Millions of Muslims descend to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia every year from all over the world to perform their major and minor pilgrimages.
However, a Bosnian man has become a centre of attraction this time for his means of transport. The man left his hometown in December 2011 for his pilgrimage and started his journey towards Makkah on foot, yes, you got it right. He decided to reach his destination by walk and arrived in time for the 2012 Hajj. He completed the task after crossing 7 countries which included the dangerous Syria.
Senad Hadzic, 47, said that he arrived in Makkah and he was not tired or fatigued after his miraculous journey. He went on to add that these days were in fact the best of his life. He covered a total of 5700 kilometres in 314 days of constant walking.
After starting his journey from Bosnia, he went on to Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Jordon and then finally Saudi Arabia. He regularly updated his journey on Facebook by posting pictures which included one of an entry/exit permit card issued to only foreigners by the ministry of Syria.
He passed through Syria in April and managed to cover 500 kilometres in a total of 11 days. He revealed that he went through Aleppo and Damascus during which he came across several checkpoints which were either manned by the Rebel forces or the Pro-Government forces, but not once he was detained by any of them.
However, he did have a minor problem when a soldier of President Bashar Al Assad’s forces ordered him to completely empty his backpack. He then showed them the Holy Quran and explained that he had come with the intention of performing pilgrimage in Makkah, after which the security forces let him go.
He added that he walked in the name of Allah, Islam, Bosnia, his parents and his sister. He said that Allah had shown him the true way in his dreams which also included the instructions to go through Syria instead of Iraq. He had to face temperatures ranging from – 35 degrees to + 44 degrees Celsius.