“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”- Ibn Battutah
Muhammad Ibn Battutah was a 14th century traveler and scholar of Islam, who has been widely acknowledged as one of the greatest travellers in History. During his time, he managed to cover most of the known Islamic world and beyond, including North, West, & East Africa, the Middle East, Central, South & Southeast Asia and China.
His journeys were recorded in the acclaimed ‘The Travels of Ibn Battutah’, his text showcases the interconnectedness of travelling, self-development and faith, there are many paths to success. “I left Tangier, my birthplace, on Thursday, 2nd Rajab 725 (June 14, 1325), being at that time twenty-two years of age (22 lunar years; 21 and 4 months by solar reckoning), with the intention of making the Pilgrimage to the Holy House (at Mecca) and the Tomb of the Prophet (at Medina).”
“If God decrees my death, then my death shall be on the road, with my face set towards Mecca.” Gibb, p. 11
“I felt so sad at heart on account of my loneliness that I could not restrain the tears that started to my eye, and wept bitterly. But one of the pilgrims, realizing the cause of my distress, came up to me with a greeting and friendly welcome, and continued to comfort me with friendly talk until I entered the city…” Gibb, p. 13