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March 2017


Why We Should All Experience Canada In The Winter

winter adventure

While most people run away from the cold winter months, there are those that embrace it and head outdoors for some winter adventures. For as long as I can remember I have always look forward to the first snowfall. I would wait until the sun went down, put on my winter gear and walk around my neighborhood. There is something magical about walking in the snow.

I would normally stray away from cold destinations as I am always complaining about being cold, however, I decided to opt out of the warm destination and experience a week in Ontario, Canada. We headed to Collingwood Ontario for a week of outdoor adventure.



Collingwood did not disappoint us in the least. Abdou and I have never skied so we decided to take a Newbie Sky Lesson at Blue Mountain Ski Resort. We paid $89.00 CAD per person which is about $67.75 USD and included rental. They also have snowboarding newbie lessons as well. The lessons consist of 5 stages. At each stage, you have an instructor that will teach you every aspect of skiing one step at a time. Once you mastered the first stage the instructor would then move you on to the second stage and so on.  The best part of this is that if you wanted to stop and go get a hot chocolate or grab something to eat, you could stop and then come back to the stage you left off at.

For those of you that have some experience or are pros, there are several terrains you can ski at. There are 6 ski lifts for experts and 7 beginner lifts for those of us that are just starting out. The trails are marked with signs from easiest, more difficult, most difficult, most difficult (Experts Only).  Lift tickets cost $68 CAD which is about $51.77 USD for adults, youth/seniors pay $51 CAD and children under 5 pay $10 CAD.  Ski Rental is $48 CAD about $36.54 USD for adults and children under 12 pay $35 CAD which is about $26.64 USD.

After our day of ski lessons, we unwind by walking around The Village and enjoying a nice dinner. The Village has a ton of restaurant and shops. They even have live entertainment and numerous activities, great for children and adults. Defiantly a place to check out and the views are amazing, especially at night.


Day 2 of our outdoor adventure consisted of Snow Shoeing at Scenic Caves. There is about 15 km of trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. All trails are marked specifically for either or and are great for families, first-timers and experts as well. Since I went during a weekday I paid $15.00 CAD which is $11.42 USD, this includes snowshoe rental. Weekend Trail Pass tickets are $20 CAD for adults, children under 6 years old are free and seniors/youth pay $16 CAD.

Scenic Caves has over 450 million years of history. The caves were shaped and sculpted by glacial ice and weathering. During the summer months, you can explore the caves. They are closed during the winter. It’s recorded that there were nine villages of native people living along the Niagara Escarpment.

Since I had never snowshoed before I was super excited to venture off. I was told by the attendant that the snowshoes have spiked so if I was going up a hill or down a hill, I should walk with my toes and this will keep me from sliding or falling. Point taken, so with map in hand, I ventured off to the Lookout Trail which was 1.5 km.

There were other people around but they soon vanished out of sight as we all went on different trails. I started on my trail and was taking back by the views. As you make your way through the trails you will see 100-foot high maple, oak and beech trees. Not to be cliché but I felt one with nature. As I reached the top of Lookout Trail, the view was breath-taking, overlooking the Georgian Bay. I could even see the resort we were staying at. During the summer and fall, you can actually zip line down to the Paradise trail.

Next, I headed to the Nature Trail and the Suspension Bridge Trail. The Suspension Bridge is Southern Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge, at 420 foot. I was a bit intimidated by the bridge, none the less I made my way over the bridge. The view was spectacular though I have to admit, once the bridge started to move a bit I did get a bit frighten and made my way across hastily.

My day at Scenic Caves was one I will always remember. There is so much to do here all year around. I am definitely looking forward to returning during the summer to learn more about the caves and history of the natives.

Day 3 We explored Down Town Collingwood. My husband and I enjoyed walking down the streets and wandering into various shops. As we strolled down the streets we admired the architect on some of the buildings. In the early 1850’s Collingwood was a shipbuilding town. This attracted many people and soon beautiful homes and buildings were built. If you are into architect, the town has a walking tour where they discuss the building design and architect who built the town.

