Halal restaurant in Paris, France.

Paris, France



Halal restaurant in Paris, France.


CrescentRating: Not CrescentRated


Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly

Halal Assurance

Halal assurance by restaurant staff

Opening Hours

12–2:30PM, 7–10PM


107 rue Didot, 75014 Paris, France



+33 9 82 40 48 40

  • Get The Full Airline Experience Without Leaving the Ground at these Hotels & Restaurants

    Cover Image Credit: Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash This year has been a really weird time for the aviation and travel industry. With the travel restrictions in place for many countries, many airlines had to ground most or all of their planes in their fleet. This is bad news especially for the plane enthusiasts, who long for the experience of flying again. One way that they can somewhat relive this experience is through aviation-themed restaurants and hotels around the world! Sadly, most of the restaurants are not halal but here are some of the most interesting aviation restaurants and hotels from around the world for us to adore and maybe even book a hotel visit if we are in that country. Some of the restaurants are not halal but are covered just to show the idea and novelty of the whole experience.   Restaurants Dreamliner Airways Cafe (HALAL) Image Credit: Dreamliner Airways Cafe on Facebook The aviation theme that it has is already special, add to that that it is one of the only one that is halal makes it truly unique. Finally, something that we can try! Located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, this restaurant lets diners experience the joys of flying. With great attention to detail, the cafe’s decor is modeled after the interior of a commercial jet equipped with windows and airline seats. Even the staff there don on flight attendant uniforms to give you that extra level of immersion. The only different thing about the cafe and flying for real is the food that they serve. Which is really not a bad thing to leave out of flying for real, a stark contrast of the beloved microwaved airline food. The cafe serves a range of Western and Asian cuisine with generous portions, great for the hungry “traveler”. As halal aviation-themed restaurants go, Dreamliner Airways Cafe is definitely something that is really unique. This Cafe is Halal as of the time of writing.  Location: The Dreamliner Airways Cafe, No. 7, Jalan Harmonium 35/1, Taman Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru Opening Hours: 11 AM - 11 PM (Daily) Facebook Thai Airways Restaurant (NON-HALAL) Image Credit: Sam Chui Thai Airways have been making airwaves recently with the launch of their plane-themed restaurant. Located in Bangkok, Thailand, the Thai Airways Restaurant was set up to capture and recreate the authentic inflight experience for the visitors to their restaurant, with airline seats, decor, and of course the plane food. It’s like flying with Thai Airways but without leaving the ground.  The airline takes the experience of the guests seriously as diners will have to ascend the Passenger boarding stair truck (that truck with stairs that you use to get into the plane sometimes) to enter the restaurant, which will surely help in the guests immerse themselves into the experience.  To top it all off, guests will be gifted a boarding pass when they leave as a souvenir for their visit.  Sadly the restaurant is not halal at the time of writing. First Airways (NON-HALAL) Image Credit: First Airlines Speaking of immersion, this listing takes it to the next level. Your mind will be tricked into thinking that you are actually flying over distant lands, in first class too! Operating in Japan from 2016 onwards, this Virtual Reality flight experience brings visitors around the globe on virtual tours of different countries without even leaving the ground. Decked with first-class flight seats and a commercial plane interior decor, even the staff are dressed like actual flight attendants. If you are interested in the “plane”, it is modeled after the Airbus A310. The food and fake window scenery will change based on where the virtual reality tour is held at. Countries including New York, Paris, and Rome are just some of the countries that they offer. A really interesting take on aviation with the help of cutting edge technology. The restaurant is not halal at the time of writing. Runway 34 Restaurant (NON-HALAL) Image Credit: Runway 34 Restaurant If you are more of a propeller kind of person, then Runway 34 will excite you. Located near Zurich Airport, Switzerland is unlike anything from the previous listings. This place not only has the looks and feel of a plane, but Runway 34 also has the whole plane, the real deal. Parked in the middle of the hangar, the plane sits as a centerpiece for the restaurants where diners can choose to have their meals inside or outside the cabin. The plane in question is a retired Ilyushin Il-14, a twin-engined commercial and military personnel and cargo transport aircraft from the 1950s. The plane really does help the restaurant pull off the retro 1950s look well. The restaurant is not Halal at the time of writing. Hotels Hotels that you have to see it to believe it! STF Jumbo Stay Stockholm Image Credit: Jumbostay This has to be the closest thing you can get from bringing your mattress into the airplane cabin to sleep in! Located in Stockholm, Sweden, this repurposed jumbo jet literally lets you stay in the cabin of a retired Boeing 747. Space are aplenty too with the 747’s huge cabin space, there are several dorms and rooms. It is even equipped with a luxury suite in the cockpit! Vliegtuigsuite Teuge Image Credit: Another entry to this list of Aviation hotels is the Vliegtuigsuite Teuge in the Teuge, Netherlands. This retired Ilyushin 18 is now a single elongated suite that lets you experience owning the whole plane all to your self. The airplane is big enough for a bedroom area, a kitchenette, and a jacuzzi among other things. All the luxury without any turbulence! Costa Verde 727 Fuselage Home Image Credit: Uniq Hotels Ever wondered what would happen if a plane got stuck in a tree? They get turned into a hotel suite of course! Somewhere in the Costa Rican Jungle lies a salvaged Boeing 727 up in the trees. The painstaking process of placing it up there looks to be very worth it though, as it is safe to say that this is one extraordinary hotel! What makes it more interesting is that the interior decor is predominantly made of wood. From the furniture to the wall, the amount of wood is definitely something you would think of first when you see a salvaged airplane. There you have it some of the different places that offer you the flying experience without even leaving the ground. Frequent travelers and plane enthusiasts can now at least reminisce the days where we were all free to fly around. Maybe with the current border situations still looking to be very uncertain in may parts of the world, more airlines can follow the examples of these places, who knows our next staycations and meals might even be in the cabin of a once flying commercial airliner!...

