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So many different varieties of the classic south Indian dish - Dosai, but like you've never had before. Cheesy, saucy and loaded with toppings. Some of the varieties here include paneer dosai, cheese dosai, spring roll dosia and the ever popular pizza dosai! Everything is vegetarian, but you won't miss the meat.

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The best barbeque buffet in the city! Awesome meat and seafood on the grill, a live counter (with exotic mwats like pigeon, rabbit, squid, octopus, shark, and more), good buffet, and amazing range of desserts. They also have a good range of vegetarian dishes.

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  • Holiday Or Simply A Quick Run To The Store? Here Are 9 Fuss-Free Ways to Style your Hijab For Any Occasion!

    As modern Muslimahs, we're always looking for ways to express our individuality and sense of fashion while following the ideals of Islam and maintaining modesty. The hijab is a big part of a Muslim woman's identity because it instantly identifies her as a Muslim woman and brings her closer to God. Hijabs are becoming mainstream world over as Muslimah fashion for 2018 is catching the attention of everyone. As such, scarves are now widely available in most anywhere. International fashion icons like Macy's in the US, H&M, Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, Japan's Uniqlo, and Debenhams in London are only a few of the companies that have started to carry them! So, now that you've got your collection of cool scarves, we're going to show you 9 of the best fuss-free and simple ways to style your hijab. Read on and you might just find your favourite! 1. Pearl Daisy Hoojab Picture Credit: Pearl Daisy Amena, a popular Muslimah YouTuber from the UK created her own unique hijab, which comes with a hood and two long sides. The best part about the “hoojab” is that it allows you to drape the scarf very easily, as it is designed to fall naturally. That's why this would be one of easiest styles of hijab you can wear, especially to those just starting to wear the hijab. Perfect for traveling, an event or even a casual hang out with your friends! The hoojab lets you style your hijab with as little pins and still pull it off effortlessly. Check out her video tutorial to see how to style it! 2. Over the Shoulders! Picture Credit: sauf.etc, Instagram If you're looking for an absolutely simple way to wear your hijab , then this is for you! All you need to do is place your hijab in way that you'll have both sides equal, then pin it under your chin. Lastly, fling both sides across the opposite shoulder and voila! This style gives you a simple elegant look without having a bunch of pins to secure it. If you want to make the style a little more extrevagante, simply let one side of the hijab drape right on your shoulders. This is perfect for a dinner date with your friends or when you're wearing something more lady-like. Plus point! This would also give you more coverage. 3. The Usuals Picture Credit: Hijabhills, Instagram This is probably the most worn hijab style in the world! Simply grab a long shawl, place it on your head such that one side is longer than the other and pin it under your chin. Then, take the long side and wrap your head until you reach somewhere near your opposite ear and pin it! Leave the the short side hanging to give it a simple look or bring the short side and pin on the opposite shoulder to give more coverage! The key to this look is to refrain from using silky or chiffon scarves if you want to use as little pins as possible. But of course using chiffon or silk scarves would give you a whole new elegant look! Perfect for weddings and events. 4. The Usuals 2.0 Picture Credit: @firrrr_, Instagram While this is just a step different from the previous step, this style gives you the VOLUME in your hijab! So here, once again placing your hijab one side shorter than the other, you pin the scarf under your chin and you take the shorter side and place it on top of your head. If you have tied your hair up in a bun, 'wrap' your bun with the shorter side of the scarf. Then finish of with taking the long side and wrap your head (with the short side underneath) and pin it on the other side.  One point to note is to avoid using chiffon or smooth scarves because the shorter side of the scarf would then slip right off your head unless you pin it down. Best to style this using a cotton or viscose scarf so that there is friction when styling your hijab. This style also makes it more breatheable at you neck area because there is less cloth in that area. 5. Mary-Go-Round Picture Credit: @lilfaraaaah, Instagram  Once again, this hijab style is so effortless! All you need to do is grab a shawl and place it such that one side is shorter than the other, then you might want to pin it under your chin. Some might prefer not to which would give it a more messy and effortless look. Then, take the longer side and wrap it around your neck. You can choose to secure the hijab with pins or if you're pretty sure that the wind won't blow it away, then you're good to go!  To shake it up a little, take the shorter side and tuck it in your shirt and spread it out so that your shirt does not appear bulky with all the extra cloth. There you'll have one side hanging, pin it down to secure it. So simple! This is perfect for travelers who needs  simple hijab style for long hours on the plane! 6. Turkish Style Hijab Picture Credit: Modefa This Turkish style hijab is a really simple and easy style that you can wear on a day-to-day basis – especially when you don't have much time to mess around with it too much. It comes together in a jiff! This hijab stile is really similar to the Over The Shoulders style. All you need to do is grab a square scarf and fold it into a triangle. Place the hijab on your head such that the longest side is the closest to your face. Then, take the two ends of the scarf on your left and right, take them across and wrap your neck. Once the ends have reached the back of your neck, tie a knot to secure it. You might want to tuck the rest of your scarf in your shirt to make it look neater. 7. Hijab Without Pins Picture Credit: @purheves, Instagram Us modern Muslimahs know the struggle is real when our hijabs require an insufferable amount of pins to stay in place. But, if you want to take a break from lugging around a hundred of them in your head, your purse, etc. give this a go! This tutorial makes use of a simple knot to show us how to wear a hijab without pins – and honestly, it's just genius. 8. Criss-Cross Layered Hijab Picture Credit: Sevi's World, YouTube If you've got a bit more time on hand, and are looking for ways to wear a hijab fashionably. Why not give this criss-cross layered style a go? It's definitely something special and it looks so chic, and definitely fuss-free (if you pin it in place!). Firstly, place your shawl on your neck such that one is shorter than the other. Take one corner of your hijab and pin it on your inner scarf, at the top of your head. Then, take the longer side of the scarf and pin it at the top of your head, forming a criss cross. Take the remaining cloth and wrap it around your head and pin it near your ear area. And there you go! This style will make sure that your scarf does not get in your way while you are participating in activities like rock-climbing, water rafting or even your daily routine! We know this style is complicating! So here's a video that you can refer to. All credits goes to Sevi's World!   9. Let It Drape! This style is definitely one of those that ​you can style it anytime! Be it while on vacation, or for a night out, or for class. However, this style may require more pins! But let's get to it anyways! Firstly, place your shawl with one side shorter than the other. Then, take the shorter end, bring it to the opposite side and pin it on the inner scarf near the ear. Then, take the longer side, bring it over your shoulder and and let the end drape freely. You can pin the scarf down to your top and inner scarf to secure it.  You might even want to  bring the longer side over your head and pin it near your ear. You can let it drape loosely for a more effortless look....

  • 9 Tips To Conquer Your Journey To The Magical Tokyo Disneyland From Chiba, Japan!

