Local residents receive Adam Muhammad at Makkah on Sunday.
Gulf Today Report
A 52-year-old British pilgrim Adam Muhammad arrived in Makkah on Sunday, after completing about 11 months’ journey on foot to perform the Hajj 2022.
The Brit of Kurdistan origin was overwhelmed with joy upon his arrival at the city.
A large crowd at the Masjid e Aisha received him.
Adam said he began his journey on foot from Britain 10 months and 26 days ago, passing through 9 countries, to reach Makkah to perform Hajj this year.
Adam said he endured all sorts of troubles and difficulties in an arduous journey, including the harsh weather.
Upon his arrival in Makkah, he said, "Hajj is my highest and dearest wish," expressing his thanks to the people of the Kingdom who have showered him with their generosity since his arrival in Saudi Arabia.
Adam completed a 6,500 km journey from Britain’s Wolverhampton to the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah.
Mohammed passed through the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan before entering Saudi Arabia.
Adam told local media that one day I woke up and told myself that I am going to walk to Hajj. And I did it.
Adam was pushing a cart that had his belongings and used a rest stop.
Adam has named his ordeal, “the peace journey.”
Saudi Arabia had announced new procedures for those wishing to perform the Hajj rites this year, with its preparations to receive one million pilgrims from inside and outside the Kingdom.
Local media reports quoted Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah as saying that participantion in the Hajj season be linked to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, considering it the main condition for participation.
The ministry urged the pilgrim to obtain an approved and negative laboratory examination for the coronavirus 72 hours before the arrival in the Kingdom.
The kingdom's health ministry said it has administered more than five million coronavirus vaccine doses, in a country with a population of over 34 million.
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A large number of diplomatic corps, officials of the UAE, prominent business individuals and Pakistani community residing in the UAE participated in the event.