Ibn Hawla narrated: “When he [the Prophet (s.a.w) noticed my distaste for Syro-Palestine he said: Do you know what Allah says about Syro-Palestine? Allah said: Sham! You are the quintessence of My lands and I shall inhabit you with the chosen ones among my servants”.Read More
I’ve always been intrigued by the distinct terrain and culture that Northern Pakistan has to offer. When I came across Usman Zubair’s documenting of his expedition into Naltar and Bashkaro pass, his excellent photography and videos, I thought it would be great to speak to him about his experience. I’m always keen to feature the stories of fellow Muslim travellers, especially those who venture off the beaten track – which Usman certainly did! Here’s what he had to say.Read More
This story begins in approximately 1095, when the great scholar, teacher and saint, Shakyh Abdul Qadir Al-Gilani, left his hometown in the province of Gilan, Persia, and ventured to Baghdad to further his studies in the sacred sciences. He was the son to the pious Abu Salih Musa al-Hasani or “Jangidost” (one who loves God) and mother, whom I only know to be “Bibi Nisa”, also a pious Saint with Prophetic lineage.Read More
“’Twas morning, and the Lord of day Had shed his light o’er Shiraz’ towers, Where bulbuls trill their love-lorn lay To serenade the maiden flowers.Read More
The famous 16th century saying about this city, “Isfahan, nesf-e-jahan”, literally, Isfahan is half of the world, is no exaggeration.
Isfahan holds some of the most mesmerising historical monuments that makes it the most important city to visit in Iran. Marvel at her mosques, palaces, gardens and bazaars that will transport you to the glory of the Safavid dynasty and beyond. Wander through the Unesco-listed Nagsh-e-Jahan Square, which hosts all the major historical monuments.Read More
When preparing for our trip to Iran, I made an effort not to read too many in-depth blogs or watch too many documentaries about the country. I wanted to experience that feeling of unfamiliarity, excitement, surprise of a first sight and a first impression.Read More