One thing that stood out to us the most was the hospitality. Not only were the shop owners welcoming and friendly but the people of this town were so friendly. I can honestly say the Canadians are one of the most welcoming and friendly people we have had the pleasure of meeting. We love talking with the locals and that’s how we learned about the Elvis Festival. One of the shop owners told us about a yearly Elvis festival held in Collingwood. Over 30,000 Elvis fans attend the festival every year. How cool is that! The town is not only full of history but all hosts various festivals. This is definitely a four-season destination.


Day 4 was for relaxation and sleeping in. While in Collingwood, we stayed at the Living Water Resort & Spa. We started our morning off by attending an Aqua Groove with Pool Noodles fitness class that was given by a resort staff member. Did I mention that the resort offers free fitness classes all week long for all ages? The class was a water-based cardio class that kicked my behind but was so much fun.  After lunch, we made our way to the Living Shore Spa on the resort property and indulged in a 45-minute Aquapath Adventure.  We started off by standing under a series of waterfalls in a cave-like benches. Followed by being rained on, splashed on and we totally loved every minute of it. Then we stepped into a Eucalyptus steam bath then headed to a Detoxifying Mineral Bath.

Next, we headed to the River Walk, which was a small pool composed of 2 water trenches that have pebbles on the bottom for your feet. One side of the pool was filled with warm water and the other filled with cool water. Our favorite part was the large mineral tub, meant to replenish mineral in your body. It felt like we were in the rain forest, swimming under a waterfall. We ended our Aquapath Adventure at the Exfoliation Tub with a coconut, lemon and sea salt scrub. This was the best $65 CAD we have ever spent. In all honesty, this was the best spa experience and it was really romantic.

We ended our night by having dinner at the Lakeside Seafood & Grill. The restaurant is very modern and had a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Food was fresh and totally yummy.


Day 5 lead us to Ice Caving with Free Spirit Tours. We have been anticipating this day since we booked our trip and it totally exceeded our expectations. The Ice Caving Tour cost $70 CAD per person which is $53.29 USD. Now let me begin by saying that we were under the assumption that we would be walking into the batman cave and wondering around. Well, this was totally not what we expected and definitely one winter adventure not to be missed. The tour company picked us up at our resort which I thought was a nice touch. Driver then picked up another couple and drove about 20 minutes away to explore the Niagara Escarpment caves. We arrived at the location and strapped on our snowshoes.

We were led by the tour guide into the woods to Metcalfe Rock which is over 300 million years old. As we made our way to the first cave, our tour guide pointed out trees that were over 500 to 700 years old. This was pretty amazing. Much to our surprise and the other couple with us, we were shown a little opening where we were to enter the cave. Now, I am by far not little so my first reaction was Ummm, there’s no way I will fit in the opening. After being reassured that I would fit, we one by one climbed over the rock and slid into the opening.

We worked as a team during the tour. Each person was responsible for helping the person behind them make their way. We got on our hands and knees and crawled backward where we came out to a cave. Here we were able to stand up and walk around.

During our expedition, we climbed on rocks, pushed ourselves up with our legs and most importantly relied on our team to help us along the way. At times my anxiety kicked in but our tour guide kept me going. He was the most kind and patient man. When I had doubts he encouraged me. When I was scared, he reassured and made me push through my fears. There is no doubt that this experience was exciting, exhilarating and nerve wrecking at times. Did I tell you that I have a fear of the sensation of falling?  I don’t like the butterflies I get when I’m about to fall. If it weren’t for that, I think I would have been less nervous about ice caving. I ended up with some bruises on my knees however, I wear my wounds proudly. I made it out alive and concur my fears.

Canada is filled with tons of exciting winter adventures from snowshoeing to ice carving, we enjoyed every minute of it. The Canadian’s are one of the friendliest people we have met. We were overwhelmed by the kindness of the people of Canada who made us feel at home. I was a bit disappointed that we did not find any Mosque in the area however we were happy to have found Halal food at the local Supermarket, Fresh Co.

What’s your favorite winter adventures in Canada?

Disclosure: All activities and accommodation were self-funded. Recommendations and opinions are my own.


