Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
Inspired by Muslim Travel Girl (check out her website by clicking the link here), I sat down and had a think about what Muslim countries I’d like to visit in the future. I love to travel but due to work and family commitments I haven’t had a good holiday in a long time. In addition to that, I haven’t been on holiday since becoming Muslim and would love to go to a destination that catered for my new lifestyle. So with that in mind, here are the 3 Muslim countries I’d love to visit and why!
I feel like this one just goes without saying. Malaysia is an amazing country, great food,Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia – PHOTO CREDIT: http://tiranetwork.org/
beautiful mosques and full of friendly people mashaAllah. Whether you want the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur or the laid back tranquility on Langawi, I’ve never had a friend go to Malaysia and bring back a bad review.
Dish I want to try: Anything with sambal involved! Sambal is a blend of chilies, the shrimp paste belacan, and Calamansi lime that’s served with just about every dish. I love spicy food and I can only imagine how this would compliment EVERYTHING!
Place I want to visit: The Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal. For obvious reasons, myMasjid Kristal – PHOTO CREDIT: https://itsarushworld.wordpress.com
name is Christal (lol) and it just looks AMAZING! It’s made of steel, glass and crystal and is located at Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man.
When I think of Arab countries I think of tall imposing buildings, expensive cars and shisha. But when I saw pictures of Oman on the Muslim Travel Girl Blog I was impressed with how laid back and humble the country came across. It looks like a lovely place to relax and socialise with local people and submerge yourself into a friendly Arab culture.
Dish I want to try: Shuwa – meat that is slowly cooked in the ground for up to 2 days. I don’t know what it is about Arabs and meat but subhanAllah! They know how to slow cook.Muttrah Souk, Muscat – PHOTO CREDIT: http://joannastravelblog.com/
Place I want to visit: I’m a woman and I love to shop so the Muttrah Souk in Muscat. It looks like the perfect marriage between culture and charm.
Indonesia (more specifically Bali)
South-East Asia has such a wonderful tapestry of food, drink and people that there’s no way it wouldn’t make it onto my list! Bali in particular, has some of the most amazing cultural sites I have ever seen. It’s known for its rice paddies, sandy beaches and coral reefs and I’d love to see it all!Nasi Goreng – PHOTO CREDIT: cookinggallery.blogspot.com
Dish I want to try: Nasi Goreng – stir fried rice with veggies, chillis, and meats of your choice. One of Indonesia’s finest signature dishes.
Place I want to visit: This isn’t a place per se but I would LOVE to go scuba diving. I think it’s amazing how Allah swt has placed so much in the sea and we don’t even know about it. To swim with the fishes and see all the different colours would be a dream come true!
Brunei has been on my radar since volunteering with 2 sisters from Brunei and being astounded at how modest, welcoming, friendly and helpful they were. Engulfed by Malaysia, the people of Brunei have carved out their own heritage and have one of the highest standards of living in the world thanks to healthy oil and gas deposits.
Dish I want to try: STREET FOOD… and drinks of course, of any kind! Brunei is an Islamic country through and through so having the luxury of walking down the street and being able to eat and dirnk anywhere without having to ask if it’s halal, if pork was cooked in the same pot or if there’s alcohol in it would be a blessing!!PHOTO CREDIT: “Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque 02” by sam garza from Los Angeles, USA – on the eve of ramadan…. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sultan_Omar_Ali_Saifuddin_Mosque_02.jpg#/media/File:Sultan_Omar_Ali_Saifuddin_Mosque_02.jpg
Place I want to visit: Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Apparently, it’s the place to be! Not only was the mosque constructed with some of the most exquisite architecture, there’s a reflecting pool surrounding the whole thing. How cool is that!
These are just the first 3 places I’d like to visit inshaAllah. Stay tuned for part 2 where I go through 3 MORE Muslim Countries I’d like to visit!
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