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Keswick, UK
August 19, 2017 @ 8:00

Mercy4Mankind Charity Challenge Keswick

The largest Muslim youth organisation in Britain, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (“AMYA”) held its ‘Mercy for Mankind’ Charity Challenge on Saturday 19th August in Fitz Park, Keswick. The ‘Mercy4Mankind’ Charity Challenge is named after the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) who Muslims believe was sent by God as a ‘Mercy for Mankind’. The event’s tagline, ‘every act of goodness is charity’ is a saying of the Prophet Muhammad who emphasised and encouraged charitable efforts towards all humanity.

Hundreds of members of the organisation, as young as 5, gathered from across the UK to practice the Islamic teachings of serving humanity by raising funds for British charities in the Half Marathon. Their desire? To dispel myths surrounding Islam by promoting its true values of peace.

Over 700 members of AMYA took part in a half marathon run and walk, hoping to raise more than £500,000 for UK charities, including, The Royal British Legion, Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargent, UNICEF, British Red Cross, Cumbria Community Foundation and others.

This year’s event began in Keswick Town Centre in Fitz Park. The participants walked along the River Greta before going on to cross the River Derwent. The walk then went onto a circular loop of Derwentwater, which is one of the many beautiful lakes in the famous Lake District area. As the Youth members walked or ran along the lake they were shadowed by the famous peaks in the area – the Cat Bells and Caste Crag. The participants then reached the halfway point at the Grange where they had the chance to recharge before heading back to Kewswick. [Despite the rain] The participants thoroughly enjoyed the event.

The Overall distance covered approximated to a half marathon in what was truly the most beautiful backdrop the Charity Challenge has ever scene. In fact the area of the lake district has recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The background to this year’s Mercy4Mankind event is rooted in the floods which hit cumbria in 2015 and 16. Hundreds of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth from across the country spent many days and hundreds of man hours assisting in the flood relief effort. Since that year Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth have re-visited the Cumbria area to offer their support and raise money for the Cumbrian Community foundation. Last year Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth cycled over 100 miles in the Ride4Peace effort in the Lake District and also organised a charity hike over 2 days in the area.

This year was the 33rd Charity Challenge, which first began in 1985 under the direction of the Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Since its inception AMYA has raised in excess of £2 million for UK charities. The event is generally hosted in a different location each year, with previous locations including the Tower of London, Hyde Park, Battersea Park, Hampshire and the Yorkshire Dales.

In an era where Muslims are shown to be disregarding such peaceful principles of Islam, AMYA hopes this event will serve a dual purpose of not only helping charitable causes but also reminding Muslims and non-Muslims alike that Islam and its founder stood firmly for peace and unity within humanity. It is these fundamental principles which form the basis for the Charity Challenge and the work of AMYA. The day ended with a Reception for the locals at Crossthwaite Parish Room, Keswick