The hikers were attacked as not ‘proper walkers’ and were accused of damaging the Peak District route they were walking on

The founder of a Muslim hiking group has said they have received an “overwhelming response in terms of solidarity from the wider community” after racist comments were made on Facebook.

One hiker, who shared photos of the group on a Christmas Day walk, said that they had seen a comment “comparing the walkers to the Serengeti wildebeest migration”.

Haroon Mota addressing a group of hikers taking part in Christmas Day walk that received racist comments on Facebook and accusations of damaging the area and not being “proper walkers”.

Muslim Hikers

Muslim Hikers, founded by Haroon Mota, led a group of more than 100 people on the Christmas Day hike in the Peak District in Derbyshire.

Mr Mota, 36, from Coventry, said his group had chosen 25 December as the area would be quieter than usual.

However, after hikers shared photos of the trip on Facebook, they were accused of damaging the area and not being “proper walkers”, while Mr Mota said they were met with racist replies also.

“There were some very racist comments being made,” he told the PA news agency.

“These type of comments, racist comments, only make it more problematic for those from our community who feel less empowered to get outside.

“For people who might be joining for the first time, they might think ‘oh wow, is this what people actually think?’

“One of the reasons why we set up Muslim Hikers was so that we could stand together and for greater diversity and inclusion.

Muslim Hikers of hikers taking part in Christmas Day walk that received racist comments on Facebook and accusations of damaging the area and not being “proper walkers”.

Muslim Hikers

“We’ve been working extremely hard to create a culture of confidence in the outdoors.”

Salma Mehboob, 43, from Manchester, went on the hike – afterwards she shared her photos of the event to the Facebook group Derbyshire and Peak District Walks, a public group which has more than 90,000 members.

Ms Mehboob, a psychology tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University, said “the sense of entitlement” …….

Source: https://www.gbnews.uk/news/muslim-hiking-group-compared-to-serengeti-wildebeest-migration-on-christmas-day-receive-overwhelming-support-from-community/194061

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