Half of Ramadan has passed already! Can you believe it? During the year, before Ramadan starts, or when I'm missing it, I listen to nasheeds reminding me about the beauty of this month. In Ramadan, when I am driving or want to listen to something whilst cooking, I usually put on Qur'an that I can … Continue reading My Ramadan Nasheed Playlist
As a working class, former student, the Tories have never had a lot going for me. In 2010, I was still in school, unable to vote, but aware of the politics that could shape my future. With the Lib Dems emerging that year as a strong voice, I secretly hoped that they would win the … Continue reading Get them out! Five reasons not to vote Tory
Much like the other cities that I visited in Andalusia, Cordoba is a mix of the old and new, standing side by side. There isn't one spot that sums it up more than the entrance into Cordoba's Juderia district - Puerta de Almodóvar. Originally built in the fourteenth century to help protect the Old Town, … Continue reading Followed in the Mesquita! (Cordoba)
You gotta feed yoself tho. I have been to a few many places in the last two years. And although each trip was unique in its own way, there was one thing in common with all of them. I self-catered. My first self-catering holiday was with my family to Turkey. Although all of the outside … Continue reading Self-Catering?
Seville is a bubbling city, overrun with tourists. We arrive late at night after a long day in Ronda, and immediately settle down to sleep. As with all our other accommodation, we stay in an AirBnb apartment in a nice little residential area. This apartment is just about comfortable. The lounge has air-con, but the … Continue reading Seville
So here we go again. A brown MALE is accused of a crime, and the media is overflowing with calls to 'ban the burqa'. Angela Merkel has said that it should be banned wherever possible in Germany, and the UK followed once again, with polls, scary tabloid headlines, and passionate debate (preferably without any veil-wearers). … Continue reading Please ask me to remove my veil.
The mountain-top city of Ronda is breathtaking, to say the least. First declared a city by the Romans, during the time of Julius Caesar, Ronda is a jumbled mix of old and new with Roman, Islamic (Moorish), and early-modern Spanish architecture. My trip to Ronda starts in the late morning as we scarily maneuver … Continue reading Ronda: A Walk Through the Mountain-Top City
My first steps in Spain were getting off the plane at Malaga Airport. In all honesty, I don't remember the airport very much. We had just got off an early morning flight, so I was still half-asleep. We took a taxi to the apartment, which was just outside of Malaga centre. By the end of … Continue reading Malaga
In August 2016, I went on an amazing journey to the south of Spain (Andalusia). I had the opportunity to visit stunning landmarks, view beautiful scenery, and remember a major part of Islamic history. My family and I moved around Andalusia over seven days, visiting five different cities, and staying over in four cities. We, … Continue reading Andalusian Adventure
I wake up at 4.45am, too tired to channel any excitement just yet. I am barely ever an early morning person, so made the wise decision to prepare everything the night before. I had all of my clothes, and hiking boots laid out. I had even fried and boxed up samosas and spring rolls … Continue reading Through wind and rain: The Snowdon Challenge