    Main Image Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort Facebook Planning a Halal-friendly trip to Disneyland Tokyo? Who doesn’t love Disney? Kids and adults alike world over love Disney and the magic it brings to their lives. So how can one plan a trip to Tokyo, and leave out magical Tokyo Disneyland? You can’t! So here are the ultimate tips to planning the perfect Tokyo Disneyland trip! How to Get There? If you’re wondering how to travel from Chiba to Tokyo Disneyland, you’ve got three options: by car/taxi, bus, or train. The faster option would be to take a taxi, or you could rent a car and drive yourself, which would be way cheaper. You can ask your hotel to help you out with this. The bus is also an economical option, and you will be able to get off right at the entrance. Alternatively, you could also take the train. The main gate of the park is situated directly opposite both the Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station. Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort The Tokyo Disneyland website has a detailed section dedicated to help you finding the easiest way to get there. You can find all the train and bus schedules from different places, as well as a road map for directions, if you choose to drive. Here's Your Muslim Visitor Guide To Tokyo, Japan Where to Pray and Eat? An essential part of the ultimate Tokyo Disney trip planning guide for Muslims would be to plan where you can pray and what you can eat. Prayer Facilities at Tokyo Disneyland We got our travel-sized prayer mats from Takva! Not to worry, as there are prayer rooms available inside Tokyo Disneyland, so you can take a break from all the fun rides to pray and have a bit of a rest. But as there is no designated room, you will have to ask the staff at the information desks, and they will be glad to arrange the room for you. Don't forget to bring along your own travel-sized prayer garments and prayer mats! To get your Qibla, simply look into the HalalTrip App! Halal Food at Tokyo Disneyland East Side Cafe Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort There are no Halal-certified restaurants at Tokyo Disneyland, but you should be able to find seafood and vegetarian options at some of the restaurants like the Eastside Cafe, Pan Galactic Pizza Port, and Captain Hook's Gallery. However, always make sure to check with the staff about individual menu items. A good tip for visiting Tokyo Disneyland is to bring your own Halal food, which you can eat at the picnic areas of the park. The park also offer services for guests with 'Special Dietary Limitations' where guests can request to use the microwaves within the park itself. Refer here for more information. More Tips for Visiting Tokyo Disneyland 1. Book Your Ticket in Advance The queues here are endless, with the thousands of visitors that the park hosts every day; so number one on your trip planning guide to Tokyo Disneyland would be to get your ticket in advance. You can get your ticket at a number of places like the Shinagawa Station, or you could book your e-ticket online through the website. If you're a little more anxious, get your tickets at the airport that you are departing from. Airports like Changi Airport Singapore has booths where you can purchase your theme park tickets even before your departure. 2. Get a FASTPASS Ticket Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort Your second tip to planning the perfect Tokyo Disneyland trip also involves queues. You’ll find that many of the attractions have long lines, you can save a bit of time by getting the FASTPASS tickets. What are FASTPASS tickets? These tickets are similar to reservation tickets that are issued at machines that are available right next to the rides. FASTPASS tickets give you a specific time when you can go on the ride, so you can explore the park and return at the designated times. (Make sure to get to the park really early, like an hour before it opens, because even FASTPASS tickets tend to run out really soon.) 3. Bring Along Snacks Are you getting the theme here? Queues! It’s better to bring your own food and snacks, as you’ll be spending most of your time queuing up at the restaurants and snack shops, precious time that you could be using to have fun! 4. Consider Getting a Multi-Day Passport Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort Facebook Disney tourist blogs will tell you that one day is not enough to cover the entire two parks, and they would be right. If you are interested, you could get the multi-day passport (which would be cheaper than buying 1-day passports twice or thrice). Or for the ultimate Tokyo Disneyland trip planning guide, consider a one or two-night stay at one of the Disneyland resort hotels. 5. Rent a Stroller for the Little One Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort A good tip for visiting Tokyo Disneyland for those with infants is to rent a stroller inside the park. Feeding and changing rooms are also available. 6. Catch the Fireworks & Laser Shows Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort Facebook Make sure to stay for the fireworks and laser shows at the end of the night. Your trip planning guide to Tokyo Disneyland 2019 would be incomplete without it! Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, JapanTelephone: +81 45-330-5211Website: www.tokyodisneyresort.jpOpening Hours: 8AM to 10PM...

  • Our Top 5 Favourite Islamic Books To take On The Plane

    Have a long flight scheduled in your near future and trying to think of some things to do one a plane when you're bored? A good Islamic book can sometimes be the best companion on such a journey. Instead of watching in-flight movies or listening to music and going in the way of Shaytan, reading a good book is not only beneficial and a Halal way to spend your time – it is also entertaining! While there are some really good books that you must read in order to further your understanding of Islam and better your deen, some of them would probably take longer than a plane ride. So, for now, here are some of our recommendations for top books to read on a plane: 1. Stories of the Prophets (Qisas-Al-Anbiya) by Muhammad Ibn Allah Kisai Picture Credit: Goodreads Stories of the Prophets, translated from its original title “Qisas-Al-Anbiya”, is one of the best Islamic books that are a good read when flying (or any other time in general). The book was composed around 1200 AD by its author who collected information through Qur'an, Hadith, and various other Islamic literature. The stories are told in a way that will keep you engrossed in them, while also teaching you valuable lessons from these pious men. Since this book is segregated into smaller stories throughout, you can read it all in one sitting or finish only part of it if that's all the time you have. It's also an entertaining read for any kids you have with you on your journey. 2. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah Picture Credit: If you're into fiction, this is an entertaining read that looks into the life of a Muslim teenager in the Western World. The novel follows the story of Amal Mohamed Nasrullah Abdel-Hakim, a 16-year old Australian girl of Palestinian decent. The story takes place in the year 2001, following the attack the World Trade Center. Even though she'd faced prejudice all her life, it becomes much worse in the wake of this incident. Coincidentally, this is the same time she decides to begin wearing the hijab. The story takes us through the reaction of her friends, family, and acquaintances, as well as exploring the struggles she goes through as a regular teenager and how she balances them with her religion. 3. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb Picture Credit: Be More Pirate Malala Yousufzai is a well known name around the world, and not just with Muslims. It was her strong will and passion for education that caused the near loss of her life in 2012. But, despite her enemies' best efforts, she survived and became a symbol for peaceful protest and a poster child for girls' education everywhere, and even received a Nobel Peace Prize. The book takes you through her life and her family and their support of her, among other things. Malala is famed for her quote “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world”. You'll be leaving your flight truly believing that one voice can change the world. 4. Don't Be Sad by Dr. Aid ibn Abdullah al-Qarni Picture Credit: Amazon In a time Muslims all around the world are facing discrimination, scrutiny and immense pressure either from those on the outside or by their fellow brothers and sisters who do not have a proper understanding of the religion, it's easy to feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. That's why this is one of the best books to read on a long flight – you'll leave the plane feeling lighter than you did when you boarded it! Don't Be Sad is a book that brings things into perspective, encouraging it's readers to be positive. It teaches you how to rid yourself of negativity and how to replace the sadness in your life, and all of the advice is rooted in Islamic teachings. 5. A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss, and Healing by Asmaa Hussein Picture Credit: Goodreads If you use Facebook, you might have come across an excerpt or two from Asmaa Hussein's page. Her writing, even in the form of just a few paragraphs, has the ability to make you feel all sorts of things. From her struggles as a young woman whose husband was killed to how she raises her daughter, her personality, pain, and devotion to Islam are reflected through her words. A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss, and Healing is her expanding these excerpts into a book – and an amazing read for a long flight. Be sure to carry some tissues along because you won't be able to stop yourself from tearing up once or twice. 6. 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilizations by Salim Al-Hassanni Picture Credit: Goodreads Today's modern world has all but forgotten all the contributions Muslims have made in the field of science, technology, medicine, and so on throughout the years. So much so that even modern Muslims ourselves aren't aware of them all! That is why this is one of the best books on Islamic history that you can read because it explores the forgotten past of the religion and its people. If you're taking kids on an airplane, the children's version of this book might also be a great way to keep them entertained – and they'll be getting a lesson in Islamic history as well!  ...

  • When is Hajj 2018?

