Ibn Battuta is a well-known name in the world of Islamic civilization. This man though was born Muslim but went on to become popular all around the world. Ibn Battuta is the world’s greatest traveler who was born and bred in Morocco. While many people would think that it was only for his travel and voyages he made that made him popular, this is not entirely the case. This can be considered as half the truth. Ibn Battuta is popular not only for making voyages across the sub-continent but is also known for respecting the cultures and traditions that he came face to face with. This is a huge thing for which Ibn Battuta deserves the rightful credit as this man honored all the civilizations that he came across.
The thing that brought Ibn Battuta the maximum fame was not the fact that he traveled through the countries but because he documented and recorded all accounts of his experiences. These accounts that are preserved in his writings and published as Rilah not only contain details about his journeys but also highlight all the cultures and traditions that he came across. This way the world today can learn not only through the achievements and experiences of Ibn Battuta but also through what he felt about his experiences himself. Ibn Battuta is a renowned traveler and explorer who deeply respected the diversity of cultures. He believed that it was this diversity that makes this world harmonious and beautiful. He respected mankind and was genuinely interested in exploring; not only places but the rich and deep cultures, histories and ethnicities embedded in different parts of the world
Quick facts about Ibn Battuta
Before we jump into a comprehensive note of the life, journey, achievements, teachings and significance of Ibn Battuta; let’s first quickly highlight some quick and interesting facts about him.
- Ibn Battuta was born a Muslim. His family was well-known for being a family of Muslim advocates.
- He received his early education at Tangier which also happens to be his hometown.
- Ibn Battuta was born on February 25 which made him an Aquarius zodiac. Today, Mohamed Dekkak through the Ibn Battuta association has arranged for the locals to celebrate the birth ceremony of Ibn Battuta every single year in remembrance of the great legend.
- He is most popularly known for exploring the Muslim world and Asian cultures in the 14th
- He died in Morocco and was aged 66 or 67 years at the time of death.
Insight into the life of Ibn Battuta
Mohamed Dekkak is a renowned name in the business corporate world. This visionary has set up the Ibn Battuta association with the intention of celebrating the world’s greatest traveler as well as paying homage to the Moroccan legend. As a Moroccan-born native himself, Dekkak strongly wants to encourage the progress and growth of Morocco as a nation. The country is richly embedded with culture and tradition. Hence, the one way that is guaranteed to make Morocco progress is through paying homage to the lost heroes of the country. Ibn Battuta is the first man who comes to mind when we think in that perspective. Through the Ibn Battuta association, Mohamed Dekkak intends to highlight the life, characters, and journey of Ibn Battuta. He believes this will not only make Morocco popular but will also contribute to promoting tourism in the country. This is his way to make Morocco great again.
Ibn Battuta is the world’s most popular and famed Muslim traveler who became most well-known for traveling across the sub-continent and exploring nations. His travel and voyages are divided over a span of 30 years i.e. three decades.
Early life of Ibn Battuta
The full name of Ibn Battuta is Abu Abdullah Ibn Muhammed Al-Lawati Ibn Battuta. He was born in Tangier, a city of Morocco and is truly popular for being the world’s most celebrated travelers. He holds the credit for being the world’s most famous Muslim explorer. Ibn Battuta also famously authored the book Rihlah. Rihlah is an Arabic world that translates into journey or voyage. In this book, Ibn Battuta writes about his personal traveling experiences in a detailed manner. Little did he know that his writing would become a lesson for the many generations to come and become an in inspiration for the modern day Morocco! He received his early education for conventional juristic and scholarly at his home city, Tangier at a local mosque known as a Madrassa. Ibn Battuta hailed from a Muslim family and his family was best known for being the ‘family of the Qadi’. Qadi is a Muslim judge who is certified to take an important decision under the instructions of the Muslim law and teachings. Ibn Battuta was destined to do the same but his passion for exploring places would eventually lead him to do something else.
After receiving the basic education from his hometown, Ibn Battuta had the desire to learn more. However, at that time there was no higher education institution in Morocco or Tangier that could educate him. In quest of learning more, his passion for traveling only became stronger. Ibn Battuta was fully aware that there are some amazing Islamic libraries and other countries. However, this eventually became the reason and excuse for him to leave on his first journey to Mecca.
