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 …

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10 ways to be a Mipster (Muslim hipster) in Shoreditch

Cool people don’t go to Shoreditch in London’s east end. It’s where they’re from. Like sewing the last badge onto a pair of swim trunks of hipness or earning the final black belt in 'trend' martial arts, you’re only ‘cool’ if you've hung out in east London. But Shoreditch isn't just a hipster haven, it's also home …

Remembering Al-Gharb Al Andalus; Portugal’s Muslim past … and present

“I was taught nothing about Muslim Portugal in school. It was simply never mentioned.” Irina Lopes is a Lisbonian, from the city once known as Al-Ishbun, but Irina doesn't know this. “Until I spoke to you I didn't know Portugal had this amazing Islamic history. I knew nothing about it and none of my friends have …

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 …