Young Muslims from around the country travelled across to London’s Battersea Park to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for several UK charities. Volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), with the youngest participant being 7 years old, have taken part in a 10k run and walk.

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Leading up to the event, volunteers arranged a number of local fund raising initiatives in schools, football stadiums and supermarkets to raise money for great causes such as Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargent, UNICEF, The Silver Line, The Royal British Legion, Macmillan Cancer Support, British Heart Foundation, LLR, RNIB, and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability.

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Volunteers were joined by Peter Shilton, former England international goalkeeper, Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, Jane Ellison MP, local MP for Battersea and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

Peter Shilton OBE, patron of the Rainbows Charity, commented: “It’s a genuine privilege to be involved in this event that raises money for some fantastic charities and presents young Muslims in a positive light. The AMYA does some fantastic work in communities and really brings people together.”

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Justine Greening MP commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its charitable work in the UK including the massive flood relief efforts as well as its charitable work internationally.

While speaking to the participants, Mirza Waqas Ahmad, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK said:
”The purpose [of the AMYA] is service to humanity. The charity challenge is an extension of this objective. The title of this event has been chosen as ‘Mercy for Mankind’ based on the same title given to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him). This was due to his unparalleled love for mankind, utter devotion to serving humanity and his teachings to his followers to show love and compassion to all of God’s creation… We try to follow his true teachings.”

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, or to donate, visit: http://www.mercy4mankind.org/.
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For media enquiries please contact the AMYA press office:
Tel: 07742 642 731
Email: press@khuddam.org.uk
Twitter: @amya_press
Website: http://www.mercy4mankind.org/

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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.”

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.”

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.