…this speck has been captivated by the Out of Eden Walk…the sheer determination and scope of one man’s vision and commitment to a SEVEN year walk astounds…the magnitude and ambition of the project…the anthropological significance to mankind…the awe and wonder of man’s past history embedded in the places this journey has followed/will follow…
…the insights into the nature and conditions of the Arabian landscape inspire…bringing a closer understanding to the terrain our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum covered…a deepening of the love and admiration for their unrelenting sacrifices as they forged the foundations of the Deen in such a hostile environment…and to become aware of the wild hostile routes pilgrims trekked out of their passion to arrive in Makkah…SubhanAllah…and the snippets shared of those met along the way…living lives so remote from civilization, married to searing desert harshness as they tend to animals…I want to quote every sentence as the narrative is embellished with a flourishing sense of the rawness of humanity surviving in an ancient landscape…
…his writing excites…the photos stun…the human endurance is awesome…the sounds hypnotic…if you are not already a follower…begin now…get your vicarious walking shoes while carrying a portable refrigerator...
A Walk Through Time
Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden world walk is an exercise in slow journalism. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is engaging with the major stories of our time—from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival—by walking alongside the people who inhabit them every day. As he traverses the globe from Africa to South America, he is revealing the texture of the lives of people he encounters: the nomads, villagers, traders, farmers, and fishermen who never make the news.
National Geographic is publishing Paul’s dispatches in the form of words, photos, and sometimes audio or video. Once a year, a full-length feature story relating to the walk will appear in National Geographic magazine.
When his seven-year journey ends, Paul will have created a global mosaic of stories, faces, sounds, and landscapes highlighting the pathways that connect us to each other—a unique archive of our shared humanity at the start of a new millennium.
…interactive map…click on any of the locations for posts related to that place…for example the following relate specifically to Islam…’creating a picture of modern life on Earth along the pathways of ancient migrations’…SubhanAllah…
It was during Ramadan, in the fasting month. The cleansing month. The holiest month of the Muslim lunar calendar. It was at Medina—just outside Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, the mosque of the Prophet Mohammed, the second holiest site in Islam after Mecca. Sixty thousand people had gathered at dusk to break the day’s fast together. There was a certain vibration of light in the air. A pale, tender, yellow sky at sunset. Across from me sat a big man from Afghanistan—a red-haired Nuristani. There were people from all over the world, hungry, musing quietly inward, waiting. I am not Muslim. But I had been fasting all month as well, out of respect, in order to know. The Nuristani passed me his orange. Passed him mine. We did this several times, laughing. And then we ate in silence.
…watch the clip in this post…
narrative map of Jeddah…walk through the city…for those who may live in Jeddah or are familiar visitors this is a fascinating record of the coastal side of the city…one vicariously lives the heat…the rhythm of the steps…the inner fortitude…
Sailing on a camel boat from Africa to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s biggest commercial port, I plunge into a delirium of contrasts: from rural to urban, from poor to rich, from slow to fast, from landscapes gripped by human feet to ones subdued by the wheel.
…links within the inspiring accounts feed hungry minds…tools approximately 106,000 years old in ancient Arabia…SubhanAllah!!!
…and links to sites shedding light on our history…Roads of Arabia…including the following photos:
…and Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet …ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA SAYYIDINA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI SAYYIDINA MUHAMMADIN ADADA MA FI ILMIL LAAHI SALAWAATAN DAA’IMATAN BIDAWAAMI MULKILLAH.
“O Allah! Shower blessings on Muhammad, our master, in the number that is in Your knowledge such blessings as may continue for ever eternal as Your Kingdom”.
…this journey is more than a walk through time…it is a walk through Allah Ta’ala’s Magnificence and Grandeur…walk along…engage your children to follow…Insha’Allah…avail yourselves of a rich and fascinating wealth…pronouncing endless SubhanAllahs as you follow…
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.