    Hajj is a holy pilgrimage that is compulsory for a Muslim to make at least once in his or her lifetime (given that they have the economical means to do so). It is fifth in the five pillars of Islam, which is an indication of how important it is. Every year, approximately 2-3 million people from all around the world gather in Makkah to perform Hajj. This makes it the single largest gathering of people in one place at the same time in the entire world, religious or otherwise. Falling on the 12th and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar of Dhul-Hijjah, the journey of Hajj takes place over a span of 5 days, beginning from the 8th and ending on the 12th of the month. During this period, pilgrims start their journey from the holy city of Makkah, traveling to different places and completing rituals along the way, each with it's own religious significance. The Date of Hajj 2018 Eid-ul-Adha, or the Day of Hajj is celebrated during the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah. Since the Islamic calendar does not line up with the Gregorian calendar, the date of Eid-ul-Adha, falls on a different date every year. The arrival of an Islamic month is determined by the sighting of the new moon, and thus, the festival is announced. For this year, Eid-ul-Adha is set to be celebrated on Tuesday, the 21st of August, 2018. Hajj will take place from Saturday, the 19th of August, and end on Friday, the 24th of August. What Do Muslims Do on Eid-ul-Adha? There are only 2 celebrations that have been shown to Muslims, one of them being Eid-ul-Fitr, the celebration following the month-long fasting of Ramadan, and Eid-ul-Adha, the celebration of Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha translates to “Festival of Sacrifice”, representing the main feature of this day when Muslims all around the world give animals to sacrifice in the name of God. The meat is then distributed among friends, family, and the less fortunate in the community. Other than this, just as with the Ramadan festival, we wake up early to perform Eid prayers (in congregation, wherever possible), wear new clothes, visit friends and family, give and receive gifts, etc. The Story Behind Eid-ul-Adha Today, Muslims perform Hajj according to the way taught by Prophet Muhammed (sal), but the story of the festival of sacrifice goes back to the times of Prophet Ibrahim (alai). The act of sa'ee is derived from when Hajara (rali), the wife of Ibrahim (alai) ran between the two hills of Safa and Marwa in the search for water as her baby cried from thirst. Ibrahim (alai) had left her and their infant son, Ismail (alai) alone in the dessert as per Allah's request. From there sprung a stream of water, called Zam Zam, that is still running to this day. Later on, when Ismail (alai) was a little boy, Allah commanded Ibrahim (alai) to sacrifice his son in his name. With a heavy heart, Ibrahim (alai) prepared to carry out his Lord's wishes. But at the end, Allah replaced his son with a sheep, revealing that it had been a test. Today, Muslims going on the pilgrimage and others who have the means for it sacrifice an animal, typically a sheep, cow, or camel, as a reminder of the event....

  • Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA: Everything Is Within Reach At This Shariah-Compliant Hotel

    Main Image Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Adding themselves to the list of Shariah-compliant hotels in Malaysia, Mövenpick's brand new location in Kuala Lumpur just launched in July 2018. The Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA is set in a prime location, just 10 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KLIA2, the F1 Sepang International Circuit, and the Mitsui Outlet Park.  Check out the full Mitsui Outlet Park Map here! Mitsui Outlet Park Picture Credit: Mitsui Outlet Park The city center can be reached in about 30-40 minutes, so visitors have the best of both worlds. They get the calm of being away from the crowded parts of the city, but can also reach downtown KL without any hassle, making it an ideal choice for business travelers who are looking for Halal hotels in Malaysia near the airport, but also for families who want a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Design & Facilities of Movenpick KLIA Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA While keeping in mind all the unique requirements of a Muslim community, the hotel's management says that everything is designed to fit the overall principle of the 3 Cs – Comfort, Convenience, and Confidence. The architecture for the newest Movenpick Hotel in KL has been designed with the concept of showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the country, as well as showing off its Muslim-friendly Shariah-compliant concept – a seamless and modern blend of traditional Malaysian and Islamic architectures. Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA The design team was headed by Amir Hamzah, a senior associate at HIJAS Architects + Planners, a company that has left their mark on several iconic buildings in Malaysia such as the Telekom Malaysia Headquarters, Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), Putrajaya Masterplan, and Shell Tower in Kuala Lumpur. Amir Hamzah himself has been involved in the design concept for the extension projects of Masjid-Al-Haram, in Makkah, SA. Telekom Malaysia Headquarters Picture Credit: Ecler The hotel is set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens that stretch 7.2 hectares full of lush greenery, fountains, and streams. Mövenpick KL's design gives off an air of modernity and luxury the moment you walk in through the hotel doors into an expansive atrium with its ceiling that is 9-storeys high and glass elevators. The high open space makes it feel bright and breezy – tropical if you must. Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA The outside is decorated with ornate patterns and Islamic geometric art. It also features one of the earliest forms of Islamic calligraphy that was initially used to record the Holy Quran called Kufic script. These designs extend to the interior of the hotel as well, which is also installed with several features that take inspiration from some of the most iconic buildings in the history of Islamic architecture. Like the columns of Alhambra in Spain, or the “lancet” archways of Turkey and Iran. Alhambra, Spain Picture Credit: Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash The mammoth hotel has 333 rooms, which include 2-bedroom suites and great views. The hotel provides free shuttle services, a 24-hour front desk, a staff that speaks a variety of different languages, and free Wi-Fi – but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the list of amenities in store for their guests. Deluxe Room Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Tennis Court Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Halal Restaurants and Eateries Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Other facilities like wellness centers, well-equipped gymnasiums, a tennis court, spas, an outdoor play area and indoor kids club for the little ones make this a full-rounded experience. Keeping up with the criteria of a shariah compliant hotel, there are separate leisure facilities, like gyms, spas, and swimming pools for males and females. There are also 6 different Halal restaurants and eateries, serving all different cuisines from Malaysian to International. Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA The convention center is an impressive hub of its own, home to a banqueting hall that has the capacity to host about 1,500 delegates, a pre-function area, 10 seminar rooms, 4 meeting rooms, 2 boardrooms, an exhibition hall, VIP lounges, and several other facilities. Other than business travelers, the convention center is also set to serve as a departure hall for Hajj pilgrims, as well as hosting international exhibitions and conferences (MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions). Special Offers Superior King Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre is offering guests a special offer – courtesy of its opening – until the 30th of September, 2018. Guests can book Superior Rooms for the rate of RM 388++ per night, and it comes with a complimentary breakfast for two, as well as 50% for dining at any of the hotel's restaurants/cafes and for spa treatments. You also get the option of late checkout, free airport transfers, and the chance of being upgraded to the next available category of room! The Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre in KL is set to make a big splash, and we're not just talking about their enchanting swimming pools. It is one of the best luxury Shariah-compliant hotels in Kuala Lumpur, and a great place to stay at on your Halal travel to Malaysia....

  • Sacramento: Look Out for These 15 New Halal Food Places That Will Definitely Leave You Drooling

