An accountant attempting to complete 100 press-ups every day while fasting for Ramadan has said it is the “least he can do” to pay his respects to his late “charitable” father.
Asif Saleem, a chartered accountant from Newcastle, aims to complete the gruelling challenge to raise funds to build a well in Kenya – the country where his father Mohammed Saleem, who died from a brain haemorrhage in October 2021, was from.
The 36-year-old told the PA news agency he was “humbled” by stories of his “charitable father”, which inspired him to take on the challenge.
“I’ve been humbled with stories of how he helped people in the community both personally and financially.
“He was a charitable guy, so I think that’s part of my inspiration to do the fundraiser.”
Mr Saleem set up a GoFundMe page, which has raised close to £800 out of the £1,000 target so far.
Speaking during Ramadan – which takes place from March 22 and ends on April 21 this year and involves Muslims fasting from pre-dawn to dusk – Mr Saleem said that taking on the challenge during the holy month makes it even more poignant.
“Particularly something that gives perpetuity or something that’s ongoing, so the benefit would be that we’re continuously providing (blessings) for my dad.
“Any good deeds or charity that a son or daughter gives will create blessings that go towards the departed.
“It gives them a better opportunity to go to Jannah – (the Islamic) equivalent to heaven, if you like.
“It’s challenging, but thinking about the reason I’m doing it, I do feel like I get that spark of inspiration to keep going.”
He added that seeing people making donations has also been touching.
“I’m massively grateful to everyone that’s donated and I’m humbled too,” the 36-year-old said.
“It spurs me to keep on going and do as much as I can. It’s really touching.”
The challenge is something that Mr Saleem believes is “the least I can do for my father”, who played an “important part in my life and gave so much to me”.
“Family is hugely important. Just spend as much time as you can with loved ones, because you never know what’s around the corner.”
More information about the fundraiser can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-mohammed-saleem-ramadan-pressups