5 Things You Might Not Know About Canada

You’ve been warned “Gas in Canada is purchase by the liter not by the gallon like in America.” I normally pay about $2.39 per gallon in America, while Canadian’s pay about $11.10 per liter. We paid double the price for half the gas. We will never complain about gas prices again.

“Don’t forget to wear your Toque”, we were told by our concierge. What the heck is a toque I asked my husband? Our concierge must had seen the look on our face and pulled out a toque and gifted it to us. It was what we Americans call a knitted hat… After having a good laugh, I put on the toque and wore it proudly.

Canadian’s are brilliant! They got rid of their pennies. America should follow in their footstep. Any thoughts on how they will now refer to a penny pincher?

Canadian’s say “Eh” at the end of a sentence as in a form of a question to seek confirmation or assertion. Example, “We’re going to dinner, eh!”

Canadian’s are one of the friendliest people hands down. We ran into a couple at an event we attended and after telling this couple how we had the most horrific road trip as we went through two snow storms and how I am now traumatize, they offered to give us their address and phone number in case we run into bad weather on the way back home. Who says that? Canadians do…They know just how to make people feel welcomed.


5 Must Pack Foods For Healthy Travelling

Travelling isn’t an excuse to eat poorly. As Benjamin Franklin said: ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!’ Your body will thank you for treating it right, your mind will thank you for clear energy and clarity that comes with eating well, and your wallet will thank you too for being prepared. I also recommend finding a hotel or rental to stay in that has access to at least a mini fridge.

Lemons or Limes: One of the best things you can do for your body is to drink fresh lime or lemon water. Everyone (especially me) talks about the benefits and deliciousness of lemon water, but what about lime water? First of all, it tastes great. My personal favorite recipe for an uplifting, invigorating limeade is 16 oz of water, juice from 1/2 a lime, and 2 tsp of stevia, mixed well. Be careful though, not all stevia brands are created equal. Some of the conventional brands have sneaky ingredients. Stevia is a green leaf (looks like mint) and you want a brand that only includes the plant, without other sneaky sugar subs or sugar alcohols. I personally love and trust the SweetLeaf brand because they are organic, don’t use any alcohol in their distillation process, and don’t have any sneaky ingredients that will irritate your gut. Btw, for those who will ask what’s better, limes or lemons, the answer is they are both awesome. Use them both, they are pretty similar. Lemons pack a bit more vitamin C, while limes pack a bit more vitamin A and calcium. Enjoy.

Avocado: Avocados are easy to pack and pack a whole lot of healthy fat. They are great alongside any meal, or as a snack.

Boiled Eggs: Boiled eggs are great for traveling because they are easy to pack and they pack a powerhouse of nutrition.

Fruit and veggies with peels such as bananas, oranges, cucumbers, carrots are a great thing to pack as they won’t go bad. They are loaded with vitamins, enzymes, and fiber.

Ginger: One of the easiest, cheapest, and most powerful ways to benefit your body: fresh ginger root. Awesome for your tummy, your overall digestion, your immune system, your sinuses, and so much more.

O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship. (Qur’an 2:172)


My Bucket List

Most of us have a bucket list, from simple personal goals to crazy adventures. I started my bucket list as a teenager. Over the years it has grown and rightfully so. This may sound weird to some but when I think of my bucket list; my goal is not in crossing off the list but rather in keeping it growing by adding new adventures and experiences.

I believe everyone should have a Bucket List. Let go of the, I can’t afford to travel mindset. Flights are the priciest part of your trip; don’t fear there are ways to get cheap tickets. Check out my recent blog on How to Save Money on Airfare. Looking for affordable accommodations, TripAdvisor and Expedia are my go to.

My bucket list is a mix of adventure and spiritual journey. I plan on crossing two off my list in 2017. We can dream right?

