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.

Go Tough Muslimah

#Throwback to last year’s tough Mudder, my last competiton of the year, challenging and fun and a great lot of teamwork! 😊 #nashatame #weekinthelife#modestactivewear @lara_fit_dxb

Spartan women

Looking forward to the first ever Spartan women-only sprint with @spartanarabia on December 16th!  The amazing @efaherman here is geared up in Nashata! Check out our Ultra Top – the perfect top suitable for dry and wet sport! #nashatame #sportingwithNashata#modestactivewear

Tough Mudder Survival Kit for the Muslim woman

In my last post I told you all about my experience taking on Tough Mudder. In this post I want to give you my opinion on the kind of kit I think other Muslim women should wear if they’re thinking of taking on Tough Mudder or a similar mud run event. So here goes…

  • A tight waterproof one piece headscarf
  • A second tight waterproof one piece headscarf that can be tied on to you to change into after water obstacles – the cold water blocks up in your ears under the scarf
  • Expensive quality leggings and t-shirt
  • The lightest weighing trainers you can find
  • A fleece hoody
  • Sports gloves
  • A sports bra
  • Cotton high leg or shortie knickers

 

Ayesha’s Tough Mudder Story

I got down on my knees, closed my eyes and inhaled what only seemed like a life-size tub of Vicks Vapo-Rub. Never in my life had I ever screamed so much profanity as I wriggled my way through the tightest and muddiest of tunnels. I tried so hard to keep my mouth shut and hold my breath, ‘anything’ I thought, to keep the immense amount of menthol vapour that was blasted in my face from winning over me.  And that, was just one of twenty-nine staggering obstacles I overcame during my Tough Mudder experience.

I’m one of those ‘on and off’ types when it comes to hitting the gym. My twenty pounds a month subscription doesn’t often show much return, but I refuse to give it up – I need it to keep me going emotionally. When I’m there, I’m good. I feel strong. I feel empowered.

I was working in Corporate Communications for a company that went on to sponsor Mini Mudder, the kids’ version of Tough Mudder in the Summer of 2015. My colleague managed to secure free tickets (normally up to £90) for a set number of us to take part. When I was initially asked if I wanted volunteer I laughed and said ‘yeah sure’ without even thinking about it. Then came the day that I discovered my name was down on the official list. ‘Crap’, I thought, ‘I’m not fit enough for this!’ But anyone who knows me well enough knows two things about me; I’m always up for a crazy challenge and I love defying the stereotype of a Muslim woman. And I was the only Muslim here, I had to do this for my women. Continue reading Ayesha’s Tough Mudder Story

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