in Rome to lead them to a second-place finish and a record points tally at 2017, Salah relocated back to the Premier League to sign for Liverpool on a long-term deal, with the Egyptian taking the club's No.11 jersey. On 22 June 2017, Salah agreed to a transfer to Liverpool. He signed a long-term contract with the Reds for an initial €42 million fee that could rise to €50 million. He became the first player ever to win three Premier League Player of the month awards in the same season. Picture Credit: Sky News On 22 April 2018, Salah was awarded the PFA Players 'Players of the Year Award. In the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, Salah injured his left shoulder in the 30th minute. After initially carrying on, he left the field in tears after going to ground in a challenge with Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. He got injured in the Champions League final on 26 May 2018 as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev. Mo Salah's injury news was a shock for all football fans. Mohamed Salah fitness update : The Egyptian FA stated that this would have no effect on his playing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and that Salah would still be named in the Egyptian team's final squad. The player himself tweeted that he was “confident” of proving his fitness in time for Russia. Salah flew out to Spain earlier last week to undergo specialist treatment to aid his rehabilitation ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The Muslim often celebrates goals by performing the sujood. Salah is already wildly celebrated on the terraces both home and away, earning acclaim well beyond the club's fan base....

  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Muslim-Friendly Fairmont Singapore

    An excellent Muslim-friendly hotel in Singapore, Fairmont Singapore is conveniently located in the heart of the bustling city. It’s in the center of action, with various shopping enclaves and popular attractions like the Merlion and Esplanade as well as Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay within walking distance. Besides all the shopping and sightseeing the surrounding area has to offer, did you know that Fairmont Singapore is Crescent Rated 5 for its Muslim-friendliness? And that’s only the beginning! Here are 7 reasons why you should stay at Fairmont Singapore on your next trip down to the little red dot or even for a weekend staycation in Singapore! You’ll definitely feel welcomed with his warm smile!   1. Muslim-friendly In-room Facilities Fairmont has two towers, the North and South towers. Do take note which view you will be getting before booking! Our Fairmont Premier Room comes with a perfect view of MBS, Esplanade, Merlion and City Hall all in one. You’re welcome.         Surprise! That's the Qibla direction :^)       With the spacious room, we had ample space to make prayers. We took our time to unwind afterwards with the panoramic view of the garden city at our personal balcony.     2. Segregrated Male and Female Spas   Enough lounging around the room, we’re getting down to check out the various amenities in and around of the hotel. First stop, Willow Stream Spa!   Willow Spa consists of the spa itself, a hair salon, a nail salon, gym and a mini beauty shop. What’s good is there are separate spa areas for men and women so you can relax and let loose. We’re not allowed to take photos due to obvious reasons but even the photos of the facilities can speak for itself, right?   3. Asian Market Cafe, Halal International Asian Buffet   Located at Level 2, this would be a great choice as your last night for dinner. They provide a buffet spread of both International Asian cuisine and local favourites such as Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Indian and more. Time to get digging!   This waiter is making teh tarik, a local favorite drink! Did you know we were there the day Asian Market Cafe officially launched as a Halal certified restaurant? Have a closer look at their Halal friendly services with through our interview with Fairmont Singapore during their opening. P.S There’s also separate prayer rooms right outside Asian Market Cafe. These are frequently used by the restaurant patrons as well as shoppers at the adjacent Raffles City mall.   4. In-room Halal Breakfast Service We all know what lazy couch potatoes we are when we wake up during a holiday. Good thing for us, Fairmont Singapore provides Halal breakfast upon request. These are specially prepared in the same kitchen as Asian Market Cafe (AMC), which is Halal-certified. Now here comes the exciting part. Because AMC is not open during breakfast hours, your Halal breakfast meal comes wheeling in via room service! What a treat. Address: 2 Stamford Road, Swissôtel The Stamford, 178882 Website: www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-stamford/dining/asian-market-cafe/   5. Rest & Relax at the Hospitality Lounge    What’s great about Fairmont Singapore is a hospitality lounge for guests who arrive before the check-in time or have already checked out of their room but have time to kill before their flight. The Hospitality Lounge at Level 6 is where guests can shower, freshen up and have coffee before heading out.   6. Shopping Galore   If you’re tired or hungry and don’t want to go too far out from the hotel, Fairmont Singapore is connected to Raffles City Shopping Centre, convenient enough to feed your shopping desires. From fast fashion to designer boutiques, you want them, you’ll find them. There are also Halal food kiosks at the Basement and a few Halal stalls at the food court if you’re looking for a more Asian fare.   If that’s not enough for you, Suntec City is a 15-minute walk away. Alive Museum is also located on the third floor, humouring patrons with a galore of optical illusion installations. Here is where you should also look out for a plethora of conventions, right at Suntec City Convention Centre. They have held several large events such as CelebFest and Anime Festival Asia.   7. Book via HalalTrip   Did you know? You can book a room in Fairmont Singapore through HalalTrip too! Simply go to Travel Deals/Services tab and click on Hotels, search for Fairmont Singapore and select your desired room. Fairmont Singapore has been awarded with CrescentRating 5 as they hit many criterias to a Halal-friendly Hotel! Mosque(s) Nearby Halal Restaurant in the hotel Qibla direction marked in every room Provides prayer mats And these are 7 reasons why Fairmont Singapore you should book Fairmont Hotel on your next trip to Singapore! Definitely a prime place for an accomodation in Singapore, with a central location nearby top sightseeing attractions, convenient prayer locations and Halal food easily accessible. Having a getaway here would be a breeze.   Heading to Singapore anytime soon? Explore the city with the HalalTrip City Passes ! Available in 2-Day Explorer Pass or 3-Day Adventure Pass variations. It's an all-in-one travel pass that combines popular attractions, top sightseeing spots and Halal restaurants. What's even better is that it's available on the HalalTrip all after purchase. Simply show the QR code at the selected attractions to gain access. No more carrying around countless physical tickets as you travel. It's as simple as that! For more information, you can head over here. Our hotel stay review and article is kindly sponsored by Fairmont Singapore....

