Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) members were out early on New Year’s Day
While most of us were still sleeping off the night before, around a thousand Muslims across the UK took to the streets to help clean up after New Year’s Eve.
Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) met on New Year’s Day morning to clean up the streets of 50 British towns including Cardiff, Newport, and Swansea.
The organised “big street clean” saw more than a thousand volunteers help pick up rubbish from London to Glasgow as part of AMYA’s winter charity campaign.
They held a special prayer before putting on their hi-vis jackets and heading out into the empty streets to pick up any waste after last night’s festivities.
As well restoring order to the streets after New Year celebrations, volunteers also served warm drinks and breakfast to those sleeping rough in Cardiff.
AMYA is the largest and oldest Muslim youth group in the UK.
British Ahmadiyya Imam Qamar Zafar said: “From Luton to London, Glasgow to Guilford, Cardiff to Croydon, across the entire country 1,000 members of AMYA participated in the New Year’s Day clean up.
“Islam urges every Muslim to partake in charitable giving, community service, and promote cleanliness.
“AMYA has and continues to instill young people with a sense of civic responsibility, and a desire to promote harmony within our local communities.”
Imam Qamar Zafar added: “The New Year’s Day clean-up campaign ensures Muslim youth can be active members of society and serve their communities and the environment.”
Over the previous year, AMYA volunteers planted more than 20,000 trees in the UK and organised about 300 community litter picking events.
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