IT WAS New Year, cleaner me for one Bradford youth group this January 1.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) Bradford spent the first day of 2019 giving the city a fresh look by cleaning its streets.
Members, some as young as seven-years-old, offered morning prayers at their mosque on Rees Way before donning hi-vis jackets to pick up litter in the city centre.
The clean-up is part of a wider winter campaign, run by AMYA nationally, which has seen youngsters plant thousands of trees, feed the homeless and visit poorly children in hospital.
Qasim Amini, Regional Co-ordinator for AMYA North East said: “We’ve been doing the New Year’s clean-up for many years now, and each year we see more and more members coming to help.
He added: “Islam urges every Muslim to partake in charitable giving, community service, and promote cleanliness.
“AMYA has and continues to instil young people with a sense of civic responsibility, and a desire to promote harmony within our local communities.
“The New Year’s Day Clean-up campaign ensures Muslim youth can be active members of society and serve their communities and the environment.”
Another aim of the initiative was to support the local council by trying to prevent the need for an extensive New Year’s Eve clean-up.
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