Muslim run raises thousands

25th Oct 2019
Muslim run raises thousands

Runners take part in the Muslim Charity Run in Victoria Park, East London on September 22 (Photo: Rehan Jamil/East London Mosque)

Nadine Osman

Hundreds of people took part in East London Mosque’s annual Muslim Charity Run in Victoria Park on September 22. Nearly 500 runners participated in the event to raise funds for 30 good causes.

After words of encouragement from Shaykh Mohammed Mahmoud, Senior Imam of the East London Mosque, it was followed by a brief warm-up session, lined up at the start line, to be spurred on their way by family and friends. Whilst the participants covered the 5km course, children played on bouncy castles and rides, adding to the joy of a family day out in the park. There were also free health check-ups and information stalls.

Winners in each of the age groups were presented with trophies by Councillor Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Every competitor received a medal for participation, made especially for the occasion.

Shaykh Abdul Qayum, Head Imam of the East London Mosque, congratulated all those taking part, emphasising the virtue of exercise and taking care of one’s health, which had been the theme for a recent Friday sermon.

In a statement to The Muslim News Dilowar Khan, Director at the East London Mosque, said, “It has been a huge blessing to see this annual event continue to grow, bringing together young and old, and raising money for so many worthy causes”.
Tozommul Ali, Senior Fundraising Officer for the Mosque, added, “This has been the biggest year so far, with more runners supporting more charities. We’re grateful to all those who took part, and to Tower Hamlets Council for once again making the facilities of Victoria Park available for this wonderful event.”

 

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