The 5th of September 2015 saw the largest annual Tour De Salah cycle event yet, with close to a hundred people cycling across the capital raising money for different charities including MADE. It was a day that MADE a difference!
Starting from Fajr and the registration process at the East London Mosque the cyclists were split into groups based on ability. Bike checks were made from our expert team and each team set off with their ride leaders. After arriving for lunch at Kingston Mosque participants listened to a series of talks by the Executive Director for MADE, Sarah Javaid and from the charity sponsors who talked about their work – a huge thanks to Penny Appeal, Human Appeal and Islamic Relief. We were honoured to have cycling with us Shaykh Sham ad Duha from Ebrahim College (in the expert team) who also gave a great reminder over lunch about the importance of activism. The cyclists were on a spiritual boost, refuelled with energy to start to head to their next stop for Asr – Regents Park Mosque. A quick pit stop, some snacks and we were off to the next one to make it in time for Maghrib prayer. The route to Palmers Green was the toughest part with the highest inclines for our cyclists. But they were all up for this challenge!
At Palmers Green we were greeted on arrival by the chair and snacks, with a reminder from the Shaykh of the mosque where the participants were able to also ask him questions. The Shaykh was joined by key dignitaries, including Lord Sheikh from the House of Lords and ambassadors from the Middle East and Africa. that gave us small reminders and their feedback on how impressed they were with the annual Tour De Salah. After praying Maghrib, we had the pleasure of listening to a talk from one of the founding members of MADE, Saif Ahmed. The cyclists then turned on their bike lights and were off! It was an amazing spiritual feeling seeing them all cycle off back to East London.
The teams arrived safely and were full of energy. Isha prayer was accompanied by the feeling of completion and new-made friends. The levels of brotherhood and sisterhood were amazing to see. The Head of Marketing and Fundraising for MADE, Usman Ali, alongside Irfan Akram from IBE (Ibn Battuta Expeditions) finished off with thank you messages to everyone including the mosques, cyclists, participants and organisers. And rightly so! We were grateful for how smoothly the bike ride went. 1 Day. 5 Prayers. 5 Mosques. A physical and spiritual boost that I am sure all will remember.
A great day, with so many memories. We looking forward to building on this for the annual Tour De Salah 2016!