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Jami Masjid / Great Masjid of Algiers, the Capital of Algeria The Jami Masjid or the Great Masjid of Algiers is one of the oldest masaajid in the city. The existence of the masjid dates back to 1097 and has been renovated time and again. The masjid was built under the supervision of Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf. ...more

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Jami Masjid / Great Masjid of Algiers, the Capital of Algeria The Jami Masjid or the Great Masjid of Algiers is one of the oldest masaajid in the city. The existence of the masjid dates back to 1097 and has been renovated time and again. The masjid was built under the supervision of Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf.

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Boulevard Amilcar Cabral, Algiers, Algeria

Language of service

Arabic

Prayers

All prayers including formal jum'a

Quick Facts

  • Female prayer section
  • Wudu facilities for ladies
  • Toilets At walking distance
  • No Halal restaurant found.
  • No Airport found.
  • No Attraction found.
  • No Halal dish found.
  • No mosque found.
  • 10 Muslim Footballers Everyone Should Be A Fan Of

    Football is an international sport that transcends religion, ethnicities and nationalities. So, Muslim Footballers are far and wide. Some surprises may be found as you read through the players! Whilst others will openly perform Sajdah after a goal, or their social media and popularity have given it away. Here are the short stories of 10 Muslim footballers. 1. Mesut Ozil Picture Credit: 101 Great Goals Nationality: Germany and TurkishTeams: Arsenal, GermanyPosition: Attacking Midfielder Football Story Starting young in German teams, his first team career ended badly when he fell out with the club Manager of Schalke 04. This led to his defining role in Werder Bremen where his role as a key playmaker allowed him to gain fame, he was declared "best player of the first half of the season". This allowed his big move to the team of Real Madrid which was important as a rising skillful player he required a famous team. After 3 seasons, Arsene Wenger played a key role in convincing Ozil to come play for Arsenal. This move was hated by his Real Madrid co-players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, "He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal ... I'm angry about Özil leaving.” Ozil has since become synonymous with Arsenal being signed on till 2021. He is known for being a German Turkish player proud of his heritage and religion. He has stated in interviews that he recites Quran before every game and this habit is respected by his team-mates who know not to disturb him. In an interview he explained, "My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game. The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part." 2. Franck Ribery Picture Credit: FC Bayern Munich Nationality: FranceTeams: Bayern Munchen, FrancePosition: ​Winger, Left Side Football Story He began playing at the age of 6. At the age of 13 he joined the professional outfit of Lille, he left for the biggest club in the city of Boulogne, US Boulogne, after a few moves in 2005 he joined Marseille on a 5 year contract. His style of play "fast, tricky, and an excellent dribbler who has great control with the ball at his feet" gained him recognition and fame for his left sided play. His current role in Bayern Munich has proven to be long-standing as his career with the German club started in 2007 and has been contracted till 2019. Although, his international career with the French team has ended due to “purely personal” reasons in 2014, he has continued to persevere with Bayern Munich despite injuries. Ribery married a French national of Algerian Descent and converted to Islam, adopting the name Bilal Yusuf Mohamed. In addition, to conversion, Ribery has opened a non-alcoholic bar in attempts to fight alcohol addiction, he named the bar after his 2 daughters. 