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Unity & Respect for All’ Bike Ride

The West Bowling Activity Group organised a bike ride from Madni Centre, West Bowling to Liverpool. Initially its aim was to raise money for the re-development of our new facilities in the Madni Centre, however in view of recent events in London it was decided to change its purpose to show ‘Unity & Respect for All’. The local Community wanted to show unity, togetherness, understanding and respect for all the people within our UK Community irrespective of colour, creed, faith or gender.

The 2-day bike ride set-off from the Madni Centre, West Bowling, Bradford at 9.30am on Saturday, 29th June 2013. and worked its way through Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Burnley, Accrington and Blackburn on the first day. The Cyclists and Support Team stayed overnight at the Masjid Noor-ul-Islam, Blackburn. The following day the cyclists rode along the Leeds - Liverpool canal until they reached Liverpool.

  • Help from other organisations / businesses:
  • A BD5 schools have given their minibus to be used over the 2-days to provide a support vehicle.
  • Lazibeds Retail shop has provided a boxer van and driver to transport bikes from Lister Park to West Bowling and also to bring Bikes back from Liverpool.
  • Bradford Council Youth Service have provided bikes, accessories and Ride Leaders.
  • Local Businesses / community have donated approx. 10,000 to date

Representation from:

  • Madni Masjid – Committee members.
  • Jimmy Hinton – Vicar, St. Stephen’s Church, Bradford.
  • David Ward – MP.
  • Councillor Sher Khan and ex-Council Leader Ian Greenwood.
  • PC Chris Green - West Yorkshire Police.
  • Local Businesses have donated such as Pakeezah 1000.

Quotes from participants

David Ward, MP - “I am delighted to be able to take part in this initiative which is helping to bring communities together. I would urge everyone to sponsor the cyclists so that the Madni Centre can help provide even more facilities for the local community.”

Maulana Mohammed Ibrahim – Imaam of Madni Masjid - ”We have very good relationships within our Communities, Cities and the Country. Islam teaches us to live peaceful and to be helpful, respectful to others respective of the colour, greed or faith. We don’t want a very small number of people spoiling this for the vast majority of people who like together in harmony. I think this is an excellent idea to raise awareness that different people are living, working and playing together in this great country”

Jimmy Hinton – Vicar at St. Stephen’s Church - “as a Christian I fully support this 'ride of peace' which together we are undertaking for the sake of the wider community and for Bradford. We want to show that we can not only live peacefully alongside one another but also thrive as we do so and work together for a better, more hopeful world for all"

PC Chris Green – Community Officer, West Yorkshire Police -  "I have been working closely with Madni Mosque for the benefit of the community for more than 10 years and the bike ride and the funding of the new centre is a fantastic opportunity to continue that good work"

Rifaqat Ali – Secretary of the West Bowling Islamic Society and Project Co-ordinator  -  “We are all looking forward to this bike ride to show people that we are living in harmony in this country and that we will continue to do so in the future. The vast majority of the people want to live together in a peaceful environment, have respect for others and help each other. We hope to show this with our bike ride.”

Photo 1: MP David Ward and Vicar Jimmy Hinton in discussions.

Photo 2: Team Leader, Nazaket Ali, gives the team a pep talk and lays down safety rules.

Photo 3: Team line up prior to start with representation from West Bowling Actvity Group, Madni Masjid, St. Stephen's Church, MP, Police, Skyride and the Bradford Council

Photo 4: Team is ready to start including the support vehicle.

Photo 5: Rides set-off with Harris Nabil Khokar and MP David Ward at the front.

Photo 6: MP David Ward departs at Odsal, with ride co-ordinator Rifaqat Ali and local PC

Photo 7: Cyclists Yousuf Darr and Vicar Jimmy Hinton in Halifax

Photo 8: Cyclists prepare to leave the road to join canal pathway

Photo 9: Cyclists Rifaqat, Sohail and Sa'ad along the Leeds -Liverpool canal.

Photo 10: Cyclist taken a well earned rest in Mythholmroyd.

Photo 11: Cycling tops show the name of great friend, the late Abid Ali.

Photo 12: The team arrives safely to the Mosque in Todmorden, ready for food and prayers.

Photo 13: Support team of Shazzad, Taj and Faisal provide drinks to Rifaqat and Yousuf up in the Pennines.

Photo 14: 8.00am on Day 2 - Team reluctantly make an early start - lots of sore limbs.

Photo 15: Sa'ad leading the way up yet another climb.

Photo 16: Half-way mark on the 2nd day, break-time in Wigan.

Photo 17: Cyclists arrive safely in Liverpool together with the support team.