Spanish Muslim Walks to Makkah for Umrah

MAKKAH – A Spanish Muslim has reportedly walked more than 9,000 kilometers to perform Umrah in Muslims’ holiest city of Makkah, four months and a half after setting off from Paris.

Wishing to perform an unforgettable umrah, Ishaq intended to travel from France to Makkah on foot, IlmFeed reported on Monday, October 17, citing a report by Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai.

To achieve his life-dream journey, he budgted 5,000 Euros (just 10 euros a day) for the trip and refused to take money from the people on the way.

Ishaq also encountered difficulties during the trip because of the harsh weather conditions. In one occasion, he experienced numbness in his hands and feet due to the cold.

Ishaq is not the first to travel to the holy lands on foot.

In 2012, 47-year-old Bosnian Muslim, Senad Hadzic, reached the holy city of Makkah on foot to perform hajj.

During his journey, the Muslim man walked for nearly 3,600 miles (5,900 km) from his Bosnian village to the holy city of Makkah.

Russian Muslim Cycles to Makkah for Hajj

The Russian Muslim, 24-year-old Bulat Nassib Abdulla, cycled all his way from Russia to Makkah to perform hajj.

In September 2016, a Russian Muslim cycled all way from Russia to Makkah to perform hajj.

A month earlier, a Chinese national also made headlines as he cycled around 8,150km and reached Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Unlike Hajj, or major pilgrimage, which is one of the five pillars of Islam that can only be performed during the month of Dhul Hijjah, (the 12th month of the Muslim calendar), `Umrah can be performed any time of year.

The word `Umrah means visiting or attending. `Umrah is an act of worship. Allah Almighty says, “Perform the Hajj and `Umrah for Allah…” (Al-Baqarah 2:196).

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have performed `Umrah after the treaty of Hudaybiyah, thereafter, he explained to other followers how it should be performed.

According to [some] Muslim jurists`Umrah is obligatory (upon those who can afford it), at least once in a lifetime, either with or before Hajj or at any other time during the year. As one of the five pillars of Islam, Hajj is incumbent upon those who can afford it, once in a lifetime.