While most pilgrims are used to reaching Mecca by plane, 41-year-old Nabil Ennasri chose this year to travel from Paris by bicycle. The resident of Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis) started in front of Montparnasse station on April 22 and arrived in Mecca on June 25. “The festivities are right to begin… I wanted to reconnect with the tradition of the pilgrimage, a long and self-sacrificing path,” he told the newspaper. Parisian.
Nabil, who now has 35,000 followers on Instagram and 90,000 followers on TikTok, on Wednesday wished his followers the most beautiful Eid Al Adha celebration “from the Grand Mosque of Makkah.” The goal of this geopolitical researcher and expert in Qatar is to raise awareness among the Muslim community about climate issues by cycling more than 5,000 kilometers to reach the Holy Land.
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“The issue of global warming has been troubling me for a long time. I have noticed that the world Muslim community has relegated this vital concern to the background,” explains Forty, who signed a forum on the Reporterre site in 2011, which “put Muslims to the test of global warming”. “Respecting nature is a necessity and allows believers to reconnect with the prophetic tradition of an ecologically healthy and responsible lifestyle,” he pointed out.
Nabil Ennasri believes he has influenced hundreds of Muslims through his cycling journey, which has been widely followed on social media with the hashtag #HadjByCycle. As far as he is concerned, he assures us, the trip “defeated and changed him.” It gave me satisfaction and fulfillment. The taste of a prayer after two months of cycling has absolutely nothing to do with the experience one experiences after a seven-hour plane ride.