Thailand actually has a significant Muslim minority (around 5% of the population), so the idea of halal food -- locally known as ahaan Muslim (อาหารมุสลิม), literally "Muslim food" -- is well understood, and you will not be considered rude for asking. Thailand's Muslims are heavily concentrated in the South near the Malaysian border, but Bangkok also has a ...
The Frankfurt Airport website page on Muslim prayer rooms says:
Friday prayers are held in the Muslim prayer room in
Terminal 1 every Friday at the time stated in the prayer calendar.
Prayer room for Muslims
Terminal 1, Level 3, Departures B, Room 201.3014-3015
Terminal 1, Level 2, near Gate B22
Terminal 2, Level 3, near Gate D1
Terminal 2, Level 2, ...
Yes, you can perform Umrah while on a visit eVisa.
From the official eVisa website:
8.7 An eVisa is granted solely for tourist purposes or for the purpose of performing a umrah and it is not considered a visa for work. If you are granted an eVisa, you must not take up paid employment during your visit to KSA.
TL;DR: It's complicated, but in practice, yes, building snowmen is still allowed for everybody.
A fatwa is not a law, it's a ruling by an Islamic scholar that's technically only binding on the person who issued it, not all Muslims in Saudi Arabia, much less all people there. This particular fatwa does not appear to originate from the Permanent Committee, ...
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TL; DR: Yes.
I grew up in Malaysia and I am a non-Muslim. I have been inside Putra Mosque, in the capital city of Putrajaya. It was part of a class field trip I had when I was in school.
However, you should pay close attention to etiquette and expected behaviors as outlined in your own answer. The girls in my group wore long sleeves, and shawls to cover ...
I have a very simple rule:
If you have to ask, it is not halal. If it was halal you would clearly know it by virtue of signage in any non Muslim country.
Halal food in non Muslim countries is a minority speciality and there’s no point in someone serving halal food without promoting it clearly, in such places.
So if you haven’t seen the sign on or in a ...
I see from the comments that you're from Bangladesh. As there is a centre in Bangladesh where you can take the exam with three sittings this year, it would seem likely you've not convinced the visa official why you need to enter the UK.
If what you're actually taking is PACES, while you can't take that in Bangladesh there are other centres closer to you - ...
Keep two basic facts in mind:
Nobody in London will care what the Iranian government declares your religion to be. Most people you encounter won't even have a way to know -- and those (if any) who can know also know that it is difficult or impossible for people considered Muslim by Islamic governments to change that categorization.
There are plenty of ...
Mecca (or Makkah as pronounced in Arabic) is a region in Saudi Arabia, one of its cities is Mecca (clearly, the same name as the region's name). Other cities include Jeddah and Taif, which anyone can visit.
So, if you mean the city, then the answer is mostly No, if you mean the region, then the answer is Yes.
Going back to the city, according to Islam (...
It is perfectly fine. The call to prayer is frequently televised so there is nothing wrong with recording it and posting it on youtube. It is done often.
However, do not go to the mosque during prayer and start recording there. Its not that its not allowed, its just that you'll have to have prior permission and you may be a distraction to the congregation.
A fatwa is not a legal opinion, it is a religious opinion and it only sometimes has to do with the law.
This distinction is important if the country's legal system follows the Sharia, and typically in those cases, the rulings are done by a central committee (as in Saudi Arabia) and not just any goof with mouth.
In Saudi, there have been some insane "fatwas"...
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic year, it can be 29 or 30 days (as every other month in this lunar calendar). Usually this is determined by visual observation of the moon in the 29th of the month, if the moon was observed then the month is 29 days, if not then the month will continue to 30 days. FYI, this is why the crescent is considered the symbol ...
Note that the sign is specifically for St. Peter's Basilica, and not Vatican City. A small point considering the size of the place, but you have asked about Vatican City.
If she is wearing the Hijab then there will be no issues; covering of the head/hair is common as a sign of respect (for women, for men, its opposite - you can't wear hats); and as ...
Aceh's sharia is pretty standard if strict stuff:
No alcohol or gambling.
No khalwat ("proximity") between unrelated, unchaperoned men and women. This extends not just to the obvious (eg. sharing a hotel room), but even dining together in restaurants etc.
