Young Muslims call for New Year's resolution 05 January 2017

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) called on communities across the country to join them on New Year's day in street cleaning initiatives across the UK. 

Armed with brushes and bin bags, AMYA members spent last Sunday (New Year's Day) tidying up city and town centres across the country, including various parts of London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, and Newcastle.

The initiative is part of a year-long 'Mercy for Mankind' campaign by the AMYA to organise more than 5,000 cleaning sessions and plant more than 10,000 trees across the UK. Commenting on the campaign, Farhad Ahmad, a national representative of AMYA and British Imam, said:

''Littering costs the UK an estimated one billion pounds a year. While the Government and Local Authorities are doing a great deal to address this issue, we feel strongly that it is our religious and civic duty to also act. From a religious perspective, both cleanliness and looking after our local communities is an essential part of the Islamic faith.    

''With this in mind, our members kicked off 2017 with a nationwide street cleaning day. We invited members from the local communities where our 114 branches are located. All who participated both enjoyed the strong community spirit behind the initiative and understood what can be achieved by good will and a united Britain.''