Thousands run around Battersea Park to fight against negative stereotypes of Muslims

Wandsworth Guardian: And they're off! And they're off!

Thousands descended on Battersea Park to fight against negative stereotypes of Muslims and raise money for charity.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) held a 10k run on Sunday to raise more than £300,000 for twelve UK charities, including Save the Children, NSPCC and Barnardos.

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Battersea MP Jane Ellison (left) spoke at the event 

More than 2,000 people formed what is thought to be the UK’s largest Muslim-organised charity event called Mercy 4 Mankind.

Lutfur Rehman, an AMYA youth leader, said: "Like the whole of the country, we have been particularly horrified by the practice of female genital mutilation and cases of grooming here in the UK.

"As British Muslims, these crimes are all the more painful due to the twisted misreading of Islam that has led a minority Muslims to use Islam to wrongly justify these acts.

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Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon speaking before the race

''We believe that raising money for charity and helping others is the very best way for us to symbolically state that these crimes are not in Islam’s name and to also help those harmed by these acts of cruelty.''

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Even those with little legs were helped around the park

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On your marks, get set...

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Thousands took part in the race

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Former English footballer Peter Shilton speaking before the race

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12:58pm Wed 7 May 14

alroutemaster says...

They'd get a lot more respect from me if they gave some money to animal charities, and stopped inhumane slaughter for halal meat......
They'd get a lot more respect from me if they gave some money to animal charities, and stopped inhumane slaughter for halal meat...... alroutemaster
  • Score: -2

7:36pm Wed 7 May 14

PenfoldHart says...

alroutemaster wrote:
They'd get a lot more respect from me if they gave some money to animal charities, and stopped inhumane slaughter for halal meat......
The criteria used for halal slaughter are set out specifically for humane reasons. Animals must be in good health and raised in an environment that fits their natural behaviour. (Hello animal rights) unfortunately this part is totally neglected with the majority of 'halal' poultry. But the rest, animals must not see each other get slaughtered and everything must be done to make sure they do not suffer undue stress or fear. The slaughter is by way of an extremely sharp blade cutting carotid/jugular ateries. This method is used by many smallholder type farms with either Christian or no religious backgrounds too, because it is very humane. The blood pumps out fast and the animal loses consciousness before any pain kicks in, a bit like getting a paper cut. There is obviously some trauma in all industrialised meat processing in particular. But a method that requires manual hand slaughter and a blessing over each animal sounds a lot better to me than an animal getting electrocuted and then pushed into a mechanised system. Things could be a lot better in both conventional and halal commercial slaughter practice, but the latter is certainly not worse.

Back to the article, the glaring problem I see is that this run was to supposedly fight negative stereotypes of Muslims. But tell me something, where are all the Women & Girls?
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: They'd get a lot more respect from me if they gave some money to animal charities, and stopped inhumane slaughter for halal meat......[/p][/quote]The criteria used for halal slaughter are set out specifically for humane reasons. Animals must be in good health and raised in an environment that fits their natural behaviour. (Hello animal rights) unfortunately this part is totally neglected with the majority of 'halal' poultry. But the rest, animals must not see each other get slaughtered and everything must be done to make sure they do not suffer undue stress or fear. The slaughter is by way of an extremely sharp blade cutting carotid/jugular ateries. This method is used by many smallholder type farms with either Christian or no religious backgrounds too, because it is very humane. The blood pumps out fast and the animal loses consciousness before any pain kicks in, a bit like getting a paper cut. There is obviously some trauma in all industrialised meat processing in particular. But a method that requires manual hand slaughter and a blessing over each animal sounds a lot better to me than an animal getting electrocuted and then pushed into a mechanised system. Things could be a lot better in both conventional and halal commercial slaughter practice, but the latter is certainly not worse. Back to the article, the glaring problem I see is that this run was to supposedly fight negative stereotypes of Muslims. But tell me something, where are all the Women & Girls? PenfoldHart
  • Score: 5

2:24pm Fri 9 May 14

nominator says...

as far as women and girls are concerned, I would like to remind you that in Islam we don't hold joint events where both genders are mixed, for obvious reasons. The Ahmadiyya Muslim has an independent women's event and they have their own charity events such as cake selling etc. They also feel more comfortable when they can pursue their own girls, and they have complete freedom in doing so.
as far as women and girls are concerned, I would like to remind you that in Islam we don't hold joint events where both genders are mixed, for obvious reasons. The Ahmadiyya Muslim has an independent women's event and they have their own charity events such as cake selling etc. They also feel more comfortable when they can pursue their own girls, and they have complete freedom in doing so. nominator
  • Score: 2

12:20pm Sat 10 May 14

buggsie says...

No mention of teaching them birth control - we are overpopulated and these heavy breeders don't help matters - maybe we should cut child benefits completely.
No mention of teaching them birth control - we are overpopulated and these heavy breeders don't help matters - maybe we should cut child benefits completely. buggsie
  • Score: -2

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