How to make ayam masak merah (Malaysian spicy tomato chicken)

In Malaysia, the breaking of the Ramadan fast is called berbuka puasa (you probably know it as iftar), and in Kuala Lumpur, the mosques around the city put out berbuka puasa spreads. They’ll normally have something simple, like a sweet drink, and maybe some dates and kuih, which are Malaysian...

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Ramadan kareem! Stories of devotion from around the world

Ramadan kareem! Stories of devotion from around the world

I’ve spent five years living in the Middle East (based predominantly out of Cairo but also doing lengthy stints in Turkey and Morocco), and so non-Muslim travellers often ask me if Ramadan is a good time to visit the Islamic world. From my own experience, I can say with some...

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Tips for travellers during Ramadan

Tips for travellers during Ramadan

Travelling to a Muslim destination during Ramadan and not sure what to expect? We’ve got you covered with all the basics you’ll need to know about the holy month. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the holy month of the Islamic calendar, when all Muslims dedicate themselves to religious thoughts. It’s...

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A Ramadan welcome in Eastern Turkey

A Ramadan welcome in Eastern Turkey

Come in, come in! A young lady called us from her doorstep. I didn’t understand her language, but I could see her hands, pointing towards the gate, furling and unfurling with the international gesture for ‘Come in, join us, you’re welcome here.’ We had been warned not to linger outdoors...

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A taste of Persian hospitality at Ramadan

A taste of Persian hospitality at Ramadan

I was so hungry, but I was determined to persevere. It was the first days of Ramadan and I was working in Iran for a few weeks. The timing didn’t seem ideal, but when a trip to Iran comes up, one does not refuse. At the time, I was a...

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Ramadan celebrations in Kuala Lumpur

Ramadan celebrations in Kuala Lumpur

In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Farah, our guide on the ground in Kuala Lumpur, told us about Ramadan in her city. The month of Ramadan (or Ramadhan) is a very testing period. You...

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Iftar feasting in Dubai

Iftar feasting in Dubai

Having spent over 10 years in Dubai, I can say I’m a veteran at navigating Ramadan. It’s unlike anything else. For one, there’s a festive vibe in the air — most offices offer shorter working hours (even for those who are non-Muslim and not fasting), many people are away over...

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Ramadan celebrations in Jakarta

Ramadan celebrations in Jakarta

In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Candha, our guide on the ground in Jakarta, told us about Ramadan in his city. Istiqlal Mosque is the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia — appropriate since Indonesia...

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Ramadan celebrations in Moscow

Ramadan celebrations in Moscow

In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Katya, our guide on the ground in Moscow, told us about Ramadan in her city. Russia doesn’t typically come to mind when you think of Islam, or honouring...

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Ramadan celebrations in Istanbul

Ramadan celebrations in Istanbul

In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Jen, our guide on the ground in Istanbul, told us about Ramadan in her city. Having grown up in the “bush,” I honestly don’t think I knew what...

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