3. Demba Ba Picture Credit: Goal.com Nationality: SenegalTeams: Senegal and Shanghai ShenhuaPosition: Striker Football Story Although his career started in France, Demba gained fame when he joined famous English teams such as West Ham United, Newcastle United and Chelsea. He left Chelsea earlier than his contract deadline due to the arrival of Diego Costa another striker. This time his move was more than over the English Channel and he joined a Turkish team Beşiktaş, he moved on to China a year later to join Shanghai Shenhua and has become a key player scoring 6 goals in 11 games including a hat-trick. He won the titles of 2015 Chinese FA Cup Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer. Born Muslim due to the majority of muslims in West-Africa, Demba performs Sujud on the pitch as a celebration of goals and observes fasts during the Islamic month of Ramadan. 4. Islam Feruz Picture Credit: We Ain't Got No History Nationality: British, Somali, TanzaniaTeams: Chelsea and ScotlandPosition: Forward Football Story From a Somali family who migrated to Yemen and Tanzania to escape the violence and war, he joined the Celtic club and they helped him to stay in the country and move into an expensive flat. His first match was at the age of 14. He moved to Chelsea in 2011 but it was in 2014 that a long-term contract was signed, however through his career he has been loaned to many teams for specific seasons and games. Born in a Muslim country and being educated in Scotland’s most racially diverse schools Hillhead High School, he has had the chance to practice his religion freely. His name is a great hint to his religion. 5. Paul Pogba Picture Credit: LE BUZZ Nationality: FrenchTeams: France, Manchester UnitedPosition: Central Midfielder (sometimes Attacking Midfielder, Defensive Midfielder) Football Story Known as a midfielder player, his capability of playing left, in holding and even attacking shows a versatility only a few football players hold. He's known for his long legs which work quick and has a powerful and accurate striking ability. His career began in the national youth football team. He was destined for greatness when he captained the team at just 16, then later for the under 20 team. His senior career debut was in 2013 when he played the full 90 minutes and gained a reputation for being a team player and eventually won the FIFA tournament’s Best Young Player. Recently during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he scored the winning goal in France’s game against Australia. Recently, social media blew up for football fans when Pogba uploaded pictures of him in a Mosque near a charity box and also holding a Qur’an in-front of the holy Ka’bah. Reports claim that his mother was the one who introduced him to Islam years ago and this inspiring woman was the one that keep her sons away from the drugs that surrounded their home in Roissy-en-Brie, pushing Pogba to pursue his football career. At 24, the young Muslim player has a huge amount of thanks for his mother. 6. Asmir Begovic Picture Credit: BBC Nationality: Bosnian, CanadaTeams: Bournemouth, BosniaPosition: Goalkeeper Football Story Although he began his football career in Canada and earned a trial with Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, allowing him the opportunity to become an international Goalkeeper, Asmir as a dual national decided to change and play for his homeland. His long career has seen him start in Portsmouth and move to Stoke city where he signed a 4 and ½ year contract. When that has ended, his most popular move was to Chelsea where £8 million was signed as part of the deal. Begović became the 5th goalkeeper to score a goal in the English Premier League with FC Chelsea, setting the world record for ‘longest goal scored in football.’ Last year, he moved to AFC Bournemouth and has shown impressive game playing. A tense game between his old team Chelsea V. Bournemouth saw 3-0 to Bournemouth, making Chelsea regret letting him go. Born in a Muslim-Majority country he helped Bosnia qualify for the 2014 FIFA world cup, the first time Bosnia had ever qualified for the major football tournament. 