6 Essential Online Guides for Halal Restaurants, Muslim Friendly Hotels, Masjeds, e-Commerce & Media
As many Muslims strive to live according to Islam in their life and in their daily commercial dealings in the west and in non Muslim countries, a number of Muslim entrepreneurs provided the needed services via a number of useful websites.
Here is a list of 6 sites providing guides for Halal Restaurants, Muslims Friendly Hotels, Mosques and Islamic centers, videos and virtual community.
This list can also be useful for Jews as the food code are similar.
1-Muslim friendly hotels: HalaTrip
Offers Muslims and Jewish users (since many religious restrictions are shared between both religion.) Reviews for hotels around the world, from things such as: if there is a women-only pool or not, if the hotel does not serve Alcohol, if the hotel has a prayer room, plus the location of the hotel on google maps.
The founder of HalaTrip is Karim Saad who lives in Austria you can follow HalaTrip on ArabCrunch.NET here.
2-Halalfire Media LLC, headquartered in San Carlos, California is the home of one of the largest Muslim networks on the Internet, claiming over 27 million page views and over 7.25 million unique visitors annually.
3-Masjed and Islamic centers guide: Salatomatic:
Offers the largest list of Mosqoues and Islamic centers around the world. Useful site when you travel and want to find masjeeds to pray Jumaa. Besides offering basic info and the location of each masjeed. Salatomatic offers interesting facts about the availability of near by parking and so on. Users can also leave their feedback and even follow the masjeed.
The site also has an iPhone app that returns a list of restaurants, markets, and mosques near you. with sharing information, reading reviews, retrieving contact information capabilities, and provides driving directions. The site also has plans for Windows Mobile ,android, BlackBeery and Palm Pre apps. (iPhone app price: : US$2.99.)
3-Zabihah: halal food guide worldwide.
From the same mother company of Salamatoc, Halalfire Media, Zabihah the site lists halal restaurants, groceries, business mosques and schools. The site offers a profile of each restaurant with basic info such cuisine type, halal authenticity, price, payment accepted, hours, phone, website and map location.
The site boost 3866 Restaurants, 2200 Markets, 171 Products and 35084 Reviews.
4- halalapalooza: Halal e-commerce guide.
Also form HalalFire, halalapalooza is a comprehensive directory of Islamic e-commerce website categorized in: Multimedia, General stores, clothing, travel, cards and gifts, foods and Snacks, Charities and Children’s Item.
5-muxlim: Muslim life style.
Finland based startup covered on AC before, was originally a blogging and a social network platform, but recently it focused more into syndicating content with relevance to Muslims from around the web.
A video sharing site that focus is primarily on Islamic lectures, users can post content from youtube and google video.