  • 10 Best Virtual Museum Tours In 2020

    The COVID-19 situation has placed some business on a halt, some may have even closed their doors. We have seen how entertainment centers, tourist attractions, zoos, and even museums were affected by this outbreak. There is no denying that technology has made life simpler, making us feel that the world is at our fingertips. As travel bans have been imposed all around the world, you may have heard about virtual traveling. Exploring the world at the comfort of your home might not give you the best experience but think about its convenience; you don't have to deal with the crowd! Even better, some of these tours are free! From the deepest part of the world to local zoos to historical and art museums; there's an abundance of virtual tours made available for you. Can't travel to visit these iconic museums? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are 10 best virtual museum tours you need to check out in 2020!  via GIPHY   1. The British Museum, London Image Credit: Ryan Stefan on Unsplash The British Museum in London was opened in 1759 and was the first national public museum in the world. You can learn about human histories and culture dated way back to over two million years.There are several ways for you to enjoy these historic artifacts. Explore the virtual museum tours through Google Street View. You can visit up to 60 over galleries like the Egyptian sculpture gallery and The World of Alexander. You can also view an infographic timeline of each artifact through History Connected. You can easily read through the facts or even listen to the audio made available. It is very informative and must not be missed by all history buffs! For those of you who had always dreamed of visiting this museum, this is your chance. And the best part is, it's free! Website 2. The Broad, Los Angeles Image Credit: Tu Tram Pham on UnsplashThe Broad in Los Angeles features contemporary art from the 1950s to the present. With almost 2,000 pieces of artwork, you can find collections from influential contemporary artists like Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama.Get inspired by the effort made by The Broad to bring this wonderful experience to you at home. Watch one of The Broad's famous installations, Yayoi Kasuma's Infinity Mirrored Room, over some lights and sounds environment. If you want to find activities you can do with the kids, get inspired through the family workshops at home series. It contains step-by-step tutorials that you can enjoy with your family. If you can't get over the Infinity Mirrored Room, then you can learn how to create one from one of the videos.Website 3. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Image Credit: Mitchell Luo on Unsplash National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the oldest museums to exist in the country. Founded in 1861, you can find artworks from both local and international artists, ranging from contemporary art, fashion, architecture, and dance.Fans of KAWS, you no longer have to feel disappointed about missing this exhibition. Now available via virtual tours, head down to the website to visit KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness exhibition. Other exhibitions you can visit virtually includes the 'Japanese Modernism' and 'Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.' The latter exhibition is worth visiting as you can listen to the audio tour by the curator himself. Wonderful isn't it? Website 4. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Image Credit: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has established four museums in different venues; Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul, and Cheongju. It is one of the most famous museums in Korea that showcases Korea's art and culture. The four museums are unique; each showcasing different aspects of art and culture in Korea but are geared towards a common goal which is to provide a rewarding cultural experience to visitors. You can find various artworks ranging from literature to calligraphy, architecture to design, and family-oriented space and children's museum.One of the ways you can enjoy a tour around the museum is through the official website. You can watch tour videos on Jonathan Borofsky's Singing Man or Kim Whanki's Two Moon. Meanwhile, on Google Art & Culture, you can view more collections from renowned artistes or even go on a virtual tour on all levels.Website 5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris Image Credit: Armand Khoury on Unsplash Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, holds French artworks dated way back in 1848 to 1914. These artworks range from painting, sculpture, furniture, and photographs. Fans of impressionist will find solace in this museum, witnessing artworks from renowned painters like Monet and Van Gogh.As Musée d’Orsay used to be a railway station, you may catch a glimpse of its history through an online exhibition called From Station to the Renovated Musée d'Orsay. Apart from that, get inspired by the canvas painting and oil painting made available for you in Google Art & Culture. You can now enjoy the artworks from this exhibition in the comfort of your home!Website 6. China Paper Cutting Museum, Yangzhou Image Credit: China Paper Cutting Museum on Discover China  The China Paper Cutting Museum in Yangzhou holds a diverse collection of paper-cutting arts from around the country. With almost 400 pieces of artwork, its genre ranged from landscapes, birds and flowers, and plants, and insects. Paper-cutting art has always been important to Chinese folk culture. These delicate and detailed arts may leave you in awe and keep you inspired in many ways.You can view the artwork virtually from local artistes via the online exhibitions made available. If you wanna try making some paper cutting art, how about watching the online exhibition called 'The Art of Cutting Paper by Zhang Muli?' All you need is just a pair of scissors and some paper. Time to get crafty! Website 7. Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Kyoto Image Credit: Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, also known as Fureaikan, features Kyoto's traditional crafts. With almost 500 collections ranging from Kimonos, lacquerwares, and textiles, there is always something to see and learn on Kyoto crafts.The traditional garment Kimono has always featured beautiful and intricate designs. Learn its history from the online exhibition, 'The Ancient History Making and Wearing a Kimono' and 'Historical Development of Kimono Pattern'. The beautiful textiles of a Kimono will leave you in awe, as you learn to appreciate them more given that the time and effort it takes to make the textiles can be excruciating. Website 8. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Image Credit: The Singapore Art Museum The Singapore Art Museum is dedicated to contemporary art based in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Whether the museum is closed for major transformation or due to the COVID-19 situation, you can still visit the museum and view the exhibitions virtually. Singapore Art Museum has been an organizer for the Singapore Biennale in four different years. If you missed it, you may get the chance to view the last years' collections in the online exhibition 'Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction.' You can also go on a virtual walk in the museum and explore all levels that are made available.Website 9. National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung Image Credit: National Museum of Natural Science on Taichung Travel Net If you want to skip the art and history, or if you are just into nature and science, then this museum is for you! The National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan, covers exhibitions like astronomy, space science, and ecology. With over 50 permanent exhibitions to look out for, there is always something for everyone to learn from, be it adults or children.As one of the most visited museums in Taiwan, there shouldn't be a reason to skip this museum especially when you can visit it virtually!. Run through the 100 specimens of different departments; geology, botany, zoology, and anthropology in this online exhibition. You will never leave this virtual tour without learning something new, we promise! Website 10. Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei Image Credit: Fubon Art Foundation Fubon Art Foundation may be a little different from the rest of the museums on this list. Its aim is to promote art education and support art-based events. To incorporate art into one's lifestyle, it is not necessary to visit a museum or a gallery. Hence, "Very Fun Park" is established where people can experience art from the streets and alleyways in the city.Don't be sad if your trip to Taiwan is canceled, and you can't witness these awesome artworks. Now, you can navigate through the online galleries and view the various installations from different contemporary visual artists. The colorful and unique installations are interesting to look at; it makes you want to witness them in real life too!Website If you think that you can't experience new things without leaving your house, then you are wrong! This list of virtual museum tours will occupy your time, give you some inspiration, relax your mind, and perhaps, allow you to learn something new. If these museums piqued your interest, then you can include them in your itinerary the next time you are traveling!  via GIPHY...

