Date of Birth: 1766
A Muslim from a noble family
In January 1807, he arrived in Jeddah is very noble pilgrim, accompanied by numerous servants, which spread out in the mosque prayer mat next to their master carpet Imam. Even prone to suspicions sheriff found it flawless Arabic and local "poisoner" - an Arab, acted as "master wells Zemzema" and offer holy water noble pilgrims - have not received the order to send Ali Bey on the light. Incidentally, in this case at Ali Bey was stashed pinch emetic powder.
In fact, a traveler named Domingo Badia-and-LEBL. He was born in Barcelona and received a good education. In 1801, Domingo received a secret mission from the Spanish government, undertook a journey for scientific purposes in the north-western Africa, where he was to prepare a coup against the Sultan of Morocco. Personally I committed over a circumcision, and prepare thee in the name of Ali Bey, the prophet relative genealogical credentials, equipped with all the necessary stamps and signatures, landed under that name in Tangier. In Morocco, people accepted it with enthusiasm, and the sultan Muley Soliman treated him as a friend and brother. Spanish King Charles IV refused to pay for the confidence with ingratitude and withdrew Ali Bey - a revolution did not take place.
He had good measuring instruments:.. Hygrometer, sextant, telescope, etc. He enriched geographical science accurate data, noting with the help of astronomical observations of latitude various points in the Red Sea, where he visited: Yanbo, Jeddah and other, as well as the approximate latitude Medina, where he was not, and the exact latitude of Mecca. For the first time it measured the breadth of the item, which is located in the inner part of the peninsula. He described in terms of geology mountains between Medina and Yenbo, the schistose, that of volcanic rocks. In addition, he collected plants and insects. Unfortunately, he was forced into a dangerous situation to destroy his collection of insects, so as not to arouse suspicion at his own expense.
The first visit to the Kaaba Ali Bey shook to the core. He first gave details to the West of the pilgrimage to Mecca, which he saw through the eyes of a Muslim.
Location of the temple is indicated with precision. Judging by the descriptions, the mosque and its main part - the Kaaba were in the same place now. Even electric lights depicted in the photos and the last came to replace the old glass-green shade, suspended from the girders, resting on a thin bar, located in exactly the same way.
Only Ali Bey, only one of the Westerners who visited Mecca, was able to see the inside of the Kaaba and to participate in cleaning the temple - an honor which was given only to the sheriff and a few others notable persons they invited.
Ali Bey watched Wahhabis at the dawn of their appearance. The traveler did not have time to stay in the holy city, and a few days, as a "Wahhabi army corps went to Mecca to perform the pilgrimage ritual and take possession of this holy city."
Ali Bey, the road met a caravan of servants who were expelled from the holy place of the Wahhabis. The servants said to him that the Wahhabis have destroyed all the decorations the tomb of the Prophet, that they closed and sealed all the doors of the temple, and that Saud seized untold wealth is accumulated there over the centuries.
Ali Bey on myself had experience handling manners of the Wahhabis: to Medina with a caravan in spite of the prohibition of the new masters of the holy places, he was stopped by them a few leagues from the holy city. And while the patrol were engrossed in what was shared between his money and his watch, he destroyed his collection of insects and races plants, is collected for the entire journey, as it could compromise him. Ali Bey was back to Cairo, where he met with the most distinguished men of the city, and brother of the Emperor of Morocco. They gave him a triumphant reception worthy of his rank.
In 1807 Badia-and-LEBL returned to Spain, entered the service of King Joseph, and in 1812 he was appointed Prefect of Cordoba. After the fall of Napoleon, he moved to France.
The story of his travels Ali Bey published in 1814 in Paris and in 1816 in London.
Appointed ambassador to India, Tub-and-LEBL named Ali Othman went from Paris to Damascus, joined a caravan of pilgrims, but the August 30, 1818, he died suddenly of dysentery in the 120 miles from Damascus, where heading to Mecca.