A wise dude once said that everyone is wrong about other countries, and pretty much every traveller in the world nodded in agreement. Sigh... No, Colombia is not full of drug dealers, Africa isn't all about Ebola and Dubai isn't really a country, so I can't even.... As travellers, we often have to defend our choices to visit certain countries. Some of the most misinformed myths in the world are about Muslim nations – about how travelling to any Muslim country is always dangerous, violent and unsafe for travellers.
Absurd generalisations about the Muslim world are unfortunately increasingly taking over. A lot of it comes from geographical ignorance (Arabia isn't a country either, FYI) and a persistent trend of misinformation worldwide.
As travellers, we know that we know nothing about other countries, and the only way to get started is to go see the world for yourself. Needless to say, Muslim countries are as diverse as Muslims themselves. Here's a list of some of the most beautiful Muslim countries in the world that need to be on your bucket list.
Note: All data on safety/danger is based on the latest UN report on Intentional Homicides. I have used the United States of America to index the level of mortal danger in these countries, and to illustrate a point. The report and the information in the article doesn't include danger from petty crime, theft and tourist scams. Or sharks.
Albania, a small country with a big heart
Muslim population: 58.8%