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Baraka Khan

Baraka's walk for Cambridge Eco-Mosque

Fundraising for Cambridge Mosque

35 %
raised of £1,000,000 target
by 499 supporters

Cambridge Mosque

To build Europe's 1st eco-friendly & 1st purpose within the the historic & significant city of Cambridge, UK. Its mandate is to meet the needs of the Muslim community in the UK and beyond by facilitating good practice in faith, community development, social cohesion and interfaith dialogue.

Charity Registration No. 1065784


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I was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in September last year, less than a month after I turned twenty-two. It has made me think about what I will leave behind – and what good I will send ahead.

When my health is at its worst my universe shrinks, so I am always grateful when it expands again and I can take an interest in others. Shortly after my diagnosis my dad suggested I walk to raise money for charity. After three rounds of chemo and several months off treatment, my health is worsening and I will soon need more treatment. It feels like the right moment for this long-planned walk!

I love walking, although my experience of it has changed. An oxygen device sometimes helps me to walk further than I otherwise could. I have a very stylish walking stick (named Gerald) who occasionally gets outings. I remember surprising my doctor with my first independent walk down a hospital corridor.

I always found it difficult choosing between charities so am planning three walks in places of special significance for three dear causes (watch this space!).

I hope to retrace a route that I often took to clear my head during my university days – from my former college to the banks of the River Cam, which I once rowed on. There is something in us that finds peace in the sight and sound of water lapping, perhaps a distant memory of that first garden and a yearning for the ones to come.

I often had to pray on-the-go during our packed terms. Occasionally I would lay my prayer mat down upon soft grass in parks (weather-permitting), otherwise between rarely-used book stacks in libraries, pausing to try to remember the bigger picture. I used more established places of worship when I could too – the student prayer room, a church hall that opened its doors to us on Fridays, and the mosque.

I would sometimes walk there from my college at dusk to catch one of the congregational prayers. During exam term it was a favourite break. It is a small, unassuming building but one that many frequent daily. There, as in other pockets of Cambridge, town meets gown and I was reminded of life beyond, as well as above, academia.

The Muslim community in Cambridge nurtured my faith, quenching both my intellectual and spiritual thirst. They have long-outgrown the small mosque I sometimes prayed in. I look forward to the day when this beautifully designed eco-mosque opens as a hub for people of all faiths.

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