Muslim kids spread some Christmas cheer to sick children at Airedale Hospital on Saturday.
The youngsters gave out presents of toys, sweets and festive cards to 24 poorly patients on the children’s ward.Many parents were reduced to tears by the generous and touching gesture from the Muslim boys and girls at Christmas time.The mini Santas from Keighley’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) gave up the first day of their Yuletide school holidays to spread festive cheer to the young patients of Airedale Hospital’s Children Ward.Christmas presents for the ill children had been generously donated by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and included toys, chocolate and seasonal greetings cards.
A spokesman for AMYA said:”As part of the teachings of Islam, the AMYA believes it is essential to impart to children from an early age the essence ofcompassion and humility for all in society.“At a time of festivities it can be very lonely to be in hospital, especially as a young child. Therefore we feel it is a vital part of young people’s development to feel the pain and anxiety of others and attempt in some small way to sympathise with them.”
Only last weekend, members of the youth association were busy going door to door delivering letters offering assistance to over 50 local houses inSteeton, Utley, and Silsden impacted by the threat of floods.Faheem Rahman, youth leader for the Keighley branch, said: “As a Youth Association we try to educate young people that we have a social responsibility to help our communities, especially those challenged by illness.“We do this by reaching out to the community and offering our smiles and assistance under the guidance of His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the worldwide Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.”