    A decade ago, a Muslim in Sacramento might not have had as many options for dining out. Fast forward to 2018 and the city has seen a variety of Halal certified restaurants, cafes, and eateries popping up all around. There has been an increase in the number of refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries coming to California, and the current generation's demand for American-style Halal food has driven the demand for many Halal food places. Even previously-existing restaurants are now moving towards offering Halal-friendly options and catering to the Muslims in the city. That's why there's been no better time for a Halal travel to California! If you're looking to find Halal restaurants near you in Sacramento, we've got you covered. Here are some of the best Halal food places in Sacramento for your dining pleasure. 1. Orange Oven Picture Credit: Orange Oven The owner of Orange Oven, Ateeq Rahman, is a student of Sacramento State where he studies nursing, but the second part of his double life is spent frying Samosa, flipping Chicken Wraps, Gyro, and even Halal burgers. And let's not forget the Fruit Freeze either, which is the perfect way to beat the heat during the summer. The Tzatziki Tacos is a dish that is much talked about, so give them a try! It's the taste and incredibly affordable prices that keep their patrons coming back for more, but the community that gathers here that includes Muslims and non-Muslims from all religions and races is what makes it extra special. Address: 2790 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA.Halal Status: Halal-Certified, Muslim-OwnedPrice Range: $Contact: +1 916-533-7727Website: 2. Halal Fried Chicken Picture Credit: Halal Fried Chcken Facebook Who doesn't love a good crispy fried chicken? Nobody! That's why we're glad Muslim Sacramenteons are getting to enjoy delicious Halal fried chicken at Rancho Cordova. Tender, juicy, crispy pieces of freshly-prepared chicken that you can order by the bucket because the prices are amazingly cheap! But, fried chicken isn't all you get. From your Milkshakes, Burgers, Mac and Cheese, Chicken and Waffles, and Onion Rings, to many other American fast food favorites - they've got it all! Address: 10899 Olson Dr., Rancho Cordova.Halal Status: Halal (confirmed by owners), Muslim-OwnedPrice Range: $Contact: 916-852-8533Website: 3. Darna Mediterranean Kitchen Picture Credit: Darna Facebook They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and that couldn't be truer in the case of Darna Mediterranean Kitchen. The outside might look scruffy and unkempt, but the restaurant is a hidden gem. Decorated with tiles, arches and Arab-style motifs, this quaint bistro is a popular Halal lunching spot that serves tasty and unpretentious food. Their menu consists of a mix of American and Mediterranean dishes from BBQ Ribs and burgers to Kabobs, Shawarma, and Falafel platters. Eggplant stews that pack a punch, Lentil soup, and a spectacular Baba Ghanoush make is a great place for vegetarians as well. If you're feeling particularly hungry, you might want to try their buffet, which offers a good variety of delicious food and is quite popular among their customers. Address: 925 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA.Halal Status: Halal (confirmed by owners), Muslim-OwnedPrice Range: $$Contact: +1 916-447-7500Website: 4. California Express Pizza Picture Credit: California Express Pizza Every city needs a good pizza place, and for Muslims in Sacramento, they have California Express Pizza. Owned by a Muslim, this pizzeria is clean and follows Islamic methods in preparing their food. You'll get everything you'd want in a good pizza place, including thin and thick crust pizzas, fries, wings, garlic bread, and more. You're even given the choice to build your ultimate pizza, picking your choice of base, sauce, and every topping that goes on (including half-and-half pizzas). The store is quite small and more suited for takeouts or delivery, but they do have a couple small tables for dine-in as well. Address: 1950 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, CA 95661, USAHalal Status: Halal Certified, Muslim-OwnedPrice Range: $$Contact: (916) 788-4444Website: 5. Babylon City Market Picture Credit: Babylon City Market The bustling Babylon City Market is home to several stores that specialize in serving only Halal food, including fast food joints and takeout places. There is also a butcher's shop that sells Halal meat, and a deli counter that sees the most number of customers. You can pick up a range of meats, Kebabs, Shawarmas. The smell of freshly baked bread is another thing that will draw you in, and the impressive range includes a unique diamond-shaped Iraqi bread called Samoon. Another unique feature of the deli is the Lamb Shank, a cooked half-lamb that is served on a bed of a yellow rice. A feast fit for a king if there ever was one! You might also have a stroll through the aisles and pick up things like Middle Eastern sweets, spice, drinks, and other specialties. Address: 1745 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825, USA.Halal Status: Serves only HalalPrice Range: $-$$Contact: 916-486-7777Website: 6. Mediterranean Bakery and Cuisine Picture Credit: Mediterranean Bakery and Cuisine Facebook And if you're looking for a casual cafe/bakery type place where you can hang out with friends and family, grab a cup of coffee and sink your teeth into delicious sweets and snacks this is your ideal place to be. If it's the sweets you're interested in, you've got a wide variety to choose from, including dates, cookies, Baklava, and more. On the savory side of things, you might pick up a bottle of hot sauce, grab some hot-out-of-the-fryer crunchy Falafel or their famous Beef Shawarma. They also offer a variety of specialty bread like Samoon, pita, Lahmajoon, and flatbreads flavored with Za'tar. Address: 1547 Fulton Ave C, Sacramento, CA 95825, USA.Halal Status: Halal CertifiedPrice Range: $Contact: (916) 333-5788Website: 7. The Halal Guys Picture Credit: The Halal Guys The Halal Guys have made a name for themselves in many cities around the world and in America. But despite the name, their food trucks and storefronts see lines that stretch for blocks containing not just Muslims, but those who don't care about Halal at all either. That is a true testament to the taste and quality of food that these guys pump out. From Chicken and Falafel over rice to Gyro platters, Shawarma and more - get your fix of delicious fresh fast food at The Halal Guys! They are currently at one location in Sacramento (Davis), but two more are set to open this year in another Davis location and downtown Ice Blocks. Address: 500 1st St #7, Davis, CA 95616, USA.Halal Status: Halal CertifiedPrice Range: $$Contact: (530) 746-2283Website: 8. Kasbah Picture Credit: Kasbah If you're looking for a place that is a bit more on the fancy side of things, Kasbah is a lesser-known lounge-style restaurant that offers Muslim-friendly options to its patrons. Although they do serve alcoholic cocktails, their website states that they “offer traditional and modern Middle Eastern cuisine with gluten-free, vegetarian, and Halal options”. They serve all of the Middle Eastern classics like Pita, Shawarma, Gyro, Hummus, etc. but also offer unique options like Harissa Chili Chicken Wings, Fried Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates, and the “Not Today seitan” burger which is fully vegan. Address: 2115 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA.Halal Status: Halal-friendly (Halal food but also serves alcohol)Price Range: $$-$$$Contact: +1 916-442-4388Website: 9. Cheese Steak Restaurant Picture Credit: Cheese Steak Restaurant No trip to America would be complete without trying the iconic Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. But, it can be challenging finding a place that serves a Halal version of them. So, you'll be glad to hear that Cheese Steak Restaurant is Halal and does a pretty good version of this American classic! You can get a variety of Philly Cheese Steaks, specialty sandwiches, sides, salads, beverages, kids meals, and so much more. Address: 1774, 8555 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624, United States.Halal Status: Halal (confirmed by owners), Muslim-OwnedPrice Range: MidContact: +1 916-686-7454Website: 10. Chang's Thai Cuisine Picture Credit: Chang's Thai Cuisine While the majority of Halal food in Sacramento revolves around Middle Eastern and Indian food, Chang's Thai Cuisine offers something a little different by offering delicious and light Thai food in Sacramento. Their food is prepared using fresh ingredients, and they say that serving nutritious food is important to them. The friendly atmosphere and ambiance will make you feel warm and the delicious aromas wafting from the kitchen will leave you drooling. Try authentic Thai dishes like Thai Papaya Salad, Tom Yum Soup, Tofu Rolls, Pineapple Fried Rice, and more. Address: 3020 North Freeway Blvd., Unit 310, Sacramento, CA 95834.Halal Status: Halal (verbally confirmed by staff)Price Range: MidContact: (916) 333-2978Website: 11. Tanoor Halal Picture Credit: Tanoor Halal Tanoor Halal is a small eatery where you will have to go up to the register to place an order. But, the restaurant serves up some really good Middle Eastern food at incredibly affordable prices, that we doubt you'll care much about all the extra bells and whistles. If meat is what you're looking for, Tanoor Halal doesn't play around. They serve up some mighty Kebabs, Chicken Tikka, and even seafood options. Side dishes like Lentil Soup, Hummus, and their freshly-baked Iraqi bread get rave reviews, and it's a good thing that these are included in most combo and platter options! Address: 2212 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, USA.Halal Status: Halal (Verbally certified by staff)Price Range: $Contact: +1 916-646-6437Website: 12. Falafel Corner Picture Credit: Falafel Corner Facebook The owner of Falafel Corner, a Pakistani-immigrant whose been in the US since the 1970s, opened shop a couple years ago "as an act of service" to the Muslim community hungry for delicious Halal food. And serve he does! The theme of the restaurant is fusion, and you'll get dishes like lamb Quesadilla and Halal “Hamburgers”, but you'll find classics like Gyro and Falafel as well. The Badmaash burger is a particularly over-the-top and scrumptious burger that consists of meat, cheese, a “bomb sauce”, and beef “bacon”, to name a few of the ingredients. At Falafel Corner, they say they are committed to sourcing good quality ingredients and that quality is the key to everything they do. Their first restaurant in Natomas was opened only in 2016, but they've already expanded to 4 more locations as of now. Address: 3620 N. Freeway Blvd., Sacramento. 916-891-0375.Halal Status: Halal Certified, Muslim-OwnedPrice Range: $Contact: (916) 891-0375Website: 13. Shalimar Shalimar has been open in a few locations including the Bay Area and Natomas for some time now, serving their customers with delicious Indian and Pakistani fare. So, if you're looking for Halal restaurants in Sacramento, make sure to give them a try. Among their dishes, some of the most popular ones include Pakistani BBQ, creamy curries, Kebabs, and more. Address: 3654 North Freeway Blvd., Unit 320, Sacramento, CA 95834.Halal Status: Halal (confirmed by owners), Muslim-OwnedPrice Range: $$Contact: +1 916-515-1919Website: 14. House of Shah Afghan Urban Eats Picture Credit: House Of Shah House of Shah sprung out of a family's love for food, each other, and the community. Run by a young couple, the restaurant serves up modern Afghani food, but all of it is rooted in traditional flavors. Everything has to be approved by Selmon (one of the owners)'s mother and grandmother, who's traditional recipes are often the inspiration behind House of Shah's dishes. Some of the dishes that get rave reviews include Mantu (an Afghani stuffed dumpling), Chicken Kabuli, and the Shah's Burger. Their Spicy Beef Chapli kabob packs a punch and is a crowd favorite (but definitely not for the mild-hearted). Address: 538 Main St, Woodland, CA 95695, USA.Halal Status: Halal CertifiedPrice Range: $$-$$$Contact: +1 530-665-6516Website: 15. Famous Kabob Picture Credit: Famous Kabob Facebook Just like the name would have you guessing, this Kabob joint in Fulton is quite popular among those looking for Halal dining options in Sacramento. But, it's popularity reaches far beyond its Muslim clientele, making it one of the most well-known and loved restaurants along the Fulton corridor. Persian dishes like the Sabzee Khordan, Kabob Koobeedeh, Doog, Ghaymey and more have always gotten raving reviews from their customers. Address: 1290 Fulton Ave #1219, Sacramento, CA 95825, USAHalal Status: Halal-Friendly (reported by customers), serves alcoholPrice Range: $$-$$$Contact: +1 916-483-1700Website:

  • This Is So #Kawaii! Hop On The Hello Kitty Shinkansen When You're In Japan!

    What is a Shinkansen? Picture Credit: Photo by Fikri Rasyid on Unsplash​ Shinkansen is the name given to a network of high-powered trains in Japan, generally used for long-distance travel from Tokyo to distant cities, but also by daily commuters. To English-speakers, a Shinkansen might be better recognizable when called a bullet train.​ Hello Kitty Shinkansen Picture Credit: Nippon​ Japan's latest spectacle combines two things the country loves and is best known for all around the world – Hello Kitty (a cute character created by the company, Sanrio), and bullet trains. The train is operated by one of five Japan's railway operators – West Japan Railway Co and is set to run the Shinkansen line from Shin-Osaka to Hakata Station as a Kodama. The train's main aim is to promote tourism and to bring attention to the regional communities in Western Japan. The company unveiled its newest and cutest additions in June of this year, two revamped 500 series trains decked out fully in pink and white, complete with Hello Kitty motifs and the character's signature pink bow to be seen everywhere. The pink and white bullet train began its run on the 30th of June. The train is said to be in operation only until October 2018, although plans to increase the time period may be taken up depending on the demand. But, why take the chance? If you are traveling to Japan during this time period, do not miss a trip on Japan's cutest high-speed bullet train, it's sure to be a memory of a lifetime! Features of the Hello Kitty Shinkansen Picture Credit: Nippon​ The outside of the train is painted in shades of pink and white, with large pink ribbons, and the image of Hello Kitty decked out in the Shinkansen uniform looking out from each train car. The inside is more of the same, with little motifs of Hello Kitty placed in several parts of the car, including the window shades. The train even plays the Hello Kitty jingle as it approaches each stop instead of the usual Shinkansen tune. Picture Credit: Nippon​ Eight original Hello Kitty designs have been added to the Shinkansen's design, each one holding a local product representing each of the prefectures the train passes by on its journey. Some of these include a green apple for Tottori prefecture, a black shell for Shimane prefecture, and a strawberry for Fukuoka prefecture. Other areas highlighted include Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi. Hello Plaza Picture Credit: Nippon​ Other than the regular passenger areas, two seat-less train cars have been specially designed to give travelers the ultimate Hello Kitty experience. Car 1 is named “Hello! Plaza”, and is dedicated to showcasing local Japanese products including food, souvenirs, and specialty items. According to Japan Railway, this room features areas for shopping, rest, and a photo spot, as well as a video corner. Kawaii Room Picture Credit: Nippon​ Car 2 is called the “Kawaii! Room”, and it is decked from head to toe in pink. Passengers will be greeted by life-size Hello Kitty doll wearing the Shinkansen uniform standing in a photo booth where fans can take pictures. The car also features other items, all of them in the theme of Hello Kitty and friends. A special Hello Kitty themed cafe, as well as a souvenir shop featuring exclusive Hello Kitty Shinkansen merchandise, were opened at the Hakata Station. Arrive early with time to spare before your journey or spend some time when you get off the train (depending on where you start/stop), and have some fun at these places! Prices & Reservation Prices for the Hello Kitty Shinkansen are similar to regular bullet trains in Japan. Tickets for the train are also included in a Japan Rail (JR) pass, so if you already have one, you are set to go! There are even said to be free seats given out, but we cannot confirm the availability of them on any particular day. Reservations are also technically not required, but we would suggest you do it anyway, given the recent launch, demand, and potentially short run of the Hello Kitty Shinkansen. Car 1 (Hello! Plaza) and Car 2 (Kawaii! Room) are free to enter, but depending on how many passengers are waiting in line, you might have to wait for some time to gain admission. You might also want to reserve your ticket for Car 2 in advance. You can book your tickets at any JR office or online through the JR website. The Hello Kitty Shinkansen numbers are Kodama 730 (Hakata to Shin-Osaka) and Kodama 741 (Shin-Osaka to Hakata). You can find the complete timetable for the Hello Kitty Shinkansen here....

