Imagine how troublesome it would have been to travel for people centuries ago. There were no modern means of traveling and communications developed. A man decided to explore distant lands during medieval times. He was none other than the greatest Muslim explorer and traveler Ibn Battuta.
These days, people plan their vacations much ahead of the holidays. Everyone has a bucket list full of the destinations he wants to visit in life. We are living in an era where internet and technology have made it quite easy to plan vacations, book the flight tickets and reach the destination within a few hours- Thanks to the technological advancements.
Ibn Battuta and His Journey:
Ibn Battuta is regarded as the greatest traveler of all time. He traveled most of the Islamic world over some 30 years. He is an Islamic scholar, judge, geographer, jurists, and explorer from Tangier, Morocco. He was a contemporary of the famous traveler Marco Polo. His journeys included trips to West Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East. He also visited China, central Asia, and Southeast Asia. Ibn Battuta is famous for his travel accounts published in “Rihla.”
Have the world forgotten about Ibn Battuta:
When it comes to the travel and exploring people usually remember the non-Muslim explorers. So, does it mean that he is a forgotten traveler? Well, he was not supposed to post selfies on Instagram while traveling at that time. The only way to remember him was to keep the record of his travels. He did, but still, you do not find much about him in the geography books. Ibn Battuta is one of the greatest Muslim travelers of the world who has forgotten. His sea voyages show that the Muslims completely dominated the maritime activity of:
- Indian Ocean
- Chinese waters
- Red sea
- Arabian Sea
Ibn Battuta is indeed a marvelous explorer who visited 75000 miles much more than the Marco Polo. Unfortunately, Ibn Battuta is one of the forgotten Muslim travelers and geographers. He is not the alone as the great Muslim historians, astronomers, scientists, and historians suffer the same fate.
Despite their vast contributions their references have been omitted. Ibn Battuta is an unquestionably a great traveler in the history, but he is never mentioned in the geography books even used in the Muslim countries. It is not difficult to know why the west ignores the great Muslims. But it is essential for Muslims to combat the inferiority complex to encourage contemporary young Muslims to strive in different fields of life.
Ibn Battuta’s travel journal “Rihla”:
Upon returning to the hometown, Ibn Battuta was commanded to write down about the cities and regions he visited. He then asked his assistant Ibn Juzayy to do the job who wrote the book named “Rihla.” The book has all the exciting events and experiences Ibn Battuta had during his travels. Traveling was not easy in ancient times, and Ibn Battuta came across many adventures and dangerous.
Some people called his travel journal a hoax saying that they don’t believe that Ibn Battuta actually visited all the cities he has mentioned in the travel journal. They would think that he has taken someone else’s travel tales and wrote down in his own book.
Death of the great explorer:
Ibn Battuta died in Morocco as he had returned to his hometown after completing his journey. He was working as a scholar in a small town in Morocco. He was brought up in a religious family, so he decided to perform Hajj at the age of 21.