One of the people who had a spiritual experience and a soul-searching moment in front of the Sacred House was Mansa Musa. The emperor of the Mali Empire and the richest person in his time. Musa made his pilgrimage between 1324 and 1325, and the great event was written by the Senegalese author Mr. Ibrahima Baba Kake in a literary manner: “The emperor has arrived in the Sacred House on Friday the fifth day of Dhu’lhijjah (23 November) he started with the arrival tawaf circling the Ka’aba seven times beginning from the Black Stone, then he performed Sa’i between Safa and Marwa, after that he attended the Khutbah and reminded people of their religious rites.
Then he went to Mina following the prophet’s model for the ceremony, performing the Hajj rites, praying and worshipping Allah among the humbly submissive crowd.
Standing at Arafat which falls on 26 November was not mentioned by Kake in the story nor the Khatib nor Muzdalifah nor the stoning of the Devil, because they are parts of a personal religious experience between a man and his God, but he comes to mention that the emperor returned to Makkah with the gatekeeper of the Ka’aba who follows the Maliki doctrine, where he devoted himself to worship and looked through the Sacred House, and here he mentions that the Ka’aba was covered with a black cloth wrapped around it.
The statement also states that the door of the Ka’aba was a model of exquisite workmanship, laminated in silver and a golden door jamb with the words of Allah inscribed on it.
The emperor Kankan Musa used to sit under the shadows of the Ka’aba on his heels wearing his white Ihram where he found himself in the most sacred place on earth for Muslims. He had a spiritual experience he has never experienced before, and started begging for mercy and reading verses of the Quran.
He spent his time meditating and thinking about his pervious life, was he a fair and wise judge? Did he ever make a sin or commit a crime without being aware of it?
How many innocent people has he degraded? How many people died in the wars ordered by him? How can he distinguish between this and that? How could he forget his mother’s death when he is the reason of it? (his mother died while giving birth to him).
Under this heaviness of memories, he started hitting his chest yelling: Allah! Allah! Allah! Why did you make me an emperor? If my rule is unjust then why am I allowed to live on this earth?
From that time and for the first time in the life of the emperor, he decided to be a humble man like everyone else, with no powers or responsibilities. He was feeling a huge internal disturbance, and he only felt peace when he prayed in front of the Ka’aba.
Everyone at the Sacred House are equal, big and small, rulers and subordinates, all of them covered by whiteness, begging for mercy and forgiveness from a merciful God.