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  • The Impact Of Covid-19 On Sports: What Is The Future Of Sports?

    Sports are not spared from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, sports has currently been at a standstill - many games were cancelled or postponed, and some of these games were even played for an empty stadium. Some of the sports affected by the pandemic include football, rugby, golf, tennis, boxing, cricket and many more. Even the Olympic Games that was supposed to be held in Tokyo in 2020 was postponed to 2021.  As governments around the world had encouraged its people to stay at home, as well as facilitated the closure of many public facilities such as parks, gyms, swimming pools, and many more, to prevent the spread of the virus, this meant that the whole sports industry was affected. Athletes can no longer resume their training as per normal and some have even experienced the postponement or cancellation of various sporting events.  The Covid-19 pandemic has brought disruptions to our lives and changed the way we live. Likewise, the pandemic has also brought disruptions and challenges to the world of sports. It is likely that sports will never be the same again after the Covid-19 pandemic.  Here is what we think lies ahead in the future of Sports!  via GIPHY 1. Playing for an Empty Stadium Becomes More Common  Image Credit: Henry Be on Unsplash Playing for an empty stadium may be more common given the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was already seen in various sports, like soccer and baseball for instance, where games continued on without fans. Last May, we saw the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) playing live games in the absence of fans due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Given the uncertainty in the Covid-19 situation where we may not be sure when things will go back to normal, certain sporting events may be played for an empty stadium and without spectators. While this may not be an ideal situation since fans play an important role in giving support to their favorite teams during a sporting event, one might have to get used to this.  2. Change in Habits Image Credit: Riley McCullough on Unsplash Covid-19 has also changed habits. We may have to get used to no handshakes in the future. For instance, the Premier League has banned the pre-match handshakes to prevent the spread of the virus via hand-to-hand contact. Other teams like the cricket team in England have also decided to forgo handshakes and instead use other alternatives to greet the other team in Sri Lanka using a fistbump.  With more emphasis on personal hygiene, it won’t be a surprise if handshakes were abandoned even after the Covid-19 pandemic. With teams making do with alternative ways to greet each other, we can also expect some of these new habits, which may not necessarily involve physical touch, to develop after Covid-19.  3. Rise of Esports Image Credit: Alex Haney on Unsplash Esports has been on a rise lately. As sporting events have been put on a standstill with cancellations and postponements of games, many have turned to video games and esports to fill that void. Game streaming sites like Twitch have seen a 31 percent increment in traffic in March, during which traditional sports leagues were shut down due to the pandemic.  Even traditional sports leagues have relied on esports events to engage with fans such as NASCAR and Formula 1 which had hosted virtual races with its iRacing series that had attracted so many viewers. Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, we believe that esports will continue to rise as it gains more fans during this period as well as those who are seeking an alternative to traditional sports leagues.  4. Change in Fan Experience  Image Credit: Gustavo Ferreira on Unsplash As mentioned earlier, with more games played for an empty stadium, there might be a change in fan experience. With the growing fears and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, fans may still be hesitant in attending sporting events even after the pandemic. As they get used to staying at home and watching some of these games through live broadcasts, this may carry on even after the situation recovers. There may be a potential reduction in fans attending live matches at the stadium as some may switch to watching these matches at home on live television or streaming them on the Internet instead.    There you have it, 4 factors that we think will shape the way sports will look like in the future. While sports are slowly restarting in many countries, it may never go back to the way it used to due to the impact of Covid-19 that has brought challenges to the sporting industry.  via GIPHY...

