Envar Beganovic (52) walked on foot, crossed 10 countries, and has now reached Iraq to perform the Hajj. Photo/Anadolu
KIRKUK – A Bosnian Muslim man on foot from Europe to pay pilgrimage . It has now reached Kirkuk, Iraq.
Envar Beganovic (52), a judo athlete who has lived in Austria for 28 years, continues to walk by crossing 10 countries along his path.
Beganovic, who has been traveling for approximately 160 days and carries the flag of every country he has visited, has left Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey since he started his journey from Austria.
“I didn’t encounter any problems while traveling thousands of kilometers. Instead, I received help and support from people beyond my expectations,” he said as quoted by Anadolu Agency, Sunday (30/4/2023).
He said he decided to go for Hajj on foot because he is an athlete and is used to walking long distances. Beginanovic says he wants to achieve big honors by walking thousands of kilometers.
“My late mother and father bequeathed to us not to deviate from your religion,” he said, adding that he had walked for months to reach the holy land and was never tired.
Going on a pilgrimage to visit Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba in Mecca, is one of the five pillars of the religion.
Muslims are required to do so at least once in their lifetime if they are able.