From Okara to Makkah: This Man Walks 5400km for Hajj

Thursday, June 15, 2023

After walking for 5400kms from Okara to Makkah, the long-fetched dream of a Pakistani man to perform hajj is now much closer to fruition.

Usman Arshad, a student of BS Mass Communication at the University of Okra, covered the long journey on foot in six months and thirteen days, Radio Pakistan reported.

Despite initially holding only an Umrah visa, Usman’s dream of performing Hajj was made possible after Pakistan Hajj Mission played a pivotal role to resolve the visa issue.

Eventually, he received his visa to perform hajj at the Pakistan Hajj Mission in Makkah.

The 25-year-old Usman shared details of his remarkable journey with just a modest rucksack, an umbrella, and a reliable pair of trekking shoes.

Guided by his unwavering determination, he traversed numerous nations until he ultimately reached Makkah.

The idea of walking to Makkah first sparked in his mind back in 2021 when he embarked on a 34-day journey, covering an astounding distance of 1,270 miles from Okara to the Khunjerab Pass, situated on the Chinese border.

There have been other similar adventures, especially with regard to performing hajj.

Earlier this month, Shihab Chottur, an Indian Muslim man from Kerala, reached Makkah after covering almost 8640 km on foot.

In June 2022, young Indonesian Muhammad Fauzan’s journey to Makkah took more than seven and a half months, riding his bike for nearly 5000 kilometers.