A British man of Iraqi-Kurdish origin walked 6,500 km on foot from Wolverhampton, England and reached Mecca to perform Hajj this year.
Adam Mohamed, 52, walked through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan to reach Saudi Arabia, covering a distance of almost 6,500 kilometers in 10 months and 25 days. He started in the UK on August 1, 2021 and arrive in Saudi Arabia last month.
According to a report by Al Jazeera, Adam covered an average of 17.8 km each day and pushed along a homemade cart weighing 300 kg which was fitted with speakers that played Islamic recitations and his personal belongings. His aim was to spread the message of peace and equality.
He had also set up a GoFundMe page for himself. He wrote, “I am not doing all this for merely fame or money, but purely to highlight to the world we human being are all equal regardless our race, colour, religion and to spread the message of peace and unity that our religion Islam teaches.”
His decision to undertake this journey was a result of this soul-searching. He was overwhelmed with all the love that people showered on him on the way. He broadcast his journey on TikTok and gained half a million followers.
Upon reaching Mina, he was received by the Acting Minister of Media, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, who hosted him and helped him finalize his Hajj permit procedures.
After a gap of two years, Saudi Arabia has allowed 1 million Muslims to perform Hajj this year. In 2020 and 2021, Hajj was limited to Saudi Arabia residents only.
The Hajj pilgrimage started on July 7 this year.