A 5,650-km march to Makkah
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IANS: Bosnian Muslim Senad Hadzic’s spiritual journey to perform the Haj took him 10 months as he walked 5,650 km before reaching Makkah in Saudi Arabia, Bosnian media reported.
“There was not a day which was easy. Every day was difficult”, Mr. Hadzic (47), who reached Saudi Arabia several days ago, told journalists.
Mr. Hadzic left in December on foot the town of Banovici, in the northeast of Bosnia-Herzegovina, carrying approximately €200 and a backpack weighing about 20 kg.
During his 314-day walking journey to the Muslim holy city in south-western Saudi Arabia, he crossed Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Jordan as well as war-torn Syria.
Difficulties emerged at the beginning , when, in December, he had to suffer frosts of 35 degrees Celsius while crossing Bulgaria.
Mr. Hadzic said the most difficult stretch of his journey was in Syria, where an ongoing conflict between the government and rebels has claimed, according to United Nations (U.N.) estimates, between 20,000 and 30,000 lives.
He said problems started on the Syrian border. After that, Mr. Hadzic had to repeatedly negotiate either with government troops or with rebels as he was crossing the country.
“One of the Syrian soldiers asked me to pray for him in Makkah if I manage to survive,” Mr. Hadzic said.
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