Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community provided some festive joy over the weekend by delivering gift baskets to vulnerable people.
On Sunday, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), in collaboration with charities Marie Curie and Humanity First, gave baskets to more than 750 people across 40 UK towns and cities.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community has strong links to Alton in Hampshire, where a three-day Jalsa Salana event is held every year.
Recipients of the baskets – which included scented candles, toys and chocolates – were nominated by friends, family members and neighbours because they have been struggling financially or suffering from loneliness or illness.
Akbar Butt, AMYA UK’s director for charity and welfare, said: “The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said that every act of goodness is a charity.
“As Muslims, we don’t celebrate Christmas, yet we recognise the challenges many people face during this season.
“It’s crucial to extend a helping hand to those in need and I believe this effort is a humble way to bring joy to those who truly deserve it amidst this festive time.”
Surplus donations will go to the charities Marie Curie and Humanity First.