​Young Muslims Clean Up UK Streets After New Year’s Eve Celebrations

While most of us were slobbing around in bed trying to doze off a mammoth hangover this morning, more than 1,000 young Muslims were busy taking to the streets to clear up the UK after New Year's Eve celebrations.

The young people from Ahmadiyya Muslin Youth Assocation (AMYA) woke up before dawn, donned their hi-vis jackets and held a special prayer, before heading out onto the streets to clean up rubbish, filling hundreds of bin bags with detritus from the night before.

I know, SERIOUSLY putting us all to shame... I couldn't even make it to the kitchen to get a glass of water and throw away last night's pizza box, let alone tidy up everyone else's crap from last night.

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. '

"MYA has and continues to instill young people with a sense of civic responsibility, and a desire to promote harmony within our local communities."

He added: "The New Year's Day Clean-up campaign ensures Muslim youth can be active members of society and serve their communities and the environment."

AMYA is the UK's largest and oldest Muslim youth group. Last year, it held more than 300 community clean-ups, and also planted 20,000 trees across the country.

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."

The youngsters were up before the sun rose to clean up the streets. Credit: AMYA
The youngsters were up before the sun rose to clean up the streets. Credit: AMYA

Photos of the youths in action were shared on social media, prompting people to praise the group for their hard work.

"Recognition and all due respect to them," one person tweeted.

"Thanks for this initiative. Great way to start the year. Well done everyone," someone else said.

A third added: "Well done to all of these wonderful young people. I hope local folk remember to thank them."

Another also thanked the youngsters for their hard work, saying it was 'incredible' to see the transformation between 4am and 7am - by which point the city centre where they lived was looking 'immaculate'.

Huge respect to the AMYA kids! What a hustle.

Featured Image Credit: AMYA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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