How Did Ibn Battuta Affect America

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Ibn Battuta’s travels and their impact on history In 1325, after the Crusades, a young Moroccan Muslim called Ibn Battuta, set out on the necessary pilgrimage to Makka. It was to become an odyssey from one unknown world to another. Shams Al-Din Abou Abdallah Muhammed Ibn Abdallah Ibn Muhammed Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Yusuf Al-Alawati Al-Tanji Ibn Battuta Ibn Hamid Al-Ghazi (Ibn Battuta) was born in Tangier in the north of Morocco in 1304, during the ruling time of the Marini dynasty, to a family of legal scholars who follow a long family tradition of serving as judges (Dunn 1). His father was a judge and he wanted him to be his successor. That’s why he made Ibn Battuta learn the Quran, Islamic …show more content…
The story says that before the creation, there was a place that cradles the celestial messages. It is called the kaaba. The Kaaba is a symbol of worshiping God to Muslims. It has always been the destination for Jews and early Christians for countless decades. But from the early sixth century, it’s been the absolute concern of Muslims who have to pay it a visit at least once in their lives. Because Hajj is a fundamental duty in Islam, Muslims risk their lives and go to Mecca from all over the world in millions every year (Kilpatrick 224, 225). God wants Muslim to know people and see the world that He states in the Quran “O mankind, indeed we have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted” (49:13). IBn battuta was no exception; he wanted to fulfill this religious trip as it is one of the most important pillars of Islam. His religious motives were very strong and he was willing to die in his quest. Actually, that was not his only motive. Ibn Battuta was into science and knowledge because it is a must on every Muslim. The Prophet Mohammed says “seeking knowledge is a duty obligatory upon every Muslim” (Ibn Maja …show more content…
Islam recommends its followers to be very kind and generous with strangers. Ibn Battuta was well taken care of by people in the countries he visited. The ritual at that time was that people of the same profession should host people from the same profession, and since he was a judge he was always hosted in judges’ houses and close to kings and rich people (Berman 33; Gibb XIII, 45). This traveler’s experience in traveling made him proficient in many domains such as theology, botany, and geography. He was also an expert judge. After returning from Mali the Sultan of Morocco made him a judge in Fez. The king Abou Enan Almarini heard of his wonderful trips and ordered him to dictate all of the important things he witnessed. The king hired his minister Mohamed Ibn Juzay Alkalbi to do this task and write down his travels in the book that he called later “Tuhfat Nodar Fi Gharaeb AlAmsar” in 1356. Researches call it now Al-Rihla, the Journey. (Gibb

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