  • 10 Best Podcasts To Listen To For Personal Growth and Development

    Looking for podcasts to listen to for personal growth and motivation? Look no further as we have 10 best podcasts recommendations for those of you seeking to improve yourself or looking for content that is uplifting during this tough Covid-19 period. A podcast is an audio program, much like your radio stations. It contains a series of audio episodes focused on a particular topic or theme. In comparison to a traditional radio station, you can subscribe to a podcast channel through apps from your smartphone, or simply listening directly on the website, making it accessible anytime you want to listen to them. With the current COVID-19 situation, most of us are staying at home. I won't deny that staying at home can be mundane and sometimes demotivating as there is nothing much we can do. With more "me-time" at hand, there is always space for us to take things slowly and get motivated. We can also continue to focus on our personal development and growth; something we were unable to do before this crisis. Check out these 10 podcasts that can uplift and inspire you during your "me-time!" via GIPHY 1. The School Of Greatness Image Credit: The School of Greatness on Podbean Hosted by a bestselling author, entrepreneur, pro athlete and world record holder in football, Lewis Howes, The School of Greatness is an inspirational podcast featuring influential people (big names like Tony Robbins and Alanis Morisette.) Each episode revolves around topics like entrepreneurship, health, athletic, and relationship. Each episode runs for generally about an hour, featuring interviews or solo rounds with the host himself. Meanwhile, every Friday, you can catch up on the listener-favorite segment, 5 minutes Friday. This podcast series is inspirational as it pushes you to dream big and chase after your dreams. To quote some words from Lewis, "we are born for a reason, and it is your responsibility to build a better version of yourself. Despite the challenges we are going through, only you have the power to strengthen your mental strength, emotional intelligence, and physical health." For those looking for guides to aid in personal growth and development, this podcast is definitely one you should not miss out! Website | Spotify | iTunes 2. The Habit Coach Image Credit: The Habit Coach on IVM Podcasts Let the habit coach, Ashdin Doctor, takes you through a series of simple habits. Revolving around topics like health, productivity, and relationships, these easy-to-adopt habits will get you inspired and motivated. You can find new episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Running for about less than 10 minutes per episode, it is ideal if you are not a fan of long podcasts. In conjunction with the current situation that we are in, The habit coach featured an episode in which Ashdin Doctor highlighted the importance of setting goals and targets to develop good habits during this quarantine period. These tips can help in stopping procrastination and get you started. Just like how Ashdin Doctor mentioned: "awesome lives start with your awesome habits!"  Looking forward to focusing on your personal growth as an individual during this quarantine period? Be sure to listen to this podcast audio as it provides useful content that is motivational and uplifting.  Website | Spotify | iTunes 3. Good Life Project Image Credit: Good Life Project on Listen Notes Good Life Project is a community built to help you live a meaningful life. Through support and inspiration, you can meet people in the community face-to-face or through online medium. The Good Life Project features teachers from all around the world, sharing their stories revolving around their lives and works. Airing twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, you can listen to the audio episodes featuring special guests like Brene Brown and Bob Thurman and also other everyday guests. These real-life stories may influence you and spark some ideas in making changes to your current lifestyle. Website | Spotify | iTunes 4. The One You Feed Image Credit: The One You Feed on Shining Bright Radio The one you feed revolves around self-help topics like anxiety, depression, and meditation, to name a few. Hosted by Eric Zimmer, this podcast features conversations with experts like psychologists, scientists, and public figures. Get some powerful and practical tips that you can incorporate into your daily life. With the concept of two wolves battling within us, it is up to you to decide which will win. As the name of the podcast suggests, the one you feed will be the one to win the battle. We all need the motivation and wisdom to pull us out of the dark days, especially during this period. If you need something to uplift your mood and keep you motivated during this tough period, give this podcast series a try. Listeners have deemed