My apologies – still posting hajj related ideas . . . in Rabiul-Awwal!
Here are a couple of videos that we watched the last Zulhijjah.
Journey to Mecca – In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta
1) Official website of the Imax movie Journey of Mecca.
2) Copy of the video at Kalamullah.com
We first watched this in Imax format some years ago in Edmonton. It was a truly amazing video on the ordeal and challenges of Ibn Battuta and many in the past took to make the pilgrimage of hajj. Some if these struggles still applies today. It is a story of reliance and trust in Allah, friendship and believing in oneself.
NOTE: Just as the movie starts, the narrator says that Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam built the Kaabah in gratitude for Allah saving his family. It will have to be reinforced that building of the Kaabah was an order to Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam.
This video also gives the opportunity to introduce Ibn Battuta, the great Muslim traveller. We used a map to trace Ibn Battuta’s journey from Morocco to Mecca, the planned route and the actual.