7. Mohamed Salah Picture Credit: The Liverpool Offside Nationality: EgyptianTeams: Liverpool, EgyptPosition: Forward Football Story The internet and world recently exploded with sympathy and admiration for Mohamed Salah. Most fans claim he carried Egypt to the FIFA World Cup 2018. He is known to be a tactical player with good technique and an eye for goal, playing as Forward and Striker. He has definitely carried out his responsibilities for his team. His role in the UEFA champions league 2018 was huge, scoring a crazy amount of 32 goals. José Mourinho described Salah as “young, he's fast, he's creative, he's enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team.” Salah is a practicing Muslim and often celebrates his goals with sujood, he has increased awareness of Islam in the English Northern town and his impact on Liverpudlians has been positive, some fans claiming they would convert to Islam if he continued to score. Internationally, he has been nicknamed “the Pharaoh” by fans and international media, his role as a leader can be seen through active regeneration projects in Nagrig, his hometown where a reported 65% of inhabitants live in poverty. 8. Mehdi Benatia Picture Credit: The Independent Nationality: French, MoroccanTeams: Juventus, MoroccoPosition: Centre Back Football Story His career began in Marseille and over the years he has moved around European teams, from Udinese to Roma, then Bayern Munich where he signed a 5 year contract, after the end of that he moved to the Italian Champions Juventus as a loan but his impressive game playing led to Juventus signing him on till 2020. Despite being Algerian and Moroccan, he chose to play for Morocco in 2008. His good technique, defensive ability and strong game-playing earned him the position of Captain. His goal against Ivory Coast showed his versatility as a player and also qualified Morocco to the 2018 FIFA World cup. Mehdi Benatia often wished his followers on social media Eid Mubarak as well as other Muslim celebrations, furthermore whilst he was in Germany news broke out that he refused to hold a beer in a promotional shoot due to his faith. 9. Fahad Al-Muwallad Picture Credit: Levante UD Nationality: Saudi- ArabiaTeam: Al-Ittihad, Saudi ArabiaPosition: Winger Football Story His career started in Jeddah where he gained prominence and was approached by Barcelona but rejected to join Al Ittihad. Since this decision, he has stayed with them for 6 seasons and gained the title of most promising and fastest player in Asia. Internationally, he was named in Saudi Arabia’s squad for the 2018 FIFA world Cup, due to the failure of Saudi Arabia to score any goals in their group games, his performance has been considered a dissapointment. However, he has gained popularity on a wider scale. Born Muslim he has expressed faith and his gratefulness to God in interviews which express his Islamic attitude. When he qualified for the World Cup he said, “Thanks to God for my first participation in La Liga,”. 10. Riyad Mahrez Picture Credit: Sports Illustrated Nationality: France, AlgerianTeams: Leicester City, AlgeriaPosition: Winger Football Story Mahrez has stated in an interview with The Guardian that after the death of his father, "I don't know if I started to be more serious but after the death of my dad things started to go for me. Maybe in my head, I wanted it more". His major break was joining Leicester City where his skills brought him attention, in total he has scored 83 goals throughout his career. Internationally, he chose to represent Algeria rather than France, a rare move amongst French-Algerian players, he assisted many goals as well as scoring the qualifier in the Africa Cup of Nations. Throughout his career he has won many awards as player of the year nationally and internationally. Mahrez is a practicing muslim who performed Umrah in 2017, he also married a Punjabi Sikh who converted to Islam. They have a daughter named Inaya, an Arabic name that gives the meaning of grace and solitude....

