Ibn Battuta praises his natural lord, thesultan of Morocco
Moreover, God has augmented the honor and excellence of theMaghrib by the imamate of our master, the Commander of the Faithful,who has spread the shelter of security throughout its territories andmade the sun of equity to rise within its borders, who has caused theclouds of beneficence to shed their rain upon its dwellers in countryand town, who has purified it from evildoers, and established it in theways alike of worldly prosperity and of religious observance. IbnBattuta returns to his native Tangiers After I had been privileged toobserve this noble majesty and to share in the all-embracing bounty of his beneficence, I set out to visit the tomb of my mother. I arrived atmy home town of Tangier and visited her, and went on to the town of Sabta [Ceuta], where I stayed for some months. While I was there Isuffered from an illness for three months, but afterwards God restoredme to health.I then proposed to take part in the jihad and the defense of thefrontier, so I crossed the sea from Ceuta in a barque belonging to thepeople of Asila [Arzila], and reached the land of Andalusia (may GodAlmighty guard her!) where the reward of the dweller is abundant anda recompense is laid up for the settler and visitor.
Ibn Battuta leaves Andalusia and returns toMorocco
On leaving Gharnita I travelled back through al-Hamma, Ballash, andMalaqa, to the castle of Dhakwan, which is a fine fortress withabundant water, trees, and fruits. From there I went to Ronda and onto Gibraltar, where I embarked on the ship by which I had crossedbefore, and which belonged to the people of Asili [Arzila].
Ibn Battuta briefly describes the city of Marrakesh p. 316
It is one of the most beautiful of cities, spaciously built and extendingover a wide area, with abundant supplies. It contains magnificentmosques, such as its principal mosque, known as the Mosque of theKutubiyin [the Booksellers]. There is a marvelously tall minaret there; Iclimbed it and obtained a view of the whole town from it. The town is