A tall challenge
A team of determined Muslims pulled on their walking boots and headed to the mountains last weekend as they aimed to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
30 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) scaled the UK’s three highest peaks in an attempt to raise £7,500 for the British Red Cross.
The members pushed their limits to the max as they hiked up Scaffell Pike, in England, Ben Nevis, in Scotland, and Mount Snowden, in Wales, in under 33 hours.
The group said they were hoping to spread the message of peace by completing the walk whilst also dismissing false stereotypes that have been ‘given to Muslims across the UK’.
Dr Aziz Hafiz, Chairman and leader of the Three Peak Challenge said the group had been training for a long time before last weekend and was proud to be helping out such a worthy cause.
“We do a lot of work with the British Red Cross and are honoured to be raising money for such a fantastic charity,” he said.
“At the peak of each mountain we all offered a prayer of peace to pray for Great Britain and the amazing British Nation.
“Some people unfortunately assume that there is a conflict between being Muslim and British. For us, as well as the other 7,500 young British Muslims who make up AMYA, it is our faith that drives us to love this great country and its people so much.”
This is the third year running that the AMYA team has raised money for charity through similar initiatives.
The last two hikes saw trekkers raise more than £40,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Heart Foundation by scaling The Mont Blanc Range in the French Alps, whilst runs and cycle events have also been held in recent months.
If you would like to sponsor the hikers for their latest accomplishment
please visit their Just Giving Page at www.justgiving.com/teamsMKA3peaks2014