Thousand young Muslims clean up UK streets after New Year’s Eve celebrations

More than 1,000 Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) members were up before dawn to clean up 50 UK towns – including in Bolton, Luton, London, Glasgow, Guildford, Cardiff and Croydon

While most party goers were still in bed this morning, more than 1,000 young Muslims were cleaning up the streets after the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

As most people nursed sore heads after too much champagne, these young people were out picking up rubbish in 50 towns across the UK.

The members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) were up early and picking up rubbish and litter across Britain shortly after sunrise.

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.

Pictures show the groups holding orange plastic bags as they collect litter in Bolton.

They wrapped up warm against the early morning chill and were all smiles when they finished their New Year’s Day clean-up and posed with lots of full bags.

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.”

“The New Year’s Day Clean-up campaign ensures Muslim youth can be active members of society and serve their communities and the environment.”

Throughout 2018, the AMYA planted more than 20,000 tress across the UK and held more than 300 community clean up events.

AMYA is the largest and oldest Muslim youth group in the UK.

AMYA Yorkshire youth coordinator Nadeem Ahmed 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.

“In Islam “Cleanliness is Part of Faith” so there’s no better way to serve our faith and our country, there’s no better way for us to start the new year.”

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