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    An elderly Ghanaian villager is going to Hajj thanks to Turkey and a drone camera

    We have yet another heartwarming and aspiring story for this year’s hajj.

    A Turkish TV film crew were in a Ghanaian village doing recording of the people using drone camera technology.

    As Al-Hassan Abdullah, a poor Ghanaian villager was going about his business, the drone fell near his doorstep. What he said led to his story going viral on the Turkish social media as TRT World’s Mucahid Durmaz spoke about the moment on his twitter account back in March, 2017.

    Al-Hassan innocently remarked and asked the TV crew as he held the drone in his hands:

    “Can a drone can take him to Makkah”

    The story reached the Foreign Ministry and charities of Turkey who decided to fund the elderly Muslim’s wish and send him to perform the journey of hajj as reported by Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah.

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    Abdullah couldn’t have imagined in his wildest moments that as he naively asked the Turkish film crew flying a drone if they had

    “a bigger one of this that would take him to [Saudi Arabia] to perform hajj.”

    As his story went viral on social media, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu intervened and helped arrange a hajj journey for Abdullah, who is impoverished.

    He arrived in Istanbul from Accra on Friday and was welcomed by a Turkish charity whose work focuses in Ghana.

    Abdullah told Anadolu Agency (AA) he was pleased to be in Istanbul and it was Allah who blessed him with this favor from Turkey. He humbly said:

    “I am grateful to Allah and I pray to everyone who helped this dream come true. Turkish state’s assistance is valuable for me and I believe this will help improve friendship, brotherhood between Muslims.”

    Cihad Gökdemir, deputy chairman of the charity who welcomed Abdullah at the airport, said Abdullah’s story made the headlines after a TRT World employee tweeted the image. Gökdemir said:

    “Then, people started to seek a way to reach out to him, from businesspeople to companies. Finally, a Turkish police officer from Turkish embassy in Ghana contacted him. He is grateful to Turkish people,”

    Mucahid Durmaz then tweeted showing his delight at what had transpired from his tweet that he did back in March, 2017. He said in Turkish:

    “What really amazes me is that two people who haven’t seen each other (Uncle Abdullah and I) have made huge impact in each other lives.”

    And he further stated that

    “Verily Allah rewards the good work everyone does.”

    Just goes to show when a person wishes to please Allah with acts of worship, He will provide from places unexpected. Allah says in the Quran 65:3

    “And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him.

    Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.”

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    Nine British Muslims have cycled 3,000 km from London to Madinah in 6 weeks to perform Hajj and fundraise for Syria

    The season of Hajj is almost upon us and each year we get to hear from truly remarkable and inspiring stories of Muslims going the extra mile for this auspicious journey.

    Photo courtesy of Hajj Ride Facebook page

    From London to Madinah, not by air as we all do, but by two wheels – bicycles.

    Photo courtesy of Hajj Ride Facebook page

    Hajj Riders, a group of nine British pilgrims ethnically Pakistani and Bangladeshi, cycled for 6 long weeks over a distance of 3,000 km covering lands such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Greece and Egypt to complete their one-of-a-kind journey to the masjid of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Masjid an-Nabwi.

    Photo courtesy of IlmFeed

    As they entered Saudi Arabia, their awareness and popularity had reached the land already.

    Two local cycling groups by the name of Taybah Cyclists and Saudi Cyclists, who themselves encourage biking and other sports activities in the Kingdom, assisted the Hajj Riders to go through the tough desert lands as mentioned by one of the riders as he showed live on the Hajj Ride Facebook page.

    Read Also: In 2016: Cycle of life: Chinese Muslim cycles 7,800 km in 4 months to perform Hajj

    The scenes were heartwarming as people inside the Madinah and at Masjid an-Nabwi were astonished by what the riders have achieved.

    The riders themselves were at awe and kept praising Allah as they tried to catch their breath.

    They also prayed Salah as they entered the masjid. After Madinah, they will now be heading to Makkah to perform the Hajj rituals with the other 2 million pilgrims.

    Read Also: In 2016: 24-year-old Russian Muslim cycled 6,600 km to perform Hajj

    Alongside performing the Hajj, they used their trip as an opportunity to do Dawah to the people of the lands they passed through. They wanted to, as mentioned by the riders from the beginning and throughout their trip, spread the true message of Islam as being a religion of love, tolerance and happiness.

    Moreover, another key purpose of their journey was to do charity. They hope to aspire their followers to help them to raise £1 million from their journey to help the Syrian refugees through the renowned charity Human Aid UK. The group’s website put the statement:

    “The ‘Hajj Ride’ is the first ever cycle ride for charity set up with the end goal being the performance of the most challenging physical worship in the five pillars of Islam, the hajj pilgrimage.”

    It is hoped with the donation money, the charity group will use it towards emergency services insdie Syria refugee camps including medical aid. Here are some of the highlights from their trip that they shared on their Facebook page.

    The funds raised during Hajj Ride will be used to replenish these ambulances and give them the equipment they need. Abdul Wahid, the founder of Hajj Ride conceptualised the project when he converted to Islam 11 years ago.

    “People say you have to change everything about you when you become Muslim. I had a lot of time to think about how I can merge my lives. I thought I love cycling and I want to go to Hajj, so why don’t we go back to the old way of journeying?” Wahid told Al Arabiya just before their journey began from London.

    May Allah accept their unique hajj in today’s times and reward them abundantly for their intention of helping the needy Muslims of the Ummah.