Mansa Musa has asked me and many other ferbas, scholars, griots, teachers, doctors and soldiers to go with him on his Hajj. It is an honor to follow Mansa Musa, a wealthy and powerful sultan on his pilgrimage full of discorveries for the people of Mali. I will help him make decisions, comunicate in many languages with merchants and foreighners and will write books about the trip.
We are traveling through the Sahara and Egypt with Mansa Musa, his 1,000 camels, his 24,000 pounds of gold, his 12,000 slaves and 48,000 other people.
Everywhere Mansa Musa went, he built Mosques to introduce the religion of Islam to his Kingdom. Us scholars play a huge role into writing those books that contain the important information that will be shared with the people of Mali.
Mansa Musa took us to many places like Tuwat or Walata. My favorite city is Taghaza, a city where mines of salts were found everywhere. The city was a place of desolation as no one lived there expect slaves. When we stopped at an Oasis or a city, we would build tents where our books, clothes and gold were well arranged and organized by the slaves.
Throughout his journey, Mansa Musa gave his money to the poor and sick as it was believed that any being would be rewarded by God for their generosity. This is a belief that was written in the Qu'ran, the sacred book of Muslims. After traveling 4,000 miles and arriving to Mecca, Mansa Musa use the currency of his Kigdom (gold) to buy souvenirs. His actions decreased the value of gold for a very long time. In other words, Mansa Musa's purchases created inflation in gold.
Mansa Musa hoped that Timbuktu would be placed on European maps and be well known because of its wealth. When he came back from his trip, he built a University in Niani with thousands of books about the Islamic religion and its beliefs. The books also talked about Mansa Musa's journey. We scholars will continue to share our experience on the Hajj through books and will help Mansa Musa during hard times.