The Grand Mosque of Paris🕌 Continuing my Ramadan Masjids of the World” series, today I wanted to highlight this beautiful Parisian mosque that we visited in 2018. Compared to the city's other more famous places of worship (like the Notre-Dame and Sacre-Coeur cathedrals), the Grand Mosque of Paris is less well known and off the radar of most tourists🇫🇷. But it has played a significant role during two key moments in history🕊. The mosque was built in 1926, shortly after World War I, as a token of gratitude for the Muslim soldiers who had fought against Germany (of whom 100,000 died). During the second world war, the mosque provided shelter, safe passage, and fake Muslim birth certificates to European and Algerian Jews to protect them from persecution by German Nazis who had occupied Paris. Mosques, churches, temples - we may have different houses of prayer, but these sacred sanctuaries often remind us of our shared humanity💚. There are more pictures of this mosque in my Paris blog, which justttt got a makeover - I retouched every single picture and it has made a huge difference (at least I think so☺️) in the quality of the post! 🎉 Link in bio #travelwithannum
Medina 🕌 Sacred city of the Prophet, his masjid, and his resting place alongside his greatest companions. It was here Muslims fleeing persecution found safety. And it was here they established the first Muslim community. I’ve been blessed to visit this city twice, and long to go again. I miss watching the sunrise from its marble courtyard, always in awe of how the umbrellas would unfurl offering shade to the worshippers. I miss praying shoulder to shoulder with my sisters from different countries, creeds, and cultures united in our faith under a thousand glittering arches, where the reward for each prayer is multiplied by 1000. I miss retracing the footsteps of the Prophet, walking where he walked, sitting where he sat, kneeling where he knelt. I miss being (physically) close to our Messenger and offering him salam, bearing witness that he delivered the message to us so he may one day bear witness for his ummah.🤲🏼 But most of all, I miss the peace and light of this city; a brightness that would pierce the dark night and the moon would pale in comparison.🌙 Since coming back, I pray everyday that Allah (swt) keeps the memory - everything from the sound of the adhan to how the cold tiles would feel underneath my feet, even the scolding of the gatekeepers to control the crowd 😅- of this city alive in my heart and invites me there again inshAllah. By the way, I’m going to share tidbits from the masjids I've visited around the world on the gram during Ramadan, as a way to remind myself of the Houses of Allah, so we may remember their beauty, pray for their preservation, and make dua that their doors open for us soon.
Postcard from Egypt 🇪🇬♥️ On our first full day in Egypt, we spent the entire morning exploring the pyramids of Giza. We even went inside to the Pharaoh’s burial chamber (because pyramids were constructed as tombs). The pyramids of Giza are the only surviving wonder of the ancient world, formidable in size and still full of mysteries. #travelwithannum
On my birthday last year, we were getting excited for our trip to the Maldives🇲🇻, my number one bucket list destination. This year, Saad is recovering from surgery so we just ordered in some fried seafood🍤 and plan to watch a Disney movie tonight. The most important thing is that we're together. Allhamdulillah for all of life's moments, all the ups and downs, both the breathtaking and humbling experiences that shape us. P.S. Even though we won't be lounging in an overwater villa during the holidays, you can 😉☺️ I wrote a whole post detailing everything you need to know about traveling to the Maldives. Just head over to da blogggg. Ok going to stuff my face with a lobster roll and watch The Office now 👋🏼 Happy Birthday to me🎉🎉🎉 #travelwithannum
#TBT to 2015 when Saad and I celebrated our 5th anniversary in Iceland🇮🇸 by doing the most adventurous things - like landing on an active volcano🌋 with lava flowing beneath the ground and smoke billowing out of every crater. These up close encounters with the greatest forces of nature have no doubt helped us become braver, together. But our marriage has also been full of less Instagrammable moments that have required bravery - like yesterday when Saad underwent his 3rd eye surgery and I saw him with stitches and blood coming out of his eyes💔. Through the dichotomy of experiences like these, I have realized that love kindles different aspects of bravery in different ways. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; strength enough to scale an active volcano. Loving someone deeply gives you courage; courage to face difficult situations with hope despite the fear lurking inside. SubhanAllah for the power of love.
A question I get asked a lot is What is your favorite travel destination? I fall in love with some part of every place I visit, but one country holds an extra special place in my heart. And that country is Iceland🇮🇸. This was the country that awakened my adventurous spirit. Prior to Iceland, I thought going on a 'vacation' meant going somewhere warm and tropical to rest and relax. I never envisioned myself on a trip that included treks to snow-capped glaciers and volcanic mountains in the bitter cold. Never did I think I'd enjoy a vacation that took me so far out of my element. But Iceland taught me that life and magic lie at the end of my comfort zone. I've written more about my experience in this Nordic island nation on the blog! Click the link in my bio for part I, which details EVERYTHING you need to know to plan a trip to the land of fire🔥& ice❄️. P.S. If you're wondering why I'm posting about Iceland and not Spain since we were just there, it's because this series was already under development before but I promise Spain is next inshallah! #travelwithannum