Eid Mud Run 2018 – Let’s go nuts!

Ready for a challenge? We’re looking for 20 Muslim women to be sponsored to take on The Nuts Challenge on Saturday 1 September to raise funds for Leicester based grass-roots community organisation, Somali Development Services (SDS), inshallah. You don’t have to be super-fit to take part; you just need a good sense of humour and bags of determination.  Continue reading Eid Mud Run 2018 – Let’s go nuts!

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Happy mudders

Now this article might explain why mud runners are such a happy bunch: Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy (Gardening Knowhow)

Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier.

I guess that’s why we’re all for (halal) dirty weekends! 🙂 And why we have something amazing in the pipeline, inshallah.

Saudi Arabia holds first women’s middle distance run

The excitement of the big days reigned in Al Ahsa, as more than 1,500 participants, from all over the kingdom, lined up on the starting line with infectious joy. All were determined to surpass themselves on a course of 3km long.

A few weeks before the announcement of this breathless race, the Saudi authorities, under the reforming influence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had already many of his fellow countrymen speechless by proclaiming open the next international Riyadh marathon for women.

The winner of the first women’s endurance race held on Saudi soil was 28-year-old Mizna Al-Nassar, ecstatic to step onto the podium and filled with pride. This seasoned athlete, who doubles as a talented graphic designer, wanted to dedicate her beautiful victory to her parents whose unwavering support has allowed her.

 “I participated in the 2017 Islamic Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the Women’s Sports Games in Sharjah in 2018,” she said with a broad smile and stars in her eyes.

A Tribute to Yasmin Davies

It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Yasmin Davies, who contributed to this blog on several occasions, has passed away. May Allah grant her the heights of paradise and grant her family ease.

On 12 July 2017, just a few days before her 32nd birthday, Yasmin was told that she had breast cancer. As some of you will recall, Yasmin took part in Tough Mudder in 2016 to raise funds for Cancer Relief, after the death of her mother due to the same disease.

Mashallah, Yasmin was a super woman. Not only was she a wife and mother to 4 young children, she was also a teacher, Scout Leader, Midwife student, loving sister and devoted Muslimah.

Since her diagnosis, her family has supported Yasmin through a traumatising termination and complications which left Yasmin in extreme pain. The last six weeks of her life were spent confined to a hospital bed with the excruciating pain that had left her unable to walk. And yet despite these trials, Yasmin always managed to smile and think of others.

Yasmin was always a strong and brave young woman, with the sincerest of faith and a passion for helping others. In icy February at the start of 2015, Yasmin took part in the exhausting hiking challenge, Endurance80, covering 25 miles in 13 hours, in an effort to raise funds for her scout group.

Mashallah, Yasmin took it upon herself to be the best representation of what a Muslim woman could be, giving herself to her family, community and society at large. This is what Yasmin wrote after she met Bear Grylls, in 2015:

I must admit that his response of astonishment at muslim women being active in scouts and sports was shocking to me, coming from the UK Chief Scout and a celebrity — Bear Grylls, after all, has become known around the world as one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure. However it gave me a huge push to continue to do dawah, especially for Muslim Women in the UK, inshallah.

We were blessed to have known Yasmin and have her as a contributor to our humble blog. May Allah give her an easy journey and shower blessings on her grave. Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return. May Allah grant her family ease and give them strength and patience. Please remember her in your prayers.

No different from the next runner

Nice article on the ParkRun website:

22-year-old university student Namrah Shahid had never run before taking part in Woodhouse Moor parkrun for the first time last April.

By her own admission she was instantly hooked, and Namrah is now working with Leeds University to encourage other female Muslims to take part in physical activity by breaking down some of the barriers that stand in their way.

When it comes down to it, the key difference between being a hijabi runner (wearing a Muslim female head covering) and any other runner is simply the dress code. As a hijabi runner I am no different from the next runner, but yet female Muslims are enormously underrepresented in running events and organised physical activity in general.

Read the article in full here: http://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2017/02/03/no-different-to-the-next-runner/

 

Trial and tribulations

Luton Islamic Centre, located in the heart of Bury Park, is a hive of activity. Daily there are study classes open to men and women. On Saturday nights volunteers from the mosque serve soup to the homeless on Luton’s streets. The prayer hall, meanwhile, regularly overflows with aid supplies, ready to be dispatched to the desperate and destitute in war-torn Syria. And while many other mosques turn women away at the front door, this one welcomes them, inviting them to participate in the religious life of the community. Continue reading Trial and tribulations

San Francisco Mudlims

race_2332_photo_46957744On Saturday 1 October 2016, twelve adventurous Muslims from the San Francisco area took part in the brilliant Muckfest fun run to help raise funds for the MS Society’s. Running as a team calling itself the SF Mudlims, they took on a light-hearted 5K obstacle course.

race_2332_photo_46942181Set up to allow participants to have a good friends, the Muckfest mud run is not super challenging: no suffering or pretence of toughness here.

Proceeds from the event will go towards raising awareness and supporting those living with multiple sclerosis — a cause close to one of team Mudlims’ participants, who has MS herself. An amazing time was had by all involved.