  • Shah Faisal Mosque: Get To Know Islamabad's Grand National Mosque

    Located in the city of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, Faisal Mosque (also known as Shah Faisal Mosque) is set in front of a stunning backdrop of the magnificent Margalla Hills. It also functions as the National Mosque of Pakistan. This iconic building is not just a famous landmark in Pakistan as it dominates the Islamabad skyline, but an important one in the Islamic world, religiously and architecturally.​ Construction of Faisal Mosque Picture Credit: Pakistan Tours Guide The building of the mosque was completed over a period of 10 years from 1976 to 1986. The total cost of construction amounted to about US $120 million dollars, most of which was funded by King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, whose name was later given to the mosque.​ The mosque was built on an elevated piece of land and has been planned strategically that is can be viewed from most places in the city. But, one has to be up-close to truly take in the beauty and magnificence of Faisal Mosque, which is why a Halal trip to Pakistan will not be complete without a visit here!​ The Architecture of Faisal Mosque Picture Credit: ProPakistani An international competition was held to select the design for the mosque, which received over 40 applications from 17 different countries. It was Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay's design that was ultimately chosen. His unconventional design was inspired by the Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert. As such, the main structure of the mosque is shaped with sharp angles, like a tent, and not the traditional domed structures of Islamic architecture that most mosques around the world follow.​ The outside of the mosque is made up of 8 sides and consists of 4 sharp minarets that border its corners, each of them standing at 88 meters tall. Each of these minarets is known to be the tallest in South Asia. A popular myth states that the ever-paranoid American CIA wanted to inspect them in fear that they were disguised missiles – which, of course, they weren't.​ The roof on the interior of Faisal mosque is about 40 meters high, giving the already massive hall a feeling of endlessness. Faint sounds of the Qur'an being recited echo off the walls of white marble and mosaics. These walls are adorned with golden calligraphy by famous Pakistani artist Sadequain, with large chandeliers hanging from the ceiling (a massive Turkish gold-colored one hangs in the main hall). The ceiling itself is a piece of art, designed with sharp lines and grooves.​ Designer Vedat Dalokay was presented the Agah Khan Award for Architecture on his exceptional and unique design of Faisal Mosque. It is revered as one of the best examples of modern Islamic architecture in the world.​ A Later Addition When General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the former president of Pakistan, passed away in 1988, his funeral, which was one of the largest in Pakistani history, was held at Faisal Mosque. A mausoleum dedicated to him was then installed at the site adjacent to the mosque. People can stop by and offer prayers for the dead here.​ The Largest Mosque in the World Picture Credit: Prelo At the time of completion, Faisal Mosque was the largest mosque in the world, covering an area of about 54,000 square feet. The main hall of the mosque is said to have the capacity to accommodate 100,000 worshipers, and 200,000 can pray in the areas including the surrounding courtyards and porticoes.​ Faisal Mosque held this title until 1993, when it was overtaken by other mosques in size and capacity, namely by the two main mosques in Saudi Arabia (Masjid-Al-Haram, and Masjid-An-Nabawi), and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.​ Today, it still remains as the largest mosque in South Asia, as well as the fourth largest in the world.​ Visiting Faisal Mosque Picture Credit: Trover Faisal Mosque is one of Pakistan's most popular tourist attractions, and visitors both Muslim and non-Muslim are welcome here. There is no entrance fee (except to store shoes and other valuables), but guests are welcome to donate as much or as little as they want to the mosque's fund.​ Of course, as this is a religious building first and foremost, there are certain rules that visitors must adhere to. You must make sure to remove your footwear before entering, and that you are dressed well (long, loose-fitting clothes, and a head cover for women).​ Eating inside the mosque is prohibited, but not explicitly so in the courtyard and surrounding open areas. You should also be on your best behavior, and refrain from making loud noises or acting inappropriately. The main prayer hall is only open during prayer times and is the only area closed to non-Muslims. It is also the only place where photography is frowned upon.​ There is a separate prayer hall for women, which is decorated with zebra marble imported from Greece. Other than the prayer halls, the mosque houses a large ablution area, lecture hall, library, cafe, museum, and a small gift shop near the entrance. There is also a university here, educating about 700 students.​ The areas surrounding the main structure consist of courtyards and porticoes. The entrance has a circular pond, which then leads to a larger pond and fountains, as well as the stairs that lead to the main prayer hall. The entire area is surrounded by lush greenery, and of course, the Margalla hills stand tall and proud behind.​ Getting to Faisal Mosque The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is located at Shah Faisal Ave, E-8, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan. Public transport is available from most parts of the city to Faisal Mosque. If you are traveling from outside the city, you can take an intercity bus to 8th avenue in Islamabad, and then take another bus or a taxi to the mosque. Taxi rates are pretty inexpensive, the fare would be roughly Rs. 80 from the Blue Area.​...

  • Mumbai: Traveling In This City Is A Breeze With These 7 Halal-Friendly Hotels

    If you were given the chance to visit just one city in India, you would probably get the best all-around 'Indian' experience in Mumbai. It is the financial, commercial, and entertainment capital of India, and the country's most populous city. As Muslim travelers, it is preferable that we travel to countries that cater well to our faith. This means finding mosques, prayer facilities, and Halal restaurants. With Mumbai, you can put all your worries at rest! Just like almost all other regions in India, Mumbai is home to a large number of Muslims (the second largest religion in the city after Hinduism). Therefore, traveling in Mumbai as a Muslim traveler is definitely a breeze.