  • How To Get Around Hong Kong

    Hong Kong not only offers a lot of cheap and reasonably priced items to buy, it also has incredible attractions like the famous Hong Kong Disneyland, and Victoria Peak, where you can spend romantic moments with your loving partners. Imagine spending the best quality time and experiencing an adventure you've always dreamed of here in Hong Kong.  via GIPHY Other than Disneyland and Victoria Peak there are a bunch of interesting places to visit depending on your preference. The Hong Kong Museum of History and Madame Tussauds are must-visit places. You can also visit the Dragon’s Back, Lion Rock or Lantau Peak. There you can see Hong Kong from various perspectives. If you crave for something more challenging, then you should take The Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Ngong Ping 360 or The Peak Tram. For those of you who desire a unique travelling experience, you should definitely check out Lamma Island which is rated as the most indie island in Hong Kong.  Now with all of those interesting places listed, the most important question you should ask yourself right now is, how do I get there? Here, we present you a list of how you can get around Hong Kong! via GIPHY  1. MTR Credit Image: MTR Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is one of the cleanest, fastest and safest modes of transportation in Hong Kong. It includes Heavy Rail, Light Rail, Rapid Transit Service and Feeder Bus service with rapid transit network that connects urban areas of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. MTR offers Adult Tourist Day Pass and Child Tourist Day Pass. The Adult Tourist Day Pass costs HK$65 and the Child Tourist Day Pass costs HK$30. The good news is, this Tourist Day Pass could be used for a full single day of unlimited travel using MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus only (Airport Express, East Rail Line First Class and travel to/from Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau Station are not included).  Or, you could purchase an Octopus Card, an e-money card-like to exclusively purchase types of transportation tickets. There are prepaid or postpaid types of Octopus card. You can get this card at any MTR (subway) station, including the Airport Express station at Hong Kong International Airport. It costs for HK$150 with an initial HK$100 credit and a refundable HK$50 deposit A useful tip for you if you decide to take the MTR to get around Hong Kong is that it is best if you avoid the MTR rush hours which is between 7.30am to 9.30am and 5pm to 7pm on weekdays. To save time, you can buy the Day Pass online from the MTR official website, here. You can also find information on routes, timetables and MTR fares on the MTR website.    Heavy/Commuter Line There are a total 4 heavy rail lines available which are East Rail line, West Rail line, Tuen Ma line Phase 1, Tung Chung line. Among them is the East Rail line. It starts at Hung Hom station in Kowloon and branches in the north at Sheung Shui to terminate at Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations and stops at 14 stations. The second line which is the West Rail line starts from Tuen Mun to Hung Hom and stops at a total of 12 stations. The Tuen Ma Line Phase 1 runs from Kai Tak to Wu Kai Sia while the Tung Chung line links Tung Chung with Hong Kong Island. Rapid Transit Service There are 6 Rapid Transit Services available, namely the Kwun Tong line, Tseun Wan line, Island Line, Tseung Kwan O line, Disneyland Resort line and the South Island line. You can make use of the convenient MTR to get to one of Hong Kong's most popular tourist attractions, the Hong Kong Disneyland by taking the MTR to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.  Airport Express Airport Express links the principal urban areas and starts from Hong Kong station and end in AsiaWorld-Expo, on the northeast corner of Chek Lap Kok. This island is where Hong Kong International Airport is located. The fare depends on which station you start your journey with and the type of tickets you hold. For example, with Smart Ticket, it costs HK$115 for adults and HK$57.5 for child from Hong Kong station as your starting point. With the Octopus ticket, it costs HK$110 for adults and HK$55 for child. Light Rail Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a modern, air-conditioned version of the trams in Hong Kong, but it is way faster. It runs in the northwestern New Territories. Light Rail operates from 5.30AM to 12.15AM. You can buy an LRT ticket for HK$4 to HK$6.5 based on the travel distance. Light Rail is perfect for those of you who want to roam around the city comfortably while still maintaining a good budget. Here, you can enjoy the city's view from the train's windows. Website | Facebook | Instagram  2. Hong Kong Tramways Credit Image: Hong Kong Tramways on Facebook Hong Kong Tramways is one of the oldest modes of transportation in Hong Kong. It was established in 1904 and has been the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation in Hong Kong. One interesting fact about this tramcar is that it is the only on-land vehicle in the city which emits zero roadside emissions!  