River rafting through the Grand Canyon, USA
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Go on a Spiritual Journey through the Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque),Istanbul Turkey
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Discover another hidden chamber at the Pyramids of Giza, (lol just kidding) I want to witness the last standing Wonder of the World
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Gaze at the Northern lights , Iceland
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Discover 7,000 years of history in Malta
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Visit the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain
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Walk around Marina Bay,Singapore
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Explore the ancient City of Petra, Jordan
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Walk the Great Wall of China
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Go on a Safari,Kenya
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Spend the last 10 nights of Ramadan in Egypt
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Ice fishing, Canada
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Visit the Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dubai
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The world is full of amazing experiences waiting to be had. What’s on your bucket list?


Muslim Packing Guide

Muslim Packing Guide

We have put together a Muslim Packing Guide to help eliminate the stress of packing and get you back to focusing on enjoying your travels.

Step 1: Gather Important Travel Documents

Rule of Thumb always leave copies of your passport and itinerary with friends or family.Passport/Visa- Photocopy of first page of your passport and drivers license
Birth Certificates
Vaccines and Medical History (many countries require immunizations for entry into the country)
Travel Itinerary
Cash, Credit card, Foreign currency
Register with you Embassy and most importantly know where your Embassy is located at your destination

Step 2: Prepare Your Carry-On Bag

Travel Prayer Mat
Compass or Prayer App
A change of clothes (in case your luggage is lost)
Smartphone/mobile and charger
Tablet and charger
International travel adapter and converter
Digital camera and batteries
Travel pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs
Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, pain and fever relievers, prescription drugs

Step 3: Pack Your Toiletry Bag

Personal Toiletry (double bag all of your toiletries in a zip lock bag)
Sunscreen and Lip balm (choose one with SPF of at least 30)
Sunglasses (it’s important to protect your eyes)
Insect repellent
Anti-Diarrhea medication, mild laxative, Antacid, Band-Aids, Antihistamine, Motion sickness pills or bands

Step 4: Pack for your Trip

Rolling Suitcases or Travel Backpack (every traveler is different, pick the one that suits you the best)
Daypack For Daily Sightseeing (perfect for keeping all your stuff in one bag)
Comfortable Walking Shoes
Appropriate clothing (pack for the weather in the country you are visiting)
Sealable plastic baggies (perfect for water activities)

I hope this packing guide has been useful. Now that you are done packing, go forth and enjoy your next adventure!


How To Save Money On Airfare

We all know that when it comes to airfare, it’s indisputably one of the most expensive components of any travel plan. Rates change daily and usually without notice. The good news is, there are still a few tricks left when it comes to finding airfare you can afford. Now a days the hassle of searching might be less labor intensive than you realized.

Try these simple tips when planning your next vacation

Step 1:

Clear your cache- Airlines track your behavior via cookies so make sure to clear your cache prior to looking for cheap flights. Always search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode to see the lowest prices.

Step 2:

Use search engines- Most of us go straight to Expedia and TripAdvory which are great site, however my all-time favorite right now is Scottscheap flights. Scott Keys does all the leg work for you. He will search for great flight deals and emails you with instructions on how to book. I mean, how great is that!

Free subscribers only get 1/3 of the deals he finds online while premium subscribers get them all. For Premium, you can choose to subscribe Quarterly, Annual, or Semiannual for a low fee. On average he emails about 2-3 deals each day to the premium list for USA/Canada.

Step 3:

Be flexible with your dates- Identify the cheapest day to fly out. Most airlines only offer their best discounts for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Booking flights during the weekdays can save you money. Airlines can’t afford empty seats on flights and lower fares to encourage off-peak booking. Try changing your dates from a Wednesday to Wednesday rather than a Sunday to Sunday. This can make a huge impact on the price of flights.

Step 4:

Don’t fly direct- By working various airlines you can take advantage of several offers. Don’t rule out flying from an alternative airport and mix and matching airlines can also save you money. Compare pricing to make sure you got the best deal. Check out Elena from Muslim Travel Girl’s “How to save money on your flight ticket”. She breaks it down for us in this video.

Step 5:

Search ticket prices as one person- Warning don’t search for multiple tickets in a single purchase. Airlines show the highest ticket price in a group of tickets. For example if Seat A1 is $200 and Seat A2 is $300, the airline will charge you $300 per ticket. No worries, you can pick your seat at the checkout process or when you check in at the gate.

