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Diary of a Travelling Imam - Istanbul Conquest Part Two

Diary of a Travelling Imam - Istanbul Conquest Part Two

“I found the inscriptions in the mosque to be a distraction. I am trying to focus on my prayers, and would prefer simple and plain...

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Istanbul Conquest Part One

“For anyone travelling within the Ottoman Empire, there would be guest houses for them to stay and eat without paying...

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Romance in Paris

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Diary of a Travelling Imam - With Friends Like These

I was a guest at the University of Ireland in Galway. I was debating a rightwing neo-con who was bordering on neurosis and pathological hatred of Islam. The title of...

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Diary of a Travelling Imam - Viking Hospitality

I was invited to Norway for meetings and discussions with the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. I had never visited the country before, and always associated it with...

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New Mexico Old Traditions

I landed at El Paso International Airport in Texas. It was a warm day, and as I walked out of the airport I was not only hit by the heat, I remembered that this was the...

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Diary of a Travelling Imam

Still in Sudan, my travels led me to the Shagarab Refugee Hospital. Whilst on a tour of the hospital, I saw a malnourished baby who was 18 months old but weighed barely...

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Sudan Part I

Parting is sweet sorrow, especially when leaving behind a family. I was travelling to Sudan to observe the building of water wells and the day to day running of...

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Going Dutch Part II

I had afternoon tea with a French-speaking woman living in the Netherlands. When I asked her if she was Dutch, she looked uncomfortable and retorted, “I am...

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Diary of a travelling Imam - Hope Amongst Despair

I was in two minds about going to Pakistan. Islamic Relief had made a promise to their donors to take me to the flood affected areas to see the work their UK donors had...

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Diary of a Travelling Imam - Fussing in Fes

We arrived at the port of Tangier in Morocco on a family holiday. Our destination was Fes, the religious and spiritual capital of Morocco. I was told that the King of...

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Revisiting Bosnia Part 1

I arrived at Vienna airport to change for a flight to Sarajevo. I fell asleep on board and was woken up by a sharp pain on the left side of my head. As I gathered my...

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Revisiting Bosnia Part 2

I was woken up by the call to prayers booming out of the minarets in Sarajevo echoing in all directions and bouncing off the surrounding mountains, thereby creating a...

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Trouble in Europe

I was on my way to northern Europe and decided to go by train. It amazes me every time I travel on the Eurostar how ingenious we humans are, by God’s grace. A 25...

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Meeting the Heroes of Palestine

In April 2002, the Israeli military forces entered the Jenin refugee camp and what ensued can only be described as a...

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Diary of a Travelling Imam - The Charm of Brussels

 I was invited to speak at the FEMYSO conference in Brussels. The theme of the conference was “Wise up, Rise up”. Brussels is clogged up with traffic,...

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Peacemakers in Caux

I have been dreaming of bringing together a number of young Muslims from across Europe to train and develop their understanding and commitment to peace. The inspiration...

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Iftar in Malmo

“Swedish Muslim leaders should exert their civil rights as citizens, take account of their politicians and show more courage to lead the community.” It was...

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Middle England

I was driven over to Suffolk, a small, pretty town in the South East of England for an event organised by the local community to discuss multi-cultural Britain. The...

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European Pilgrims

I received an invitation from the King of Saudi Arabia to attend a special Hajj and training programme, specially designed for a thousand young European Muslims. I was...

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Sudanese Insights

I arrived in Khartoum to deliver a lecture at the National Student’s Conference. I had heard so much about Sudan and remember looking hopefully towards the...

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