this podcast as a life-saver and the best antidote to feeling bad. Website | Spotify | iTunes 5. Happier with Gretchen Rubin Image Credit: Happier with Gretchen Rubin on Apple Podcasts Hosted by author, Gretchen Rubin, this podcast revolves around topics on how to lead a happier life. Deemed as one of the best podcasts on iTunes and BuzzFeed, learn one or two tips from Gretchen herself on how to live a more productive life. The happier podcast has featured some episodes revolving around the COVID-19 situation. It's normal to feel that there is nothing much to do during this quarantine / social distancing period. Gretchen has shared some tips on this episode and it has spark some ideas for me! If you have zero ideas on where to start, give this podcast a try! Website | Spotify | iTunes 6. Tiny Leaps, Big Changes Image Credit: Tiny Leaps, Big Changes on Awesound Hosted by Gregg Clunis, this podcast focuses on working towards our goals. Revolving around self-development, you can learn from Gregg on strategies to get started with your biggest goals in life. Sometimes, personal development is not enough for us to get around our lives and achieve our goals. Understanding variable factors like social and cultural influences will help us make the necessary plans and strive for the best. In context, while our goals might get halted due to the current situation, it should not hinder our plans further after some tweaking. Tiny leaps, big changes contents tackle such challenges. To quote Gregg: "all big changes come from the tiny leaps you take every day." Website | Spotify | iTunes 7. Unlocking Us Image Credit: Unlocking Us on Apple Podcasts Unlocking Us first debuted in March 2020. Despite being one of the newest podcasts, there are so many contents that you can look out for revolving around human experiences. Follow Brene Brown as she unfolds the stories from the most courageous to the most heartbreaking. It is human nature for us to feel and get swarmed by our own emotions. Sometimes it is overwhelming up to the point that it becomes uncontrollable. Self-love is important, but with the current situation, one might find their self-acceptance to be really low. Unlocking Us contents explore human emotions and learn to understand them so that we can lead lives with more courage. Website | Spotify | iTunes 8. Hurdle Image Credit: Hurdle on Stitcher  As the title of this podcast suggests, Hurdle follows life experiences, the ups and downs that life has to offer. Listen to Emily Abbate talk to inspirational people; from top athletes to entrepreneurs, on how they get through the toughest time to get to where they are today. With new episodes airing every thrice a week, Hurdle focuses on personal growth, both physically and mentally. At times, we need an assurance that we are not going through this hurdle of life alone. Get inspired to be your better self, but don't forget about the fun along the way. Listen to this podcast to get an idea on how we can improve ourselves this Ramadan. Website | Spotify | iTunes 9. The Overwhelmed Brain Image Credit: The Overwhelmed Brain on OwlTail Often, we are bombarded with thoughts and emotions that may cloud our decision making. This podcast brings you a combination of critical thinking with personal growth. Listen to Paul Colaianni shares tips of being yourself and how you can build your self-esteem and strengthen your emotional intelligence. Listeners are feeling positive about what Paul has to deliver. Coming from someone who has experienced life, it is relatable and hits home for some. The tips shared by Paul are practical and something that you can take note of too. This podcast might be the key to enhancing your effort to improve yourself and develop as an individual.   Website | Spotify | iTunes 10. 7 Good Minutes Image Credit: 7 Good Minutes on Listen Notes  If you dread long podcasts, this is something for you. With each episode lasting just 7 minutes, follow Clyde Lee Dennis as he shares with you some self-improvement tips and inspiration to get through the day. Sometimes, a piece of short advice can uplift our mood and make us more refresh. You can find topics ranging from health, developing habits, and setting goals, to name a few. Each episode features special guests like teachers or speakers like Mel Robbins and Jay Shetty. This podcast gives you an idea of how to get through the day, which is timely given the current climate we are in. Website | Spotify | iTunes There you have it, 10 best podcasts to listen to for personal growth and development! If you are looking to improve yourselves during this period, now is the chance to do so. Listening to podcasts either in the morning before you start your daily chores or work or during your free time, can be uplifting. We hope that some of these podcasts can drive you to be the better version of yourself and keep yourself motivated during this tough time....