Trying one of these tips could lead to hundreds of dollars in savings. Booking the best airfares is a combination of doing your research, being flexible and timing. So start searching online for deals, and pinpointing the lowest fares available.

Have you tried any of these tricks and tips? Which of them have worked best for you?

Halal Food

Halal Food Guide In Bugis Singapore

Bugis is one of the best tourist destinations in Singapore. Think of London and you’ll get people recommending you places like Hyde Park, Regent Street, Portobello Road, Mayfair etc. In the same way, Bugis is one of those must-go experiences when you’re in this sunny lion city. And for Muslims, this place is just a haven for us.

Before we get to the food, one important thing you need to know is that Singapore’s oldest mosque, Sultan Mosque, is located in this area. Or more specifically, at Muscat Street. So you can shop and eat all you want and not worry about where to pray.

Bugis is quite a large area, but easy to walk around, don’t worry. Here, you can find a plethora of world cuisines, besides local fares. In the mood for Korean food? Bugis has it. Japanese? Yep, Bugis has it. British? Oh, most definitely.

This list is by no means exhaustive. But it should be enough to whet your appetite.

1. Local Malay
The typical Malay food spread is rice with a few dishes. However, we do have rice and noodle one-dish meals like nasi goreng (fried rice), mee bandung (noodles in spicy thick broth with egg and chicken/seafood), mee soto (noodles in chicken broth) etc.

Two recommended restaurants in Bugis to get your local Malay dishes are Hajjah Maimumah Restaurant and Mamanda.


Hajjah Maimunah is a popular, laid-back eating house, and is often noisy and bustling. You’d often see large groups of family or friends having their meal here.


Mamanda, on the other hand, is the upscale cousin. This place prides itself in serving royal Malay cuisines. Though some of the dishes here can be found at Hajjah Maimumah, there’s a refinement to its taste.

2. Local Indian
Indian food needs no introduction, but if you’re in Bugis, a visit to Zam Zam Restaurant is a must. This restaurant, located opposite the Sultan Mosque, is almost always recommended to tourists.


They are famous for their briyani rice, done in the Hyderabadi dum style. Basically, it’s a style where the rice and meats (choice of mutton, beef or chicken) are cooked together, with the meats often buried under the rice when served.

3. Local Chinese

Encik Tan at Bugis+ Shopping Mall would be a good place to try local Chinese dishes. Wanton Noodle, Fish Soup Noodle and Fried Carrot Cake (not a literal cake; it’s a noodle dish that’s sweet-savoury) are the more popular local Chinese dishes to try.

4. Korean
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There’s a few halal Korean food options in Singapore, but in Bugis area, there’s only Jinjja Chicken. This is a fast food restaurant, so you are treated to street foods you’d usually see in Seoul, like marinated chicken wings, jjajangmyeon (black paste noodles) and steamed or fried mandu (dumplings).

5. Japanese

Seriously, you’re so spoilt for choice in Bugis. Personally, I love The Ramen Stall. There are a few Japanese food outlets in Singapore but The Ramen Stall is where you’ll find almost authentic Japanese dishes.

Choose from a plethora of ramen (their spicy Volcano Ramen comes highly recommended!), sushi and sashimi platters, tofu, fried dishes and many more!

6. French

Well, you’ll not exactly find French cuisines here but La Marelle is a French-themed fantasy cafe. They are famed for their cakes and also sandwiches. So if croissants and baguettes are French enough for you, this would be a good place to chill and take in the whimsical atmosphere.

They also sell items from, well, La Marelle ( hence the name of the cafe) so you can find cute and pretty bags and stationery.

7. Turkish

There are a few Turkish joints but Alaturka takes the cake for me. Or maybe it’s because I’m just in love with their desserts, particularly the sweet baklava (filo pastry with pistachio and honey). The food is delicious too, but serving is quite generous, so make sure to go on an empty stomach and with company.

8. Swedish

Perhaps the only halal Swedish fare in Singapore. Fika Cafe & Bistro first launched in Bugis, and became so successful and well-received that there are now 3 outlets in Singapore.

