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An Al-Andalus Journey

Day One – Monday 1 July

My journey started this morning at about 4am, with the flight from London to Malaga smooth and quick. As soon as we landed and collected our luggage we were picked up by Tariq Mahmood from Andalucian Routes along with another group of ladies that had arrived in Malaga for the same reason as myself.

We arrived in the Hotel Piramides, which is located in “Feungirola” – loosely translated as “End of the land of Kheyr” (Goodness/Godness). Tariq then proceeded to give the low down on the tour – where, when and how. I must say I can’t wait to sample the richness of Andalucia and its Islamic history.

Tariq is passionate about the tour, and rightly so, because it is an empowering historical proof of Islamic civilisation. One thing I noticed today is the diversity of our group, with members coming together from as far apart as Queensland, South Africa, Cardiff and Swiss Cottage in London!

Tomorrow morning Isha Allah, our journey to our history will start for me with a journey to Cordoba. I am excited and scared at the same time of how it will all affect me.

So until tomorrow, insha Allah.

Ayaan Aden, fellow of the Muslim Institute.

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