That said, an unmarried Western couple can simply claim to be married, and they'll most likely be ...
As far as UAE is concerned, there is only one issue at hand - since you are not going to consume alcohol inside the UAE but on-board the aircraft; where they do not check your religion.
If you appear publicly intoxicated, you are breaking the law.
That's it. So, as long as you can "hold your liquor", you'll be fine.
The problem is that "intoxicated" is ...
In short: you have nothing to worry about.
The only Italian law which is somehow related to your case is for public security, it prohibits wearing or doing things that make a face difficult to be recognised if there is not a rightful reason to do it. So:
A headscarf, as far as I understand the term, does not cover the face so it's not a problem at all
Even in turbulent times (2014) I think Israel is a relatively safe country for Muslims. Safer than some other countries in the region. Some things to keep in mind while in the country:
Avoid demonstrations, both in Israel and even more in the West Bank.
Display of Islamic clothing or objects can lead to significantly more trouble with authorities and with ...
According to the Dubai authorities, the Jumeirah Mosque is "the only mosque in Dubai which is open to the public and dedicated to receiving non-Muslim guests." (At least insofar as going inside is concerned, I can't speak to the grounds, and you can certainly see mosques from the outside around the city.)
They operate a tour most days:
The Sheikh ...
Categorically NO! I am a woman, I live in Iran, I go skiing EVERY week, I wear the same gear I wear when I ski in Europe or in the US. I am never, ever accompanied by men. Funnily enough, the slopes are the least 'Islamic' places in Iran and it is really amazing to see what young (unmarried) men and woman get up to there - it would make any Westerner ...
Having been in Malaysia, I can attest that visiting a mosque is possible for non-Muslims. There were no restrictions as far I could tell and I have entered at least a dozen mosques principally around Kuala Lumpur but also some in southern provinces.
In some cases, there were signs indicating not to take photos within the prayer hall itself but the outer ...
Yes, you can perform Umrah on a Saudi Arabian e-visa.
From this news article:
Among the most important features of the Saudi tourist visa, is the visa holder can benefit from it in performing Umrah, women need not be accompanied by a male relative, other than in the Haj season, and there is no need for a sponsor (kafeel) the way it is required for work ...
I spent some time in Iran back in 2016 with my girlfriend. My answer is based off that experience, but shouldn't necessarily be considered an exhaustive answer.
As we were a couple we were advised to pretend to get a fake wedding ring to pretend that we were married. When we actually got there no one really questioned it too closely.
As you guys aren't ...
Growing up in Saudi Arabia and now living in Kuwait, I can corroborate what @MeNoTalk has said, and will add the following:
All road signs are clearly marked in English and Arabic.
Make sure you carry with you the identification documents for your hajj hamla (caravan).
English is not an issue when walking around the Haram, as most shopkeepers will speak ...
I Googled and found these 9 Sunni mosques in Tehran,
1 - Sadeghiyeh mosque, located at the Sadeghiyeh second circle,
2 - Tehran-Pars mosque, located on Delavaran street,
3 - Al-Quds mosque, located at 20km on the old road,
4 - Persian-Gulf mosque, located in Fath,
5 - Al-Nabi mosque, located in Shahrak Danesh,
6 - Haft-Choob mosque, located in Mallard road,
While Hong Kong attracts visitors from all sorts of origin, and hence I cannot be certain who you saw, chances are that you bumped into a large group of Foreign Domestic Helpers.
Summary: Some of them are from Indonesia, a majority Muslim country. They can be seen in a lot of places in Hong Kong on Sundays as it is (usually) their rest day. The hiring of ...
Non-muslims are allowed to enter Saudi Arabia freely.
However, they are prohibited from entering two areas:
The entire city of Makkah.
The city of Medina, except for the outskirts (most notably, the area around the airport and its surroundings). They are strictly prohibited near the center of the city, near the areas of the Prophet's Mosque. There is a ...
In Dubai Mall, during Ramadan (daytime) eating is allowed but not in any restaurant. There is a designated cordoned off area where you must take your food and are only allowed to eat there. Restaurants that are open will only offer take away service.
During Ramadan, the shopping malls will be open (you can get some respite from the heat there), ...