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Indonesian man reached Makkah on foot to perform Hajj


Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Every Muslim if financially capable and mentally and physically fit has an obligation to perform Hajj once in a lifetime.

Thousands of people save penny by penny to perform Hajj and visit the sacred places of Makkah and Madinah. In 2018, 2 million Muslims from different countries performed this religious duty, out of which more than 250,000 people were from Indonesia.

However, one Indonesian Muslim made to headlines with his dedication towards religious duty. Read the article to know about his story in his words.

Who is the Indonesian man?

The dedicated Indonesian man is Mohammad Khamim Setiawan. He is a 28- years old Muslim who performed hajj in the last year.

What was his distinguishable act that made to headlines?

The distinguishable act that made to headlines was that he travelled almost 9,000 km from the province Central Java to Makkah on foot for a whole long period of one year.

When did he start his journey?

He started his journey on 28 August 2018 with a shirt he was wearing that stated,

“I am on my way to Makkah on foot and putting full trust in God”,

What did he carry on his long journey?

As he was traveling on foot, he carried only a few things in the backpack such as

  • the Qur’an.
  • a few shirts.
  • two pairs of pants.
  • shoes.
  • socks.
  • undergarments.
  • GPS.
  • portable torch.
  • small Indonesian bag.
  • tent and.
  • sleeping bag.

How his journey did go?

His journey met many hurdles. Khamim said that during his journey, he encountered three snakes in the Malaysian Forests but none of them caused any harm and died before coming closer to him. He traveled through many countries and met strangers. He stayed at Mosques in different places, public places or sometimes slept in Mosques. His journey took him through,

  • Indonesia.
  • Malaysia.
  • Thailand.
  • Myanmar (Burma).
  • India.
  • Pakistan.
  • Oman.
  • UAE and finally.
  • Saudi Arabia.

What Khamim spoke about his journey?

Khamim told in an interview that,

“I never begged, but I always met kind people who gave me some food and other provisions. I was once welcomed at a Buddhist temple in Thailand. Villagers in Myanmar fed me. I studied and met Muslim scholars from various countries at a Jamat Tabligh mosque in India”

Why did he travel on foot?

He didn’t travel on foot because he was poor. He had a business running successfully in Indonesia. He considered Hajj as a spiritual journey and he wanted to complete it after fighting against his desires and sins. He told in an interview.

“I am doing a greater form of jihad: Disciplining myself and winning the spiritual fight against sins,”

How did he complete his journey?

Khamim used to fast during day times and walk-in at night. He fell sick twice during his journey. He even got a knee pain before which he used to travel 50 km a day but after the pain, he reduced it to 10 – 15 km a day. He also recorded the footage during his journey and uploaded them on social media to inform family and friends.

“My way of showing my full submission to Allah is to learn Islam from various Muslim scholars and meeting people of various persuasions to study their culture and observe tolerance.” 

Is it the first news of people walking to perform Hajj?

No, in 2012, A 47-year-old Bosnian man Senad Hadzic walked 5,700 km in 314 days to perform Hajj.

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Source: Saudi Gazette

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