Mansa Musa, Emperor of the Kingdom of Mali, started his hajj to Mecca in the humble city of Niani.
But first, I must gather a sizeable amount of people to come with me.
I must prove my devotion to Islam. I have decided, I am going on a hajj, no matter what.
He decided to gather several thousands of scholars on his pilgrimage, first up. To him, having a reliable source of information on his hajj was crucial. The Muslim scholars were heavily educated on Islamic studies. They read the Qur'an several times over to enhance their understanding.
They helped him and his caravan when they were in trouble, using their advanced knowledge of the arts and other scholarly knowledge.
I can't believe it! I think... we're lost!
Perhaps, we could, track the sun's movement to determine west and east...
Mansa Musa and his massive entourage of soldiers, slaves, scholars, ferbas, and camels entered into the city of Cairo, in modern-day Egypt. As the scholars told Mansa Musa, this was almost the last stretch.
I do believe, that we have entered the great city of Cairo!
Mansa Musa and his caravan of people spent so much gold, that the inflation rates in Cairo actually spiked! This heavily disrupted the exchange value of goods and services. His scholars tried to warn him, but they couldn't stop his "generous acts."
Um, I wouldn't give out that much gold, Mansa Musa...
Of course, none of this would have happened without Mansa Musa's great scholars. They guided him throughout the trip when they got lost, provided him information on trading and translated for him.
At long last, Mansa Musa and his entourage arrived at the holy city of Mecca. This was the end of their hajj (excluding the trip back home), and Mansa Musa and his fellow Islamic followers gave their faith here.