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Mangaluru’s Noushad Stranded in Riyadh Without Hajj Permission

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Mangaluru: Over the course of an incredible 8640-kilometer journey, Noushad, a 25-year-old from Uppinangadi, Dakshina Kannada, has traveled from Karnataka to Makkah. Starting in January 2023, his journey is more than just a pilgrimage; it’s a monument to willpower and pursuing goals in the face of difficulty.

Noushad took on this dream after witnessing his mother’s unfulfilled desire to walk to Makkah for the Hajj. By proving that dreams can come true with perseverance, he hopes to inspire the next generation of young people.
Having faced bureaucratic hurdles during his initial attempt in 2021, where he covered 3500 kilometers from Karnataka to Kashmir, Noushad retraced his steps. Undeterred, he embarked on a second attempt, overcoming visa challenges to enter Pakistan by foot. Despite being advised to take a flight from Pakistan to Oman due to extreme weather and security concerns, he resumed his journey from Muscat, walking through the UAE and reaching Riyadh after covering 7800 kilometers.

Currently stationed in Riyadh, Noushad faces a new challenge—he lacks the crucial Hajj permission despite being on an Umrah visa.
“I fulfilled my mother’s dream of walking to Makkah for the Hajj, as she was unable to complete the journey on foot. Noushad stated, “I want to show the young people that dreams are achievable,” as he waits for a resolution to his problem obtaining a Hajj permit.

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