Travels of Ibn Battuta
In the year 1325, when Ibn Battuta was only 21 years of age, he took his first pilgrimage trip to Mecca. This marked the beginning of a life-long journey. The third and last spell started not long after. In the time of 1355, he voyaged all through the rest of the piece of the Asian Sub-landmass. This was, in any case, the briefest voyage and did not keep going long as his wellbeing decorticated. Tragically, he needed to return home. He began off by investigating the Middle East by means of the waters. He took the course of the Red Sea to Mecca from Morocco and after that continued towards the Arab Deserts on the way to Iraq and Iran. This was his first trek. Subsequent to achieving Iran, he returned back home. His second trek came in the time of 1330. This time he took a similar course to the red ocean however went in an alternate heading. He continued towards to Tanzania and this was the place he chose to push forward into India. The condition of India was warm and inviting; especially the Sultan of Delhi at the time. He remained for a couple of years in India before choosing to travel once again towards China and neighboring nations. It was in the year 1352 when he at long last achieved the Sahara for sake. This denoted the finish of the second spell of his voyaging.
Ibn Battuta played his part in spread of Islamic civilization
The one notable thing that Ibn Battuta did in his lifetime played a crucial role in the spread of Islam throughout the Asian sub-continent. During his voyages, he also used to hold sermons in which he used to spread the message of Islam amongst the people. This was the time during which Islam spread the most throughout the sub-continent. The Islamic civilization during the time of Ibn Battuta spread from the Atlantic coast to North Africa and throughout the Middle East and south East Asia as well. This period is known in history as the ‘Abode of Islam’ which means that this period witnessed the fastest pace spread of Islam throughout the world.
Ibn Battuta led a fulfilling life of traveling and exploring
It is not common for a human being to be born with a dream or passion that he wishes to pursue in the greater life. There are hundreds of people born every single passing day with a dream or a fire within. However, very few people have it within them to make their dreams come true and follow their passion no matter what. In a time like today, it has become easier to pursue your passions and work towards the fulfillment of your dreams because there are a lot of resources that help yours through it all. It is worth mentioning that in a time like the 14th century when the resources and means were restricted, it was hands down a big achievement to live for the fulfillment of your dreams. It definitely required a lot of power, strength, and courage. It is needless to say that Ibn Battuta surely had it in him to travel despite all the hardships and hurdles that came his way. He never gave up and continued doing what he knew best. As a result, he has become the world’s greatest travelers of all times and is best known for exploring through the Asian countries of the sub-continent.
It is important to say that Ibn Battuta was not a man who would have led a deprived life and he certainly did not. He lived an extremely fulfilling life by traveling to countless countries that were considered to be forbidden and unreachable by the locals at the time. However, there was nothing that could have ever stopped Ibn Battuta and this led him to make a name for himself not only during his lifetime but also left a mark on the hundreds of generations to come. Professionally and personally, on both fronts, Ibn Battuta led a very fulfilling and satisfactory life. He practiced law by profession and was a notable legal advisor at the time. He became most popular for his passion of traveling to different countries and exploring new places. The personal life of Ibn Battuta was as amusing as his professional one. He traveled all around the sub-continent and married at least 10 times during his voyages. He fathered unlimited children, all of whom were left growing up in different parts of the sub-continent. A Moroccan native himself, his children had varied heritages; from Africans to Europeans. All this of course only tells what a complete life Ibn Battuta lived.
Rihlah – A comprehensive account of the life of Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta also famously authored the book Rihlah. Rihlah is an Arabic world that translates into journey or voyage. In this book, Ibn Battuta writes about his personal traveling experiences in a detailed manner. Little did he know that his writing would become a lesson for the many generations to come and become an in inspiration for the modern day Morocco! The writings became a source for the modern men to discover the undiscovered civilizations and become familiar with the cultures and traditional set up that prevailed in the 14th century.
It is interesting to find out that the Rihlah was actually not an idea of Ibn Battuta himself. He was too content traveling and exploring the world on his own. He was doing this only to pursue his passion for traveling and exploring different cultures. However, he was persuaded to write down all of his traveling tales for the amusement of the family the Sultan of Morocco. This is when Ibn Battuta finally began to write down all his experiences and personal accounts in a detailed manner.
Ibn Battuta returned to Fez, Morocco after his final journey. This was the year of 1354. He was presented in front of the Sultan of Morocco and was asked to dictate his journey to the recent trip to Mali. The Sultan was very amused after listening to the exciting adventures of Ibn Battuta for his recent journey to Mali. The Sultan wanted to hear more about his other trips and so Ibn Battuta went on and on about all his travels one after another. The Sultan was so amused and enjoyed all the tales so much that he ordered Ibn Battuta to write down all his journeys; experiences and adventures so that they could be shared with the family of the Sultan.
It was not uncommon for people at that time to write down about personal accounts. It was rather popular for people to pen down their pilgrimage to Mecca for others to read and take inspiration from. Hence, Ibn Battuta began writing about all that he could remember. He wrote about all the places he went to, all the cultures he explored, all people he met and every adventure that he enjoyed on the way of doing all this.