  • What Celebrating Eid Remotely Would Look Like

    Muslims all over will celebrate the blessed month of Ramadan under lockdown and tight limitations due to the coronavirus pandemic that has weakened all continents. Be that as it may, with strict curfews imposed throughout and physical social distancing orders authorized to confine the spread of the exceptionally infectious COVID-19 virus, a large number of Ramadan's customs and conventions will be abridged for the current year. Gathering to pray in mosques are prohibited in a few nations, and numerous mosques have been closed down until the virus is eliminated. Mosques around the globe will stream sermons, Quranic recitation, and prayers via the web and video conferencing mechanisms. Muslims will likewise have the option to participate in religious sermons through video-conferencing modes like Zoom, Facebook, WhatsApp video call, and YouTube. The Eid al-Fitr celebration denotes the end of Ramadan and is commended as an official holiday in many countries. This year, the world will see an Eid like never before – with few traditions that can only be carried out at home. So we feel that this is how celebrating Ramadan remotely would look like! via GIPHY   1. Eid – A Homely Affair Image Credit: Douglas Sheppard on Unsplash Due to lockdown instructions set up and enormous get-togethers prohibited, the current year's merriments will be downsized. The physical distancing guidelines will likewise lessen the festivity feel of Eid. Many will most likely be unable to meet with their families to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. Muslims are being encouraged that in the event that they are living and working in different parts of the world compared to where their family is residing, they should shun away from visiting their hometowns for Eid. Given the current situation, it stays muddled if countries will lift or simplify lockdown measures for Eid. Due to this, it is advised that Eid prayers are performed at home. Whether we like it or not, Eid this year will be much more somber than how it is celebrated in the previous years. It will be unique as it will be a close Eid festivity between the immediate family members. A lockdown and Eid do not go hand in hand. Eid is about association, mingling together, and coming together for the much-awaited family time with our loved ones. This year, innovation is one aspect that all will be utilizing. This year we will have to rely upon social media and the internet when we want to communicate with our family and friends residing in different parts of the country or world instead of getting to meet them physically. Draw up your Eid plan like how you would usually do it! Sit down with your family and talk about what you will do on Eid. Despite the fact that you will celebrate it at home, you can settle on what sorts of Eid treats you will prepare at home, how you can pass on Eid Salaams virtually and how you can get together your family and friends by means of Zoom and celebrate it with them. 2. Dress Up! Image Credit: Aniq Danial on Unsplash When taking most Muslim nations into consideration, Eid is a period for purchasing new garments. In spite of the fact that this year, you won't be actually venturing out or going visiting, you can, in any case, still wear your Eid clothing at home - which you would have bought or selected - to get into the spirit of Eid. 3. Decorate! Image Credit: Prasanna Kumar on Unsplash Decorate the house with your family members to get into the lively and festival feel of Eid. It will help liven up your children from not being able to spend Eid the usual way. Use balloons, banners, decorations from the previous year, and lights. You can even choose to have a home DIY Raya photo studio! Spruce up yourself and your children in your lovely clothing attires that you chose for Eid and set up a background that suits you best and get clicking! Every arrangement utilizes an alternate setting or backdrop, giving you loads of assortment and different ideas on how you want your photo to be. They are quick and simple to set up and you could even utilize items that you would have stored in your storeroom. It could be leftovers from last Eid’s decoration or the decorations that you used for your kids' birthday party! Get creative! The sky is the limit! One item that deemed useful and convenient as a setting is curtain panels. They are quite tall and are accessible in pretty much any shading you could need. You can even use Lampu Lap Lip to spruce up your Eid decorations which can likewise be utilized as a prop for your Raya photoshoot. These are solar-powered and convenient to use with low energy consumption. They give an exquisite shimmering shine that can be seen from any point which could improve the quality of your photographs as well.   4. Hari Raya Puasa – Food! Glorious Food! Image Credit: Akharis Ahmad on Unsplash Typically, a three-day festival, Hari Raya unites loved ones to indulge in and bury themselves in the preparation of the traditional sweets and cheerfulness. However, given the current circumstances, the festival will have to be celebrated within one’s own home. Instead of visiting the homes of friends and family, one can opt for the ideal social distancing tool – video conferencing. This year you can whip up some delicacies that you can prepare with your family along with a slight twist – amalgamating some modern treats too! Some of the traditional dishes being Bubur Lambuk, Ketupat or Lemang, Kueh Raya, Kueh Lapis, Lontong, Bandung, and Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce. The modern dishes that you can incorporate to your meal could be Churros, Boms, and Steaks.   