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MrAWESOME247

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I'm from the UK , i'm also a muslim but i'm not very religious but i do have alot of respect for religion .

I just booked my flight to biarritz and from there it's off to saint jean pied de port :D

for me my first Camino is more a spiritual one , i'm going in very open minded and i honestly dont except anything to come out of it but if anything does then that well make it even better.


Now seeing as i'm Muslim, i'm a bit scared and nervous about some unfriendliness that i possibly might come accross while walking the camino , has that ever happend to any other muslim man or woman in the past that have walked all the camino ?

if i were to bring my mobile phone with me would it be possible to charge it here and there at any one of the albergues ?
 

falcon269

no commercial interests
Camino(s) past & future
LePuy, Frances, Aragones, Ingles, Vezelay, Toulosana, Muxia, Fisterra, Portugues, Sanabres
The Camino draws a very friendly crowd; you should not expect hostility, but there may be curiosity about a Muslim walking a Christian pilgrimage, so expect the question, which won't be hostile in nature, just inquisitive.

There are outlets for charging cell phones, though sometimes a lot of pilgrims want to use it at the same time. If you take a multiple outlet, you can expand the number of plugs available.
 

piogaw

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances (05/06 2012) sjpdp-sdc; vdlp/camino sanabrea (02/03 2013) sevilla-sdc; hospitalero sdc june 2013, august-september 2013; caminho portugues (03 2014) lisboa-sdc
First of all, have a buen camino.

The peregrinos on the camino trail are a very friendly crowd. We don't really talk about politics on the route. We talk mostly about everything else. Each one of us walks the camino for different reasons. You have nothing to be scared about. If you are asked for the reason the why does a muslin is doing the camino, you don't have to answer if you feel uncomfortable. Just mention for personal reason. We have peregrinos of different faiths and different persuasions walking the camino all the time.

By the way, the plug in spain is different from that of uk. Go to the pound shop or the 99p store to buy a european plug that can be used in spain.

Again enjoy your camino.
 

tyrrek

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-SdC (4-5/2011), Ferrol-SdC (9/2011), Pamplona-SdC (3-4/2012), Camino Finisterre (10/2012), Ourense-SdC (5/2014)
You'll have a great time, so don't worry! And as a Muslim you are welcome to enter churches etc just as Christians can enter mosques.

One thing to be aware of is that several centuries of Spanish history involved driving the Moors out of Spain, so often this is depicted in art and local festivals etc. Nobody will drive you out of Spain though, so enjoy yourself! Buen Camino! :D
 

MrAWESOME247

New Member
I honestly dont mind people asking me questions about why a muslim is doing the Camino or even any other questions , i'm just more concerned about any violence that could happen, but it's really good to know that everyone on the Camino trail is friendly :)
 

Choweth

Active Member
I know I certainly wouldn't mind if you were on the camino. I have no right to judge you, your actions, or your religion. Enjoy your camino! :)


{Candace}
 

tyrrek

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-SdC (4-5/2011), Ferrol-SdC (9/2011), Pamplona-SdC (3-4/2012), Camino Finisterre (10/2012), Ourense-SdC (5/2014)
MrAWESOME2477 said:
...i'm just more concerned about any violence that could happen...
Obviously people are people and there might be some idiots somewhere. The only places I can think of really are the major cities and towns (Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos, Leon etc). I never heard of any problems, though. In the villages you'd only ecounter an islamophobic dog or cat. Wear your scallop shell to show who you are and all should be well! Buen Camino!

p.s. I really don't want to tell you to hang around other pilgs when walking at night because that suggests you're at risk, which you most likely are not. However there is strength in numbers for all of us. :twisted:
 

grayland

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Yes
I doubt that anyone would know you were a muslim..unless you volunteered it.
It should not be an issue unless you want it to be.

I have not had anyone ask about my religion on many caminos. It may come up if you entere into a conversation about religion...but you would probably have to enter into the conversation on purpose.

I would say that you will not have any problem.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2004.SJPP-SdC-Finisterre)(1998-2012 completed in sections). Norte (2006.122km) Inglés (2009)
I briefly met a Muslim lady who was walking in 2004. She had made plenty of friends and no one had been hostile to her.