This retro transportation operates everyday connecting Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan and brings you to 120 stations. You could either buy an Octopus Card or pay in cash upon entering the tram’s front exit. Just prepare some coins in your pockets. Traveling by tram is very cheap, it costs only HK$2.60 for adults and half price for Children under 12. For senior citizens, it costs only HK$1.20. If you want to save even more money, there’s a 4-Day Pass which you can get that costs only HK$34. For more information about the schedule and fare of the tramcar, you can visit the website here.  Website | Facebook | Instagram    3. Buses & Minibuses  Buses Credit Image: Jeanne Rose Gomez on Unsplash  There are a total of 5 bus companies in Hong Kong which travels to various routes. Most of them are air-conditioned and comfortable. The popular ones are the double-decker buses, in which if you sit at the top deck, you can get a great view of the city. The double-decker bus tickets in Hong Kong costs around HK$4 to HK$46 depending on the destinations, For night buses, it costs around HK$7 to HK$32. You can either pay the exact amount in cash or with an Octopus card. For more information, you may visit the Citybus website, which is one of the bus companies in Hong Kong.  Minibuses Credit Image: Carles Martinez on Unsplash  Minibuses or Public Light Bus are vans with around 16 seats only. They come in two varieties: Red Minibus (RMB) and Green Minibus (GMB). The Green Minibuses cost around HK$4 to HK$24. The Green Minibuses have designated stops and have fixed fares. Prepare the exact change in your pockets as you must give the exact fare in the cash box, or you can always use the Octopus card. The Red Minibuses operate in a more flexible manner where passengers can hail these minibuses and be alighted at the fixed routes or the non-restricted areas. The best place to grab a minibus on Hong Kong Island is the Exchange square and along Queen’s Road East. Most of the minibuses have their destinations displayed in English but some may not provide them. As the drivers do not speak English, it is better if you know your routes and destinations well, or you might end up lost. Visit the website for more information here. Website    4. Star Ferry Credit Image: Star Ferry on Facebook Being aboard Star Ferry can be a very exciting and romantic experience. Star Ferry has been rated first in the "Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Rides” by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2009. It carries passengers across Victoria Harbor, between Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon. The adult fare for the Nighttime tour is HK$200 and HK$175 for children, senior and disabled (Concessionary). For A Symphony of Light Tour, it costs HK$230 for adults and concessionary fare for HK$200. Website | Facebook 5. Taxi Credit Image: Thomas Patrick on Unsplash  Hong Kong Taxi provides taxi services for travelers and the taxis they provide are clean and air-conditioned. Its rate ranges from HK$19 to HK$24 for the first 2 km, depending on the location and the taxi colors (Red, Green, and Blue). This mode of transportation is perfect for those of you who prefer an easy, private and simple transportation. Visit the website for more information, here.  Website    6. E-hailing Cars Credit Image: Uber on Facebook E-hailing car services are indeed a trend now and this trend continues to grow all over the world. There are e-hailing car services in Hong Kong such as the Uber service. Uber’s total minimum fare is HK$45. After that fare, Uber will charge you HK$6 per km and HK$1 per minute. E-hailing car services like Uber is highly recommended in Hong Kong for those of you who prefer to travel around the country in comfort and with convenience. Simply download the Uber App and you're all set to use it to get to your next destination. Website | Facebook | Instagram   via GIPHY With this guide, we hope that our readers have a better idea of how to get around Hong Kong. You have no excuse now not to visit such an amazing city like Hong Kong! For a modern big city like Hong Kong, their transportation fares are relatively reasonable and economical. We recommend you to visit the city and make use of these convenient modes of transport to get around the city. By now, you are more than ready to travel to Hong Kong. We hope you have a safe and fun travel to Hong Kong, dear travelers!...

