Muslim Youths Clean Up Calgary after New Year’s Celebrations

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A group of Muslim youth gathered on Wednesday morning to clean up streets in Calgary, picking up trash left behind by people during the New Year celebrations, Calgary Herald reported.

“I am so
happy to join the group in cleaning the city because it is my duty for this
community,” said Moaz Shweri, as he picked up litter in front of the Arts
Commons building.

Shweri is a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. Over the past years, the group has been involved in the annual clean up after new year celebration.

With so many people visiting downtown Calgary for the New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks, some garbage, bottles, and cans are inevitably left behind. Therefore, Calgary became the location for the annual initiative.

“Our motto is ‘love for all, hatred for none,’ so we do community work to help others,” said volunteer Adeel Khalon.

Seventeen-year-old
Salman Sohail said the early wake-up call wasn’t difficult because it’s
important for him to serve Calgary.

“In Islam,
we’re supposed to give back to our country. We are so accepted in this country
so this is my thank you to my community. This city does so much for us so I can
do this for them,” said Sohail, as he and a friend cleared the ground outside
city hall.

Though
Muslims don’t usually participate in new year celebrations, they usually lend a
helping hand to the needy during the festive season.

In a similar effort, young Muslim youth across the UK woke up early Wednesday, January 1, to clean streets after New Year’s celebrations.

After
early prayers on Wednesday morning, about 1500 young Muslims put on jackets and
collected hundreds of bin bags of rubbish.

Their
initiative was led in different cities across the UK from London, Edinburgh,
Glasgow, to Walsall, Manchester, and Cardiff.

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