Bosnian man walks 5,700km to Makkah to perform hajj

By AFP
Published: October 23, 2012

Senad Hadzic (R) sports a beret as he prays with fellow Muslims in Medinah. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

SARAJEVO: A Bosnian Muslim pilgrim who left last December on pilgrimage to Makkah by foot told AFP on Monday that he has arrived after passing through seven countries including war-torn Syria.

“I arrived Saturday in Makkah. I am not tired, these are the best days of my life,” Senad Hadzic, 47, said when reached by phone on a Saudi mobile number.

He said he had covered some 5,700 kilometres (3,540 miles) in 314 days of walking through Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan to the Muslim holy city in south-western Saudi Arabia, with a backpack weighing 20 kilos (44 pounds).

He charted his progress on his Facebook page, where he posted a picture apparently of an entry/exit card for foreigners issued by the Syrian interior ministry.

“I passed through Syria in April. I walked some 500 kilometres in 11 days. I went through Aleppo and Damascus and passed dozens of check-points held by pro-government and rebel forces alike, but I was never detained,” Hadzic said.

“At a check-point held by (President Bashar) al-Assad’s forces the soldier ordered me to empty my backpack … When I showed them my Quran and explained I was making the pilgrimage on foot, they let me go,” he told AFP.

“I walked in the name of Allah, for Islam, for Bosnia-Hercegovina, for my parents and my sister,” he added.

On his Facebook page he said God had shown him the way in dreams, including to go through Syria instead of Iraq.

During the pilgrimage, Hadzic faced temperatures ranging from minus 35 Celsius in Bulgaria to plus 44 Celsius in Jordan.

He said he had to wait in Istanbul for several weeks to get permission to cross the Bosphorus Bridge on foot and two months at the border between Jordan and Saudi Arabia to obtain an entry visa.

The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken at least once in a lifetime by all Muslims who are able to.

Reader Comments (16)

  • rehan
    Oct 23, 2012 - 8:49AM

    MashAllah.Bravo! God bless you brother.

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  • Arthur Zobo
    Oct 23, 2012 - 10:22AM

    In the true Hajj spirit,especially in this age of 5stars Hajj.May Allah bless you.

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  • sam
    Oct 23, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Great work Senad… Allah will give you your reward for this.. This is incredible keeping today era in mind..

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  • Patriot
    Oct 23, 2012 - 12:04PM

    Subhan Allah

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  • Muhsin
    Oct 23, 2012 - 12:38PM

    SubhanAllah….. That’s the way to feel the true essence of Hajj. May Allah reward you at best. I wish I could do the same.

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  • Maria
    Oct 23, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Subhan Allah…may u be blessed in both workds, ameen.

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  • shanzey
    Oct 23, 2012 - 7:39PM

    mashallah
    subhannallah

    there are tears in my eyes. i am about to get married by next year my fiancee is in saudia arabia we decided to go to khana kabba on honey moon instead of moving other places like the people do.

    inshallah inshallah inshallah

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  • Oct 24, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Allah mabrur you.
    Subhanallah….

    FaIz

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  • Sal
    Oct 24, 2012 - 1:56PM

    May Allah bless you insha’allah and this story really has got to me :’(
    Very touchingRecommend

  • abdul
    Oct 25, 2012 - 3:27AM

    mashallah brother. may Allah bless you in this life and the hearafter. i think you are a amazing insprition to the muslims of today

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  • Irfan Afridi
    Oct 26, 2012 - 12:03AM

    This is Spirit. It comes with faith. We must build our faith in Allah.

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  • Walj
    Oct 28, 2012 - 4:25AM

    Allhamdullillah..he made it. I admire him. Salute!

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  • MoniShaikh
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:12AM

    SubhanAllah..Recommend

  • Rose
    Nov 4, 2012 - 12:13PM

    Subhanalah, You made it for Allah and Allah Helped you. Mashallah Hajj Mabrur

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  • Ahmad showkat
    Nov 4, 2012 - 6:59PM

    @shanzey: on honeymoon 2 macca
    Wat rubbish u should have written for a visit or for ummarh to maccaRecommend

  • Nov 18, 2012 - 10:48PM

    May Allah bless you abondantly. Ameen.

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