  • Japan's Mobile Mosque: Japan Is Geared Towards Giving A One-Of-A-Kind Experience For Its Muslim Travelers

    If you plan on traveling to Japan during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, you will be pleased to know that this destination has just taken an innovative step to warmly welcome Muslim travelers. When it comes to locating mosques and prayer places in Japan, Muslim travelers will find that there are a few mosques located within the main cities and that there is small, but growing Muslim population.  But with the Tokyo Olympics kicking off in 2020, Japan aims to create a more Muslim-friendly environment by introducing mobile mosques due to the expected boom in visitors during this time. Of course, Japan is known to be one of the most innovative countries in the world, and is best known for their politeness and hospitality.Find Mosques and prayer places near you in Japan Introducing A Mobile Mosque in Japan Picture Credit: Stuff Japan expects a significant increase in Muslim travelers during the Olympics and there were concerns that the mosques in the main cities will not be enough to handle the crowds. This potential issue was the among the main reasons for introducing the mobile Mosque in Japan.  The mobile mosque is part of the Yasru project where the CEO, Yasaharu Inoue, says that the main idea behind deploying mobile mosques is to make Muslim visitors to Japan feel welcome and to help them carry out their prayer without hassle. A mosque on wheels for Muslims is seen as a positive move which will make it more convenient for prayers, rather than having to locate the nearest prayer space. How Can You Spot A Mobile Mosque In Japan? The very first mobile mosque was introduced outside the Toyota Stadium in July, which is a J-League soccer venue. Muslim guests and Indonesian Muslim students took part in prayers at the unveiling of the mobile mosque which has been built with the needs of the Muslim worshipers in mind.  The large truck has even installed taps for ablution and includes the Qibla direction as well. The mobile mosque consists of a 48 square-meter truck with an air-conditioned prayer room that is large enough to hold up to 50 worshipers. A mobile Mosque in Japan is quite easy to spot - just look for a 25-ton truck that is adorned with a picture of a mosque. Additionally, there are plans for the mobile mosques to travel to different venues when necessary. When Will We See More Mobile Mosques? The Tokyo Olympics will be taking place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 and we might see more mobile mosques near the sporting venues to welcome fans and athletes alike. It’s uncertain if mobile mosques will still be in operation after the Tokyo Olympics are over – but you never know. There are possibilities of seeing the mobile mosques in action much sooner than expected, since the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 is coming up, and there are further plans to use the mosques for the World Aquatics Championships 2021 as well. There has been a definite increase in Muslim travelers, and a mobile Mosque in Japan might be the more modern for Muslim-friendly travelers in terms of Halal facilities too. However, this Muslim-friendly move to introduce mobile mosques focuses on encouraging more Muslim travelers from different parts of the world to visit Japan.   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Japan  ...

  • Start Planning For Your Trip To Japan This 2019 Because The Rugby World Cup Is About To Take The World By Storm

    If you thought FIFA was big, think again. The Rugby World Cup is coming in 2019 and you have to start preparing for it now. If travelling to Japan was not on your 2019 travel bucket list, it better go on immediately. Like any other World Cup, it is hosted once in 4 years, the first tournament being held in Australia and New Zealand in 1987, with New Zealand taking the championship. Since then, there have been seven others, the last one taking place in 2013 in England and Wales. If you were wondering where to travel in 2019, look no further. When and Where are the Games Held 2019 will see the Rugby World Cup dates in Japan, from the 20th of September to 2nd of November 2019. The games will be held in 12 cities across Japan, the grand final being played at Yokohoma Stadium. Going almost every day from the 20th of September, these are the cities to plan your travel around: Tokyo, Sapporo, YokohamaCity, Higashiosaka City, Toyota City, Kumagaya City, Kamaishi City, Fukuoka City, Kobe City, Shizuola Prefecture, Oita Prefecture and Kumamoto City. The Teams Playing The countries are divided into four groups: Pool A: Japan, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, Samoa, Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, Repechage winner Pool C: France, Argentina, England, Tonga, USA, Pool D: Australia, Fiji, Wales, Georgia, Uruguay Picture Credit: Rugby World Cup How to Buy Tickets You can buy the Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets from September onwards – one year before the event – through the official website. The 19th of September to the 12th of November 2018 will see general global ballot applications, while individual tickets will be sold through the site in real time on a first-come first-serve basis from the 19th of January 2019. Refer to the ticket prices here. Tickets and Packages Picture Credit: Rugby World Cup Support Tours The Sports Travel and Hospitality has been exclusively appointed to run the Programme for Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan. An Official Supporter Tours Programme with Official Travel Agents in different countries has been allotted to avoid disappointment of being played out by fraudulent businesses. Whether you approach a travel agent or they approach you, do check the official website to make sure they are on the list. The Official Supporter Tours Programme book your tickets along with package tours, but you can buy the ticket by itself through the official website. Facilities Offered Different travel agents provide different facilities for their Rugby World Cup 2019 packages. Here are some ideas of what to expect: match tickets (depending on your length of stay, your package can cover multiple matches), accommodation, breakfast, travel card, Japan Government tax, administration and handling fees, some World Cup paraphernalia. Prices will vary based on the star rating of hotel provided and the cities the matches are held in. Don’t wait too long as packages are already selling out! It is the perfect opportunity to be traveling around Japan – during Rugby World Cup 2019. Muslim-friendly Facilities Since the packages provided are pretty basic, there aren’t any Muslim-particular facilities included. You are free to explore the cities at your own convenience, however, so, to make a Halal trip to Japan, be sure to look into what the city has to offer, as well as the Muslim population, halal food available, and places to pray.  Download the HalalTrip App if you haven’t already to help you locate all things Islamic for your Muslim-friendly tour to Japan! Leave a trail based on your own findings for others to follow in the future. With New Zealand having taken the cup thrice, Australia and South Africa twice, and England once in all the Rugby World Cups ever played, other countries will be fighting hard for the right to hold that trophy over their heads and claim the title. Will you be there to see it?...

  • Keeping Your Body Fit: What Does Islam Say About Keeping Fit?

    Living in a consumer's society today, everything is about eating more and more. With so many facilities at reach, our eating habits, as well as lifestyle, have greatly evolved, and it's not in a positive way.  As individuals, we should take into consideration the proper way of eating as well as taking care of our physical bodies. Let's shed some light on how to keep our bodies fit and what's the Islamic perspective about being fit. Food and Us Keeping fit is a must these days, especially with the increase in the number of diseases and stress we go through on a daily basis. First and foremost, it's crucial to pay extra attention to the important things in our lives; one of them is how we eat.  Being surrounded by countless fast-food chains, restaurants, street food stalls and eateries, it's difficult to resist the temptation of overeating. While all those food chains have so much to offer, it is up to us to eat with moderation and not indulge into exaggeration. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated in a Hadith that "The Son of Adam will not fill a pot worse for himself than his stomach. It is enough for the Son of Adam to eat a few bites that strengthen his spine. If he likes to have more, then let him fill a third with food, a third with drink and leave a third for his breathing." This Hadith has been interpreted in several ways but the most plausible of all interpretations is that one must not overeat and must be content with whatever he has. In this perspective, Muslims must not engage in eating to such an extent that they can't work or feel lazy. As a Muslim, it is our duty to monitor our eating habits closely and make sure that we don't fall into extravagance or wastage. Islam and Keeping Fit In one of the Hadiths, Abu Hurairah mentioned that The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessing be upon him) said that:" A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak one, and both are good." This particular Hadith outlines the importance of being healthy and strong physically, which shows that exercises and keeping fit are important for Muslims. In a world where everything is one click away, people are no longer willing to do any effort to stay in good health. Everything in this world is temporary, including our bodies. As Muslims, we believe that our bodies are a blessing from Allah and that we have to make sure that we take full care and concern