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Hijrah: what for?

When we think about our hijrah, we start to list a series of things that we ‘wish’, almost ‘want’ before even moving to dar al-Islam.

The list could be long: first of all I want to live in THIS city, I cannot live anywhere else in Algeria, otherwise I prefer to stay in Europe (Allahul Must’an). I want a house, I cannot live in a flat…. my children have to attend a school that is 100% on the manhaj… my husband has to work during the day, not long hours please otherwise we won’t be able to see him … and the list could be even longer. We ask Allah to guide us and purify our niya.  Continue reading

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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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“I felt like a stranger” – interview with a muhajirah from Algiers

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We have had the pleasure of chatting with sister Um Youssef, an italian revert from Naples who moved to Algiers in 2013. This is our little interview with her…

What have been the difficulties at the beginning of your ‘adventure’ in Algeria?

At the beginning I felt very lonely, my husband wasn’t with me and I have to admit that I have felt a strong loneliness. I am not talking about loneliness because of friends to talk to but because I felt as if I wasn’t ‘part’ of that world. It was very hard, I felt like a fish out of water. Other little things were the language, the food and the habits completely different from mine. I had to adapt to whatever was available, from every point of view alhamdulillah but this hasn’t been a big issue. The Algerian mentality was different from mine but I am not talking about kindness or good manners, absolutely, but the fact of being in a country completely different from the one I had been for the past 10 years, the UK, a country that evolves really quickly. However, I would say that the biggest difficulty has been the loneliness and alhamdulillah I have learnt what ‘being alone with Allah’ really means.

And the positive things ma shaa Allah?  Continue reading