Climbing mountains is generally a tough task under all conditions, but for an amateur and white fasting, you’d be taking grueling to a whole new level.
This is exactly the case for Tariq Mahmood, a Peterborough man who will be climbing Britain’s highest mountain next month to raise money to build an orphanage in Indonesia.
Known as ‘Ramadan Man’, Madmood will climb Scotland’s Ben Nevis on 23 April this year, which will take him to 1,345 meters above sea-level while fasting.
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“I will complete the climb under the rules of Ramadan and fasting,” Mahmood told Peterborough Today.
“I will have been fasting for 12 or 13 hours before I take on the challenge.
“I’m training for it already because you need to condition your body for these types of challenges.”
This isn’t the first challenge for Mahmood while fasting. In 2019, he became the first person to run a marathon while fasting for Ramadan.
He raised over £50,000 and worked with an Indonesian charity to build 23 homes for families forced to live in shelters in the city of Kendari following the 6.5 magnitude Ambon earthquake in September 2019.
Peterborough is an English cathedral city with a population of 196,640 in 2015. About 56.7% of the city’s residents classified themselves as Christian in the 2011 Census. The city has a higher percentage of Muslims than England as a whole (9.4% compared to 5% nationally).
The majority of Muslims reside in the Millfield, West Town and New England areas of the city, where two large mosques including Faidhan-e-Madina Mosque are based.
The motivation behind Mahmood’s charity campaign is the fact that Muslims dedicate their time during Ramadan to get closer to Allah through prayer, charity, self-restraint, and good deeds.