​ Here are some of the best Halal-friendly hotels in Mumbai for your stay in the city: 1. Taj Mahal Tower Picture Credit: Taj Mahal Tower The Taj Mahal Tower is one of the most famous hotels in Mumbai, giving you a taste of the luxury. It is situated in the heart of the city, across from the iconic Gateway of India. The Taj Mahal Tower was a later addition to the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel – a heritage 5-star hotel that was opened in 1903. The older wing has had many high profile guests from all around the world. The Taj Mahal Tower hotel comes with all kinds of amenities like free Wi-Fi, a 24/7 gym, babysitting and concierge services, full-service spa and hair salons, an outdoor pool, cafes and even wedding services (complete with a limo and all)! Calling itself by the name of the famous Taj Mahal, built by Islamic emperor Shah Jahn, one would expect the hotel to cater to all the needs of its Muslim guests – and they do! From providing the direction of the Qibla in all rooms to providing prayer amenities upon request, you won't be made to feel out of place. They also have several Halal restaurants on site, including an entirely Halal buffet spread. Furthermore, you can also request to remove alcohol from the minibar when booking a room. Step outside the hotel, and you'll find plenty of Halal (and/or purely vegetarian) restaurants run by locals that are cheap and satisfying. There are also several mosques in the surrounding area. Address: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, IndiaContact: +91 22 6665 3000Website: 2. Hotel Suba International Picture Credit: Suba International Mumbai Hotel Suba is another great place to stay at on your Halal trip to Mumbai. Not only do they have all the amenities that any traveler would need for a comfortable stay, they also have friendly staff. The hotel maintains a clean image on the outside and inside. The hotel is situated just 5-10 minutes drive away from the airport, which is a big deal considering Mumbai's congested traffic. The hotel even has free airport transfers for arrival and departure for guests! As for Muslim-friendly amenities, Hotel Suba offers a Halal breakfast buffet spread (which comes complimentary with the room on most bookings). Not only do they have the Qibla direction in every room, they also have a dedicated prayer room that is fully equipped. There are many restaurants outside the hotel, and a short walk should bring you across several that are either Halal or vegetarian-only. Address: Plot No. 211, Chakala, Sahar Road, Opposite Cigarette Factory, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400099.Phone: +91 22 6707 6707Website: 3. Hotel Milan International Picture Credit: Milan International If you're not interested in the luxury and are willing to give up some of the more high-end amenities, then Hotel Milan is a good mid-range hotel that you can stay at on your Halal holiday in Mumbai. The hotel is also situated close to the airport, and a 5-minute walk to the Santacruz station. But they still provide all the basic facilities one would expect of a hotel - free internet, concierge services, breakfast buffet, express check-in/out, a billiards/pool room – although you might have to pay extra for some of them. They also provide Muslim-friendly amenities like prayer mats and Qibla direction in rooms. The hotel also serves Halal food and does not stock on their mini bar with alcohol. You should also be able to find Halal and Halal-friendly restaurants in Mumbai near the hotel. Address: 1st Road, Near Milan Subway, Santacruz West, Kothwadi Area, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054, IndiaPhone: +91 22 6560 8943Website: 4. Lucky Hotel Picture Credit: Lucky Hotel Another budget-friendly and Muslim-friendly hotel in Mumbai is the Lucky Hotel. Officially known as “Lucky Hotels & Restaurants”, their restaurant is perhaps more popular than the hotel itself. The restaurant is known for its delicious food, especially non-vegetarian dishes that are rich and indulgent variety. And “lucky” for us, they serve Halal food! Lucky hotel is available in 2 locations in Mumbai, in Bandra and Goregaon. As for the Bandra hotel, it is located conveniently so you can travel to places like Hill Road and Linking road by tuk-tuk easily. The Bandra Railway Station and the airports are also situated close by. The Goregaon hotel is situated very close to the nearest railway station and not too far from the airport. The rooms are clean and well-maintained, the staff is friendly, and most bookings come with free breakfast as well. Other amenities like free Wi-Fi, TV, and air-conditioning are also available. Lucky Hotels and Restaurants BandraAddress: Bld no-9 Bandra Junction of S.V. Road & Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, IndiaPhone: +91 22 2644 2973Website: Lucky Hotels and Restaurants GoregoanAddress: Near Durian Estate, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400097, IndiaPhone: +91 22 2876 5599Website: 5. Hotel City Palace Picture Credit: Hotel City Palace For those who do not want to spend much on accommodation or hotel ratings, Hotel City Palace is just the right place. The hotel offers some of the cheapest rates for rooms, given that it is still family-friendly and conveniently located. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station can be reached on foot, and landmarks like The Gateway of India are just a short tuk-tuk ride away. Even though the prices are cheap, the hotel still offers plenty of amenities. The rooms are air-conditioned and kept clean. They provide free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast for most bookings. They provide Halal food, but given the hotel's location in the heart of the city, you're sure to find plenty of restaurants around it that serve Halal food. The hotel also provides a prayer mat upon request and has the direction of Qibla in all rooms. There are also several mosques within a short distance from the hotel. Address: 121, City Terrace, Opp. C.S.T. Station Main Gate, Walchand Hirachand Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, IndiaPhone: +91 99303 59336Website: 6. The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre Picture Credit: The Retreat Hotel & Convention Centre Facebook The Retreat Hotel is a mid-to-high range hotel located in the western suburbs of Mumbai. As the name suggests, this hotel is a great place a 'retreat' away from the chaos, madness, and noise of the city center. It is located just across Madh island and the popular Aksa beach, which gives the feeling of peacefulness and serenity – something that's hard-pressed to come by in a city like Mumbai. You can reach the city center and popular landmarks in about 1-2 hours of a drive, but this location would be best suited for those who are looking for a place to sit back and relax. The hotel itself is well maintained and offers plenty of amenities. If you're lucky, you might even score a room with an incredible view of the aforementioned beach. A massive outdoor pool, convention center, gym, spa, and a health club are a few of the recreational facilities you can find at The Retreat. The hotel serves Halal food, but make sure to let the hotel know your requirements when booking. They might also be able to point you towards a few Halal restaurants outside of the hotel. In any case, you should be able to find plenty of vegetarian-only restaurants at the least. Address: Erangal Beach, Madh Island, Marve Road, Malad (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061, IndiaContact: +91 22 2881 3500Website: 7. Radisson Blu Goregaon Picture Credit: Radisson Mumbai Goregaon Facebook  Finishing things off with a more high-end affair, we've included the Radisson Blu Goregaon in our list of Halal hotels in Mumbai. It is located near the airport as well as Bombay Exhibition Centre and is best suited for business travelers or families. The hotel offers plenty of amenities like free Wi-Fi (and even work desks in premium suites), LCD TV, toiletries, etc. The hotel also hosts a spa, an outdoor pool, a rooftop pool, and other recreational facilities like the 24-hour health clinic. The hotel has a 180-degree restaurant, which is surely a spectacular view (chat with the staff about Halal food here), and you can also opt for breakfast with your booking for an additional fee (the food here is said to be exceptional!). The staff is friendly and the hotel is well maintained. The hotel provides Halal food, as well as prayer mats and Qibla direction to cater to its Muslim guests. There are several mosques in Goregaon that you can visit. Address: Junction of S.V. Road, Veer Savarkar Flyover, Udyog Nagar, Goregaon West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400062, IndiaPhone: +91 22 2871 8000Website:

