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Al-Rihlah: Team Update, Major Changes to Ride, Kick-off Event

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Dear Al-Rihlah supporters!

This is Imran and Omar Ghani here saying hello. It’s been a while since we’ve updated you on things but now that the ride is just around the corner we thought we’d bring you all up to speed. This past year of training and route planning has faced us with many challenges that have led to incredible physical and spiritual growth. We are ready to experience a unique Hajj trip and are excited to share it with you along the way.
Team Update
  • Thanks to your support we raised $11,136 during our LaunchGood crowd funding campaign. These funds were used to purchase our bicycles, traveling equipment, and food. Major thanks to our sponsors Bicycle World and Fifth Moon Studios for the support they have given our project.
  • Due to circumstances that occur in life many of our teammates will be unable to do the ride. Thank you Jaudy, Umer, Emad, Usman, and Talha for being amazing team mates. We love you and hope you have benefited from this endeavor. We are forever thankful to you for believing in this project. Omar and I will be remember you throughout the ride.


Major Changes to the Ride

  • Due to the political instability in Eurasia and the Middle East we have decided to change the cycling portion of al-Rihlah to here in the United States. The above map is the new route that we will be following.
  • The ride will be a combination of about 50-60 miles of cycling everyday and driving to safe camp sites.
  • We understand that our final project is NOT what we promised you when soliciting your financial support. If you would like your contribution returned then please message us and we will provide you a full refund. 
  • Important Dates:
    1. Sunday, July 19th – Send-off party!
    2. Monday, July 20th – Imran to start cycling from Houston towards the Guadalupe Mountains.
    3. Friday, July 31st – Omar to leave Houston and catch up to Imran at Guadalupe Mountains
    4. Cycling + Road Tripping to various National Parks in the Western U.S.
    5. Tuesday, August 18th – Imran to end cycling portion at Berkeley, CA and start school.
    6. Monday, September 7th – Omar to continue U.S. trip solo
    7. Saturday, September 12th – Leave Houston for Hajj
    8. Monday, September 28th – Return home


Kick-off Event
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The time has come friends!
Come out and wish us farewell before we hit the road. We have been planning, training, and praying tirelessly and ready for an amazing trip.
Sunday, July 19th @ 8-10pm
1127 Eldridge Pkwy #100, Houston, TX 77077
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What to Expect During the Trip

  • Vlogs and blog posts by Imran and Omar
  • Photography, photography, and more photography!
  • Visiting masjids and other religious centers across America.
  • Sharing as many conversations as possible with the new people we meet .
  • Campgrounds!
With that being said we wanted to thank you once again for your support. Please pray that we are able to complete this journey safely and in good health. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback.
Imran Ghani
Omar Ghani


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Salaam everyone! We are halfway through Ramadan and training while fasting has been incredible. I’ve learned so much about myself and I recommend that everyone should do this. I must admit that biking in humidity sucks pretty bad, but inshAllah it will be worth it.

“There are two of God’s favor that are forgotten by many people: health and free time.” – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

The beauty of Rihlah is that we are taking advantage of these favors God has blessed us with. Our health is super important and inshAllah this journey will bring us to the best forms in our lives. I would like to mention that I have lost over 10 pounds this month by biking and fasting. Our health isn’t guaranteed and we have to do whatever we can to sustain it as long as possible. The favor of time is a blessing I personally overlook. Life is too short to not take advantage of all of the blessings Allah ahs given us. Please refer to the quotes listed:

• Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.
• Carpe Diem!!
• Life is too short
• The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
• We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
• Travel far enough you meet yourself
• You have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé

These words should give you some idea of why I believe traveling is more advantageous than just taking a plane to perform hajj and back. There is so much more to the world and I feel like many of us overlook that. In a future blog post, I’ll tell you about some of the things we were discussing and how these quotes helped us. For now, I just want to say thank your for blessing my team with this opportunity, thank you for taking time out of your day to read this blog post, and please Carpe that Diem.

-Mohammad Usman Aijaz