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PRESS RELEASE: Ottawa Muslim cleric to make trek from nation's capital Quebec City promoting healthy living

August 18, 2014 (Ottawa): On Friday September 5th, 2014, Ottawa Imam Mohamad Jebara, PhD will deliver his weekly sermon after which he will shed his clerical garb revealing his cycling garments underneath. He will then hop on his bicycle and begin his 501km journey of biking towards Quebec City.

Speaking of his decision to make this trek, Imam Jebara states, "I have suffered from chronic back-pain for the past nine years, but despite my pain, and despite the fact that I am not an athlete, I will make this journey to teach people that one can, with effort and perseverance, overcome obstacles in their lives, especially, to help others."

The Imam intends to complete his journey on Friday September 12th, 2014, in time to deliver the Friday sermon in Quebec City where he will once again don his clerical garb. 

He states his underlying purpose for making the trip in the following words, "In an age of automation and technology, many people, in Canada are unconsciously making unhealthy choices and few exercise on a daily basis. The human body is a great wonder of creation, it can self-repair, but needs to be provided with the ability to do so; through healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Therefore, this journey will hopefully grab people's attention and inspire them to make healthy life choices, to avoid heart disease, among others." 

"The focus of my trek will be about raising awareness about heart health, and raising funds for heart and stroke research," he said.

The Imam stated that he is quite passionate about the sanctity of life and that he wants this journey to highlight the importance of keeping healthy, and giving of one's self, to donate blood, give from one's time and wealth, to help others and make a positive difference in this world.

He hopes the Cycling Cleric project will serve as a stepping stone in helping to improve the quality of Canadians’ lives through health promotion and life-saving research

The Project is so far supported by the following groups and individuals: Bushtukah, The United States Embassy, ​Trillium Gift of Life, Carleton University, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, GPS 2 GO, His Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Ottawa, Cantor Daniel Benlolo, Rabbi Steven Garten, and Imam Mumtaz Ali. He is also awaiting to hear confirmation of sponsorship from other organizations and anticipates a positive response.​

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Imam Jebara was raised in Ottawa, and is the Chief Imam and Resident Scholar at the Cordova Spiritual Education Center:

For those who would like to see him off, please attend Friday prayers beginning at 1:00PM at 877 Shefford Road, Ottawa onFriday September 5th, 2014,

For more information or to sponsor Imam Jebara, please contact: or call 1-855-567-3223

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