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 /
A BD5 schools have given their minibus
to be used over the 2-days to provide a
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
Local Businesses / community have
donated approx. £10,000 to date
Madni Masjid – Committee members.
Jimmy Hinton – Vicar, St. Stephen’s
David Ward – MP.
Councillor Sher Khan and ex-Council
Leader Ian Greenwood.
PC Chris Green - West Yorkshire Police.
Local Businesses have donated such as
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
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
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
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
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
Cyclists Yousuf Darr and Vicar Jimmy Hinton
Cyclists prepare to leave the road to join
Cyclists Rifaqat, Sohail and Sa'ad along the
Leeds -Liverpool canal.
Cyclist taken a well earned rest in
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.
Support team of Shazzad, Taj and Faisal
provide drinks to Rifaqat and Yousuf up in
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.
Half-way mark on the 2nd day, break-time in
Cyclists arrive safely in Liverpool together
with the support team.