Young Muslims joined members of the local community this morning to help clean Halesowen streets after last night’s new-year festivities.
Youth members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) West Birmingham, which covers Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, and Sandwell, took to the streets after celebratory prayers with brooms and bin bags in hand as part of the ‘Big Street Clean’.
The clean up work centred around St John the Baptist Church, Halesowen.
A member of the group’s publicity team, Daniyal Qureshi, said he felt that “reaching out to other faiths is important in order to reach our ultimate goal, to achieve peace in the society”.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Daud, the youth leader for West Birmingham said: “Our members have enjoyed living in [the area] for decades and so any opportunity to help our local community is much welcome.
“Cleaning the streets… also presents us with an opportunity to become better Muslims as cleanliness is an integral part of our faith.
“We are a peace-loving British Muslims and will continue to do all we can to serve our local community as best we can and wherever there is a need.”
The ‘Big Street Clean’ campaign is one of many initiatives the AMYA have been involved in over the Christmas and new year period. The group also organised blood donation sessions, charity collections, children’s hospital and nursing home visits, and homeless feeding sessions.