Friday, 18 August 2017

Good Deed Friday: The Hajj Riders

I have been following the Hajj Riders recently and their big dream, dedication and hard work has really inspired me alhamdulillah.

The Hajj Riders are a group of brothers who are cycling from London to Madinah to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation in Syria and raise £1 million for Human Aid UK’s Syria EMS Ambulance, Medical Equipment and Emergency relief projects insh’Allah

They will be crossing seven countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Egypt) over a distance of 35,000 km, during a period of six weeks.  Once they get there they intend to perform Hajj.

The latest e-mail update says:

“The Hajj Riders have passed the half-way point where they have already been through France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Greece – as well as facing the gruelling test of the Alps along the way. However their toughest tests have yet to come as the riders approach Egypt and Saudi Arabia in the desert heat where temperatures reach 50 degrees.”

The latest update from their Facebook page tells us:

“No one said it would be easy,
No one expected the tests that came though.
In times of old they faced *diseases* (illness), *wars* (political and physical), *bandits* (thugs), *starvation* (financial issues) *etc*...
Ships would sink, paths would be blocked and the animals they rode would die!
As a Hajj Rider I can tell you now that we tasted a test similar or equivalent to every one of these at some point.
It truly has been a journey that has reminded me to be grateful for the ease of our generation and to reflect on how these journeys would mean so much to those who embarked upon them.
After weeks of trial and test in 100 different ways they have finally reached the shores of Saudi Arabia.”

You can find out more at their website, or Facebook page where they are posting regular vlogs and updates.
You can head over to their givebrite page if you want to donate.

"And proclaim that the people shall observe Hajj pilgrimage. They will come to you walking or riding on various exhausted (means of transportation). They will come from the farthest locations." ~ Quran (22:27)

"And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely." ~ Quran (5:32)

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