Journey To Mecca

In 2009 and 2011 HADI held viewings of “Journey To Mecca: In the footsteps of Ibn Battuta” at the IMAX theater, California Science Center.  The purpose of these viewings were to educate Muslims and non-Muslims about one of the greatest explorers in history, who traveled further than anyone including Columbus when he set out from Morocco to perform his Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) in 1325.

The journey took him 18 months to complete and along the way he met with misfortune and adversity, including attack by bandits, rescue by Bedouins, fierce sand storms and dehydration. Ibn Battuta spent a total of 29 years traveling and covered 75,000 miles (117,000 kilometers) before he finally returned home. Battuta had covered most of the known world”, through Africa, Spain, India, China and the Maldives.

On Ibn Battuta’s return the Sultan of Morocco requested that he relate his experiences, and this was to become what the Saudi Gazette referred to as “one of the world’s most famous travel books”, the Rihla (Voyage). It is on this book that the movie is partially based.

In 2009 Journey to Mecca was shown on one day to two sold out crowds and in 2011 we offered six viewings over two nights which were all sold out!

A slideshow with pictures of our 2011 event is available here.