United Kingdom: 'Islamic' package holiday promotes guardianship practices
Sun, Sea and Halal is a project initiated by 'Islamic Circles' "to encourage Muslims to enjoy an Islamic Beach holiday around the Muslim world.... Away from the alcoholic resorts, located in the Mediterranean seaside city of Alanya, Turkey... enjoy a Golden beach holiday with all the activities but within an Islamic environment." Based in the UK, it states its Aims and Objectives as "Enjoying and relaxing in an Islamic Beach holiday without compromising your values.". On their website they state that "Sisters are permitted to travel and the Tour Lead will act as the Amir... Sisters who are travelling are advised to request permission from their Mahrams and if possible travel with them."
On their website, it advertises the following activities: Segregated swimming pools, spa, Hamam and fitness centre; and Islamic Evening entertainment including nashids, comedians and women only pamper night.
Under 'FAQs - Frequently asked questions':
Q: What makes this package Halal or Islamic?
This is a special holiday designed for Muslims only. You do not have to sacrifice neither your joy nor your Islamic practices. In all other resorts you will find drinking tourists in mixed pools. Our hotels operate on no alcohol policy and provide separated swimming (open) facilities for ladies. Entertainment is also suitable for Muslims.
Q.The pools are segregated. What about the beach?
The hotels are by the sea with their private beaches. The ladies are allowed to swim in full covered Islamic swimming suit and it applies to brothers to.
Q. Women travels are they permitted and will there be segregation?
The package is organised and managed by "Practicing Muslims" and thus we expect Muslims to observe Islamic etiquettes and behaviour throughout the whole trip. Groups will be mixed. Individuals who are found to misbehave, uncooperative, nuisance, rude, loud-mouthed or disrespectful towards fellow travellers or organisers will be sent back immediately, with no refund.
Sisters are permitted to travel and the Tour Lead will act as the Amir and if the numbers of sisters are such, then we will assign a Sister from our organisation to lead the Tour. Sisters who are travelling are advised to request permission from their Mahrams and if possible travel with them. If not, as explained, the group Tour lead will act as the Amir and one can travel under his / her guardianship. So Sisters can come alone, if they wish to do so.
Q: Will you allow facilities and time for prayers?
Both resorts have prayer rooms and there are many mosques nearby. Azan for prayer times will be made.
Q. Will rooms be mixed?
Unmarried brothers and sisters will not be mixed in the same hotel rooms.
You can see more here: http://www.sunseahalal.com/
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