149. Rihla

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Alhamdulillah! My already-wonderful Friday took a turn for the absolute splendid when mum popped into my room and placed this GEM on my table!

AHHH I AM SO HAPPY MASHAALLAH!

If you don’t know… well, Ibn Battuta is only just, you know, one of the GREATEST travellers of all time!

He is a 14th century Muslim traveller who started out initially to go on hajj but ended up travelling for 29 years. Starting when he was 20 in 1325, his journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa and Eastern Europe in the West, and to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance surpassing threefold his near-contemporary Marco Polo.

Near the end of Ibn Battuta’s own life, the Sultan of Morocco insisted that Ibn Battuta dictate the story of his travels to a scholar and well, that’s what I have in my hands now (ok lah translated version but STILL!!!)!

Ibn Battuta was my inspiration during my own solo travels in the past 6 months. I kept trying to think how he would have travelled back in those times when there wasn’t the modern conveniences know today. It is known that he was seldom far from fellow Muslims on his travels,and he would greatly benefit from the charity and hospitality offered to Muslim travelers and pilgrims – something I got to experience firsthand too.

Ahhh I cannot wait to get lost in this book and be transported into another time! Have I mentioned that I absolutely love books as gifts? Alhamdulillah!

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