Ibn Battuta was not left alone to complete the task on his own. Instead, the Sultan hired help for him. A young aspiring writer named Ibn Juzayy was given to assist Ibn Battuta to write down all his tales. Ibn Battuta was not a professional writer nor was he so educated that he would have had the vocabulary to write down all the experiences on his own. Hence, the process began by Ibn Battuta roughly writing and narrating his experiences in detail. Ibn Juzayy was responsible to formally compile all the data and hence, the book called Rihlah was formed.
Rihlah was destined to become not only a book to entertain the royals of Morocco but a book that would inspire people in the generations to come. Ibn Battuta recorded everything he could recall of in Rihlah. He talked about all his travel journeys in detail and was intelligent enough to dictate all the stories from a personal perspective. Hence, the book became an amalgamation of the travel journeys and the personal experiences of Ibn Battuta. He talked about everything that he could possibly remember and this included every single person that he had met or interacted with during the journey.
It took quite some time to complete the book with all detailed accounts recorded. However, once complete the Rihlah was not treated to be any special at the time. In fact, people considered it to be just an ordinary book with tales of a man who had traveled. Hence, the impact that this book left on the people, particularly Muslims, of that time was very little. However, years later copies of the book were translated into other languages. The various versions of the Rihlah were made available in international libraries and it gradually begums to attain the popularity that it truly was worthy of from the very beginning. The impact that the teachings of Ibn Battuta then left on the generations to come is no secret. His book became popular and so did his voyages. This brought a lot of fame and goodwill to the Muslim world. After years, Mohamed Dekkak has again decided to pay homage to the legendary Ibn Battuta with the intention of bringing back good to Morocco.
Moroccan Culture – Diverse and Versatile
Morocco was lost for many years but has recently begun to revive, as it truly deserves to. Morocco is a cultural hub and is home to diverse cultures and traditions. There are countless sects, people of varying cultural, national and religious backgrounds and heritage that live in Morocco. Hence, it becomes imperative for a country like Morocco to flourish and celebrate the cultural veracity that is preserved within its lands. It is amazing that Morocco is not only a country of cultural significance but holds a lot of historical significance as well. It has been home to several notable and legendary names of history such as Ibn Battuta.
The thing about Morocco is that this country never remains the same and is always welcome to change. The change is usually on the cultural level and this is a big reason why Morocco has been home to several cultures over the past many decades. It has always welcomed people from every part of the world with open arms to come into the country and form a united nation that is versatile and diverse. Morocco itself is an Arab Muslim country and this is the major part of the population. However, you will find a lot of Asians, Europeans, and people from other ethnic backgrounds living in the country as well.
The one thing that has been always quite visible of the Moroccan culture is that it is very lively, celebratory and happy. You will see Morocco hosting a lot of festivities and events to celebrate the rich traditions and cultures of the country. This, of course, is something that is worth appreciating since this sends out a very positive message out to all other parts of the world. Unfortunately, with a cultural and historically rich history, Morocco has not been able to enjoy the popularity and position that it is truly worthy of. With big names such as Ibn Battuta a part of the Moroccan civilization, it is so imperative that the country gained popularity and respect that it truly deserves. There were years during which Morocco became a lost name but it has been through the efforts of people like Mohamed Dekkak that Morocco is becoming recognized again. Modern Morocco is sending out a positive message of unity and harmony and thus, it is now becoming increasingly popular. Dekkak is a maestro who has been playing an active role to promote the rich traditions and cultures of Morocco.
Ibn Battuta Association – Vision of Mohamed Dekkak
Mohamed Dekkak is a visionary person. He is a Morocco-based businessman, investor, and entrepreneur who is actively involved professionally with several profitable and non-profit organizations. Most prominently, he is the chairman of Adgeco group of companies and the founding pioneer of the Ibn Battuta Association. As a Moroccan native, just like Ibn Battuta, Dekkak is strongly determined to contribute to the progress and development of his home country. Hence, he is now taking inspiration from the world’s greatest traveler and is remembering the life and journey of Ibn Battuta.
The vision of Mohamed Dekkak behind the establishment of Ibn Battuta association is to honor and pay a living tribute to the great Ibn Battuta. This is a non-profit organization that is centrally based in Morocco and has been set up in remembrance of the great legend himself. The state government of Morocco has played a crucial role in supporting the idea of honoring a lost legend and using his teaching and achievements to build a basic foundation for the modern day Morocco to stand on. It is very important to remember your heroes because these are the men who suffered a great deal to achieve something big. Hence, Ibn Battuta is remembered as the world’s greatest traveler and Dekkak intends to keep making the efforts of using this famous name to take Morocco ahead in the many years to come.