for this gift. When we leave this world, we pray that our bodies would 'return' to Allah in the beautiful way that Allah has created us. Exercising doesn't have an impact only on our bodies, rather it helps us in staying in shape in so many ways. From helping us to become more concentrated to develop stress management skills, exercises help us to relax and an evacuate all the frustration that has been accumulated through workouts. To top it off, exercise helps us to maintain a healthy weight and be conscious of our eating habits. Sports and Muslims Picture Credit: Home Of Soccer, YouTube The world is changing rapidly and there are so many sports in which Muslims can practice these days. One of the greatest sports motivation that we have nowadays is the number of Muslim men and women taking part in national and international sports events. Seeing these Muslims with their beard and hijab being part of the sports world is a loud wake-up call to the entire Ummah, making them realize that sports aren't designed only for one category of person.  Ibtihaj Muhammad Picture Credit: The Independent Representatives of Saudi Arabia in the 2016 Rio Olympics Picture Credit: Quartz We will gladly reminisce over the glorious hours of Ibtihaj Muhammad who became the first woman to wear hijab in a fencing competition, or even the Saudi women who took part in the Olympics. With all the gym facilities and societies being more open about practising sports, Muslims have really got a plethora of sports to choose from. Types of Exercises and Sports Like I mentioned above, the world is more open to Muslims practicing sports, and today, we can find that Muslims are participating into different sports disciplines while their faith doesn't act as a barrier into their endeavors. Among the many sports practiced by Muslims today, one can find martial arts, fencing, athleticism, rugby, football and so many other sports.  Muslims can work out as and try any sport as long as it is done in such a way that it does not harm the body. The Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) mentioned in a Hadith reported by Al-Bukhaari that our body has rights over us. It is, therefore, our responsibility not to engage in dangerous sports which could damage our body or cause us any kind of harm. Benefits of Exercising The benefits of exercises are countless. Exercising on a regular basis will help us to stay in good shape as well as improving our mental health. While exercising, the body releases endorphin which is a hormone that helps to cope with pain.  Endorphins also act as a stress reliever and help in improving mental health. Several types of research and studies on exercises have shown that exercises help in improving concentration, boosting self-esteem as well as curing depression. All you need is a little bit of your time and some motivation. Tie those runners-up and go for it! Tips Before we get all hyped and start our exercising routine, there are certain things that we need to keep in mind. i. Consistency is key Take baby steps into exercising. Start slowly and with the bare minimum. Don't feel too pumped to lift 40kg at once or doing 100 burpees or squats in a single day. Start with small sets of exercises with 30 secs or 1 minutes rest between each set. ii. Find what suits you best You'll find a lot of workouts and sports on the net or even at the gym. Find something you like to do and in which you'd like to perfect. If you're lightweight, go for muscle gaining exercises along with something to build your stamina.  If you're a middleweight, tone up your muscles and look for a sport where you can use your strength. And if you're heavyweight, try weights and sports where you can easily use your strength. You can always ask a gym coach in advising you for additional help. iii. Meal preps Exercising is only the first step. You have to make sure that you're taking enough carbs and proteins according to what's necessary for your body to gain strength. Divide your meals into smaller portions, and keep healthy snacks at hand. You never know when you might need them. iv. Stay hydrated We tend to sweat a lot when working out, thus losing a lot of fluid. Keep your water bottles filled and with you at all times. If you're feeling fancy, infuse some fruits in the water! It's important for your body to stay hydrated while exercising and also after a heavy workout. 5. YouTube Can Always Help This is the cheapest way to exercise without having to pay any membership or burning gas money to go to the gym. YouTube videos can help you start slowly with certain exercises and check out different sets of exercise. Tune in and learn. This body of ours is a gift from Allah, and it is our responsibility to take care of it as best as we can. Keeping fit isn't only a way to avoid getting all kinds of diseases but it's also a way to show that we love ourselves so much that we are willing to take care of ourselves. ...

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