  • #MyFirstRamadan: Retreat from the Pull of Dunya

    "Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon""To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return."(Quran Surat Al Baqarah 2:156) I had been fasting since I was 7, the short December Ramadan days, with the sun setting at the 4pm meant that Ramadan Iftar was just a late lunch or early dinner, broken with dates. I have been fasting for as long as I can remember yet my first Ramadan was not until I reached the age of 16. This contradiction may surprise you, how had I been fasting since 7 but my first Ramadan was 11 years later? The answer is simple, fasting at my young age was an act of not eating whilst the sun was out but it was at the age of 16 that fasting became a spiritual fulfillment that spoke to my soul and renewed my Imaan. In my childhood days, fasting had been an experience that was rewarded with splendid arrays of food at the end of the day. My cultural heritage meant that I was awarded with food from all over the world. Each day was a test that would be rewarded with the prize of Algerian delicacies, Indian spicy treats and French fineries. Not to ignore that the pride I made my parents feel was a reward within itself. However, all these rewards were ones that came from the outside. As a materialistic child counting down the days for Eid al-Fitr, the Ramadan spirit was around me not as a month or spirituality but a month of reward. At the age of 16, I experienced an event that would change my perspective in most things in life, including the Ramadan that came after. I hadn’t realised that experience could so deeply shake belief and form a new angle of perspective in life. I went to my first Janazah. What might seem astounding was that I did not know the lady that had passed away. She was the grandmother of a student acquaintance yet her impact on my life was huge (I hope she receives barakah from any good deeds I do). Initially, amongst the Muslim students it spread that the Janazah would take place at 1pm not far from our school. I was sceptical, I had never been to a Janazah before yet by the grace of Allah a friend told me this Hadith; Whoever attends the funeral procession and offers the Janazah Salah, will get a reward equal to one ‘qirat’, and whoever accompanies it till burial, will get a reward equal to two ‘qirats’. It was asked, “What are two qirats?” He answered, “Like two huge mountains.” (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1325 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 945) It felt as though I was obliged to go. It was my duty as a Muslim. Leaving through the backgate of school, we bunked our afternoon lessons (an easy sacrifice in the Dunya for the sake of the Akhira). Upon arrival to the Mosque, we approached the grieving granddaughter offering our condolences, I listened carefully to the words of the girls around me. When it reached my turn I mumbled what they had said. "Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon" To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return." (Quran Surat Al Baqarah 2:156) I had no idea what I had said. I followed what the women around me did. They offered two Salaah Raka’ah and upon completion raised their hands to make Dua. I could do that and I busied myself looking like I could do the same. My friend approached me asking if I knew the Janaza process and I shook my head in shame. There was no judgement that day simply a re-education that would change my life. I listened carefully and when the Janazah began, I followed the process. At the end we sat in a circle with the sniffling Granddaughter and the daughter of the deceased woman. We were waiting to see the body. We sent blessings and peace onto the Grandmother of the acquaintance. Finally the coffin rolled in, the white sheet was lifted and my curiosity was answered. There laid a small lady, pale and peaceful. The smile on her lips gripped my heart. It was the first time I had seen a dead person. To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. The image still grips my heart now. It was in that moment that I realised I had wasted 16 years of my life. My life may not be as long as this woman and I had to change my ways, urgently. From that day onwards I made the effort to find passion in my Deen, to educate my ignorance and stop living for this Dunya. My first Ramadan came less than 3 months later. With this new attitude, the effect of Ramadan was not something that made my stomach ache and my head imagine the gifts I’d receive, instead this Ramadan was the first time I gave myself targets to achieve. Tarawih was still hard for my hyperactive mind but there was a new maturity in my way of coping with the hours on foot. I held a Quran following the words, focusing on the words I knew the meaning of and the recitation of the Imam. I no longer counted down the days to Eid, but regretted that the days were passing by me. I tried to control my temper around my family and focused on the importance of my niyyah in simple everyday actions to gain more reward. I can only say that it hasn’t been a perfect road in keeping this new perspective alive and fresh. As humans we go through ups and downs, feel highs and lows. Whilst, that Ramadan was a high, the ones that came after needed me to mentally and emotionally motivate myself. We pray five times a day to be constantly reminded of our time on earth, we humans are weak, we change our minds, our emotions affect our judgement. We need the reminder 5 times a day to centre us. Ramadan comes once a year and it’s role is the same; centre our souls on the Akhira. A monthly cleanse to recharge us for the year to come. This Dunya can be hard but the month of Ramadan is a blessing. It’s God’s way of showing his love for us, by locking the Shayateen away he enable us to focus on ourselves in an environment that feels lighter than the rest of the year. So, now I can only await for this opportunity to recharge my Iman, I’m excited for Ramadan. It’s a mental and emotional retreat from the pull of the Dunya. What about you? Are you ready for this blessed month?...

