Mansa Musa was one of the richest king in the world. He had claimed the throne, due to duty. Abu Bakr II(Mansa’s King) had left to study the Atlantic Ocean , Musa then took his place. He took the position, because he was Bakr’s deputy. Sad part was that Bakr never had returned, which left Musa to stay the King of Mali. He made his wealth by expanding Mali’s production of gold and salt. Mansa Musa was the King of Mali from the years 1312 to 1337.(Source 2) Mansa Musa a devout muslim had faced issues that, muslims in the 21st face as well.
Most muslims follow The Five Pillars of Islam. They are the testimony of faith, prayer, giving zakat (support of the poor/needy), fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the pilgrimage to Makkah at least once in a lifetime (For those who are able to). Mansa Musa had done the pilgrimage to Mecca. My first source was a image of King Musa giving out gold to the needy. A issue he faced on his journey to Mecca, was the amount of needy people he has encountered. His generosity of giving out go actually caused the great depression. (Source 1) He gave and gave till the price of gold changed. So, his extravagance caused inflation in the Mediterranean.
My other source is an article from WordPress that gives details about King Musa reign as King of Mali. King Musa has fulfilled many things as a devout muslim. On his way back from the holy land, he built mosques and schools for children, to learn more about the faith.Source 2). In the muslim faith, good deeds are believed to be rewarding in the after life. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The good deeds that will reach a believer after his death are: knowledge which he learned and then spread; a righteous son whom he leaves behind; a copy of the Qur’aan that he leaves as a legacy; a mosque that he built; a house that he built for wayfarers; a canal that he dug; or charity that he gave during his lifetime when he was in good health. These deeds will reach him after his death.”(Source 3).
Another issue he faced was when he had met the Sultan of Egypt. To enter the Sultan’s you bow down before him and kiss the ground. He maneuvered his self out of coming into his home. After sitting down with the Sultan, In the end, he made a promise by announcing that if he had to bow/kiss on entering the court, it would be before Allah only, and he did. Most muslims faced this in the 21st century. For example, putting our hands over hearts and reciting the Pledge of allegiance or bowing down after a play.
I think that this is important to Minnesotans, because most people don’t know the religion. It is the second largest religion in the world. People fear this religion because of what people did or how media had portrayed islam. It is a religion of peace and if people studied it, people wouldn’t condemn all of its peaceful followers.