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Nominee Profile

Name:By Road to Malaysia team
Country:United Kingdom
Category: Muslim Travel Excellence of the Year
Total Votes: 192

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List of the nominee's achievements:

By Road to Malaysia is a team of one Malaysian family who reside in The UK. In July 2013, they depart from County Durham, UK to embark into their own journey, driving Mercedes Sprinter motor home overland to Malaysia. With incomplete preparation, they manage to travel through 26 country and reach Malaysia after 155 days, on 14th December 2013. They possibly become the first Muslim family, in modern day, to travel via overland from The UK to South East Asia and particularly Malaysia.

The impact and influence the nominee had on the Muslim word:

During the journey, the family share their experience and whereabouts through their Facebook page and meet many Muslim along the way which surprise with what they doing. Muslim feel that traveling overland is not a Muslim 'thing', hard and impossible. The family wanted to show that being a Muslim didn't restrict from being adventurous and travel is what Muslim had been done since the time of the Prophet saw. Many Muslim feel motivated, encourage and hope toward becoming practicing Muslim didn't stop them from reaching their dream and achieve what they think Muslim cannot. The travel itself become part of dakwa to other Muslim, that having appear as Muslim (especially with nikab) didn't mean life have been restricted only at home. It's giving assurance to other Muslim to practice deen.

The impact and influence the nominee had on the world and humanity:

The journey of the family has given an impact toward the world in term of sharing their experience and help motivate others to achieve their dream. Many people has feel that the world has lost the humanity but the family experience show different. Wherever they go throughout the journey, they meet too many lovely people, from different background, religion, culture and language which help them in their difficulty, offer them food and accommodation and treat them with open heart.

How the nominee’s activities and achievement will continue to impact and influence in the future:

The family is now attend various talk, and will soon publish the book about their journey to share exprience with others in depth. The kids, also share their experience with their friends when they back home, and the experience which the kids had, will continue to give an impact into their future education and social interaction and the people they meet throughout their future life. The family also have collect some donation through the journey from their facebook page and handed over to IHH, a charity body in Turkey which handle Syrian Refugees. They also manage to visit the refugee and see the condition and listen to the stories.

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