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  • 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....

  • Bradford: Indulge in The Taste of East While You're in the West

    If you want to be home away from home then look no further than Bradford. Bradford holds a diverse community because of its thriving Asian, Eastern European and Caribbean communities. It's no surprise that people travel from all parts of the UK just to tantalise their taste buds. Bradford hosts Pakistani, Indian and South East Asian restaurants at the core of its food republic with some really beautiful cuisines. You can easily find Halal restaurants in Bradford and thanks to its Muslim-friendliness, it’s rare to find non-Halal places at the core of Bradford. Also, with Bradford boasting as one of the cities with the largest Muslim population in the UK, it's a breeze to wander the streets and enjoy the local flavour they have to offer. The best restaurants in Bradford will not disappoint and they fortunately do not damage the wallet as much. Find Mosques and Prayer places in Bardford   1. myLahore Picture Credit: www.instagram.com, MyLahore I would definitely recommend the Desi Chicken Stir Fry that is served with a special sauce! From humble beginnings, in Bradford, myLahore has shot up to national fame with branches in a few of the popular cities in England. The original, which is extremely popular among diners from all over the UK, boasts packed out weekends with many hopefuls having to turn their backs and looking for another place to dine or having to wait for an hour (if you’re lucky). The freshly prepared food is delivered with excellent service and myLahore is the perfect place to enjoy a meal out with a loved one or simply to catch up with a friend. The dishes and tastes vary, allowing a calm weekday meal or a fiery weekend delight. Curries, italian, grilled and veggie dishes are all available on the menu with a cheeky burger menu too. Check out their menu to have a gauge on how wild this restaurant really is! Most importantly, they are Halal-certified. Tip: You might want to reserve a table if you are planning to dine in on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday for dinner. Also, they have facilities for Muslims to pray, both men and women. Cuisine: Pakistani, ItalianAddress: 52 Great Horton Road, Bradford, BD7 1AL, EnglandOpening Hours: 12PM to 12AM (Mondays to Thursdays)                          12PM to 1AM (Fridays)                          1PM to 1AM (Saturdays)                          1PM to 12AM (Sundays)Price Range: £4.00 and upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +4401274 308508Website: www.mylahore.co.uk Facebook | Instagram | Twitter   2. Rawal Kebab House Pictire Credit: www.asianexpress.co.uk My personal favourite on the list is the Rawal Kebab House. At this point, you might wonder why is it second, well I’ll get to that, but first get ready to emerge yourself in an amazing food fest. Nearly every single item from the menu is recommended, ranging from all the different types of cuisines but I would definitely recommend the salt & pepper wings and chips or the Chicken Tikka Masala. The former would definitely get your taste buds bouncing. Now getting to my point as to why it is second though this is a drooling place it will give a harder punch to your wallet than myLahore, but if you ever travel the UK and you happen to be in Bradford it is highly recommended that you give the Rawal Kebab House a shot! Make sure you devour each and every last piece.  Tip: They also have a prayer place, convenient for Muslims to pray at anytime of the day. Cuisine: Pakistani, IndianAddress: 254a Barkerend Road, Bradford, BD3 9DB, EnglandOpening Hours: 4.30PM to 12.30AM (Everyday)Price Range: £4.00 and upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +4401274 727070   3. Bab Tooma Syrian Restaurant Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, Bab Tooma A unique fighter amongst the food republic in Bradford which does consist of mainly Pakistani and Indian restaurants is this sweet Syrian place. The Middle Eastern cuisines offered really add a twist in your normal choices of burger and chips offered in the locality. The food is displayed in front of you in an artistic fashion almost with an eloquence. The prices don’t go above and beyond but are fairly manageable, so long as you’re not planning to pay for 10 people. You can have a nice meal with friends