FAQs

What is so “Islamic” about travelling or Islamic Travels?

There is a saying of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which begins with the words, “Actions are but by intentions and every person shall have that which they intended …” (Bukhari & Muslim).

Our goal should ultimately be to seek the pleasure of Allah (swt). By clarifying our intentions, the actions that follow will enable us to grow spiritually and materially, as well as in terms of knowledge and understanding. Allah says in the Qur’an: “Say (O Muhammad), ‘Travel through the earth and observe the end of those before (you).’ Most of them worshipped others besides God.” (30:42)

Through our tours we hope to provide an opportunity for participants to raise their spiritual awareness, broaden their horizons, learn from the past and recognise the bounties that Allah has bestowed upon us, all within an environment where Muslims do not have to compromise their faith and values. This includes aspects as diverse as providing wholesome halal food, avoiding places where alcohol and lewd behaviour might be prevalent, making suitable arrangements for daily prayers, and ensuring all interactions with stakeholders are ethical and sensitive. Insha’Allah we aim to follow in the footsteps of some of the great Muslim travellers such as Mansa Musa, Ibn Battuta, Zheng He, Al-Muqaddisi, Ibn Jubair, Al-Idrisi, amongst others.

Why Islamic Travels ? Are you not segregating yourself ?

We believe in freedom of choice. Our target audience has traditionally been mainly Muslims who for various reasons have been lacking in their knowledge of Islamic history and heritage. In fact more non-Muslims visit Muslim heritage sites than Muslims, particularly in places such as Spain, India, Central Asia and North Africa. With all our packages the aims and ethos are centred on spiritual awakening and thankfulness to God. Another important feature is meeting local people regardless of their faith and background.

Why packaged holidays and groups, can I book just the hotel and airline through you only and do everything myself?

We only provide packaged holidays hence if you wish just hotel and airline, we advise you to seek your search else. From our research and experience, despite online search facilities unless you are an avid traveller researching most of the sites and heritage, most do not have time looking and those who spend more time looking for the cheapest options often see very little of the place they visited let alone learnt anything of the place. Our packages are run and tailored made by local Muslims of the place. Their local expertise adds value where “Google” or “Wikipedia” or even “Lonely Planet Guides” are limited. There are many spritual and economic advantages of travelling in groups such as

– Many Prophetic (saw) narrations such importance of
an “Amir”, salaah in Jammah and so on.
– Safety
– Make new friends
– Economies of scale

Can you tell me the name of your hotels, airlines and all your contacts?

Most information is on the website however detailed information is only disclosed to those who have paid and completed their booking.

Why visit local Muslim families ?

History and culture is learnt from the people, not just through buildings. Visiting them, connects and creates a real sense of brotherhood, make new friends and more.

Are your dates fixed ?

Unless, Yes. Depending on the numbers we can organise a date for your group only or also open to public to join your group in that way prices of tour are reduced!

Can you make me a tailor made package for my group?

Yes, it will depend on numbers and iteniary.

Women travels are they permitted and will there be segregation?

The package is organised and managed by “Practicing Muslims” and thus we expect Muslims to observe Islamic etiquettes and behaviour throughout the whole trip. Groups will be mixed. Individuals who are found to misbehave, uncooperative, nuisance, rude, loud-mouthed or disrespectful towards fellow travellers or organisers will be sent back immediately, with no refund.

Sisters are permitted to travel and the Tour Lead will act as the Amir and if the numbers of sisters are such, then we will assign a Sister from our organisation to lead the Tour. Sisters who are travelling are advised to request permission from their Mahrams and if possible travel with them. If not, as explained, the group Tour lead will act as the Amir and one can travel under his / her guardianship. So Sisters can come alone, if they wish to do so.

What will the weather be like and what do I wear?

Depends on which package and which year but in general please dress modestly.

How many in the group?

Depends on the destination and package. People will travelling together from different countries eg. USA, Canada, UK and so on.

Do you provide travel insurance?

Clients are advised to obtain their own insurance for health and/or baggage loss while travelling. Insurance is also recommended to provide coverage to clients if refunds pursuant to the final payment and cancellation clause below are unavailable due to the terms of that clause.

What is the minimum age group ?

No minimum age but the nature of the tour involves much walking and children under the age of 16 have to be accompanied by an adult.

Will you allow facilities and time for prayers?

Itineraries have been worked around prayer times and prayers will be observed in the mosques which also have facilities for women.

Will rooms be mixed?

Unmarried brothers and sisters will not be mixed in the same hotel rooms.

What Medical checks will I need ?

Please check with your Doctor with regards to any vaccinations, disease and malaria advice. Also medicines taken abroad must be consulted with your Doctor and you are advised to obtain your own travel insurance for health while travelling. Any further information consults your Doctor.

What is the Government Advice on travelling ?

Please visit and make your own judgement as we are not responsible for comments or advice by your Government on travelling to a particular country!

Will there be any discounts for group bookings ?

Depending on numbers, but we believe our packages are excellent value for money and unlike most tour operators, through our cultural exchanges we aim to add another dimension to our travel i.e. Spiritual solidarity of the Ummah.