Hajj, for this team of Kenyan Muslim cyclists, started on June 10 and finished 45 days later. The team – Mohammed Zahir, Osman Idrissa Dinda, Mohammed Salim and Anwar Mansur- are all professional cyclists who used their talents to perform Hajj.
They have sacrificed there time and endured the terrain, travelling 3500 km distance crossing Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Saudia Arabia before reaching Makkah. The four men had one goal, to raise $250,000 in charity throughout their journey.
The team had done a warm-up tour to Tanzania before their journey to Hajj, the team consists of a support team including a doctor and mechanic who accompanied them on their journey.
The journey was not an easy one to complete, tough terrain, the scorching heat of the deserts and African forests proved to be challenging. However, the team did not falter but continued courageously in their desire for Hajj.
Their exhausting cycle is inspiring to millions of Muslims, encouraging us all to think differently and be courageous. Their sense of adventure, courage and determination is much to be admired.
In Mecca, the team will join Muslims across the world to perform the Hajj, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
All Muslims of good health are required to perform it once in their lifetime. The Hajj is seen as a chance to wipe clean past sins and start fresh. Many seek to deepen their faith during the Hajj.