and family here, and enjoy the beautiful decor with it. If you are a fish lover, I would recommend getting the Samak Mashwi! Cuisine: Middle EasternAddress: 18 Wilton Street, Bradford, BD5 0AX, EnglandOpening Hours: 12PM to 11PM (Mondays to Saturdays)                          12PM to 10PM (Sundays)Price Range: £4.00 and upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +4401274921616Website: www.babtooma.co.uk Facebook    4. Cafe de Akbars One of the elitist in the restaurant category in Bradford, Cafe de Akbars is a true delight. Like myLahore, it is busy as a bee, and it is highly recommended that you make a reservation during the weekends and weekdays to avoid disappointment. Check out their menu first to know exactly what to get! The monotone colour of the decor doesn’t do its food justice but it does give it a unique charisma compared to the other flamboyant restaurants. This can get a little more on the pricier side but it is still worth every penny. Recommend is the Italian chicken penne, the simple chicken steak or the more extreme chicken tikka masala desi which is made with the chefs special spices. Tip: Also you need not worry, they offer a place to pray when it comes to prayer times. Cuisine: Pakistani, Indian, ItalianAddress: 1422-1424 Leeds Rd, Bradford, BD3 7AE, EnglandOpening Hours: 12PM to 12AM (Mondays to Saturdays)                          2PM to 10PM (Sundays)Price Range: £4.00 and upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +4401274 664005Website: www.akbars.co.uk Facebook   5. Bangkok Thai Restaurant The South East Asian inspired place, makes a good contender for Halal places to eat in Bradford, though not every dish maybe halal, majority are. Bangkok Thai is unique in its decor and delivering of food, taken glimpses of what the Japanese do with the serving of their food, the chefs and prepares put an extra effort in making there food look beautiful. They have seating for groups or couple and loners (just me) too. The Gaeng Phed Gai is recommended but watch out for the bamboo shoots. Certainly, this thai restaurant delivers the best dishes right here in Bradford. The costs for this are in the same ballpark as myLahore, so it won’t be breaking your bank with a trip here. The only major down fall to this place is they may sell alcohol. Cuisine: ThaiAddress: 18 East Parade, Bradford, BD1 5EE, EnglandOpening Hours: 5PM to 10PM (Tuesdays to Thursdays)                          12PM to 2PM, 5PM to 11PM (Fridays)                          5PM to 11PM (Saturdays)                          2PM to 9.30PM (Sundays)Price Range: £4.50 and upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +4401274 788333Website: www.bangkokthai.uk Facebook | Twitter   If you ever want to dazzle your taste buds further, find Halal food near you in Bradford with the help of the HalalTrip Mobile app helps you easily find the places you'd enjoy!...

  • Getting Married? - Who To Contact For Nikah services

    What Is The Meaning of Nikkah? Picture Credit - www.vitalaims.pk   Nikkah is the Islamic marriage ceremony that occurs between a Muslim man and Muslim woman, combining their lives as partners going forward. It is a personal contract as well as a social announcement of such a contract. Getting married is said to “complete half of somebody's deen” and is an act that is strongly encouraged by Qur'an and Sunnah. "And one of His signs is that He has created for you, spouses from amongst yourselves so that you might take comfort in them and He has placed between you, love and mercy. In this, there is surely evidence (of the truth) for the people who carefully think." - [Al-Qur'an: Surah 30, Verse 21] The Prophet Muhammed (saw) said: “Marriage is my Sunnah. Whosoever keeps away from it is not from me.” - [Sahih-Al-Bukhari]   Steps to Getting Married in Islam   The stages of a Muslim Nikah ceremony are as follows:   1. Consideration Picture Credit - www.justnikkah.com This is the first step of a Muslim wedding. Usually, the elders in the family will seek a suitable partner for their children through friends, family, or marriage consultants. The proposal for marriage is then sent to either the bride or the groom's parents. Alternatively, a young man may approach the father or guardian (wali) of the woman he wishes to marry and ask for her hand.   “A woman may be married for 4 reasons: for her property, her family status, her beauty and her piousness in religion, blessed are those that marry her because of her deen (piousness).” - [Sahih-al-Bukhari & Sahih-al-Muslim]   Note: There is no intermingling of two non-mahrams or “dating” allowed before getting married. The bride and the groom are however allowed to meet and talk in a controlled setting with a mahram (father/brother/guardian) present.   2. Consent Picture Credit - www.yorkplacestudios.co.uk The sought out party will then accept the proposal after receiving consent from the man/woman who is to get married. This is a very important step as there is no moving forward if there is no consent. Any conditions/ terms of marriage must be agreed upon before moving further as well (e.g. moving to another country after marriage, etc.)   Khansa bint Khidam Al-Ansariya narrated that her father gave her in marriage when she was a matron and she disliked that marriage. So she went to Allah's Apostle and he declared that marriage invalid. - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   3. Nikah Picture Credit - www.mccminnesota.org   Then comes Nikah, which is the actual ceremony of marriage. There are few things that are involved in the Nikah being valid. They are:   - Mahr: The groom must present the bride with “mahr”, a marriage gift or dower. It may be in the form of money, jewellery, or other things of value, or even a simple act. There is no specified amount or description for mahr, it depends on different people and their cultures. Mahr may be paid upfront, promised at a later date, or a combination of both.   “And give the women (on marriage) their dowry as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, take it and enjoy it with right good cheer.” - [Qur'an 4:4]   Sahl bin Sad (rali) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said to a man, "Marry, even with (a Mahr equal to) an iron ring." - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   - Ijab-o-Qubool: Then comes “Ijab” expressing the willingness to get married and “qubool” acceptance of the offer. Qubool is usually granted by the wali on behalf of the bride. A written contract (Aqd-Nikah) is then signed by the bride, groom, and two witnesses of sane mind (two males, or one male and two females). The wali must also be present, otherwise, the marriage is invalid.   - Khutbah: The Imam (or any other knowledgeable Muslim) will then address the people gathered at the Nikah ceremony and the bride and groom with a sermon, most often about Islamic marriages and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (saw).   4. Waleema Picture Credit - www.maharaniweddings.com   Once the Nikah is over, a wedding banquet called the “walima” is held by the groom. One of the main purposes of a walima is to let the community know that a marriage has taken place between two people, this is important as secret marriages are discouraged and a marriage is only said to be valid if it is made known.   The other purpose of a waleema is to celebrate with friends, family and loved ones. It is also very important that the poor people of the community are invited to the banquet along with everyone else. It is better when the ceremony isn't extravagant or wasteful, as the Prophet (saw) has said:   “The most blessed nikah is the one with the least expenses.” - [Al-Bayhaqi]   He (saw) also said: “The worst food is that of a wedding banquet (walima) to which only the rich are invited whilst the poor are not invited. And he who refuses an invitation (to a banquet) disobeys Allah and His Messenger (saw).” - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   Narrated by Anas: “The Prophet did not give a better wedding banquet on the occasion of marrying any of his wives than the one he gave on marrying Zainab, and that banquet was with (consisted of) one sheep.” - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   Where to Find Nikah Services Picture Credit - www.thecitycircle.com   There are many agencies around the world that provide Nikah services. Think of them as a matchmaking platform, only that these Muslim wedding services are completely Halal. Some of them exist purely offline, but most are taking their platforms online to keep up with the modern world. Of course, the process will depend on the particular country and the particular agency (even though the process of Nikah is well defined and exact, the process of finding a partner is not).   