In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Bosnian Muslim starts walking to Mecca for the Hajj

by Matthew Brunwasser
Source: The World

Filed under: Featured,Islam Today |

 

Each year millions of Muslims make the annual pilgrimage to the Saudi city of Mecca.

The Hajj, as it is known, is still far away, this year it is in the end of October, but 47-year-old Senad Hadzic has already set off in that direction.

That is because he is on foot.

He started from his hometown in northern Bosnia back in December 2011 and is walking all the way to Mecca.

The distance is about 3,600 miles from Bosnia to Mecca and he covers between 12 to 20 miles a day.

He currently has reached a waterway that separates Europe from Asia, The Bosphorus, the waterway that divides Istanbul and Europe from Asia.

Just before hitting the road again, Senad Hadzic proudly shows the meager contents of his backback. He’s got a Koran wrapped in plastic for protection against the elements, a bible, maps and flags of the six countries he plans to cross.

“To be honest, before i started on this trip, everybody was frightened for me, asking how will I, as a Muslim, be able to travel though Christian countries like Serbia and Bulgaria,” says Hadzic.

But he was never scared, he says. Traveling with very little money, Hadzic says he’s depended on the kindness of strangers for much of the 600 miles or so he’s walked so far.

“In Serbia, people came out on the street and gave me a hat, or some socks,” Hadzic says. “In one case, a professor in Serbia invited me to stay in his house. This Serbian professor, who was a Christian, told me that I was the first Muslim who had stepped in his house in his life. It was a great honor for me.”

Istanbul has presented a bit of a snag. He’s spent 20 days here, he says, trying to get permission to walk across the Bosphorus bridge connecting Europe to Asia. It’s only open to vehicles. Hadzic doesn’t even want to mention the details of how he got it resolved.

“I’ll tell you, this trip has had millions of problems,”Hadzic says. I’ll explain it to you like this: God willing, I’m going to enter Asia today, and then Syria. And I’m not afraid of a tank or a bullet, only God. And then when I get to Mecca I will say a prayer for all of us.”

When he finally leaves the hotel, he’s excited to be on his way. Wearing a reflector safety vest and a shabby backpack, with Bosnian and Turkish flags sticking out, it’s easy to see how his eccentric character endears him with many that he meets on his way.

“An old Turkish wise man appeared and when he saw that I came from Bosnia to Istanbul on two feet, he offered me the money to sit on an airplane and go directly to Mecca for the Haj,” Hadzic says. “But I rejected this.”

Hadzic says he must travel by foot because God told him to in a dream. His act of faith is not just for his own benefit but for everyone he meets along the way as well.

“By this act, I am proving that everything I do is for the love of God,” Hadzic says. “For all the riches in the world, I would never stop what I am doing.”

Walking through this city of 13 million, in a fitting parallel with his bizarre quest, we run into a group of Bosnian tourists. Hadzic is clearly well-known in Bosnia and doesn’t need an introduction. After pictures are taken and greetings exchanged, Hadzic is back on his own.

He’s not even half way there yet but Hadzic has already learned a lot.

“The point, my friend, is learning the meaning of ‘thank you’. The poor people who live in the countryside love God and support me with generosity. The rich people in the cities love their ATMs,” Hadzic says.

After walking the more than 500 miles from Istanbul to the Syrian border, Hadzic says he plans to continue through Syria. It’s a bit risky he admits, but with God’s help he says he won’t feel fear. He plans to wave a Syrian flag with the word “victory” written on it, and pray for the victims of the conflict.

39 comments
cyclonmaster
cyclonmaster

Subhanallah, Alhamdullillah, He did bring up the spirit of Sacrifice. Salam Aidiladha from Malaysia.

SHAMEEL
SHAMEEL

Masha Allah. Let we pray for him to honor the Haj in right way. Aameen.

AHMET ABDULAZIZ
AHMET ABDULAZIZ

That is really great.

 

But i want to know the latest position.

Has he reached Mecca?

 

Can someone tell me this?

Ummi
Ummi

I am speechless! Subahanallah! May Allah protect and guide you to his holy house insh Allah Amin :) 

salih tiemtore
salih tiemtore

salaam from burkina faso,may allah make easy for you my brother and every muslim men and women 

 

Arif Mohammed
Arif Mohammed

May Allah ease your concerns during this journey and May He accept your striving in His path.. ameen

fahima
fahima

Wow!!! Love from malaysia!!This Brother has all our prayers for a complete and fruitful Hajj!! May Allah Almighty Always Bless him and his family

FredyPrawira
FredyPrawira

MashaAllah.. salaam from Indonesia. May Allah SWT be mercifull and protect him on his way to Mecca. I realize there are so many way to thank Allah for His mercy and anything, and i think Hadzic's way is one of the best! :) :)

iliash
iliash

masha Allah. my pleasure.  May his journey be a journey of success and pleasure.I admire his courage

and his strong will power.

Umar El'as
Umar El'as

rewards awaits in Heaven..........

Aslam
Aslam

SubhanAllah

 

U reach MECCA & u wi forget all pain.

zafar
zafar

may allah be mercifull on him ,and on all of us ,alah may protec us from doing sin,,, he is the most merciful and beneficient ,no one is thr as alah as merfifull ,oly god is alllahh ,love allah ,love isllaaam ,love profet mohammad... ul be loved by world

seyyeda
seyyeda

All for love of God, and to learn the meaning of thank you. May Allah bless you.

Fadhilah Tahir
Fadhilah Tahir

Many rewards awaits heaven n earth. MasyAllah!!!

Sam Zaman
Sam Zaman

Shubhan'Allah that is beautiful. He Defo getting browny points 4 That. May Allah bless t brother's journey

Abubakar Haruna Faskari
Abubakar Haruna Faskari

Every step he takes sadaqa, even the best mathmatician can not counts the steps ! multiplied by 10 or 700 or even more & more !!!

Noraini Yeo
Noraini Yeo

With every sweat he drips, may Allah swt forgive him for all his sins both big n small.. Aminn..

Sultan Miah
Sultan Miah

Subanallah brother will get so mch reward beauty of beautiful heart n mind mashallah

Almir Colan
Almir Colan

And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass - Surat Al-Haj

Pathi Astih
Pathi Astih

Masha Allah! whatta big reward from ALLAH, insha Allah.

Musrat Ashraf
Musrat Ashraf

Mashallah- may Allah make his journey easy and reward him abundantly. What an inspiration!

DaughterOfAbraham
DaughterOfAbraham

People like this showing how they are trying to get closer to God are a good example to people of any faith.

Michelle Grant
Michelle Grant

yes, masha'Allah he will have many, many blessings for this.

auzziemuslim
auzziemuslim

 @AHMET ABDULAZIZ Alhamdullillah Senad Hadzic, 47 year old Muslim backpacker from Bosnia, decided to WALK to Hajj starting last year, and has finally reached Makkah on time for Hajj, after walking 6000km! He mentioned how Muslims were welcoming him and helping him in every city on the road!.via One Ummah Projects.

AHMET ABDULAZIZ
AHMET ABDULAZIZ

 @auzziemuslim  @AHMET ABDULAZIZ thanks a lot for the valuable information.

I am a long distance runner/walker. Recently i have crossed the northern cyprus (where i live) from the eastern coast to the western coast.

I travel between cities.

So what i am more interested is to know how did SENAD HADZIÇ finansed this trip from Bosnia to Mecca. Was it a sponsored walk?

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