A Turkish film crew were filming in Ghana using a drone when a villager innocently asked “can you make it a little big and take me to Makkah?”
Later, TRT World employee, Mucahid Durmaz posted the following tweet recalling what the villager had said:
Ömründe ilk defa drone gören Ganalı Abdullah Amcanın sorduğu ilk soru:"Bunun biraz daha büyüğünü yapıp beni Mekkeye götürebilir misin?" 🙂 pic.twitter.com/285RyqaTL8
— Mucahid Durmaz (@MucahidDurmaz) March 4, 2017
“The question uncle Abdullah asked when he saw a drone for the first time, “can you make it a little big and take me to Makkah?””
Soon, the story went viral among social media users in Turkey and around the world. Turkish individuals and businesses got in touch offering to fulfill the man’s wishes.
However, no one knew where the man was and what his name was. He was soon tracked down by a police officer from the Turkish embassy in Ghana and he was identified as Al-Hassan Abdullah.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu then arranged to send Abdullah to the Hajj pilgrimage.
Abdullah was flown into Istanbul where he was welcomed by a Turkish charity whose work focuses on Ghana.
Abdullah told Anadolu Agency,
“I am grateful to God and I pray to everyone who helped this dream come true. Turkish state’s assistance is valuable for me and I believe this will help improve friendship, brotherhood between Muslims.”
May Allah bless all those involved.