There are many places that offer Nikah services that do not include the process of finding a match but do guide you through everything else, i.e. registration, overseeing of the ceremony, etc. If you are unsure of where to go for Nikah services in your country, your closest mosque would be the best bet. Even if they themselves do not provide such services, they will be able to direct you to those who do.   Here are some places where you can find Nikah services and other useful information in a few countries around the world:   Singapore   Sultan Mosque http://sultanmosque.sg/services/wedding-solemnisation (65) 6293 4405 / 6293 4043   Masjid Al-Islah 6312 5174 https://alislah.sg/corporate-services   Online:   Registration of Muslim Marriages (ROMM) – Singapore Government https://www.romm.gov.sg/index.asp   Nakkahwin - Malay Muslim Marriage Portal http://www.nakkahwin.com/   WannaGetMarried – Chinese, Indian, and Western Marriage Portal http://www.wannagetmarried.com/   Malaysia   Masjid Wilayah http://www.masjidwilayah.gov.my/index.php/prosedur/prosedur-perkahwinan-di-wilayah-persekutuan 03-6201 8791/8767/8780   Online:   SingleMuslim https://www.singlemuslim.com/content/international/Malaysia%20Nikah   Find Your Muslim Partner http://www.findyourmuslimpartner.com/page/uk/muslim-marriage-malaysia/   Indonesia   Masjid Agung Sunda Kelapa (Jakarta) +62 21 31934261   Istiqlal Mosque (Jakarta) +62 21 3811708   Sri Lanka   Wekanda Jumma Masjid (Colombo) http://wekandamasjid.com/ 011 2320355   Online:   Sri Lanka Nikah Service https://srilankanikahservice.wordpress.com/   Nikah Lanka http://nikahlanka.com/   India   Kathija Nikah Muslim Matrimony Services (Chennai) http://www.kathijanikah.com/ +91 9941697533 / 9941697956   Marriage Solutions (Delhi) http://marriageregistrationindelhi.com/India-Delhi-NCR-Nikah?id=4798 9868219296   Nikah Qubool (Bangalore) +(91)-80-23536177   Nikah Matrimonial Service (Mumbai) +(91)-22-23742687   Humsafar Marriage Bureau (Kolkata) +91 97484 33019   Hyderabad Nikah (Hyderabad) +91 1800 121 4787   Online:   Nikah In Kerala https://www.nikahinkerala.com/   Nikahnamah – Muslim Matrimonial http://www.nikahnamah.com/   Rishta Matrimonial http://www.rishtaforyou.com/   Register Marriage http://registermarriage.in/   Taqwa Marriage http://taqwamarriage.com/about-muslim-marriage-bureau   United Kingdom   Al-Ihsan Marriage Service (London) https://alihsanmarriage.co.uk/ +44 20 7650 3026   Swansea Mosque and Islamic Community Center (Wales) https://www.swanseamosque.org/nikkah-marriage-services/   London Central Mosque (London) http://iccuk.org/ +44 20 7724 3363   Birmingham Central Mosque (Birmingham) http://centralmosque.org.uk/services/marriage-bureau/ +44 121 440 5355   Epsom and Ewell Islamic Society (EEIS) (Surrey) http://www.eeis.co.uk/index.php/nikah-service 01372 210 828   Leeds Grand Mosque (Leeds) http://www.leedsgrandmosque.com/services/marriage 01132468789   Online:   Nikah Services http://www.nikahservices.co.uk/   The United States of America   Frisco Masjid, Inc. (Dallas) https://friscomasjid.org/nikah-services/ (469) 252-4532   EPIC Islamic Center (Texas) http://www.epicmasjid.net/services/nikah-services 214 7443 786   Jamaat Ibad-ar-Rahman (North Carolina) http://www.ibadarrahman.org/marriage/# (919) 683-5593   New York Qazi Office (New York) https://nyqazioffice.com/ (718) 864-4803   Islamic Institute of Boston (Boston) 617-365-7427   IMAN Center (Washington) http://www.iman-wa.org/cms/services/weddings/ (206) 202-IMAN (4626)   Taqwa Islamic Center (California) http://taqwaic.org/marriage-service/ (510) 894-4684   Canada   Masjid Bilal – Muslim Society of Cumberland (Ontario) http://www.masjidbilal.org/marriagenikah-services/ (613) 841-0786   Winnipeg Central Mosque (Manitoba) http://www.winnipegmosque.org/wedding-nikah (204) 783-6797   Australia   Auburn Gallipoli Mosque (New South Wales) http://www.gallipolimosque.org.au/nikah +61 2 9646 5972   Hisham Obeid (Perth) http://perthmuslimcelebrant.com.au/ 041 888 1321   Islamic Society of South Australia (Adelaide) http://www.islamicsocietysa.org.au/marriage-services   Mustafa Arja - Authorised Islamic and Civil Marriage Celebrant (Sydney) http://www.muslimcelebrantsydney.com.au/ 0405 664 402   Worldwide– Online   Worldwide Islamic Marriage Bureau http://www.islamicmarriagebureau.com/   Nikah.com https://nikah.com/   Muslim Matrimonials https://www.muslimshaadi.in/   Muslim Nikah Services http://www.muslimnikahservices.com/   Nikah Explorer https://www.nikahexplorer.com/   Way To Nikah https://www.waytonikah.com/  ...

