Fulfilling one of Islam’s main pillars, a Bosnian man has embarked
on the life-time spiritual journey of hajj, preparing himself to
cross thousands of miles on foot, The Muslim Village portal
“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,”
47-year-old Senad Hadzic said.
Aspiring to perform hajj, which falls at the end of October,
Hadzic first hit the road for his lengthy trip from his hometown
in northern Bosnia on December 2011.
The distance is about 3,600 miles from Bosnia to Makkah and he
covers between 12 to 20 miles a day.
In his back bag, he carries his copy of the holy Qur’an wrapped in
plastic to protect it from weather elements.
He also carries a bible, maps and flags of the six countries he
plans to cross. Cutting 600 miles so far, the journey has not been
In Istanbul for example, he was stuck for 20 days, trying to get
permission to walk across the Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe
to Asia, which is open only to vehicles.
At the end, he decided to resume his trip towards Makkah though
the Syrian lands where he will wave a Syrian flag with the word
“victory” written on it.
“I’ll tell you, this trip has had millions of problems,” Hadzic
“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 Makkah I will say a
prayer for all of us.”
Millions of Muslims from around the world pour into Makkah every
year to perform hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Hajj consists of several ceremonies, which are meant to symbolize
the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate
the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.
Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip
must perform hajj at least once in a lifetime.
Walking through different countries, Hadzic said he experienced
the kindness of many people.
“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 Makkah for the Hajj,” Hadzic said.
“But I rejected this.”
Traveling with very little money, Hadzic says he’s depended on the
kindness of strangers for much of the lengthy road.
“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.”
Hadzic claimed he must travel by foot because God told him to in a
dream, seeing this journey as a benefit for himself and everyone
“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
He’s not even half way there yet but Hadzic has already learned a
“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,” Hadzic says.
“The rich people in the cities love their ATMs.”