Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) scaled the UK’s highest three mountains to raise money for charity and to promote peace.
The 30 young volunteers pushed themselves to the limit by climbing the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevs), England (Scaffel Pike) and Wales (Snowden) over two days. They were able to raise more than £7,500 for the British Red Cross.
The group of British Muslims also view the hike as a symbolic opportunity to promote peace, and to dismiss false stereotypes levelled against Muslims in the UK. With the emergence of anti-Islam groups such as the EDL and Britain First, the hikers are keen to highlight the positive contribution being made by British Muslims.
Dr Aziz Hafiz, the leader of the three peak challenge, said:
”We do allot of work with the British Red Cross and were honoured to raising money for such a fantastic charity. We climbed to the top of both mountains in good time, but with only a short distance to go before reaching to summit of Mount Snowden we were forced to turn back due to adverse weather conditions.’
”At each mountain we offered a prayer of peace and prayed for Great Britain and our fellow Brits. 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 has raised money for charity through a charity hike. The last two hikes saw volunteers raise more than £50,000 for Macmillans Cancer support by trekking across Mont Blanc in the French Alps. 1,500 members of the AMYA this month raised £300,000 for various UK charities through a 10k run, and 25 cyclists are this weekend aiming to raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation and Humanity First through a 600 mile cycle from Glasgow to London.
The hikers can be sponsored by visiting their Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/MKA3peaks2014