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4/13/09

My weekend ....and today

Assalam alaikum & Peace to all

I had the pleasure of going to watch a new IMAX movie called: Journey to Mecca.
Let me tell you that it was great! Truly an inspiring movie (all be it short).
I think it was mostly because it was in the IMAX version. For those who do not know, this is a movie theatre that has the screen all around you - kind of like sitting in a planetarium. The sound was remarkable and the pictures made you feel as if you were standing in the desert and mashallah even felt as if you were there in Mecca, circling the Kabba!
Here is a summary of the movie and a trailer.

Journey to Mecca tells the story of Ibn Battuta, (played by Chems Eddine Zinoun) a
young scholar, who leaves Tangier in 1325 on an epic and perilous journey, travelling
alone from his home in Morocco to reach Mecca, some 3,000 miles to the east.

Ibn Battuta is besieged by countless obstacles as he makes his way across the North
African desert to Mecca. Along the route he meets an unlikely stranger, the Highwayman (played by Hassam Ghancy) who becomes his paid protector and eventual friend. During his travels he is attacked by bandits, dehydrated by thirst, rescued by Bedouins, and forced to retrace his route by a war-locked Red Sea.

Ibn Battuta finally joins the legendary Damascus Caravan with thousands of pilgrims
bound for Mecca for the final leg of what would become his 5,000 mile, 18 month long
journey to Mecca.

When he arrives in Mecca, he is a man transformed. We then experience the Hajj as he did over 700 years ago, and, in recognition of its timelessness, we dissolve to the Hajj as it is still performed today, by millions of pilgrims, in some of the most extra or
dinary and moving IMAX® footage ever presented.

Ibn Battuta would not return home for almost 30 years, reaching over 40 countries and revisiting Mecca five more times to perform the Hajj. He would travel three times f
arther then Marco Polo. His legacy is one of the greatest travel journals ever recorded. A crater on the moon is named in his honour.




I'll write more about this movie and my thoughts.

So did that on Friday, then on Saturday hubby and I laid down more of the flooring in our apartment, yeah, it's still not done! Inshallah soon though, maybe another 2 weeks and it will be done, the whole apartment in laminate flooring! Woo hoo! No more carpet!
Sunday went to dinner at some Friend's place. So that brings us to today, and work ... ick!
However I did go out and splurge on some shoes... (it was buy one get the other half off!)


What do you all think?

Well, I'm wearing them right now...lol in the office and I must say they are cute, not comfy but cute! So that's my day so far!

4 comments:

Leslie said...

Cute shoes! :D

I never wear heels here anymore... I walk so much in Ankara and the sidewalks are horrible. I don't think I could keep my balance! :(

Yasmeen said...

Snazzy shoes,Aalya:).The movie sounds exciting,hope it comes in IMAX here.

Aalya said...

LOL Leslie yeah I can understand that! I would never be able to walk around that city in these shoes...actually even here - I drive everywhere so its not too bad!

Yasmeen if you have a chance go and see the movie...its worth it!
Thanks about the shoes!

Lisa said...

I adore your shoes. Very cute sister, and will go nicely with any Turkish scarf!

How fun is laying flooring! I have to say when I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, it was actually really nice. Relaxing in a weird way. I hope you and husband had fun sister. Can't wait to hear about the movie. Love you!

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