He undertook this spiritual journey to perform Hajj. It took him a year to reach his goal. Nothing could stop the ambitious boy.
He had to cover his journey on foot so he could not carry many things, the only things he had in his backpack were Holy Quran, few shirts, 2 pairs of pants, shoes, few pairs of socks, undergarments, smartphone, GPS, portable torch, a small Indonesian flag, tent and a sleeping bag.
He wanted to perform Hajj after winning a fight against sins. He said that what he did is a great form of Jihad. He believes that undergoing a spiritual journey was necessary.
He left from central Java on August 28, 2016, at 10 P.M. he wore a shirt printed with following words: “I am on my way to Makkah on foot and putting full trust in God,”
Briefing about his adventure, his family told that they did not believe that he would be able to reach Makkah. His brother even tried to change his mind, but he wouldn’t listen to anyone. Finally, his father went to the Indonesian Religious Affairs Office to sign documents stating that he had no objections over his son’s journey.
Setiawan is a man of determination. He used to fast in the day and walk at night. He would rest in mosques, public places, and even forests. Before he got knee pain he used to walk about 50 Km a day, but later his pain allowed him to walk 10-15 km a day.
He also told that when he was in Malaysian forests, snakes appeared thrice but none could harm him as they died (miraculously) before coming closer to him.
He had a great journey, people used to help him and he was often gifted some non-perishable food. He never asked for help or favor from anyone, he had trust in Allah.
He would record his journey footages and uploaded them on social media to inform his friends and family. He reached Abu Dhabi on May 19,2017 . He is successfully performed Hajj 1438 .( Lifein Saudiarabia )