  • Why Do We Pray towards Mecca? Facts and Direction of the Qibla

      We all have always prayed in the direction of the Ka’bah but have you wondered about the history of it? The Qibla represents the unity of the Ummah under the Shariah law, or the Law of God. It is also mentioned in Surah al-Baqarah:         Before the Prophet Muhammad pbuh arrived in Medina, the qiblah faced the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem and it has been so for over thirteen years. While he was there, Rasulullah prayed in that direction for some time until it was changed to be towards the Kaaba in Mecca. This was first revealed during noon prayers in Medina, in Masjid Al-Qiblatayn. While leading the prayer, he received revelations from God instructing him to take the Ka’bah as the Qiblah. In accordance to various hadiths, Rasulullah immediately turned around to face Mecca, and those praying behind him followed suit. It was not easy to find the precise direction of qibla during the medieval times. Devices such as astrolabes were used to find the qibla direction and sundials, compasses and and the Sun itself was used to find the prayer times as well as sunrises and sunsets. How to Calculate Qibla Direction with HalalTrip App (iOS and Android) Today, technology is proven to be such a wondrous invention that has made getting accurate qibla direction not as hard as back then. HalalTrip has integrated these technologies so that Muslims can find the direction of Qiblah easily. A common method of searching qibla direction in the modern world is with a mobile compass. It’ll be very easy to keep Qibla direction compass while you are traveling, especially in a non-familiar location. HalalTrip app (Apple and Android) has three types of online compass. The dynamic compass is the easiest to use. Simply have your location service and internet connection on, and the Kaaba pinpoint will show you the qibla and you’re good to go! If you are inside buildings, then to get a more accurate direction you can use the map based Qiblah direction finder. Once again, technology has proved made our lives much easier. With simple computer calculations, we are able to predict past, present and future prayer times. Searching for prayer times is easy with HalalTrip’s Prayer Times and Mosques feature. It will simply find your location and it will calculate all five prayer times as well as sunrise and the time left in between two prayers. An additional feature in this app is you can input your accommodation location as a traveller. This is a handy feature to calculate the time you have in your city so if you have no choice but to pray back at the hotel you will not miss your prayers.         Did you know? When it’s time for Asr and you’re in space… yes! You still need a qibla direction for salah prayers. There is no qibla locator and definitely no way to view the Qibla direction on a map. There was a conference by the Malaysian National Space Agency specially for this. It was decided and prioritized in order regarding the qibla direction: 1) The Ka’aba, 2) the projection of Ka’aba, 3) the Earth, 4) wherever. The history makes up what we practice today as an Ummah. It is always good to know how the people back then had to find their prayer times and qibla direction in order to offer salaat and please Allah swt . Today, we are fortunate enough to have everything at our fingertips so let’s make the most out of it! HalalTrip website Qibla locator found here!HalalTrip website Prayer times found here!HalalTrip Mosque Listing found here!How do you use a Qibla compass? Click here for more informationClick here to use the Qibla direction feature and the prayer calculator feature on HalalTrip to figure out accurate prayer times and direction when traveling. ...

