Hey Everyone my name is Omar Ghani! Or you can refer to me from my many nick names, “OG”, “CG”, the “Honey Badger” and others haha. I am a graduate from the University of Texas with a degree in Supply Chain Management and currently work for the Dow Chemical Company as a Supply Chain Analyst. I am a huge Tennis follower (Not many around right?), have a passion for cycling, eat all the time (Big boy gotta eat) and in between all the above, contemplate life and our purpose.
When I was at UT, I was blessed to be a part of the Texas 4000 2012 team. The longest charity bike ride in the world from Austin TX to Anchorage AK to raise hope, knowledge and charity for the fight against Cancer. I spent 70 days with a group of 20 amazing teammates getting to see the continent in such a beautiful way and giving a small dose back to humanity by embarking on a physical and mental journey.
When I came from Alaska, I made a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish in Life. The clichés were getting a job, buying a house, having an epic Desi Wedding and so forth. Eventually Hajj came to my mind as a check list and that’s when for the next couple of months the idea started circulating my brain…What if I rode my bike to Mecca to perform the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj?
I founded the Rihlah with a small team with the intent to do something historic (God willing) and more importantly to complete a requirement on of one of the pillars of Islam. This ride will serve as an avenue to experience a journey on what many Muslims went through in the past and to share that story despite the many forms of modern technology that make Mecca easily accessible. This journey will be a unique approach to meet individuals, share our stories, and taking time out of our busy lives and focusing on the phrase “Here I am my Lord, Here I am…”.
I think what I look forward to the most is getting to Mecca and performing Hajj with my team in our own terms. Today, Hajj has become more commercialized and what I feel is missing is experiencing a journey and relying on the assistance of others and experiencing nature along the way. In addition, I really look forward to the spiritual preparation along the way as we prepare to perform the sacred pilgrimage.
Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at Omar@alrihlah.org