Amin on Ramadan challenge for local charities

Date published: 22 April 2021


Whilst others bungee jump, run marathons or skydive, British Education Awards organiser Amin Babor Chowdhury is pounding the streets at a more sedate speed to help local charities.

But Oldham-based Amin’s efforts are no less breathless because he is walking a staggering 100 miles over the next three weeks - whilst fasting for the Holy Month of Ramadan.

And the man behind one of the country’s leading academic awards schemes for young people is hoping that we all learn that walking is a sustainable, enjoyable form of exercise that allied to a sensible diet can help anyone trim the fat and improve their spiritual health.

During Ramadan, Muslims are charged to complete charitable acts in order to improve the world around them and gain entry into the next. 

Many Oldhamers raise money for life-changing programmes in South Asia and Africa. But being proud of Oldham and dedicated to helping young people through education, Amin is staying closer to home by aiding Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and the Kingfisher Special School.

“This seemed like the ideal opportunity to help causes close to my heart” admitted Amin.

"And provide powerful proof positive that British asians are committed to the community around them.

"I also wanted to say to anyone that walking is an achievable ask for most of us, that can be enjoyed for generations.

“Fasting when done safely has also become a fashionable way of detoxing and freeing the soul for people of all faiths and none.”

The NHS acknowledges that compared to running or going to the gym, walking is a neglected form of exercise that builds stamina, burns calories, and makes the heart healthier.

Huge support: Pictured are (from left): Montaz Ali Azad, Cllr Shoab Akhtar, Amin Babor Chowdhury, Muhammad Shamim and Cllr Fida Hussain

They recommend incorporating walking into your daily routine and, now that Lockdown is coming to a close, joining a rambling group of similar abilities.

Health chiefs also have tips for those exercising during periods of fasting.

In late April and early May Amin will be traversing roughly the distance between Manchester and Hull.

But the cricket-mad broadcaster and awards organiser is mindful of South African Muslim batsman Hashim Amla – who once scored 300 runs not out in a test match against England during for the Holy Month.

“I actually look at Ramadan not as a time for giving things up but as an opportunity to cleanse both my mind and body,” said Amin.

"It is a glorious time of reflection and focus as well as a time to be with family – which is especially good after such a long period of lockdown.

"Like anyone who has done a long walk, I will finish feeling refreshed and satisfied and hopefully will be a bit fitter and lighter!”

Amin is being backed in his efforts by Lord Wajid Khan, who said: “We all need to support these great causes. Ramadan Mubarak.”

Donate to Amin’s 100 mile challenge here


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