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.”

Written by Adeel Malik

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Scotland and ethnically Pakistani, Adeel primes himself to be a multicultural individual who is an advent social media user for the purpose of learning and propagating Islam while is also a sports fan. Being an English teacher himself, he envisions a bright future for Muslims which he strongly believes can only be done with education.

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