5. Netflix All Day Long! Image Credit: Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash Due to the inability to go to a cinema or to a friend’s house to have a movie night, Netflix is now our savior! While you stay at home, this contributes to having a lot of time to spend to run through a plethora of movies, TV series and dramas Netflix has to offer as entertainment amidst this pandemic. Here are a few recommendations for you this Eid: Humor  I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Friends and Derry Girls Thrillers  Good Time, Black Mirror and 1922 Binge-watch worthy  Better Call Saul, I Am Not Okay with This and Money Heist Family-friendly  Annie with an E, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch   6. Gaming Applications to keep you occupied! Image Credit: Mika Baumeister on Unsplash Online games have made social distancing much easier! The vast array of games and applications now available will help keep you associated while in detachment from the rest of the world. Here are some of the best picks: Houseparty Staying true to its name, Houseparty offers an approach to hang out and party with companions while being isolated at home. Apart from offering the video calling option, Houseparty accompanies in-application games to play while talking. There are likewise discrete virtual "rooms" that users can switch from, giving the feel of an authentic house party, but virtually. Facebook Gaming Facebook's Gaming tab offers an approach to play online games with your loved ones or even anyone from the 2 billion users who make use of this gaming facility. It has incorporated classics and modern games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Super Dash. Quiz Up Having a database of 1200 topics and 600,000 questions, this trivia application enables users to challenge their friends and have competitions on topics ranging from general knowledge to topics that you would have probably be taught back in your good ole school days. Classic board game now comes in the form of applications too. The majority of classic board games have been transformed into an online game application, which has a lot of similar features in comparison to the actual board game and is adjusted to suit their users with playing these games on phones, PCs, or tablets. Those that have accomplished this are the famous Scrabble, Uno, and Monopoly.   7. Sleep – The Answer to all Problems! Amidst this pandemic, it would be justifiable for anxiety and stress to kick in. Rather than investing time and vitality stressing out, why not transform that kind of stress into what you can control, focusing on aspects like taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Concentrating on gaining sufficient rest is a characteristic fit for dealing with the betterment for yourself which can boost your immunity at the same time. Satisfactory rest can augment your potential for having better days under these conditions. Ideal rest controls and enhances while giving you a positive state of mind, improves brain capacity, and boosts energy and efficiency to keep you active throughout the day. Uneven sleeping schedules and patterns or even sleeping too much during the day can hinder your sleep altogether. Rest is critical at present, especially once Ramadan wraps up. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you boost your sleep: Incorporate some `me` time. Cut down on afternoon naps. Have a go at breathing exercises. Form a sleeping schedule and make sure to stick to it. Curtail screen time at night. Do keep in mind that rest is significant to keep us lively especially during these trying times. Agonizing over rest just transforms into more pressure and stress and I’m sure that is something which you do not want to be dealing with this Ramadan. Simply ensure to put forth a valiant effort to get the chance to bed on schedule and follow these tips should you find it difficult to get in some sleep time. Given the ongoing pandemic, it won't be possible for Eid to be celebrated the way it was previously. Even though things might be intense in this present circumstance, we could all learn and take this opportunity to reflect on our behaviors and past lifestyles prior to this pandemic. Perhaps one of the takeaways from this year's humble celebration is never to take things for granted. Hopefully, in the near future, we will be more appreciative of the smaller things in life and work towards having a more meaningful Eid, with lessons learnt from this year's humble celebration. via GIPHY...

