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Five members of the Ahmadi Cycling Club woke up early on the first day of 2014 to celebrate the new year.
These cyclists rode to Fazl Mosque in early early hours of the morning to remember and thank Allah for His bounties in the year gone passed, seek forgiveness and to seek blessings of Allah for the new year.
Therefore remember Me, and I will remember you; and be thankful to Me and do not be ungrateful to Me (Holy Qur’an 2:153)
…those who seek forgiveness in the latter part of the night (Holy Qur’an 3:18)
After Tahajjud and Fajr prayer these cyclists braved a very cold morning and light rain to cycle to the top of the iconic Box Hill in Surrey – a total distance of 40 miles.
Travel in the earth, and see how He originated the creation (Holy Qur’an 29:21)
Five cyclists started from Fazl Mosque after Fajr prayer. The group had their first casualty when one cyclist started having knee pain while going up the dreaded Church Road climb and had to retire.
The remaining four cyclists cycled to the foot of Box Hill and powered up the 1.5 mile climb. The weather then took the turn for the worst and 15 mph wind was in the face. It was really hard going up the 5-7 percent climb but the Khuddam riders were rearing to reach the top. One cyclist was dropped while the three remaining had a sprint finish between them. Hammad Khan won by a bike’s length from Tauseef Khan with Arslan Bhatti and Ali Khan not far behind.
After a few photos at the scenic but windy top of Box Hill, the Ahmadi cyclists started their ride back, a thoroughly enjoyable 13 miles downhill towards their homes for a well deserved breakfast and rest.
ACC Ride date: 1st January 2014
Distance: 40 miles
This event is scheduled for Wednesday 1st of January 2014 (Subscribe to ACC Ride Calendar).
Insha’Allah we shall be celebrating the new year by offering Tahajjud and Fajr at Fazl Mosque.
Tahajjud time is 5.30 and Fajr is 6.45 am. We shall leave for a Box Hill ride at 7 am Insha’Allah and breakfast will be at top of Box Hill.
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AMA UK Presents
Centenary Ride for Peace
Sunday 1st June to Saturday 7th June 2014
In these past 100 years this passionate and magnetic community has gone from strength to strength with over 30 mosques and mission houses now established in the UK and more than 40 thousand members who preach loyalty, peace, tolerance, and respect.
Similar to the iconic 1989 Bradford to London Cycle Ride, this Centenary Bicycle Ride for Peace would form part of the Centenary Celebrations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK. The ride will be held from Sunday 1st June 2014 to Saturday 7th June 2014.
The cyclists will start their journey from Baitur Rahman, the northerly-situated Mosque in the City of Glasgow, and will cycle seven days to reach the largest mosque in the Western Europe, the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London. This will constitute a total journey of 601 miles.
Along the way the cyclists will visit 10 iconic mosques of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community while offering thanks to the Almighty for the remarkable progress of this peaceful community.
1. Baitul Rehman Mosque, 8 Haugh Road, Glasgow, G3 8TR (Starting point)
2. Nasir Mosque, Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, TS24 8EY
3. Al-Mahdi Mosque, Rees Way, Bradford, BD3 0DZ
4. Baitul Hamd Mosque, Bradford, 393 Leeds Road, Bradford, BD3 9LY
5. Baitul Afiyat Mosque, 60 Sussex Street, Sheffield S4 7YY
6. Darul Amaan Mosque, 15 Greenheys Lane, Hulme, Manchester, M15 6NQ
7. Darul Barakaat Mosque, 85 Tilton Road, Bordesley, Birmingham, B9 4PP
8. Baitul Wahid Mosque, Rayleigh Way, Hanworth Park, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 6XJ
9. The London Mosque (Fazl Mosque), 16 Gressenhall Road, Southfields, London, SW18 5QL
10. Baitul Futuh Mosque, 181 London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5PT (Destination)
Hundreds of Ahmadi Muslim cyclists will ride the route in their regions. More than two dozen from the Ahmadi Cycling Club and the Metropolitan Police Department will ride the whole route of 601 miles.
The AMA regions will host the cyclists, provide overnight stay at their iconic Mosques.
Each day the ride will typically start after Fajr prayers and breakfast. The cyclists will ride for an average of 100 miles and finish ride at the next mosque in the evening. There will be a support vehicle for the cyclists at all times with bike repair facility, refreshments, and carrying additional bikes.
The money raised from this ride will go towards Humanity First and the British Heart Foundation.
This Ride for Peace will be advertised widely in the press and media while riders will showcase the progress of this community and its core values of loyalty, respect, tolerance and peace that resonate strongly with fundamental principles that represents Great Britain.
Day 0 | Saturday 31st May 2013
￼Cyclists arrive at Bait-ur-Rahman Mosque, Glasgow.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Mosque.
