PENANG – A family of five Indonesian Muslims has embarked on a lengthy cycling journey of 13,000 km to Makkah to perform hajj.
“They will take a flight if the need arises,” Mohd Damahuri Mutalib, 65, a friend of the family was quoted by The Sun Daily.
Muchlis Abdullah, 47, took his wife, Julianti Husin, 47, and their children, Mirza Hakim Muchlis, 15, Ahmad Zaki Hafiz, 11, and Olivia Yumna, six, for a cycling journey to Makkah.
The family kicked off their journey a month and a half ago from central Java city of Yogyakarta.
Yesterday, they reached Penang, Malaysia, after cycling 3,000 km. the family still has 10,000 km to go before they reach their destination.
The long trip will take them through 12 countries.
According to the husband, the idea of performing umrah and hajj on bicycles came to him after having a dream.
Mutalib, the father’s friend, guided them in Penang through the northern region.
After reaching Thailand, the family will probably enter Burma before proceeding to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Iran, Damahuri said. ( ia )