Following a chain of unfortunate events in Maldives and India, losing everything he has from pirate thieves and shipwrecks, Ibn Battuta settled to go back to China alone.
Traveling Muslims like Ibn Battuta knows that Muslim hospitality is present in major sea ports. In fact, the Prophet Muhammad encouraged to travel and learn in China and therefore Ibn Battuta did not find it to be difficult as he knows he can depend on the kindness of fellow Muslims in Malaysia en route to China.
Malay leaders urged Muslim merchants to establish a business in their ports and take advantage of the country’s strong economy. Having settled, the Muslim community looked for judges, teachers, entrepreneurs, religious leaders etc. This eventually made the community grow and become more influential. Malay rulers acknowledged the benefits of converting into Muslims like going into bigger trade networks and join fully in Dar al-Islam. Even a Malay Prince of Sumatra in the 13th century converted to Islam.
Together with some companions, Ibn Battuta sailed to Chittagong from India. Today, the country is called Bangladesh. Chittagong he shares was a city full of food and where everything was cheap. He also traveled to Sylhet to look for a famed holy man who can see the future and carry out miracles. This holy man told his disciples that a traveler from N. Africa is coming. They discovered that Ibn Battuta is on his way. For three days, he stayed there, sharing stories of travels with the holy man.
In Chittagong, he boarded a Chinese junk and traveled to Samudra in Sumatra where he stayed for 2 weeks as sultan’s visitor. The ruler gave him supplies and sent him in one the sultan’s junks to China.
The International Festival of Ibn Battuta
Happening on November 9 – 12, 2017, the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta is currently organizing a unique travel event called the International Festival of Ibn Battuta. Now on its second edition, the event is paying tribute to the Prince of Travelers, Ibn Battuta.
Included in the list of event activities are music and cultural shows, stage plays, forum and conferences, street and art exhibitions, film shows and more. Visitors coming from different parts of the globe will be joining the festivity including modern day travelers, social media influencers, artists, industry professionals and people from the travel and art community.
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