London, the Halal foodie capital of Europe

London is like a world in a city. Once the capital of a global empire, this great city is now home to one of the most international communities anywhere on earth, and of course that means London is also a foodie haven, serving up nosh from across the globe. The British Capital also has a HUGE Muslim community …

Travel, in the ‘true’ spirit of Ramadan

Ramadan. A time for reflection. A time for meditation, and for many of us, a time to carefully consider our daily lives; how does our conduct affect others? Are our transactions pure? What is our relationship with God? Are we fulfilling our duties as Khalifa (caretaker) on earth ... ? In a year when sustainable …

Sinan’s Moldovan Military Masterpiece

It was on this day in 1489 a boy called 'Joseph' was born to a Christian family in the heart of Anatolia (Turkey). He would grow up to change the face of Europe forever, not as a Christian though, but as the greatest Muslim architect the world has ever seen. Ko'ca Mimar Sinan Aga - to give him …

Five Islamic secrets of the Americas

The Islamic heritage of the Americas is largely ignored. Besides some speculation about pre-Columbus Muslim explorers, the odd discussion on slaves from Islamic African nations, and infrequent write-ups concerning the impact of recent Muslim migrants, the topic remains at best, ill explored. The following are five fascinating Islamic secrets about the Americas that make it clear just how much work is …

Top five places to connect with Europe’s Muslim Heritage

As interest in the Muslim heritage of Europe grows, more and more of us are looking for places to connect with the continent's Islamic past (and present). This list handpicks the five ideal destinations to do just that. Each entry has been included for its historical significance as well as its ability to offer the visitor something special. They come with …

11 reasons why every Muslim should travel

As a Travel Writer I’ve come to see travel as much more than just the opportunity to get away from the mundane. My Muslim heritage has taught me that travel is actually an education with the potential to transform us at a deep and spiritual level, if we allow it to do so. It's why travel is actively …

The real European Renaissance: A photographic ode to Al-Andalus

On April 27, 711AD Tariq Ibn Ziyad, General for Caliph Al-Walid I, head of the Muslim Umayyad dynasty in Damascus, Syria, landed with his troops on a huge rock that can still be seen from the coast of Morocco today. That rock is now known as Gibraltar, a Latinisation of 'Jebel-al-Tariq' to mean the 'mount of …

5 Islamic Secrets of Europe

"Islam and Europe", don't quite fit, right? One doesn't belong in the other, apparently. "Islam and Muslims should leave Europe!" say the ignorant on both sides. Whatever your views, one thing isn't up for debate. Europe has a massive 'Islamic heritage'. In fact Islam arrived on these shores within a couple of decades of Muhammad's death, meaning …