This weekend thousands of young Muslims from across the UK will congregate in London’s Battersea Park to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity and to combat negative Muslim stereotypes.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) will be taking part in a 10k run to raise more than £300,000 for twelve UK charities, including, Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargant, UNICEF, The Silver Line, The Royal British Legion, Macmillan Cancer Support, British Heart Foundation, LLR, RNIB, and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability.

The event has been named the ‘Mercy for Mankind’ run with the volunteers raising money for those in need irrespective of religion, race, gender or creed.

The 2,000 plus participants, forming the UK’s largest Muslim organised charity event, also see the occasion as an opportunity to challenge a number of important issues that some have linked to Islam and Muslims over the past year.

Farooq Aftab, national AMYA spokesperson said:

”Like the whole of the country, we have been particularly horrified by the practice of female genital mutilation and cases of grooming here in the UK. As British Muslims, these crimes are all the more painful due to the twisted misreading of Islam that has led a minority Muslims to use Islam to wrongly justify these acts.

”We believe that raising money for charity and helping others is the very best way for us to symbolically state that these crimes are not in Islam’s name and to also help those harmed by these terrible acts of cruelty.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

“This volunteer work represents an essential part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s really important contribution to UK national life – whether through helping to raise wider awareness and understanding of the Islamic faith, or fundraising and feeding the homeless, donating blood, and other charitable acts.

“So I’d like to extend a big thank you to all those involved in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.”

The event will be attended by two vocal supporters of the anti-Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting movement, both here in the UK and abroad, Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, and Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health.

The AMYA is the UK’s largest Muslim youth organisation and the leading Muslim youth group challenging extremism in the UK. For more information about the event, to take part, or to donate, visit: http://www.mercy4mankind.org/

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Contact and Interview Information

For media enquiries please contact the AMYA press office:

Tel: 07790130608
Email: press@khuddam.org.uk
Twitter: @AMYA_Press

Website: http://www.mercy4mankind.org/

- Hi-resolution images for use by print and online outlets will be available upon request.

- Broadcast outlets are invited to film at the event on Sunday 4th May in Battersea Park, London.

- Volunteers and the event organisers will be available for pre-recorded interviews on Friday 2nd May at 14:30 at Baitul Futuh Mosque, Western Europe’s largest Mosque (Baitul Futuh Mosque, 181 London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5PT).

Additional Statements

Below are some additional statements supporting AMYA’s continuing charity campaign:

The Prime Minister, David Cameron said:

“It’s great to see so many young people giving up their own time to help…”

The Home Secretary Theresa May said:

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association has a long tradition of raising money for good causes and has raised more than £1.5million for various charities including the Royal British Legion.

“I welcome this latest campaign by their youth association and would encourage everyone who sees them collecting… to give generously.”

About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA)

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) UK is an auxiliary body of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association with a membership of 7,500 young British Muslims. The AMYA’s central headquarters are at the Fazl Mosque, London’s Oldest Mosque, and Morden Mosque, the UK’s largest Mosque. The AMYA also has more than ninety branches situated across the UK.

The AMYA is the UK’s largest and leading Muslim youth organisation and charity. It is committed to the spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development of young Muslims and runs a regular programme of structured activities for the youth with a mix of academic, sporting, social welfare and charitable works which keeps its members engaged.

The purpose of all these activities is to engender the spirit of discipline and service to the wider community irrespective of people’s beliefs, race, or gender. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s motto ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ underpins this ethos.