Must-try items from Fika are the Swedish meatballs and Smörgåsbord, a mini buffet mix of cold and hot dishes that is good for two.

9. British

Seems like we don’t have to travel all the way to UK to get some authentic British pub grub. If you’re in Singapore and craving good ol’ fish and chips, head down to The Mad Sailors.

Other must-try items are their Bangers and Mash, English Fry-Up and beef pie.

10. Mexican

Halal Mexican is hard to find in Singapore, so bless the souls who opened up Afterwit – Mexican Taqueria, who are also the geniuses behind The Mad Sailors. Yeah, seems like these guys are keen to bring the world to the streets of Bugis.

So get your Mexican fix here for classics such as tacos, burritos and quesadillas that are generously padded with mouthwatering fillings.

11. Others
There are just too many places to list where you can have your tummy filled, but here are some others worth checking out also.

I. Vietnamese
Pho 4 All

II. European / Western
I Am…

& Why…

Hyde & Co.


The Lab


III. Burger Bar
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IV. Bakery / Dessert Bar
Cake Love SG

Fluff Bakery

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Blog Travel

Make your trip more meaningful with these 5 tips

1. Immerse yourself in the Culture –The only way to truly appreciate a destination is to become part of the local life and connect with the land and its people. Learn the basic lingo such as hello and thank you. Locals will appreciate you making the effort to do so. Go to the local Masjid and interact with fellow Muslims. You never know where a simple introduction or question may lead to.

2. Travel with Family and Friends– There is no greater reward for travel, than having those experiences with your loved ones. Traveling as a family or with friends brings both adults and children together and you’ll cherish those memories for a lifetime. Spending time together increases learning opportunities, builds trust and establishes long lasting relationships.

3. Learn Something to Remind you of your Trip- Most of us take vacations to enjoy a break from your daily routines. Why not take up a local cooking class, learn a local custom, or find out about local recreation and head there. Imagine the surprise and delight your family and friends will get when you serve them an exotic dish that you have learned to prepare in one of your travels or you pull out a scarf you made in a silkscreen printing classes .

4. Give back– Add a volunteer aspect to your trip by visiting a local Charity. In Islam, charity is one of the five pillars of Islam and should be a way of life practiced by the whole family. If the entire family cooperates in performing acts of charity, their rewards will reinforce and increase each other. Even small good deeds can have a tremendous positive effect on others in this life. I recommend volunteering with Islamic Relief. They are an international aid agency with locations world wide.

5. Support local business- Hire local guides; go down to the local markets instead of buying duty free or at your resort. Local artisans make their money through tourism, it’s cheaper and it’s handmade and authentic. Plus you get to meet the people.


Dua upon returning from a journey

اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ ، وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ ،

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى ، وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى ،

اللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ ، اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ ، وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الأَهْلِ ،

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ ، وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ ، وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فِي الْمَالِ وَالأَهْلِ

اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ ، وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ ،

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى ، وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى ،

اللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ ، اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ ، وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الأَهْلِ ،

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ ، وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ ، وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فِي الْمَالِ وَالأَهْلِ

آيِبُونَ تَائِبُونَ عَابِدُونَ لِرَبِّنَا حَامِدُونَ

allaahu akbar, allaahu akbar, allaahu akbar, subḥaan-alladhee sakhkhara lanaa haadhaa wa maa kunnaa lahu muqrineen, wa innaa ilaa rabbinaa la munqaliboon allaahumma innaa nas’aluka fee safarinaa haadhal-birra wat-taqwaa, wa minal-‛amali maa tarḍaaa, allaahumma hawwin ‛alaynaa safaranaa haadhaa waṭwi ‛annaa bu‛dahu, allaahumma antaṣ-ṣaaḥibu fis-safar, wal-khaleefatu fil-ahl, allaahumma innee a‛oodhu bika min wa‛thaa’-is-safar, wa ka’aabat-il-manẓari, wa soo’-il-munqalabi fil-maali wal-ahl aayiboona taa’iboona ‛aabidoona li rabbinaa ḥaamidoon
Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. How far from imperfections He is, The One Who has placed this (transport) at our service, and we ourselves would not have been capable of doing so, and to our Lord is our final destination,

O Allah, we ask You for piety (Birr), and fear of You (Taqwa) in this journey of ours, and we ask You for deeds which please You,

O Allah, facilitate our journey and let us cover it’s distance quickly. O Allah, You are The Companion on the journey and The Successor over the family,

O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the difficulties of travel, and from having a change of hearts and being in a bad predicament, and I take refuge with You from an ill fated outcome with wealth and family.