The main purpose behind the vision of the Ibn Battuta association is to honor and pay tribute to the life, travels, struggles and achievements of Ibn Battuta. He is the world’s greatest and most widely acclaimed traveler and explorer. It is needless to say that it was because of him that we are able to live through how the civilizations were back in the 14th century.
Aim of Mohamed Dekkak for Modern Morocco
Mohamed Dekkak is a visionary is actively playing a role to make Morocco prosper. The life of Ibn Battuta is an inspiration and his voyages are a lesson for many. Ibn Battuta was very considerate and deeply valued the varying cultures of every country that he visited. Since thus legendary traveler of the world has Moroccan lineage, what other way is better than to promote the culture within modern Morocco than to celebrate the life of Ibn Battuta! Mohamed Dekkak is playing an exemplary role in highlighting modern Morocco and making it so popular and significant all around the world.
Ibn Battuta is not a man but a legend. He is a name, personality, and legend that deserve to be celebrated till the ends of time because he was a proponent of cultural harmony and unity in his times. It was through his voyages and travel experiences that today we are able to get an insight into what were Morocco and other civilization like back in the 14th century. Getting an insight into what the primeval Morocco was like helps us to build a better modern nation. Dekkak is playing his role in promoting cultures in modern Morocco by reliving the teachings, inspirations, and traditions that have been left behind by the great Ibn Battuta.
Mohamed Dekkak is playing an imperative part in building modern Morocco and has set up the Ibn Battuta association for this purpose. Let’s take a look at what are the aims of Mohamed Dekkak for modern Morocco through the Ibn Battuta association.
- Promote culture in modern Morocco
Mohamed Dekkak, as a world popular businessman and figure represent Morocco on a global level. Hence, it is only natural that he wants to send out a good overall picture of Morocco to the world to see. Through the teachings, life, journey, and experiences of Ibn Battuta; Mohamed Dekkak solely wishes to bring the popularity and respect that the Moroccan society is truly worthy of. Morocco is a country that is rich in culture and traditions. Hence, it is very important that the culture and traditions of the country are revived. To promote the culture within modern Morocco, the legendary personality of Ibn Battuta is being celebrated. This is being down with the intention of bringing fame to the country. By bringing the legendary character of Ibn Battuta in the limelight one more time, it is only natural that the culture of modern Morocco will get encouraged. People will start noticing and engage with the society of Morocco. The culture of the country will be a highlight and will become a subject of interest for people in all the different parts of the world.
- Promotion of tourism in Tangier
It is only easy to understand that a country like Morocco which is budding with cultures, traditions, and festivities; the place is only waiting to be explored. Hence, the one aim of highlighting the travels of Ibn Battuta is to promote and encourage other people to travel to the homeland of the man who is the greatest traveler and explorer of the world.
Tangier is a popular city of Morocco because it is the birth place of Ibn Battuta. Interestingly, Mohamed Dekkak has also chosen Tangier to be the city where the Ibn Battuta inspired organization is centrally based in. The city has countless to offer. It is rich in natural resources and is budding with root deep traditions and cultures. Tangier is also believed to be a hub of entertainment. Therefore, through the efforts of reliving the heritage and legacy of Ibn Battuta, it is intended that Morocco will start to attract tourists from different parts of the world. Of course, the promotion of tourism will benefit Morocco on a state level as it will encourage the economy of the country to progress and flourish. The country is fully developed and equipped to be able to cater to the hundreds of tourists that could possible fly into the country every single year. Hence, the association strongly aims for tourism to expand in the country and hopes that people would be able to take inspiration from the life and travel experiences of Ibn Battuta.
- Creating opportunities for the young and talented
The people of Morocco are destined to be passionate and dreamers. These naturally talented people are boosted with immense natural skill and talent and only need a platform that would allow them to portray their talent. By reviving the life of Ibn Battuta, the young and talented people of the country will actually get a chance to portray their talent more. The Ibn Battuta association intends to hold several festivities to celebrate the life of Ibn Battuta. Of course, these festivities will attract people from different parts of the world and there will be numerous events that will be arranged in this regard. Hence, as a culturally and traditionally rich country, Morocco is gradually becoming a land that is budding with opportunities. As a result of all these Ibn Battuta inspired events, people from all backgrounds of arts and entertainments will get a chance to exhibit their creativity on a wide scale. Writer, actors, singers and performers will be able to work and excel.