  • 5 Places to enjoy Halal Dum Biryani in Singapore

    What are the best places for Halal dum biryani in Singapore? While there is no shortage of amazing places to find different types of Halal dum biryani in Singapore, there are some places that have still remained popular for many years. Dum biryani is said to have originated from North India and is prepared in a unique method. First the meat is marinated with spices overnight and then soaked in yoghurt, after which it will covered with basmati rice. The cooking vessel will then be sealed with dough to lock in the steam and be placed over steaming coals. Listed below are places where you can enjoy some of the best biryanis in Singapore. 1. Halal dum biryani at Bismillah Biryani - Dunlop Street A great place for Halal dum biryani, it is no surprise that Bismillah Biryani won a Bib Gourmand award and is on the Singapore 2016 Michelin Guide. They also made an appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s Show “No Reservations”. This place has been the to go-to spot for locals to sample the most authentic dum briyani in Singapore, and has also become popular among tourists as well. With rich spicy flavours, and fluffy biryani rice, some of their signature dishes of course include the dum biryani of which there are three types - fish, chicken or mutton. Unlike most places, gravy is not served with the rice. 2. Halal dum biryani at Zam Zam - North Bridge Road Zam Zam is one the oldest restaurants that offers Halal dum biryani in Singapore and has been around since 1908 and is still being run by the same family. With decades of experience, Zam Zam’s Hyderabadi dum biryani is still considered as one of the best biryanis in Singapore. Chicken, fish, mutton and vegetable dum biryani are the choices that are available with large portions and fragrant rice. 3. Halal dum biryani at Kinara - Boat Quay    Kinara at Boat Quay which has been in business for more than 20 years, is not only in a great location but also serves up some of the best Halal dum biryanis in Singapore. There are four types of excellent dum biryanis to choose from – Lucknowi (chicken), Hyderabadi(lamb), Jheenga(prawn) and Subz(vegetarian) biryani. These biryanis would not be complete without some great curries and tandoori dishes of which there are several to choose from. 4. Halal dum biryani at Islamic Restaurant - North Bridge Road At Islamic Restaurant, customers will find that they have both the best affordable Halal dum biryanis and some of the most authentic dum briyani in Singapore. Chicken, fish, mutton and prawn dum biryani can be selected from their menu with some excellent side dishes to compliment the meal. As one of the oldest restaurant in Singapore, they have an excellent reputation among the locals and tourists as well for authentic food in an authentic environment. 5. Halal dum biryani at Leeds Restaurant - Buffalo Road Leeds Restaurant was previously known as the Blue Diamond Restaurant and had already made its name as a great place to get some Halal dum biryani. Customers can make their choices from chicken, fish, mutton and even prawn dum biryani which will be bursting with flavour and fragrant rice.  Click here for more information on Singapore and where to find Halal food  ...

  • Be a part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England!