  • Adelaide: Your Next Halal-Friendly Escape From Reality

    Stretching from the beautiful sunny shores to the stunning foothills, Adelaide is one of the major cities in Australia – a place that is vibrant and bursting to the brim with culture, events, food, and entertainment. This cosmopolitan city is the capital of the state of Southern Australia and is home to a melting pot of people of all sorts backgrounds. Adelaide is a great place for travelers who wish to get the full taste of the arts and culture of Australia. Being known as a major creative hub, the city hosts numerous art festivals, holiday celebrations, international fairs, markets, and so many more events throughout the year. So much so, that the city has even come to be known as “The Festival City”. Picture Credit: Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash If you love exploring metropolitan cities, be it architecture, entertainment, arts, gastronomy, or the general vibe of it all – Adelaide is a great place for you to visit. But that's not to say Adelaide has nothing to offer to those that love the outdoors and nature. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Adelaide is a great beach destination. And if you feel like “the hills are calling”, head to Adelaide’s hill to enjoy the cooler climate, cozy cottages, markets with the freshest produce, and scenic drives through the countryside. Exploring the city and all its charm – from old colonial style architecture, trendy cafes, and restaurants that line picturesque streets to museums, beaches, events, exhibitions, and so much more – Adelaide is certainly a place that is worth the visit on a trip to Australia. Attractions in Adelaide As mentioned, Adelaide welcomes all kinds of visitors and offers a taste of all different kinds of experiences. But, of course, it's mainly known for its arts and culture, with a side of food, shopping, and history thrown in there. Here are some of the most popular attractions in Adelaide that you should put on your list of places to visit on your vacation in Australia. 1. Rundle Mall Picture Credit: South Australian Style Magazine Standing at the center of Adelaide's downtown, Rundle Mall is a pedestrian street mall that has been in operation since 1976. It is the heart of everything retail and shopping in the city. Regardless of what kind of shopper you are, whether your heart gets pumping at the sight of bargain deals or you love the luxury of high-end retail therapy, you'll feel right at home at Rundle Mall. Basically, it's your one-stop shop for everything ranging from groceries to clothing. You can also stroll along the streets, stop and give some buskers your audience, or get a bite to eat at some of the chic cafes and restaurants. Getting to and from Rundle Mall is a breeze as there are several buses operating throughout the day. Address: Adelaide SA 5000, Australia. 2. Adelaide Oval Picture Credit: Adelaide Oval Facebook The Adelaide Oval, located in the parklands between the city center and North Adelaide, is a sports ground that is mainly utilized for cricket and Australian football. It is the headquarters of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), and is known as one of the most beautiful and well-constructed test cricket grounds in the world. Other sports matches held here include rugby, tennis, and soccer. The grounds have also hosted several concerts. Address: War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia.Contact: +61 8 8211 1100 3. Adelaide Botanic Garden Picture Credit: Adelaide Botanic Garden Facebook Located in the north-east corner of the Adelaide City Center, The Adelaide Botanic Garden is a 130-acre public garden in the Adelaide Park Lands. The gardens comprise of different themed areas such as First Creek Wetland, Gardens of Health, International Rose Garden, Australian Native Garden, Dahlia Garden, and more. The Palm House is a Victorian glasshouse imported from Berlin in 1875, and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany does important work in collecting and analyzing all the different uses of plants. A stroll through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens is sure to be relaxing and fascinating at the same time, and you're sure to learn a whole lot through the visit! Address: North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.Contact: +61 8 8222 9311Opening Times: Mon-Fri – 7:15 am, Weekends/Public Holidays – 9:00 am (closing times vary throughout the year). 4. Adelaide Central Market Picture Credit: Adelaide Central Market This gourmet shopping center has been in business since it opened its doors in 1869, and is one of Australia's largest sources for fresh produce. It is home to about 80 or so retail vendors offering all different kind of food-related items from all around the world. Whatever your heart desire – fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, bread, spices – you'll find it here. There are also several cafes and eateries where you can have some amazing food. Picture Credit: Adelaide Central Market One of the best things to do is have a stroll down Adelaide Central Market, stopping at shops that catch your eye, and check out all the different kinds of gourmet ingredients that you can pick up. If you're a foodie, there's no way your holiday in Adelaide would be complete without a trip to the gastronomic hub of the city. Of course, you'll end up leaving with heavy bags and a light wallet, but that's just a given! Address: (Located in Central Market Arcade) 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Opening Times: Tues – Thurs 9 am – 5:30 pm, Fri 7 am– 9 pm, Sat 7 am– 3 am, (Closed on Sunday/Monday)Contact: +61 8 8203 7494 5. Victoria Square Picture Credit: SA History Hub Victoria Square is a public square located in the center of the city, neighbored by many public institutions like the Supreme Court of South Australia, Adelaide General Post Office, etc. It is also known as Tarntanyangga (translating to “red kangaroo dreaming”), named so because the square was previously the central camp for the dundagunya tribe people, who named it Tandanya or Tarntanya. Today, the square is a large grassy open area with fountains, gardens, park benches, and plenty of shady trees. It's a great place to spend some time relaxing with friends and family, have a picnic, or just play some football. All of these attractions are situated in the Adelaide City Center, close to the Rundle Mall area, so it would be most efficient to book a hotel for your stay around the same place. If you aren't sure of where to stay in Adelaide, check our website for suggestions on Halal-friendly hotels. Address: Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Opening Times: 24 hours, 7 days of the week.Contact: +61 8 8203 7203 Getting Around Adelaide Picture Credit: Daniel Hoult It is pretty easy to get around the city of Adelaide, thanks to the various facilities and amenities that are available. With well-constructed pedestrian ways, walking is always a good option for when the distance is short enough. If you're traveling farther, you always have the option to book a cab. There are several ride-hailing apps you can download. Of course Uber is one of the most popular options, but other services that are available include Taxify, GoCatch, and GoGet. Another rideshare app, Shebah, is now available in Adelaide and the best option for women traveling solo or by themselves with children. This company focus on women's safety, employing only women drivers and catering only to women and children (you can even request a vehicle with a car seat for kids). Picture Credit: Adelaide Metro Public transport is another option that is very reliable. Adelaide has a great variety of public transport including buses, trains, and the tram. You can pick up a visitors metro card that'll give you unlimited travel for 3 days. Trams operate within the city center and the suburbs, but trains are probably your best choice in the case of longer travel to places outside the city. Picture Credit: Wikiwand There is also a free City Connector bus service in Adelaide that runs on a loop throughout the week that'll be most useful for travel within Adelaide's downtown area. Furthermore, almost all public transport is designed to cater to differently-abled persons as well. Praying in Adelaide Of course, as Muslims, another major concern we have when we travel is to find places where we can pray. If you're looking for where to pray in Adelaide, fret not, because there are several places where you can do so. Here are some of the mosques and prayer places in Adelaide: 1. Central Adelaide Mosque Picture Credit: Islam Maps Address: 28/20 Little Gilbert St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Contact: +61 8 8231 6443 2. Islamic Arabic Centre & Masjid Al Khalil Picture Credit: Islamic Arabic Centre & Masjid Al-Khalil Facebook Address: 596 Torrens Rd, Woodville North SA 5012, Australia.Contact: +61 8 8268 1944 3. Imam Ali Mosque Address: 27 Langford St, Pooraka SA 5095, Australia.Contact: +61 468 923 440 4. University of Adelaide Musallah Address: Union House, Victoria Drive, Adelaide, South Australia 5005.Contact: +61 8 8313 5240 5. Sahara Pizza House Address: Adelaide: 372 Sturt Road, Clovelly Park, South Australia. 6. Lazat Pizza Address: 216 Days Road, Adelaide, South Australia. 7. Nawab Tandoori Address: 403 Grange Road, Shop 3, Seaton, South Australia. 8. AlSham Address: 253 Diagonal Road, Warradale, South Australia. 9. Mekong Thai Restaurant Address: 68 Hindley Street, Adelaide, South Australia. Halal Food in Adelaide If you are wondering where to eat on your Muslim-friendly trip to Adelaide, there's no need to worry as there are many restaurants that serve Halal and Muslim-friendly food. Here's a list of some of the best Halal-friendly restaurants in Adelaide: 1. Australia's Pizza House Picture Credit: Australia's Pizza House Facebook A good no-nonsense eatery with affordable Western-type fare that tastes really good. Burgers, pizza, hot dogs – whatever your heart yearns for. Cuisine: Italian, Fast Food, Pizza.Address: 26 Bank St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs 11:00 am - 11 pm, Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 am, Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 amPrice/Price Range: Low – ModerateReservation: Not necessaryContact: Website: 2. Beyond India Picture Credit: Beyond India Facebook Experience all the vibrancy of Indian food culture in an open dining room with beautiful décor and even better food at this award-winning Indian restaurant in Adelaide. Cuisine: IndianAddress: 170 0’Connell Street North Adelaide, SA 5006.Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs 12 - 3 pm, 5 - 10:30 pm, Fri - Sat 12 - 3 pm, 5 - 11 pmPrice/Price Range: Moderate-HighReservation: RecommendedContact: 8267 3820Website: 3. Burger IT Picture Credit: Burger IT Facebook A convenient and super affordable stopover for whenever you feel that pang of hunger. The place is best known for its gourmet burgers. They also have gluten-free options as well. Don't forget to get that extra side of fries! Cuisine: Fast Food, American.Address: 110 O'Connell St, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia.Opening Hours: Sun-Mon 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, Tue 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pmPrice/Price Range: LowReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8267 2612Website: 4. Jerusalem Sheshkabab House Picture Credit: Broadsheet Adelaide A restaurant that has been around for a long time, serving good quality Middle Eastern food. The red fiberglass booths and orange tables are an eclectic feature that has been around since the opening of the restaurant. Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Vegetarian-FriendlyAddress: 131B Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000, AustraliaOpening Hours: Tues - Sat 5:30 pm - 10 pm, Sun 4:00 pm - 10 pm (Closed on Mondays)Price/Price Range: LowReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8212 6185Website: 5. Knoodle Junction If you're looking for Halal restaurants in Adelaide that specialize in Asian fare (mainly Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai), then the Knoodle Junction is a great option that is very budget-friendly. Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Fast FoodAddress: 21 Pulteney St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 10 am - 7:30 pm, Fri 10 am - 5 pm, (Closed on Sat and Sun)Price/Price Range: LowReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8223 5759Website: 6. Nando's Picture Credit: Nando's Facebook The international chain and its world-famous peri-peri chicken need no introduction, and the good news is that they serve Halal food in their Adelaide store! Cuisine: Portuguese, Fast FoodAddress: 33 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: 11 am - 10 pm dailyPrice/Price Range: ModerateReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 1300 626 367Website: 7. Pondok Daun Picture Credit: Pondok Daun Facebook Another great option for an Asian meal is Pondok Daun. It is one of the best budget-friendly Halal restaurants in Adelaide, with a great reputation all around for their service and quality of food. Try their Indonesian fare like the Rendang. Cuisine: Asian, IndonesianAddress: 94 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am - 8:30 pm (Closed on Sundays)Price/Price Range: LowReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8212 1449Website: 8. Salsa's Fresh Mex Picture Credit: Salsa's Fresh Mex Facebook If you're craving some Halal Mexican food in Adelaide, Salsa's is one of your best options. They also have gluten-free options. Cuisine: Mexican, Fast FoodAddress: Rundle Place 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: 11 am - 10 pm dailyPrice/Price Range: Low – ModerateReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8232 3971Website:

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