Ibn Majid : The Master Navigator


The purpose of the series ‘Muslim Scientists’ is to introduce to children about the phenomenal figures in Islamic Golden Age. The scholars who were very much equipped with various knowledge of different fields can be excellent examples for the children to follow. The story of Ibn Majid tells of an ordinary boy belonging to a family of excellent sailors. His father encouraged him to memorize the whole of Qur’an and to understand the theories about sailing. He obliged to the advice and gained experience of being out in the sea at a tender age. He was a master of navigating through the wide sea. He was famous for the Navigation Encyclopedia which he wrote that can be found at French National Library in Paris. He was also the man responsible for the invention of compass.