    The 8th Rugby World Cup will be hosted by England from the 18th of September to the 31st of October 2015. While you follow your team on its way up the ladder, hopefully to the finals, there’s lots to see and do in between matches at all 13 venues!   Birmingham – With such a large population of Muslims in Birmingham, having a Halal trip is much easier! With the matches being played in Birmingham City Stadium and Villa Park, choose from the wide range of restaurants around, like Caspian Pizza, Big John’s, or even the closest KFC or Subway. The Birmingham Central Mosque is your stop to pray. Be amazed with Cadbury World, the National Sea Life Centre, or Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum that gets the wheels in your brain turning, or go back in time when you visit Warwick Castle, where the ancient myths and tales will keep you mesmerized. If you’re looking for something to do, Broadway Plaza will keep you occupied, jam-packed with fun for the whole family, when you’re taking a break from rugby.   Brighton – Brighton is a seaside town, so spend your days on the beach – making sure to stay away from the designated nudist beach, or the Palace Pier for shopping and entertainment. The Lanes host mostly jewellery shops, with a splattering of cafés, and a bunch of Italian restaurants, but the setting reflects the history of the original fishing village. In between the two matches played at the Brighton Community Stadium, if you’re looking for unique places to shop at, drop by North Laine; but if you wish to see your familiar stores in one place, Churchill Square Shopping Centre is a must-visit. Explore underwater life at the Sea Life Centre, or climb the Foredown Tower for exotic views of the place. Despite the diverse population in Brighton, there is a Muslim community that meets at the Al-Quds Brighton Mosque, and they offer a selection of Halal food places like Green Coombe Deli, Makara (a Turkish restaurant), Infinity Foods Kitchen which is a slightly pricey but delicious vegetarian restaurant, or Pizza Di Roma or Efes Kebab for fast food and takeaway.   Cardiff – Even though Cardiff is not technically England (it is the capital of Wales), the people’s passion for the sport means that it will also play host to six matches, in addition to two quarter-finals. While you’re there, make sure to soak up the history at Cardiff Castle, a fortress that is around 2000 years old and the ‘Jewel in Cardiff’s Crown’. Be sure to drop by the Farmer’s Market, visit the museums, or take part in water sports for a bit of adventure. Madina Mosque is just one of the many to be found in Cardiff, as well as Al Manar Centre. Eat at Grill N Shake – which boasts the best halal steak in the UK, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Blue Ginger, or 1Malaysian Cuisine Restaurant which is the closest to Millenium Stadium.   Exeter – With a growing capacity at the Sandy Park stadium that is set to host three matches this World Cup, Exeter balances their passion for the sport with the rich history within it. Take the time to explore the gorgeous countryside, or tour The Underground Passages – old underground pipelines – to add a bit of spook and adventure, in this historic Roman city. If you’ve ever wanted to be in one of those scenic images you see online, Dartmoor National Park is the place to go. If you want to take it easy and do a bit of shopping, try Princesshay, Fore Street, Gandy Street or Harlequins Shopping Centre for an eclectic mix of stores and architecture. Be sure to eat at Blue Eyed BBQ, or Herbies, a vegetarian restaurant, both of which are slightly away from Sandy Park. If you happen to find Halal restaurants closer, add them to HalalTrip app to benefit others! The Mosque and Islamic Centre for the South West is the major masjid in the area.   Gloucester – Known for its medieval cathedral, also the birthplace of royalty, Gloucester is set to host four games. When you’re not at Kingsholm Stadium supporting your team, take a stroll through the Historic Docks that hosts Victorian warehouses, museums, shopping and more; the Waterways, where you might catch a Severn Bore – a natural wave surge that is a spectacular phenomenon; or the Ski Centre if you’re looking for a little activity. Cathedral Quarter has quirky shops that are good for souvenirs and keepsakes. Mermaid Fish & Chips is the closest Halal food to the stadium, or you can take the time to make it to Mumtaz or Chutney’s Indian Takeaway. Masjid-E-Noor is the local mosque in the heart of Gloucester.   Leeds – Starkly different from the rich historic countryside’s of the previous cities, Leeds takes you back to the modern world. Take advantage of that with ample shopping all within walking distance at the compact city centre, or viewing modern art at the Leeds Art Gallery. If the rugby fanatic in you doesn’t want to take a break even when your team is not playing, take the Headingley Heritage Tour that showcases some of the best historic moments in sports in Leeds, in addition to a behind-the-scenes tour to one of the most unique stadiums in the world. Connect with nature by relaxing at Roundhay Park or Harewood House. Graveleys Fish & Chips is the closest Halal eating place to Elland Road Stadium, but you can also eat at the Leeds chain of Mumtaz, or hit Safran (a Persian restaurant), or Café Moor for Middle Eastern food. Masjid Ibraheem Leeds and Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira are the closest ones to the stadium, or you can stop at Leeds Makkah Masjid or Leeds Grand Mosque if you happen to take the Headingley tour.   