- Celebrate the personality of Ibn Battuta
The main aim of Mohamed Dekkak is to promote the culture of Morocco and he is determined that this is only possible by celebrating the legendary personality of Ibn Battuta. Hence, it has been decided to celebrate the birthday of the greatest traveler of the world with great valor and passion every passing year. The birthday for Ibn Battuta is 24 February of every year. This day marks the birth of the greatest traveler in history who has not only explored cultures and civilizations himself but has sent out a message of positivity, harmony, peace, unity and love to the several generations to follow. This is not only a way to pay tribute to the great personality but also a guaranteed way revives the rich cultural traditions within Morocco. People in the present age are able to learn through the life, journey and experiences of Ibn Battuta. The same will happen for the generations to come who will be inspired by the life of Ibn Battuta. Hence, the association led by Mohamed Dekka is dedicated to setting up major festivities every passing year to mark the birth occasion of Ibn Battuta. This celebration will not only be a way to celebrate Battuta but will also benefit the country; economic, social and political set up.
- Building socio-cultural relationships of Morocco with other countries
The world is being attacked by negativity and menace from all means. The only way to make this world a happier place to live in is by promoting socio-cultural relationships amongst people. The Moroccan association of Ibn Battuta is also dedicated to working on the socio-cultural relationships that the locals of the Moroccans share along with the foreign people. Just like any other country, Morocco also direly needs to develop and maintain healthy bonds with other countries. Morocco is a country that wishes to prosper and the only way to do so is to established friendly relationships with other countries. The majority of the population in Morocco is Muslims and there are people from other ethnic backgrounds residing here as well. Similar to many other countries, Morocco is a metropolitan city that can be a big attraction for people. There are limitless work opportunities that are available for people to avail in this country. If you want people to respect your culture and indulge in it, you have to do the same with them. Hence, the association aims to form stable bonds between the locals of Morocco and citizens of all other countries of the world by welcoming them to indulge in the cultural heritage of Morocco.
What do travels of Ibn Battuta teach us?
There are countless teachings and lessons that are hidden in the travels and voyage experiences of Ibn Battuta for the modern man. Over the years, there is no doubt in the fact that the world has progressed greatly. We all have become witness to technological advancements and science has expanded vastly as well. But in the way, what has been lost is the cultural value and significance. Most particularly for a country like Morocco whose roots are embedded so deep into culture and traditions; it is a serious lost to overlook all that.
The teachings of Ibn Battuta that he preserved through his writings years ago have become a significant thing these days. The travels and explorations of the greatest traveler are inspiring modern people and modern Morocco. The one reason why the travel tales of Ibn Battuta are so immensely important and valued is because these stories and experiences offer an insight into not only the civilization of Morocco in the past times but also provides a detailed account of what the cultures of other countries throughout the sub-continent were like back then. This is helpful to learn about the roots of every civilization and helps different countries and religions to keep their traditions alive and the legacy moving. The records of life, events, and timeline of events that we can obtain through the writings of the accounts of traveling of Ibn Battuta are unmatched.
Ibn Battuta’s voyage inspires modern Morocco
Ibn Battuta is a man who is bound to no introduction. He is world popular traveler and explorer who have a Moroccan heritage. This famous name has become a part of the rich cultural history of not only Morocco but also all over the world because of his immense passion for traveling and exploring places. This though might seem like a very common passion in the present date and time but back then, it meant a big thing! Back in the 14th century, Ibn Battuta was the first man of Muslim heritage who had the courage to travel to other countries throughout the sub-continent despite deadly threats and dangers lurking around him. This was a passion like no other. He was dedicated to travel as far as he could, exploring different cultures and preserving them for the generations to come. He preserved all his traveling experiences by penning them down. His travels and voyages back then have become an inspiration and somewhat a foundation for the modern day Morocco.
Mohamed Dekkak is famous businessman and entrepreneur. However, he strongly deserves the credit for being the pioneer of promoting culture, social relationships, and traditions by paying the rightful tribute to the great Ibn Battuta. The Ibn Battuta foundation, established by the visionary Dekkak, holds a very deep connection to the traveling experiences and teachings of Ibn Battuta. With the association, Dekkak not only pays a much-deserved tribute to the world’s greatest traveler and explorer but also plays an imperative role for the progress of the modern day society of Morocco.
There are countless voyages and travels that Ibn Battuta made in his lifetime. It would have been unknown to him then but his traveling experiences have become teachings for modern man and inspired the progress of his native country. The association is a way to celebrate the remembrance of Ibn Battuta. As a Moroccan citizen himself, Ibn Battuta’s legacy strongly deserves to be kept alive.
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