It all started out when we were on an exchange programme in Seoul where there weren't as many halal food options available then. Who wants to have seafood or vegetables every day for months on end right? That’s when we realized that there was a need for a consolidated space where Muslim travellers (and their friends!) would be able to seek out information about what to see and do, especially in countries where halal food is hard to find. And tada, that’s how Have Halal, Will Travel was born!
What HHWT stands for
There’s a verse in the Holy Quran that says:
Say, [O Muhammad], "Travel through the land and observe how He began creation. Then Allah will produce the final creation. Indeed Allah, over all things, is competent." - Surah Al-Ankabut (The Spider) 29:20
Travel definitely broadens our horizons and our understanding of the world. That’s why we’ve been working very hard to publish the best travel and food guides in hopes of making travelling a richer experience for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters.
To help you out with the restaurants/eateries listed in our blog, look out for these icons!
Travel as a force for peace ✌
We believe that through travel, Muslims are able to be ambassadors of peace. Travel and show the world that besides holding on to our faith, there’s a whole lot of similarities between us, and that in our differences lie many things to be learned from one another.
That’s what HHWT is all about – inspiring Muslims to see the world and bringing people from all walks of life together, no matter your religion, age or status 😊
Close your eyes, cut the cord
After much discussion, we made a bold decision to drop our jobs at a local media agency to work on HHWT full-time on 1st of October 2015.
It’s been a challenge but one that we accept with open arms and one that we’re unwilling to delay, in spite of the overwhelming odds.
We do everything from A-Z around here because we’re still a start-up up company (i.e. we’ve only got a small budget and a limited runway), but Inshā’Allāh with all your support and duas, we’ll keep getting bigger and better! HHWT is very much a labour of love for us ❤️
Helping the Muslim community
We’re travellers ourselves! That means that we really do understand how tough it is to find information we need when travelling. We appreciate it when fellow Muslim travellers share their insider knowledge, because we believe that this helps to build up our community!
We’re also very excited to release several new projects in 2016 to help make it easier for Muslims to travel. Expect greater coverage for our travel guides (wait for it!), lots more travel inspiration, and a couple of secret projects that will definitely interest you 😉
Update: We've finally revealed one of our secret projects - the #HHWT Travel Planner app!
It's now available on Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS). Download it now :D
Help your fellow Muslim globetrotters!
As much as we try our best to serve our brothers and sisters, our efforts can only go so far. Here's where you can come in to help, and magnify our collective actions. Are you ready to make a difference?
Here are 5 things you can do:
Remember that you’re an ambassador of peace. Build relationships with others wherever you are. Even smiling to a stranger is part of the sunnah! (Always great to collect brownie points while doing something you love, right?)
Share our story, and spread our message to people that matter to you.
Ready to share your travel tips and experiences with other Muslim travellers? Apply to be a writer or simply send us some tips.
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If you’ve been with us since our debut in February 2015, thank you so much for your support. If you’ve just popped by, welcome to the HHWT travel community!
Last (but definitely not least!), many thanks to our freelance writers for their incredible work. We would never be able to cover so many interesting places without their help 💕
Your support means the world to us. In fact, it is what keeps us going every day – so we’re always delighted to receive your encouragements and comments on what we can do to improve. Do like and share our articles if you enjoy reading them. Get in touch with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, keeping up with our latest updates on Facebook and Instagram, as well as subscribing to our newsletter here (we promise you’ll want us in your inbox for weekly fun stuff!).
Lots of love,
*All information, including the halal status of the establishment, prices and menu, is accurate at the time of posting. We highly advise our readers to validate the halal status of the establishments before dining there.