The only time anyone was disrepectful towards me was because they thought I was American and that was back in 1998.

The camino is not the alcohol fuelled Ibeza.

Most of the albergues require you to be in bed and lights out at 10.00 pm 22.00, so I doubt if you would be out late at night when, lets be honest, trouble can start just because people have had too much to drink. It is worth bearing in mind that the police in Spain are a lot more no nonsense than in the UK, so they will not tolerate it when people kick off. All pilgrims know that as guests in someone else's country we have to behave responisbly.

I would be amazed and hugely disappointed if you had even a hint of trouble.

Have a wonderful Camino.
 

Choweth

Active Member
methodist.pilgrim.98 said:
The only time anyone was disrepectful towards me was because they thought I was American and that was back in 1998.
What happened?


Also, as far as being a Muslim, if anything I would be very interested to learn of your background and religion. :D



{Candace}
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Do not worry at all!!! I can only agree with all of my predecessors on this topic.

I can't describe myself as a (traditionally) religious person, but I remember the day when I was leaving Burgos and heading for the next shelter. And the storm was coming in fiercely. I was weeping out-loud, crying, screaming, for my personal reasons. Suddenly a buddhist monk (!!!) passed me, turned his head, smiled and went on like nothing happened (I can send you a photo).

And yes - nothing happened. Not in personal, social or political way. But at the same time everything happened. That's Camino, man :D

Buen Camino!
 

MrAWESOME247

New Member
Choweth said:
methodist.pilgrim.98 said:
The only time anyone was disrepectful towards me was because they thought I was American and that was back in 1998.
What happened?


Also, as far as being a Muslim, if anything I would be very interested to learn of your background and religion. :D



{Candace}

Well as child i was bought up to be a religious muslim like everyone else i knew and for a bit i was very much into my religion but as i grew up i just began to see alot more clearly about how religion is being disorted and is being used for all kinds of nasty things and i just didnt really want to be part of that world . I still believe in religion but i just believe in my own version of religion which is
religion= peace.

And in a way doing this Camino i'm also trying to find myself as since my gran passed away , i've been very lost.
 

gidivet

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - SJPP to Santiago de Compostela - 24 April to 1 June 2014.
Camino Francés - Short section Sept 2014
Camino Francés - Short section May 2015
Camino Francés and Camino Le Puy short sections - April/May 2016
May all your concerns evaporate as you set foot on the pilgrimage. May you be made truly welcome by everyone you meet and may you have a truly amazing experience.

Buen Camino!
 

BeatriceKarjalainen

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Finished: See post signature.
Upcoming: Nothing planned
First of all, Buen Camino, and lucky you who have this amazing experience ahead of you. I can't see how you religion would make any difference, for a lot of people it is a spiritual experience rather than a catholic church thing. I didn't discuss religion that much with other pilgrims but when we did it was more of a question of understanding each other. See it as an opportunity to see how alike we all are even if the name f our God differs. Show the others how a muslim can be and have a wonderful time. My guess is that the question of what religion you belong to will not be asked so often. People tend to talk about other things. Less personal.
 
As many have said above, religion is not a frequent topic of conversation. Everyone is busy getting along with others and quietly seeking whatever it is they seek or hope to find them. Contentious topics of conversation are rarely entered into, and then normally in a reasonable manner (usually with fellow travellers who over time have become close friends). Even then I would expect it to be a civilised and respectful conversation as along the Camino people are almost universally respectful to others (except for flashing lights and bag rustling in the albergues :(). Relax about this, go with the flow and you will have no problems. To be honest as long as: you can remember which albergues you stopped in; what the showers/food/noise levels/temperature at night etc. were like; how far you walked; where you next intend to walk to; where you intend to finally finish; and where you had your cafe con leches you will find that your evening has been full of conversation. Bye the way, in case you don't already know - be aware that January the 6th is "3 Kings" day and that it is celebrated in Spain, so there might be some supply side problems to be careful about.
 

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