Day 1 | Sunday 1st June 2014
From: Baitul Rehman Mosque, 8 Haugh Road, Glasgow, G3 8TR
To: Hotel at Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
Distance: 92 miles distance | 5899 feet climbing | Route Map Link
Ride time: 9 hours at rate of 10 mph (taking into account short breaks)
Day 2 | Monday 2nd June 2014
￼From: Hotel at Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
To: Nasir Mosque, Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, TS24 8EY
Distance: 90 miles | 5219 feet | Route Map Link
Ride time: 9 hours at rate of 10 mph
Day 3 | Tuesday 3rd June 2014
From: Nasir Mosque, Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, TS24 8EY
To: Al-Mahdi Mosque, Rees Way, Bradford, BD3 0DZ
Distance: 87 miles | 5841 feet | Route Map Link
Ride time: 9 hours at rate of 10 mph
Day 4 | Wednesday 4th June 2014
￼From: Al-Mahdi Mosque, Rees Way, Bradford, BD3 0DZ
Via Baitul Hamd Mosque, Bradford, 393 Leeds Road, Bradford, BD3 9LY
Via: Baitul Afiyat Mosque, 60 Sussex Street Sheffield, S4 7YY (Lunch)
To: Darul Amaan Mosque, 15 Greenheys Lane, Hulme, Manchester, M15 6NQ
Distance: 97 miles | 9058 feet | Route Map Link
Ride time: 10 hours
Day 5 | Thursday 5th June 2014
￼From: Darul Amaan Mosque15 Greenheys Lane, Hulme, Manchester, M15 6NQ
To: Darul Barakaat Mosque, 85 Tilton Road, Bordesley, Birmingham, B9 4PP
Distance: 100 miles | 7414 feet | Route Map Link
Ride time: 10 hours
Day 6 | Friday 6th June 2014
From: Darul Barakaat Mosque, 85 Tilton Road, Bordesley, Birmingham, B9 4PP
To: Baitul Wahid, Rayleigh Way, Hanworth Park, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 6XJ
Distance: 123 miles | 5696 feet | Route Map Link
Time: 12 hours
Day 7 Final | Saturday 7th June 2014
From: Baitul Wahid Mosque, Rayleigh Way, Hanworth Park, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 6XJ (Via Richmond Park)
Via: The London Mosque, 16 Gressenhall Road, London SW18 5QL
To: BaitulFutuh Mosque, 181 London Road, Morden,
Surrey, SM4 5PT (Final Destination)
Distance: 23 miles | 1025 feet | Route Map Link
Ride time: 3 hours
All Ahmadi Muslims with a cycle in the nearby regions will be encouraged to cycle this last leg of the journey
Total distance: 601 miles over 7 days | Total climbing: 39,648 feet (more than Mount Everest which is 29,029 ft in height)
Ride for Peace Detailed Plan and Logistics
1. Gold Riders
Those who ride the whole 601 miles from start to finish while cycling for 7 days. It is anticipated that a total of 25-30 cyclists will ride the full route. Ahmadi Cycling Club (ACC) will provide 12-20 cyclists and the 11 riders are joining from the Metropolitan Police Department.
2. Silver Riders
Those who complete one leg of the journey i.e. completing one full day of the ride or complete most of the journey. It is anticipated that regional star cyclists will join to complete ride from their local Mosque to the Mosque in the next city. Typical distance is 50-100 miles.
Local and regional Ahmadi cyclists will join the main group arriving at or when leaving the Mosques. There is no restriction on this number and all will be encouraged to come out on their bikes. The regional riders will be riding 10 miles with the main group or will be encouraged to ride the whole day route.
3. Bronze Riders
Those who ride 10 miles with the main peloton in the regions. Young Khuddam and Atfal will mainly be part of Bronze category. Typical distance would be 10-30 miles.
All Ansar, Khuddam, and Atfal in the whole of United Kingdom will be invited to register for the cycle ride. They can opt to register for the categories defined above.
Rider Training Rides
Ride for Peace training sessions for all categories of riders will start Insha’Allah in late January 2014. More details to follow.
The Ahmadi cyclists will all wear Ride for Peace Cycling Jerseys. The Jerseys will have clearly show Ride for Peace, sponsorship logo, charity logo, Love for All logo etc.
The cyclists will mainly ride on cycle friendly roads and shall avoid highways, motorways and any dangerous roads. The exact route has been drawn using Strava Route Planner (links given above) and shared with the Metropolitan Police Riders.
Problem with bike:
Support vehicle will have space to pick up the affected bike. Simple repairs like puncture repair will be made on side of the road. If the bike needs substantial repairs it will be put in the support vehicle to be re-assessed at the next stop.
Any injury to rider:
Minor: Riding team will have two doctors (Dr Hammad Khan and Dr Daud Chou) who will carry first aid supplies on their bike.
Major: Support vehicle will have extra first aid supplies and if needed Ambulance will be called.
A large van that can accommodate cyclists refreshments, lunch, drinks, prayer mats, suitcases, extra bikes, bicycle accessories, repair kit and first aid kit.
Driver: Two Volunteers
Overnight stay will be at mosques at the end of each day. The stay after the first day ride will be at a hotel in Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, midway between Glasgow and Hartlepool as there is no mosque nearby.
Food at Stops and during the ride
Food will be provided by AMA regions. A special menu will be provided by the ACC.
Food provided at Mosques: Breakfast, and Dinner.
Food carried by support vehicle: Lunch, snacks and refreshments (energy drinks, bars, water, fruit).
Refreshments are in addition to the three regular meals as cyclists will burn approximately 5000 extra calories per day and will need to refuel while riding.
This cycle ride will raise the profile of local and regional AMA regions as the event will be advertised widely in local and national media. The regions can invite local dignitaries to receive the cyclists at the end of their journey. Local Khuddam and Ansar will raise money for Ride for Peace.
Metropolitan Police Department will invite their counter-parts to join when the cyclists arrive at various regions.
Public liability would be covered by the AMA UK insurance.
Ahmadiyya Muslims Association will advertise this Ride for Peace widely in local, regional and national press.
Muslim Television Ahmadiyya will make a documentary on the cycle ride. Additionally the cyclists will carry an HD action camera to record the ride of the day for the documentary.
A website will be launched to advertise this ride e.g. http://www.rideforpeace.org.uk
Discussions are ongoing to obtain corporate sponsors to pay for T-shirts, supplies, energy gels etc.
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