Muslims in South Yorkshire have taken part in a series of good deeds in their communities to spread a message of peace.
Volunteers from youth group Muslims for Humanity gave up their time to collect litter, plant trees and pay a visit to sick children and old folk.
The group, which is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), planted some 1,000 saplings in Worsbrough, Barnsley, alongside volunteers from Green Fingered Worsbrough Wanders, The Mill Academy Primary School and Voluntary Action Barnsley.
AMYA youth leader for South Yorkshire, Shahzad Ahmad, said: “Our hope is that by improving community relations and helping to beautify our surroundings we can work towards preventing destruction and hatred and bring communities together to work for peace.”
Barnsley Coun Roy Miller said: “This tree planting scheme is a significant contribution towards Barnsley Council’s commitment to the Nature Improvement Area. I am delighted so many volunteers have agreed to work with us on the day to bring this to fruition.
“These trees will increase the wildlife value of the site while also alleviating flooding and climate change.”
Earlier this month, AMYA volunteers were on the streets of Shirecliffe in Sheffield for a litter pick.
The volunteers joined Jason Colley from the Clean Shirecliffe Co-operative for the litter pick, which aimed to go towards keeping Britain’s streets clean.
Shahzad said: “Cleanliness is an integral part of our faith. Giving up a couple of hours can make a huge difference.”
Jason added: “It is great to work with the AMYA group. They are more committed to making the world a better place for everyone to live in than any other religious group I have met.”
Towards the end of last year the group also visited the wards at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and old people at the Springwood residential nursing home to give gifts and spread cheer.
n To learn more about the AMYA’s work, visit www.muslimsforhumanity.org.uk.