  • Your Guide to Using HalalTrip’s Qibla Direction Feature

    How do you use a Qibla compass? HalalTrip’s Qibla direction feature is a great solution for Muslim travelers who face the problem of finding prayer directions when traveling. Here's how you can use the Qibla direction feature and the prayer calculator feature on HalalTrip to figure out accurate prayer times and direction when traveling.  The definition of Qibla is the direction of Ka'abah in Mecca in which Muslims face in prayer. HalalTrip app offers Qibla direction compass for mobile with three types of Qibla direction finders - Dynamic, Static and Map. Make sure to have your internet connection and location services enabled for accuracy and always ensure you are away from other electrical and electronic devices. 1) Dynamic Qibla Direction Feature Enable the location detection, click on the "Dynamic" tab and place the phone on a flat surface. The online compass Ka’abah pointer will then show the direction of Qibla. The Online compass may not be accurate when used inside buildings, such as hotel rooms due to other magnetic interfaces.    2) Static Qibla Direction Feature You can use this feature if you know the direction of north. To use this feature, enable the location detection, click on the "Static" tab and place the phone on a flat surface. The device will show the Qiblah direction from "North". If you know the North, then align the "North" pointer to the north, the Ka’abah pointer will then be the  direction of Qibla.   3) Map Qibla Direction Feature This is the most accurate way to find the Qibla direction, especially inside buildings. Simply have your location service switched on, and the app will detect the direction. Zoom in and you will see a green arrow pointing towards the direction of Makkah (Mecca). Align the device with a nearby landmark/road and you are good to go. 4) Finding the prayer times and nearby Mosques   You can also find your Qibla direction from your location online. Just input your location and follow the Map Qibla Direction method instructions. So you’ve got your Qibla direction down…now onto your prayer time! HalalTrip App also has a Prayer Times and Mosques feature for you to locate these aspects at your convenience. Make sure to have your location service and internet connection on and the app will detect the times accordingly. It will also display your nearby mosques and you can add in your accommodation location under the traveller tab if you have to pray back there.    HalalTrip website Qibla locator found here! HalalTrip website Prayer times found here! HalalTrip Mosque Listing found here! Need to find Halal food near you? Click here! With today’s convenient technology, it is a matter of effort when it comes to prayers. HalalTrip’s free app (now on Apple and Android!) covers everything a Muslim traveller needs, from nearby Halal food to travel du'as to finding Salat times, nearby mosques and prayer spaces. Now there’s no more excuses!   ...



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