  • Find 9 Best Halal Food Places Near me in Auckland, New Zealand

    Auckland is a multicultural city with the easiest access to Muslim friendly eateries in New Zealand. While you can enjoy a variety of cuisine from Middle Eastern to Portuguese, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and Malay, the distinguishing factor is fresh ingredients and quality produced that is widely available in the country is used in the cooking. New Zealand is famous for its lamb, beef, seafood and fresh vegetables. At Auckland Airport there are no Halal-certified outlet or vegetarian eateries. You will be limited to outlets that sell non-Halal items but serve options for seafood at Hayama Sushi, and vegetarian at Urban Market Cafe or Pita Pit (their 3 locations in the city centre are Halal friendly). There are also international chains such as Burger Kings, McDonald's, and KFC though they are not Halal-certified. If you are into juicing, you could not go wrong with Tank Juice Bar. However, at close by Mangere suburb nearby the airport, you can find the closest Halal-certified joint called Airport Kebabs & Pizza who specialized in wood fire pizza and kebab. This guide is to recommend Muslim friendly outlets in Auckland Central Business District (CBD) within walking proximity and route covered by Link bus services for you to easily get around. Other than Queen Street, the bus will link you to charming inner suburbs of Ponsonby, Parnell, and Newmarket. The list goes beyond the kebab outlets on the main Queen Street (Istanbul Kebabs and Pizza, Kebabs on Queen) and excluded the International chain such as Long John Silver’s (3 locations in Auckland serve a Halal menu), Nandos (chicken is sourced from supplier who is Halal certified) and Burger Fuel (meats are Halal certified and they can cook your burger separately using fresh utensils). We’ve compiled 9 best Halal food eateries in Auckland city centre which cover a variety of cuisines and price ranges for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply for snacking around the city. Credit- Giphy.com   1. Uncle Man’s Restaurant & Takeaway Uncle Man’s Restaurant & Takeaway is an authentic family-owned joint on K Road serving all you can think of when comes to  Malaysian cuisine. You will not go wrong with freshly made roti canai and murtabak. Try the beef rendang, biryani rice, curry laksa, Penang laksa, chicken rice, mee rebus, or coconut rice. For Halal Chinese meals, you will not disappoint with mee hoon soup, flat rice noodles with gravy, wonton soup or char kuey teow. If you after Western food, they also offer burgers, chicken schnitzels, steak, fish, and chips. Affordable prices in a simple yet clean setting, this will satisfy any of your craving for homemade Malaysian meals. Location: 277 Karangahape Road Contact: +64 9-377 1799 Website: www.facebook.com/uncleman277Click here for more information about Uncle Man’s Restaurant & Takeaway   2. Mamak Malaysian Restaurant Mamak Malaysian Restaurant is located at the elegant cobbled stone of Chancery Square in the heart of Auckland CBD. They use Halal meats on the menu. A regular feature in local media, this is a place to savour exotic Malaysian cuisine (blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese) such as spicy beef rendang, char kway teow, coconut fragrance rice, kuay teow mee Soup, curry chicken hor fun, seafood laksa or "Mamak" Mee Goreng. Other than typical Murtabak, roti canai, and satay to choose from the menu, they also serve pan-fried leek dumpling, spicy soft shell crab, and sambal grilled prawn. Open for lunch or dinner, you can choose to seat inside or outside while you wash down the meal with teh tarik (bubbled tea or pulled tea) or iced coffee. A nice spot to rest your leg after exploring nearby Albert Park and meandering High Streets precinct. Be mindful that this is a fully licensed eatery so expect consumption of alcohol on the premise. Location: 50 Kitchener Street CBD, Chancery St, Auckland, Contact: +64 9-948 6479 Website: www.mamakmalaysian.co.nzClick here for more information about Mamak Malaysian Restaurant   3. Nickie’s Thai Restaurant Nickie’s Thai Restaurant is an established and one of the city’s longest-standing Thai restaurant which popular among local. They are proud of serving full flavoured Thai dishes using traditional recipes and quality ingredients besides using the Halal meat. You will encounter delicious Thai delights such as massaman lamb, steamed whole snapper, tamarind snapper, stir-fry roasted duck, sizzling beef, and BBQ chicken. Drop by for lunch or dinner after strolling along beautiful Parnell Road to dine in a traditionally decorated restaurant. Please note this is a fully licensed restaurant which means alcohol is served in the restaurant. Location: 34 Broadway Newmarket Auckland Contact: +64 9-520 0015 Website: www.nickies.co.nzClick here for more information about Nickie’s Thai Restaurant   4. Popa’s Pretzel Popa’s Pretzel offers freshly made pretzels in the traditional way or with a filling of savoury or sweets. The signature filled pretzels will not disappoint