  • Ramadan 2020 | Certainties in an Uncertain World

    The month of Ramadan is dawning upon us, the period of fasting and prayers for Muslims. Ramadan is viewed as the holiest month of the year for the Muslim community. It is commended as the month Prophet Muhammad received the holy book for Muslims from God - which is known as the Quran. During Ramadan, Muslims around the world will fast from dawn till sunset while refraining from indulging in sexual acts and wrong deeds or thoughts. Muslims are also encouraged to do good and cultivate good habits. As per tradition, this sacred occasion encourages social gatherings, but considering the recent events, it becomes impractical.  The coronavirus has altered the notion of festivity. In spite of these new limitations, there are still a lot of chances to reach out to others. Regardless of the tough situation today, we will prevail. Celebrating Ramadan during this tough period will hopefully offer us the chance to unlearn and relearn, and to develop as a focused individual prepared to confront the real challenges of a new tomorrow. To do so will require persistence, compromises, assurance and above all, faith in ourselves and our own family to manage the approaching holy month during this crisis. Here, we have compiled a list of what your Ramadan may look like this year!   via GIPHY 1. Zoom: An Online Savior Image Credit: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash Despite the outbreak of the pandemic, it doesn't mean that we can't stay connected and close to our faith, beliefs and loved ones during this blessed month. While many are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible during this period, Muslims across the world can still carry out their daily prayers as well as Tarawih with their family members within the confines of their homes.  Additionally, one can still connect with other family members or friends who are not living in the same residence, through video calls using platforms like Zoom during this Ramadan period. Zoom is an audio and video conferencing mechanism that permits up to 1,000 members to join the call at the same time. Several activities can be carried out this Ramadan via Zoom! You can attend online religious classes, tune in to Islam related podcasts and even learn to recite the Quran through Zoom! Large religious gatherings at all holy places of worship in numerous countries around the world have been told to postpone these activities as a measure to curb the spread of the virus. The Religious Affairs Ministry in Indonesia which is the world's greatest Muslim dominating country of 270 million individuals, has released a detailed memo consisting of guidelines for Ramadan this year, which talks about constraining social gatherings due to the ongoing situation. Muslims need not leave their homes to pay their zakat, officials will visit the individuals at their homes to collect the dues. The entire Muslim community has been encouraged to perform Tarawih with their family at home. These limitations have not prevented Muslims from looking for inventive approaches to pray with their loved ones amidst this crisis. During this period, one should utilize innovation and the use of technology during this holy month of Ramadan in these difficult times.   2. Ramadan Bazaars Hit The Web! Image Credit: Jordan Ling on Unsplash As Ramadan draws near, what the vast majority will anticipate is the delicious Ramadan delicacies offered at the ideal hustle and bustle of Ramadan bazaars. As a substitute to the normal street bazaars, the vendors of these bazaars will take it to the Internet this year due to the cancellation of the yearly Ramadan bazaar to eliminate the spread of the pandemic. For example in Malaysia, Siti Nur Hanani Sulong has further supported the vendors by making a few Facebook pages for the vendors to join and distribute their menus on this virtual stage. Some of them are: Bazar Ramadhan Bandar Universiti Seri Iskandar Bazar Ramadhan SIDEC SIBC Seri Iskandar Bazar Ramadhan Tronoh Bazar Ramadhan Titi Gantung Bazar Ramadhan Kampung Gajah Bazar Ramadhan Batu Gajah Bazar Ramadhan Manjung. Merchants will first advertise their products on these groups. Customers can then visit these pages to look at the wide variety of items sold. The customers can then notify the relevant vendor about which items they wish to purchase via WhatsApp and the relevant orders will then be delivered to the customer. The online bazaar will eradicate human traffic being caused at one spot. This will likewise offer the chance to entrepreneurs who usually do exchanges at bazaars, the chance to go online to sell their goods and items to generate income. In the interim, relevant parties will register and enroll the suppliers via other delivering means, for example, Grab Food and Foodpanda.   