About Muslim Tour Travel Packages
Holiday Travel is the India's Only Muslim/Islamic & Halal Tourism Company. India is a land of diverse cultures and heritage. Indian Civilization is one of the oldest & vibrant. India is home to multi ethenic and religious society who not only live in complete harmony but also contribute to the national progress. The variations in physical, climatic conditions and the extent of exposure to other cultures have greatly influenced the traditions and culture of the different regions.
Muslim Relion is the fastest Growing religion in India & India is dotted with many Islamic Heritage sites, Great Mosques, and Palaces.
Holiday Travel introduces the Muslim cultural & Heritage tours for the first time to show case the world India's vibrant & colorful Muslim Heritage.
There is an underlying basic factor common to the whole of India, with variations in the practices based on their local needs and influences. Further, the greatness of India has been in accepting the best from various cultures and intermingling the new customs and styles with the existing - this is visible in all aspects - music, dance, painting, sculptures, architecture.
Islam is a monotheistic religion based on the revelations received by Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century, which were later recorded in the Qur'an. Today, Islam is the second largest religion in the world. The word "Islam" means "submission," reflecting the religion's central tenet of submitting to the will of God.
Islamic practices are defined by the Five Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and alms.
The emergence of Islam in Indian sub-continent is concurrent with the Turko-Muslim invasion of medevial India (which includes large parts of present day Pakistan and the Republic of India) , where these rulers took over the administration of large parts of India. Since its introduction into India, Islam has made religious, artistic, philosophical, cultural, social and political contributions to Indian history, heritage and life.Islam spread from the West throughout South Asia, from the early eighth century, to become the largest minority religion in India.
Muslim Beliefs & Practices
The religious rituals of Islam are relatively few in number, but great in importance. The Five Pillars of Islam are five practices regarded by all sects as essential to the Muslim faith and these are:
Shahadat: sincerely reciting the Muslim profession of faith, Salat: performing ritual prayers in the proper way five times each day, Zakat: paying an alms (or charity) tax to benefit the poor and the needy, Sawm: fasting during the month of Ramadan and Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca
Mosques are Muslim places of worship and prayer. The word "mosque" comes from the Arabic word masjid, which is related to the word for "prostration." Muslims are required to pray five times a day, preferrably in a mosque: morning, midday, afternoon, sunset, and evening.
Some of the notable Mosques are Jama Masjid Delhi, Begumpuri Masjid Delhi, Taj Mahal Ujjain Jama Masjid , Jama Masjid Bhopal, Moti Masjid Bhopal...
Quran is the central religious text of Islam. Muslims believe the Quran to be the book of divine guidance and direction for mankind, the text in its original Arabic, to be the literal word of God revealed to Muhammad over a period of twenty-three years and view the Qur'an as God's final revelation to humanity. In Arabic, the word qur'an means "reading" or "recitation".
Holy Cities of Islam
Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Karbala, Najaf are considered to be the most sacred places of Islam located in south-east Asia. The Shiite Muslims undertake a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mashhad in northeastern part of Iran.
The most revered places by Muslims in India are:
Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer is famous for the tomb of Hazrat Mu'inuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti Sufi order, one of the most important Sufi organizations.
Jama Masjid, Delhi -One of the largest mosques in India, Jami Masjid was built in 1571 AD. Inside, there is a vast congregational coutyard. To the right, at the corner, is the Jammat Khana Hall and next ot this is the tomb of the royal ladies. To the left of the Jami Masjid is the Stone Cutters’ mosque, the oldest place of worship at Fateh Pur Sikri. It is entered through the eastern entrance known as the Buland Darwaza.
Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture.
Haji Ali - This mosque was built in the middle of the sea with only a narrow path leading to it giving it an ethereal look. As per the Muslim traditions separate praying rooms for ladies and gents are provided here to pay their respects.
Taj Mahal On either side of the Taj Mahal are buildings of red sandstone. The one to the west is a Mosque. It faces towards Mecca and is used for prayer....Read more about Taj Mahal...
The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Qutub Minar, The Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque was the first mosque built in India. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aybak using materials of 27 Jain and Hindu temples..
Charminar, Hyderabad A historic monument with four graceful minarets. Built two years after the founding of the Hyderabad to mark the end of an epidemic in the city, it is often referred as the Arc of Triumph of the East.