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“Journey forth from your own self, to God’s Self-voyage without end.”

 Jalal al-Din Rumi                                                                             


 

Sacred Footsteps is an online publication devoted to alternative and spiritual travel, history and culture. 

 

MEET THE TEAM

 

Zara Choudhary

Zara Choudhary

Editor/Writer

Former SOASian. Islamic Art & Archaeology graduate. Lover of books, travel & all things green. Best travel moment? Sleeping under the stars in the desert in West Africa.

Mohammed Khan

Mohammed Khan

Writer

Londoner. Software Developer. Writer. Traveller. Best travel moment? Standing on the plain of Arafat with millions of pilgrims.

Sunia Choudhary

Sunia Choudhary

Graphic Designer/Writer

SOAS Arabic graduate. Graphic designer. Mother. Bookworm. Best travel moment? The year I spent in Damascus.

Afaq Ali

Afaq Ali

Photographer/ Artist

Fanatic of Islamic Art & Architecture. Goal is to trace ancient Silk Route & photograph, draw & write about the buried Islamic history. Best travel moment? Crossing Beqaa Valley, Lebanon to visit ancient Roman ruins of Baalbek.

Ali Abdelaziz Ben Saad

Ali Abdelaziz Ben Saad

Writer

Co-founder & designer at Qayrawan Caravan. Studies Political Science & Arabic @ Seton Hall University. Instructor and ‘Uwaylim @ Safina Society. Aspiring ascetic & seeker of knowledge. Best Travel Moment? Walking into Al-Zaytuna Mosque, Tunis for Friday Prayers after the revolution of 2012.

Amber Aisha

Amber Aisha

Writer

Studying English and History at RHUL. Writer. Poetry enthusiast. Best travel moment? Hiking the little islands dotted along the coast of Fethiye, Turkey.

Mohsen Saleh

Mohsen Saleh

Writer

Travelling teacher, bookworm, spontaneous writer and impromptu tour guide. Coffee enthusiast born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Best travel moment? Trekking from Madinah, to Makkah, to al-Aqsa and finishing at the Blessed Tree.

Muhammad Ayaz Ramjaun

Muhammad Ayaz Ramjaun

Writer

French born Mauritian from Paris. Accountant. Student of knowledge. Passion for Muslim heritage & producing creative video content. Best travel moment? Seeing the stars through a clear sky for the first time in Mauritius.

Muhammad Atif

Muhammad Atif

Photographer/Writer

Traveller. Photographer. Businessman. Best travel moment? Getting lost in the desert of Mauritania.

Murtaza Humayun Saeed

Murtaza Humayun Saeed

Photographer/ Writer

Business and Law graduate from Lahore. Left a career in banking to pursue a more holistic lifestyle. Executive Producer: Blessed are the Strangers (thestrangers.co.uk). Best travel moment? Sitting inside a mosque in Morocco near the Dades Rose Valley where everyone started reading the Quran together after maghrib prayer- mesmerising!

Omar Rais

Omar Rais

Writer/Photographer

International development professional, (aspiring) travel photographer & co-founder at Studio 89. Best travel moment? ...can there be just one?

Parisa Kharazi

Parisa Kharazi

Writer

Public Health professional living in the USA who believes travel is a means to seek God through His infinite gifts and beauty. Best travel moment? Hiking Mt. Kenya with my twin sister.

Shafquat Arefeen

Shafquat Arefeen

Writer

Studies Engineering at the University of Toronto. Spends hours walking all over Toronto and when he gets a chance, prints footsteps on foreign soil. Loves the adventure of reaching spots that others dare not go. Best travel moment? Climbing past the guided pathway and reaching the highest point of Gibraltar

Tharik Hussain

Tharik Hussain

Writer

Ex-news journalist turned travel writer, photographer, dad, husband & full time teacher of Media and Sociology. Blogs as The Wandering Musulman. Best Travel moment? Being rescued by gypsies in the hills of Tuscany whilst backpacking as a young parent, complete with wife and hungry toddler in tow.

Yasmine Ahmed-Lea

Yasmine Ahmed-Lea

Writer

Lit grad. Writer of poetry. Travel enthusiast & mama of one. Best travel moment? Watching the sunset over Chefchaouen whilst singing qasidas.