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Mansi Khandelwal

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This Muslim Woman Ran Her 3rd Marathon To Collect Funds For Syrian Refugees

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  •  April 20, 2017


In her urge to help the Syrian refugees seeking shelter in U.S., Rahaf Khatib has been training and collecting funds by running marathons for the last few months.

The runner, who was the first Muslim woman to wear a headscarf on the cover of an American health and fitness magazine, recently ran her 7th marathon after completing the Boston Marathon.

According to sources, Khatib completed the race in about 5 hours and 13 minutes.

This marathon was not only her personal win but a victory for Syrian refugees too.


Khatib, who herself comes from a family of Syrian immigrants, used the marathon opportunity to help refugees who have resettled in her home state of Michigan. Through her race, Khatib managed to raise $16,000 for the Syrian American Rescue Network, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization that helps refugees find a home and peacefully live in America.

Before the race, Khatib shared on her instagram handle, “tossing and turning all night” before the race. She also wrote, “God brought me here for a reason.”

“I’m honored and thrilled and know this will be an incredible experience inshallah [God willing].”


Having completed Berlin, Chicago, and Boston marathon, the runner is halfway through achieving her ultimate goal of Monday’s race put her halfway toward achieving her ultimate goal of competing in all six of the world’s largest and most renowned marathons.

Khatib started running five years ago and since then has been inspiring Muslim women to recognize and exercise their freedom.

In an interview with The Huffington Post earlier this year, Khatib said  Boston Marathon was an invitation from the almighty.“I want to make an impact on the Ummah [the worldwide Muslim community], no matter how small, it’s my way of giving back to society and humanity,” she said.

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