We return, repent, worship and praise our Lord.


Dua when leaving the house

اللَّهُمَّ إني أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أَضِلَّ أَوْ أُضَلَّ ، أَوْ أَزِلَّ أَوْ أُزَلَّ ، أَوْ أَظْلِمَ أَوْ أُظْلَمَ ، أَوْ أَجْهَلَ أَوْ يُجْهَلَ عَلَيَّ

allaahumma innee a‛oodhu bika an aḍilla aw uḍalla, aw azilla aw uzalla, aw aẓlima aw uẓlama, aw ajhala aw yujhala ‛alayy
O Allah, I seek refuge with You lest I should stray or be led astray, or slip (i.e. to commit a sin unintentionally) or be tripped, or oppress or be oppressed, or behave foolishly or be treated foolishly.


Dua when undertaking a journey

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا، وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ، وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُون

subḥaan-alladhee sakh-khara lanaa haadhaa, wa maa kunnaa lahu muqrineena, wa innaa ilaaa rabinaa la-munqaliboon

Glory to Him who has brought this [vehicle] under our control, though we were unable to control it [ourselves], and indeed, to Our Lord we will surely return.


5 Places to Visit in Historic Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love offers tons to see and do and get this, it’s FREE. That’s right you heard it right it’s FREE.


Start your day by visiting Independence Visitor Center.  The center has loads of City Tour information. Walk through the Creation of a Nation exhibitions and The Roots of the Underground Railroad exhibition for some great historical facts.  Make sure to stop by the Fun Zone to dress up in Colonia Era clothing and pose for a picture. Before exiting the building make sure to get your free ticket to Independence Hall as tickets are required for admission. Arrive early as tickets are often gone by 1pm during the busy season.

Next stop is The Liberty Bell, Located directly across the street from the Independence Visitor Center.  Be prepared to go through a security screening at the main entrance. The Liberty Bell is known as the worlds most famous symbol of freedom. As you make your way to the Liberty Bell, you will learn some interesting facts and the myths surrounding the bell.



Directly across the street from The Liberty Bell is Independence Hall. Check your tickets to see what time your scheduled tour begins. Make sure to arrive one hour prior to your guided tour as you will have to go through security screening. National Park rangers will guide you on your tour. Have your cameras handy as you will see the original chair where George Washington sat in and the original inkstand used to sign the Declaration of Independence. You’ll make your way over to the display of the original draft of the Constitution.

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By this time the kids are ready to burn off some energy so stroll on over to Signers’ Garden. Located across from Independence Hall, children can learn military drills along with some marching and musket skills.

Grab a bit to eat at the oldest market in America, Reading Terminal Market. The market is filled with restaurants, bakeries, fresh produce, and so much more. Head over to Kamal’s Middle Eastern Specialty for a variety of Middle Eastern halal food as well as some amazing smoothies. If Indian-Pakistani food is more your taste then make your way to Nanee’s Kitchen. They sell gluten-free, vegan, and Halal meat dishes. Be sure to pick up some cookies at the Famous 4th Street Cookie Company.

Don’t miss your prayers, head over to the United Muslim Masjid located at 810 South 15th Street.

Islamic Quotes and Hadith

A Path to Jannah

Narrated AbudDarda’:Kathir ibn Qays said: I was sitting with AbudDarda’ in the mosque of Damascus.A man came to him and said: AbudDarda, I have come to you from the town of the Apostle of Al-lah (peace be upon him) for a tradition that I have heard you relate from the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him). I have come for no other purpose.He said: I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) say: If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned man over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion.

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