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Journey to Mecca (2011)

Ben Kingsley , -  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Kingsley
  • Directors: -
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NJC0FC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Journey to Mecca tells the incredible true story of Ibn Battuta, one of the greatest travelers in history. In 1325, as a 21-year-old law student, he set out from Morocco on an epic journey to the sacred city of Mecca. Along the way, he is besieged by bandits, disease and sandstorms, but when he finally arrives after having travelled thousands of miles, visited some of the greatest cities of the medieval world, and joined a camel caravan of 10,000 people he is a man transformed.

With stunning imagery and released to critical acclaim around the world, Journey to Mecca includes extraordinary and moving footage of the Hajj, one of the longest running annual events in human history.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to Mecca May 8, 2012
By Aat
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Watched twice and loved the cinematography. Remembered of times when people travel to Mecca for 4-5 months to reach there.Excellent movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative of the past December 26, 2011
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A somber yet interesting movie into the past. It shows the difference of the pilgrimage from the past compared with today. It also shows how difficult it used to be back in the days and how we take advantage of the situation today.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what was expected March 27, 2012
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We were very interested in this DVD because we hoped for a fascinating tale of that intrepid traveler--Ibn Battuta. It starts off well enough but then only gives a brief glimpse into his journey to Mecca. The story drifts from the past to the present and seems to just drop off leaving the viewers disappointed. Some of the scenery is very nice and well-photographed of that dramatic landscape but the story line is quite disappointing. From the interviews at the end of the DVD, it seems that creating a film there was not without its challenges so the producers, directors and artists do have to be given some credit for the attempt and credit must also go to the authorities, who have only a small film industry, for working with the filmmakers. If you do buy it, just know that it isn't a robust story of his journey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I really expected more. May 6, 2012
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To be quite honest, when I saw the preview I thought that this movie might be emotional and educational. But it was more of a documentary with demonstration involved. That's not what I was hoping. Other than that, the scenery were really captivating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing video!! April 24, 2012
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This is an absolutely amazing story of an amazing journey that I wish to make some day. A must see for every muslim and non-muslim, will bring tears to your eyes! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good December 29, 2011
By Lector
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I really like the movie. Very nice graphics and history. It is a movie but at the same time giving you the information about the Hajj.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating memoirs of a man near Mohammads time September 15, 2013
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The story is very well told and accurate of a man who lived just after Mohammad's time, on his religious quest and journey to Mecca. Very inspiring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An incredible depiction of the Hajj August 14, 2014
By Pamela
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This docu-drama is, without doubt, truly an exquisite film in its visual aspect. In fact, I find myself reminiscing about my own Hajj and journey to Makkah each time I view it.

Unfortunately, I also have a rather serious concern with regard to inaccurate information communicated in the opening voice over portion of the work. The misinformation conveyed is somewhat typical of media efforts of this magnitude (and so, may be unintentional) and yet, sadly, it goes to the heart of why (in part) so many misperceptions about Islam abound.

Specifically, yes, Abraham (may Allah be pleased with him) was an obedient prophet. And, with Allah's Guidance he worked to establish the rites of the Hajj. However, Muslims DO NOT perform Hajj to commemorate Abraham. We perform Hajj because our Lord, Allah, (Lord of All the Worlds) requires it of us. In fact, in making Hajj one's intention must be correct. That is to say, a Muslim who sets out to make Hajj must do so SOLELY with the "intention" of earning Allah's mercy and not for any other reason. Hajj is called the 5th "pillar" of Islam.

Islam is compromised of 5 pillars. They are (in their proper order) shahadah (a declaration of belief in Allah as the one and only true God), salat (the 5 mandatory daily prayers, etc), zakat (a tax paid on one's discretionary income for distribution among less fortunate Muslims), saum (fasting for Ramadan, etc) and Hajj (at least once in a lifetime, if one is able financially and physically). These pillars are the foundation upon which rests the integrity of a Muslim.

For more information and a deeper understanding I'd highly advise reading the Qur'an.
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