you – try the Kiwi classic cheese and marmite, or Arabic twist cream cheese & zaatar. Other than these, there are pretzels dogs, pies, and Banh Mi pretzels. If you haven’t had manakish (Arabic round flatbread) before, they serve from meat to vegan toppings. Get the Lebanese mincemeat with pomegranate & herbs or pretzel dog for some energy to roam the city. Location: 350 Queen Street Auckland City Contact: +64 9-222 2855 Website: popaspretzels.co.nzClick here for more information about Popa’s Pretzel   5. Little Algiers Cafe Little Algiers Café owned by Jamaldeen offer warm and hospitable experience in a very relaxed atmosphere to satisfy your breakfast and lunch. You will receive Algerian welcome with some French flair. The authentic African and Mediterranean menu items await you in store so you can enjoy the generous portion food. All day breakfast is offered which includes eggs benedict (on a hash cake or toasted bagel), spicy baked beans cassoulet, and Little Algerian big breakfast. For lunch, you can order from a wide selection of burgers, and wraps but we could not help to like the Little Algiers mezze ((garlic pita, feta cheeses, olives, hummus, boiled eggs and homemade dips). Sip a cup of espresso before you head back to wander around the hip and arty K Road. Location: 551 Karangahape Road Auckland Contact: +64 9-336 1560 Website: www.facebook.com/littlealgierscafeClick here for more information about Little Algiers Cafe   6. Celine Mediterranean Cuisine Celine Mediterranean Cuisine is a dining place in the cozy Middle Eastern setting, good vibe and not far from iconic Sky Tower. The authentic menu serves comfort food with a solid taste from the eastern Mediterranean such as shakshuka, bamya (lamb and okra stew), grilled halloumi, and kofta in tahini or tomatoe. Either washed down with mint tea and then stay a bit longer for a shisha delight, this could be one of your memorable night in Auckland. Location: 12 Darby Street Auckland Contact: +64 9-377 0228 Website: www.facebook.com/CelineMediterraneanCuisineClick here for more information about Celine Mediterranean Cuisine   7. Betsia Kebabs & Chargrilled Burgers Betsia Kebabs & Chargrilled Burgers appeared in local guide Metro: The Best Cheap Eats in Auckland 2012. They provide good portion and friendly service tucked on a street behind upper Queen Street. They pride in the use of fresh local ingredients, handmade sauces and meats marinated in a special recipe. For kebabs, it’s all about cajun chicken, Adana, souvlaki, chicken satay, or chilli lover. For chargrilled burgers, you will discover that their beef burger is served using 100% prime beef patty hand mixed using their fresh ingredients. Try the blue cheese, camembert or avocado burger. A flair of curry can be enjoyed here too as they serve rice dishes such as butter chicken, tender lamb curry, and chicken curry. Enjoy their Turkish apple tea or latte before continuing your tour of Auckland city. Location: 9 City Road Auckland Contact: +64 9-366 7691 Website: www.facebook.com/betsiacafepvtClick here for more information about Betsia Kebabs & Chargrilled Burgers   8. Revive Cafe This fresh, healthy and wholesome joint was spearheaded after a couple came back to Auckland from a healthy retreat. This vegetarian haven could be your cleansing after all those kebabs you’ve been consuming. We love that the salad bar menu changes weekly and the hot dishes change daily. Please check the menu as you could be savoring on Russian stroganoff on one day or Mexican chilli beans the next day. Healthy dessert treat awaits you – how about almond cacao brownie or plum & ginger slice? Situated in good CBD location on quiet streets for you to revive yourself. Location: 33 Lorne Street & 24 Wyndham Street Auckland City Contact: +64 9-303 0420 Website: www.revive.co.nzClick here for more information about Revive Cafe   9. Raw Power Cafe Vegetarian or not, you will find Raw Power Cafe to satisfy clean eating with its generous portion and the self-service concept from the salad bar. Open for breakfast, you will discover vegetable big breakfast, eggs benedict, omelette, scrambled tofu and lemon pancakes. For lunch go with tofu burger, falafel pita pocket, tofu hash mushrooms or pumpkin corn fritters. This little cafe is situated in the heart of the city, a perfect place to unwind with your healthy kale smoothie or beetroot latte. Location: Floor 1, 10 Vulcan Lane, Auckland Contact:+64 9-303 3624 Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/rawpowercafeClick here for more information about Raw Power Cafe If the above does not satisfy you, there are plenty of Asian food court in Auckland CBD which serves Halal eateries under one roof. Visit Ponsonby International Foodcourt (few blocks away from Ponsonby Mosque) for Zap Lai Laos Food and Roti Shop. Or Food Alley Foodcourt for Malay meals at Kampung Delights. Wondering how to find nearby Halal food in Auckland? Don’t forget to use the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food places on your mobile in Auckland so you won’t miss out on the best halal food...

