My name is Imran Ghani and after graduating with a business degree from the University of Houston and a brief stint in corporate I went after chasing my dream of becoming of professor of religious history and philosophy. Currently I am studying Classical Arabic and other preliminary studies to prepare myself for graduate school.
It all started with my brother, Omar Ghani, and I day dreaming about doing something crazy while were still young. One thing led to another and somewhere in the conversation Hajj was brought up so we decided, “Hey! why not do something awesome and perform Hajj while doing it?!” I would like my main contribution to this project be the spiritual aspect of the ride. Our main argument is that we feel like today Hajj has become too commercialized, not allowing enough time and space for contemplation and worship. Like the people in the past, I want trek mountains and valleys discussing Quran and reflecting on the reality that is life. What is the purpose of my life? What is God and what is my responsibility to God? What is this religion of Islam and do I really believe in this tradition?
For the most part I am really looking forward to contemplating nature during the ride and reflect on my faith in God and the religion of Islam. I also am looking forward to interacting with people of different ethnicities, religions, languages, etc. All in all I hope to accomplish this ride so that one day when I’m old I can tell people one heck of a story. Oh and I can’t wait for my calves to be huge after the tons of cycling we do
I’ve been described as a stoic by my colleagues and classmates because of my serious work ethic and alleged professionalism. Trust me! I am the biggest goof in the world… so much so that even my 8 year old sister calls me a loser.