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From Mansa Musa’s hajj, his journey in a way advertised Mali, himself, and Africa as a continent. By this hajj, he showcased to the world the wealth that he and his country had which put Mali onto European maps. Mansa Musa brought back with him an Arabic library, religious scholars, and the Muslim architect Al-Sahili, who built the great mosques at Gao and a royal palace. Mansa Musa strengthened Islam and promoted education, trade, and commerce in Mali. The work that he did lead the way for Walata, Jenne, and Timbuktu becoming the cultural and commercial centers of the Western Sudan.
Date 1326
In September 1325, Mansa Musa returns back home to his kingdom of Mali. He returns home seeing that his country was just how he left it. The government was running and there were no problems due to the fact that he brought along all of the men who would have attempted to mess with his son for the throne. Everything in Mali was just how he had had left it.
Date Sep 1325
In 1325, Mansa Musa finally returned back to Mali in western Africa. On his journey home as well as to Mecca and Cairo Mansa Musa gave out so much gold and riches out as gifts to the different Arab cities that he had to borrow money and such from different merchants along the way home to Mali.
Date 1325
In 1324 Mansa Musa’s hajj took a stop in Cairo, Egypt so Mansa Musa could meet with the Mamluk sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad of Egypt. Mansa Musa camped near the Pyramids for three days. He then sent a gift of 50,000 dinars to the Sultan of Egypt before settling in Cairo for three months. The Sultan lent him his palace for the summer and made sure that his entourage was treated well. Mansa Musa gave away thousands of ingots of gold, and Egyptian traders took advantage of this by charging five times the normal price for their goods. The value of gold in Egypt decreased as much as 25 percent.
Date Jul 1324
The reason to why Mansa Musa did this hajj was because it was a part of the five pillars of Islam. Once Mansa Musa and his entourage arrived in Mecca, they caught the attention of the city and he gave unbelievable amounts of gold to the holy city.
Date Apr 1324
This hajj was nowhere ordinary. Mansa Musa traveled with 60,000 men and 12,000 slaves with each slave carrying a 4 pound staff of gold. He also traveled with 80 camels each carrying 300 pounds of gold. His journey across Africa to Mecca would take a little over a year. On top of this historical hajj, it has to be put into place that Musa must have been a great powerful ruler to be able to leave his country for a whole year and still have it kept under control.
Date Mar 1324
In 1312, Mansa Musa succeeded his father Abu Bakr ll, to the throne of Mali and thus gained the hereditary title of Musa putting him above all. When he was crowned king, he was given the name Musa which means king. Mansa Musa was knowledgeable in Arabic and was described as a Muslim traditionalist.
Date 1312

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This timeline will show the impact of Mansa Musa’s great hajj and how it changed the awareness of the Muslim religion in Africa.
Created by jubileet on May 29, 2013
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