  • 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  ...

  • Throwback Turkey - Galata Tower [Video]

      As you embark on a journey to discover the many treasures of Istanbul, one of the main attractions you cannot miss is the Galata Tower. This massive medieval stone tower dominates the skyline of one of the most historically rich cities in Turkey. For centuries the tower has stood watch over the city and even today it continues to serve as one of the main attractions in Istanbul. With the aim of helping you experience the very best holiday in Turkey, HalalTrip will take you through the amazing Galata Tower story. While we take you through the many interesting Galata Tower facts, you could also find out more about the many famous Galata Tower restaurants that are ideal to enjoy some delicious Muslim-friendly food in Istanbul. So read on and discover the wonder behind one of the most awe-inspiring Muslim-friendly places to visit in Turkey.   The history of the iconic monument – the Galata Tower   Picture Credit - www.askideas.com   The Galata Tower story is one which is as rich and majestic as the mighty structure is - currently standing at a staggering 67m tall. Overtime, the Galata Tower has gone through many trials and tribulations as well as varied purposes but is still standing to this very day - a testament to its longevity. Although the inception of the Galata Tower is disputed, it is widely believed that the structure was built back in 528 AD by the Emperor Justinian I of the Byzantine Empire. In 1509, the Galata Tower experienced an earthquake that nearly destroyed it completely, but was restored back to its former glory by renowned Ottoman architect named Mimar Hayreddin.   Later, sometime during the reign of Murad III, a Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, the Galata Tower was converted to a prison to house prisoners of the time. The Galata Tower went through a form of refurbishment in the late 16th century, as an observatory was added to the pinnacle of the tower. In 1717, when the Ottoman Empire was helmed by Sultan Ahmed III, the Galata Tower was converted to a platform for observing fires across the city. This was done as the Ottomans realized the panoramic view that the Galata Tower offered was useful in spotting smoke from a distance and could easily pinpoint the exact location of the mishap.   There were many interesting Galata Tower occurrences throughout its history. However, the most interesting of the lot was when a 17th century legendary Ottoman Aviator named Hezârfen Ahmed Celebi attempted to fly from the tower, and after years of trials he ultimately succeeded and took flight with wings attached to his arms. This incredible feat led to his exile to Algeria as the then incumbent Sultan of the Ottoman Empire was paranoid of his brilliance.   Visiting the Galata Tower today   Picture Credit - www.stevepinker.com   Today the Galata Tower serves as one of the most famous attractions in Istanbul. You can gain access to the tower for a small fee of about 18.5 Turkish Liras at the counter. The Tower remains open from 9 am to 8 pm daily and access to the balcony is open till 5 pm (extended to 7 pm in the summer). Conquering the climb to the top of the tower is truly rewarding as the observation deck provides a spectacular panoramic Galata Tower view of the surrounding area. This breathtaking view allows you to witness several landmarks such as the Golden Horn, Suleiman`s Mosque, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Spice Market among many others. The tower has a single flight of stairs leading all the way to the top or you could even take the elevator and take the stairs for the last part of the climb.   Galata Tower restaurants not to be missed   Picture Credit - www.youtube.com   The climb to the top of the tower will surely make you hungry and there are a number of exotic restaurants at the top and around the tower to treat you to the fine taste of Turkish cuisine. Here are some of the best Galata Tower restaurants serving Muslim-friendly food in Istanbul.   Petek Büfe – this small eatery found close to the Galata tower is one of the most recommended places to find Halal food in Istanbul. The restaurant provides outdoor seating so you can catch a glimpse of the Galata Tower while you sink your teeth into mouth-watering Turkish delights like Döner Kebab, which the restaurant is famous for.   Cafe Gundogdu – after a tiring but enjoyable visit to the Galata tower, you can enjoy a refreshing cup of the finest Turkish tea or coffee at this café.   Galata Tower Restaurant – This restaurant located in the tower is known for the amazing view it provides during the day and it only gets better at night. The ambiance is perfect to enjoy a romantic meal but you might want to book a table in advance to beat the large crowds. The restaurant specializes in traditional Turkish cuisine and you could even enjoy a tower shaped biscuit served with a rich cup of coffee.   Cenevis café – As you wander around the premises, you would also come across the Cenevis café. Offering outdoor seating, this family run business is a great place to enjoy some simple yet delicious seafood dishes, all of which are prepared with seasonal fresh fish. This eatery is quite popular for its fish sandwiches, grilled fish and salad and other delights that are quite reasonably priced. This makes it a great place to visit especially if you are on a limited budget. ...



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