It all started five years back when I travelled from India to Portugal for the very first time in my life. Working as a telecommunication engineer I used to travel a lot within India for my job & I was used to it but, like many other Muslim travelers after landing on a foreign land I lately realized that I missed so many things which I should have taken care of.
While I checked into the hotel I was completely unaware about the nearest mosque & to my surprise also about the qibla direction. I suddenly realized that I forgot to put the prayer mat with my luggage & finally managed with a bed-sheet. As a practicing Muslim my conscious was constantly pinching me to complete my prayers & to get connected to a spiritual environment in & outside my hotel room.
Finally things moved on & I was lucky enough to have two Egyptian colleagues in the office with the help of them I managed to attend my Friday prayers in a mosque which was 30 KMs away from the office & a half an hour drive by car.
When it came to have my meals I searched for a vegetarian or Muslim restaurant out of so many but, I could not found any one of them in my vicinity. People around me did not understand English; most of them only speak Portuguese. At that day I realized that having sufficient money in pocket was not enough to bring a halal meal for myself. The office canteen was almost same like any other street restaurant; there were common plates & dishes used across the canteen. They were serving non-halal meat (beef, pork, etc), wine & beer, etc obviously not a favorable place for me to eat. Later on, I found an Indian restaurant owner who was not serving pork in his kitchen & I made it my food destination for my complete stay.
The European land is clean, green & very beautiful sight at least for Indian travelers. On weekends I used to roam around the nearby beaches, castles & few hill stations around my hotel. While exploring the castles I got to know that there was a very famous Moorish castle built by Moors (Muslims from Morocco) in 800 AD & it had a good Islamic history associated with it. I had gone through that & it was a very good piece of information for me to share with my friends & relatives.
After 3 weeks the month of Ramadan has started & till then I was aware about the religious places & some Muslim food joints. With the help of Allah almighty I managed to complete my fasts (15 hour single stretch) very smoothly. The trip ended after 3 more weeks & I landed to my home few days prior to Eid. It was a life changing journey & has changed me a lot in terms of my spirituality, beliefs & practices. I realized the big value of small things that are around us that we usually ignore. May it be a small food joint where I can eat, may it be people around me who understand my language, small old mosques at every other street in my city, everything. I thank Allah for showing me the right path. May Allah guide all of us the right way & give strength to us to cope up with our own self.
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To be continued Inshallah.......................