3. Self-improvement Activities This Ramadan Image Credit: Jonathan Borba on Unsplash Below are a couple of self-improvement activities which you can dive into while under quarantine this Ramadan 2020: Stay in contact with friends and family Stay in touch and stay updated virtually with your loved ones this Ramadan. If you have an elderly family member or neighbours living close to you, try to look out for them by calling them constantly. It will help them feel relaxed and allow them to feel loved and nurtured during these troubling times. You never know when they would require support but are too shy to ask for it! Relax through means of meditation and prayers The advantages of committing time to reflecting upon yourself through meditation and praying are various. To genuinely sit idle yet think or implore can appear to be difficult to fit during a hustling and bustling morning while managing your work life and family life. Presently, with not having to go to work and recently having additional time for yourself, you now have the freedom to adjust your daily routine to fit in some `me` time. At the initial stage you don’t have to go all out or spend hours meditating. You can start small by allocating 10 minutes all to yourself and try not to look at your mobile phones or check your social media. Once you get accustomed to this lifestyle you can increase your daily quota. Whatever suits you best! Get into another leisure activity Now that you have extra time on your hands this Ramadan, dive into web-based classes; practice and harness skills that you would never usually take on during an ordinary day, or even learn a new language! Gain some additional skills that would value-add to your current profession, or simply one that you've been dying to try! Exercise and remain fit this Ramadan Exercising will no doubt keep you in shape and refrain from making you feel lethargic and lazy while at home. The gym is not the only means where you can work out those muscles. Thanks to the Internet, you can now use social media sites like YouTube or Facebook to check out exercise-related workout videos or even join an online workout class.  4. Whip Up Scrumptious Meal With Your Loved Ones Image Credit: Becca Tapert on Unsplash Numerous individuals are starting to find solace in cooking during this coronavirus pandemic. They are likewise utilizing it as an inventive outlet, sharing their cooking outcomes via social networking media and interacting with others online during this social distancing period. You can experiment and teach your family how to cook different sorts of recipes for sahoor and iftar this Ramadan! While cooking together, also attempt to make it a point to eat together as well. As families remain at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, this is a perfect opportunity to inculcate new good habits into your children. Having iftar or sahoor together as a family can be a great first step to tighten bonds between families. 5. Quran-time During This Quarantine Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash  A large number of us have since a long time ago delayed the learning, reciting or understanding the Quran because of some interruption or the other. We may find ourselves too overwhelmed with work in the past that we may not have dedicated some time to learning and understanding the Quran. We may find that every other aspects of our life has developed and prospered aside from the rapport with the Quran. Now with our general life and day to day activities coming to a halt during self-quarantine, now is the time to get back on track with the recital of the Holy Quran. We now can set aside time to recite, learn and understand the Quran during this upcoming month of Ramadan! We believe that this year's Ramadan will be filled with self-development with most of us taking some time to learn and understand the Quran.   6. A Solemn Eid? No way! Image Credit: rizky yogatama on Unsplash Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, will be considerably different because of the ongoing pandemic in comparison to other celebrations carried out in the previous years. In any case, it is dependent upon you to guarantee that the state of mind doesn't bring about a solemn one this Eid! You can in any case keep up the exuberance and the joy from your home! You can figure out how to feel merry with the involvement of your loved ones. You can call up your folks, call up your friends and family and celebrate Eid virtually. You can do so through online means like having a Zoom video call with your family while feasting on your Eid delights. Celebrating any occasion during this time will be different as to how it would have been carried out previously and yet, it can still be exceptionally celebratory in its own distinctive manner. Who says you can't have a great Eid celebration amidst this pandemic? It's all up to you to plan.  via GIPHYResilience and commitment to manage this crisis will be required during the month of Ramadan. As this pandemic keeps on unfurling, new difficulties are being presented each day, affecting the lives of each individual, convincing us to think of better approaches to adapt and move beyond this pandemic. While there is a feeling of gloom all through the world, we can try our best to remain positive and strong by supporting one another, and staying connected with our families during the month of Ramadan. We wish you and your family good health and a very blessed Ramadan 2020!...

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