Business hours are a little different: in Islam, congregational prayer takes place on Fridays, so businesses often close early on Friday afternoons. Most of officialdom is still open, however, as are the many non-Muslim owned businesses, and they’re open for business on Saturdays too: around here, only Sunday is the day of rest.
It’s hard to find pork products, although most public markets have a ‘pork area’ that is set apart from the rest of the meat, seafood and produce sectors. It was better not to anchor too close to the village mosque unless we liked being awakened by the pre-dawn call to prayer. Purely practicalities, and nothing to be apprehensive about.
When I think about how traveling in Muslim countries has impacted us, it’s about the tremendous opportunities they have given us to learn about different cultures, dress, practices. It is an entirely positive association.