MWF – 10 Ways To Make Your Trip Easier
Here are 10 tips I think will make your trip to anywhere MUCH easier.
MWF = Muslim While Flying
As muslims in 21st centurey, life isn’t as easy as the time of muslim
khalifah. But with will of Allah and his help, you will find these tips
to make your life little easier.
1. Never forget the dua (supplication) for traveling.
The dua for traveling is very small and easy to memorize, here its.
"Exalted is He who has subjected this to us, and we could not have [otherwise] subdued it."
2. Do not shave or "change" your appearance!
Sometimes, muslims are so afraid of the problems they will meet through
their trip. So, the brothers shave their beard or make small and
sisters wear hijab or abaya which is less "islamic". This is completely
wrong, and it will only make your trip make harder because you
disobeying the one who made easier for the people to fly the airplane
Be yourself, show strong commitment for faith, don’t feel "ashamed" about practicing your religion in fornt of everyone.
3. Don’t overburden yourself – be easy
Some people when traveling bring like their whole house, you know it
sounds insane, but really some people bring a LOT of stuff with them,
and mostly they take a lot inside the airplane. This will only brought
you attention of the people. If possible, bring as less items as
possible, because specially for sisters, your cloth is already
attention gather, you don’t need more stuff.
4. Be the most polite.
When traveling you will meet with all sorts of people and you might get
all kind of attitudes from some people. Unless those people physically
harm you or insult your religion or dignity, be polite to them, if you
have a bad situation (I hope non of us have that), then report it
immediately. Generally, don’t be just the lonely person, be social.
5. Follow their guidelines.
These days the fear of the non muslims went high because of September
11, so they wrote down guidelines for the people who are traveling from
U.S or Europe.
"Liquids and gels must be in individual containers of three ounces or
less and placed inside one clear, quart-size, plastic, zip-top bag. The
TSA emphasizes that containers should fit comfortably into your
bag, and that only one bag is permitted per passenger. If you need to
bring more than three ounces of any liquid or gel substance, it should
go into your checked luggage."- Independent Traveler
Generally, look up the new rules and guidelines from the web, such as United States> http://www.tsa.gov/
6. Let the security know what you doing.
We muslims MUST pray our daily prayers, although we are allowed to
shorted our prayers while traveling, non the less, always go to the
closest security area and let them know that you want to pray. Usually
the problem come when you start praying and the person next to you has
NO IDEA what you are doing. Then they go ahead and report it as some
kind of suspicious actions. But if you already tell the security, they
will say, its ok he is praying.
7. Bring "Islam" with you.
There is no doubt that Islam is the most misunderstood religion in the
world today. Its your responsibility to familiarize Islam with those
people who are too lazy to check out the internet about Islam. Bring
yourself with some islamic pamphlets and CDs, give to anyone who is
close to you, such as the person you seating with. Also explain to them
, if its long trip, you have more chance. Once the person knows more
about you, they are more likely to feel comfortable sitting with you.
Basically, don’t forget to do Da’wah (inviting people to islam) as much as you can.
8. Do not over-react!
IF, thats IF the security of the airport stop you for questions, never
ever over-react, stay very cool and answer questions you think you can
answer, but be careful of what you say, because in America, they can
use that against you. If you think you can’t answer a question, tell
them that you need a lawyer.
9. Don’t forget to take your items with you.
Before you get off the airplane, make sure EVERYTHING that you brought
with you are still with you, because there is nothing more frustrating
to lose a valuable item in airplane thats about to be cleaned up.
10. Give Thanks to Allah.
Last but not least, Give thanks to Allah, who make it easy for you to
fly on the air with no harm and come down while in peace. Pray for him
and praise him.
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