Ahmadiyya Muslims pledge up to £365,000 for charity in Newham walk

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 29 April 2016

Ahmadiyya Muslim Association members say they want to serve humanity with their Charity Walk for Peace in Newham Picture: Naseem Hayat Photography

Ahmadiyya Muslim Association members say they want to serve humanity with their Charity Walk for Peace in Newham Picture: Naseem Hayat Photography

Naseem Hayat

A persecuted minority Muslim group has pledged up to £365,000 in match-funding for participants in their five-mile Charity Walk for Peace.

Ahmadiyya Muslims, regarded non-Muslims by Pakistan, hope to overcome hatred they face across the world by funding good causes in East London with money donated by Ahmadis across the UK.

Speaking at the walk’s launch dinner, which 85 charity representatives and Stephen Timms MP attended, Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association president Dr Ijaz Ur Rehman said the scheme was part of his community’s mission to serve humanity.

“Our motto is ‘love for all, hatred for none’,” he said. “We do our level best to ensure that money we raise is forwarded on to those charities that look after the most deserving people in the world.

“Together with the support of the charities we can truly achieve our noble objectives of serving humanity.”

The launch dinner, which was held at Empire Venue in Barking Road on Friday last week, was attended by about 200 people keen to pledge support for the circular walk, which began at 1000 Dockside today at 10am.

The annual walk, which is in its 28th year, invites people to raise money for a charity, with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association aiming to match what walkers raise.

Charities involved this year include Beckton’s Richard House Children’s Hospice and East London charity Saint Francis Hospice.

Basharat Ahmad, leader of the Newham Ahmadis, said about 2,000 walkers are expected, with this year’s fundraising target set at £500,000.

“We’ve hosted this walk up and down the UK but this is our first year in Newham,” he said. “We want to show the community we’re doing work for good causes and not just religion.

“In these difficult times Muslims are being told they aren’t peaceful, we want to establish peaceful teachings and convey them to the wider community.”

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