Spa­niard on trek to Makkah reaches Kuwait, re­counts jour­ney

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

An in­trepid ad­ven­turer, who has been walk­ing from Paris to Makkah to per­form um­rah, ar­rived in Kuwait a few days ago. Ishaq, a 33-year-old Spa­niard of Al­ge­rian de­scent, be­gan his jour­ney around five months back. He has al­ready walked a dis­tance of 6,400 km and is plan­ning to reach his des­ti­na­tion in 50 days. He is now wait­ing for a visa to en­ter Saudi Ara­bia. Ishaq was re­ceived by his Kuwaiti host Abu Mo­hammed Al-Mu­tairi at the Iraqi bor­der in Ab­daly. Mu­tairi promised to help him ob­tain the um­rah visa, and has put him up at his house till then.

This is Ishaq’s first walk­ing trip, which he calls the ‘Walk of Peace’. He aims to de­liver a mes­sage to the world that Is­lam is a religion of peace and tol­er­ance, not ter­ror and ag­gres­sion. He wants to tell the world that Mus­lims are good peo­ple who love peace, not killing. Ishaq noted that he doesn’t need any­thing, and only wants to reach Makkah. He doesn’t have a big bud­get for this trip, and has man­aged to sur­vive on €10 a day.

Ishaq told Kuwait Times about the moun­tain­ous ter­rain he had to cross dur­ing this jour­ney, and it was very cold. “I stayed in a tent, and when I woke up in the morn­ings, my fin­gers were frozen. This was the big­gest ob­sta­cle that I faced. For­tu­nately, I wasn’t in­jured, but I faced some try­ing sit­u­a­tions. Once I was sleep­ing in my tent and heard a wolf in the night. I cow­ered in the tent, and in the morn­ing I saw the tracks of the wolf,” he said. Ishaq be­gan his jour­ney by car­ry­ing his stuff in a back­pack. After three days, he got ex­hausted and de­cided to travel with a trol­ley. Dur­ing the jour­ney, the wheels of the trol­ley got dam­aged, and he had to change them.

Ishaq is also doc­u­ment­ing his jour­ney. Var­i­ous me­dia out­lets have in­ter­viewed him in the coun­tries he passed through. He crossed from Europe into Tur­key, then to Iran, Iraq and Kuwait, from where he will con­tinue to Makkah.

Ishaq, the 33-year-old Spa­niard of Al­ge­rian de­scent.

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