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From Tasmania to Algeria: the hijrah of sister Hanina

Where are you from and where do you live in Algeria?

Assalamualaikum. My name is Hanina. My mother is Australian and my father is Algerian. My father left Algeria when he was 16yrs old and came back at the age of 70yrs old. He even forgot his Arabic!!!. I was born in Tasmania and brought up in Melbourne, Australia. I came to Algeria when i was 18yrs old and I have been here for 12yrs.

How long have you been living in Algeria for?

I have been living in Babeloued, Algiers for 11yrs and I now live in Bouzareah.  Continue reading


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From Germany to Algeria – interview with a muhajirah

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Where are you from and where about in Algeria do you live?

I am from Germany and live in Algiers.

How long have you been living there?

Since 2003.

Did you easily settle in Algeria?  Continue reading


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Registering children at school in Algeria

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Children in Algeria start school when they are six years old. For example, if you want to register your child to start school in September 2016, his date of birth should be between 01/01/2010 and 31/12/2010. In this case you can register him/her at the Primary School.

The documents to give to the school office are (although we advise to double check with the school your child will attend):

  • child birth certificate
  • parents residency certificate (primary schools allow the registration for children who are local but can accept children from different areas in some circumstances. In that case parents have to discuss it with the headteacher).
  • the school form filled it in by the parents (the school will provide it)
  • child vaccines book or the vaccines certification

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Move to Algeria with the primary intention of pleasing Allah, first and foremost

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assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah, below is an interview with our dear sister in Islam, Evelyn, may Allah preserve her, amin!

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Where are you from and how long have you been in Algeria?

I am from Ireland and have lived in Algeria for 12 years Alhamdulilah.

What would you never change and what would you change in Algeria?

What I would never change in Algeria:

Obviously the fact that it is a country of Muslims with Islam being the center of most things in life in one way or another – the adhan, mosques in every community with more springing up all the time, the way people answer ‘Asalaam alaykum’ always with the full ‘walaykum asalaam wa rahmatulah wa barakatu’ and usually with sincerity, whether it’s in the supermarket, the market, the doctor or dentist’s surgery or the police checkpoint on the road, the packed mosques in Ramadan and at Eid etc. etc.

The kindness and friendliness of the Algerians. I’ve had several guests from abroad who have come and stayed with us for a while, and their interactions with Algerians whether it’s my husband’s family, or shopkeepers or complete strangers, have all helped them to feel welcome and at home, and this despite the fact that most of them weren’t Muslim.  Continue reading


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Finally on the move


The plan was that my husband would drive to Algeria a week ahead of me and the children, who would then fly there to join up with him.  Meanwhile another man put in an offer for the house, with a view to adding it to his list of properties to rent out.  So it looked like we had sold it after all alhamdulilah.  The night before my husband left, Sarah, my daughter, and I were packing the last few things and we could hear all the voices and accents from the living room next door where the brothers who lived locally had come to say goodbye to my husband.  There were, of course, Algerian accents, but also, Nigerian, Pakistani, Chechen, English (an “Essex boy” and a Cockney mashallah!!!!) and Kenyan.  They were all so sad to see my husband go as they looked on him as a real brother and there were tears.  My husband felt like he was deserting them and was really sad.  To this day he left a little piece of his heart with these brothers. Continue reading