A Bosnian Muslim man has walked 5,700km to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, passing through seven countries including war-torn Syria.
Senad Hadzic, 47, who left, December 2011 on pilgrimage to Mecca by foot told AFP that he spent several hours at the Syrian border haggling to get a visa.
“I arrived Saturday in Makkah. I am not tired, these are the best days of my life,” Hadzic, said when reached on phone.
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).
The progress was charted 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.”
“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.”
“I walked in the name of Allah, for Islam, for Bosnia-Hercegovina, for my parents and my sister,” he told AFP.
Do we have Nigerians, who can embark on this trip for Buhari?? What a pity, the answer is a resounding no!