Leicester – Leicester City Stadium is hosting three matches in October, so in the days in between them, visit the King Richard III Visitor Centre to learn more about his life and death, the New Walk Museum to discover dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, Picasso and local culture, the National Space Centre to take you out of this world, the Twycross Zoo – one of the top ten zoos in Britain, or the Jewry Wall, one of the tallest surviving pieces of Roman masonry. Shop at Highcross & John Lewis, The Lanes and Leicester Market, the latter of which is 800 years old, and The Golden Mile, which is like a mini-Asia in the spice and jewellery department. Eat at the familiar Subway or KFC, or look up Vanilla Pod or Lahore Kebab if you want Pakistani food. Big John’s if you want to stay British, Nana’s Asian Cuisine for Sri Lankan, or ADMA Shawarma for Lebanese. Visit Leicester Central Mosque or Masjid Umar in the vicinity of Leicester City Stadium.   London – London has marked three different venues to host over 15 matches, including the quarter finals, semi finals and finals. Spanning from The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in Brent, to Wembley Stadium in Newham, to Twickenham Stadium in Richmond, take advantage of your stay in London to explore the city. Take a behind-the-scenes Wembley Stadium Tour, or connect with nature at Queen’s Park or Gladstone Park if you’re at Brent. Stroll along the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or visit the London Aquatics Centre if you’re in Newham. Visit Hampton Court Palace, Ham House and Gardens for history, or Richmond Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for rustic charm. Take a boat ride on the Thames, or spend the day as a family at the Strawberry Hill House, Orleans House Gallery, or WWT London Wetland Centre if you want something to do. Shopping stops across the three areas include Golden Court and Paved Court in Richmond, Westfield Stratford City, Stratford City and Indoor Market, and Queen’s Market at Upton Park in Newham, and Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Queens Parade in Brent. Take your pick of cuisines and restaurants from Pod, Chicken Cottage, Wrap it up!, Cinnamon Kitchen, Labeneats, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Ned’s Noodle Bar and more. There are over 420 mosques in London, London Muslim Mosque and London Central Mosque included.   Manchester – Manchester City Stadium is hosting just one match, but don’t miss out on taking advantage of the city while you’re there! Soak in the culture at The Whitworth and HOME – for art, culture, and theatre; head to the Manchester Museum, Chester Zoo, and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester with the kids; explore the countryside at Tatton Park, The Peak District, or on a steam railway journey with East Lancashire Railway; or go shopping on Market Street, Manchester Arndale, or Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Eat at Archie’s, Steak ‘n’ Shakes, Tampopo, Paan House, The Grill, Taste Masters, and more. Manchester Mosque and Makki Masjid Manchester are the central mosques and learning centres.   Milton Keynes – If you’re in Milton Keynes for the games at Stadium MK, set aside time to have an adventure with the many attractions on offer. Spend time with the wildlife at Woburn Safari Park, entertain yourself with extreme sports, leisure and food at Xscape, bounce off the walls at Bounce, or keep the kids occupied at Gulliver’s Land or Snozone. Shop at intu MK, eat at Nando’s, Sizzling Grillz, or Subway, and pray at Masjid Al-Rawdha or Jamee Masjid.   Newcastle – Home of the world’s only tilting bridge, the Gateshead Millenium Bridge is a must see. Check out the art in The Angel of the North, or take a selfie with the Tyne Bridge, emblazoned with the Rugby World Cup 2015 brand. Explore Newcastle Castle – where it gets its name from, Hadrian’s Wall, and Alnwick Castle and Gardens that feature in the Harry Potter movies. Stimulate your brain at the Life Science Centre, and Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books. Shop at intu Metrocentre, Grainger Town and Fenwick; eat at Subway, Nando’s, and KFC, or the now-familiar Chicken Cottage and more. Newcastle Central Mosque is one of the few mosques in the city.   Rugby – This town in Warwickshire is not hosting any games, but while you’re in the country, it’s worth a visit to find out more about the sport at its birthplace. Make sure you put Rugby School, Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on your list of educational stops. Visit Warwick Castle, home to spellbinding history, battles, myths and knights; and Drayton Manor for a day of fun at the theme park. King of Tandoor, Gyro Café, Bahar Masala and India Place are amongst other restaurants that serve Halal food. Stop by Rugby Mosque for your prayers.   With all the information available here, make your trip easier by downloading the HalalTrip App to locate various Halal eating places, and masjids around you, as well as attractions close to you. Be sure to add new locations on the app so that others can benefit from it too!    ...



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