YOUNG Muslims from across Bolton joined with the council on Saturday to help keep the streets clean after last night's New Year festivities.

As New Year activities took place around the town, young people from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Bolton celebrated by being up at the crack of dawn to show their gratitude for a successful 2021 and to earn blessings with a prosperous 2022 that will allow them to continue to contribute to and serve their local communities.

Youth leader for Bolton Umair Ahmed said: "Our members have enjoyed living in Bolton for decades and so any opportunity to help our local community is a much welcomed one."

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Volunteers were up and the crack of dawn to get to work

He added: "Cleaning the streets of Bolton also presents us with an opportunity to become better Muslims as cleanliness is an integral part of our faith."

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association focuses on helping young Muslims to become better citizens and to fulfil their religious obligations of serving God and humanity.

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The group helped to clean up Bolton town centre after last night's festivities

It is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community a religious and charitable Islamic organisation which has more than 8600 members spread across 124 chapters in the United Kingdom.

The group frequently partakes charitable activities in Bolton and beyond including food drives for the homeless, foodbank donations and tree-planting sessions

In 2017, it raised £1,000,000 nationwide for various British charities, planted 25000 trees, fed 14000 people living in poverty, and visited over 6000 people in care homes and hospitals in an effort to help counter loneliness.

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This is the latest in a series of charitable activities organised by the group

Members also donated 250 units of blood, donated over 5,200 kilograms of food to foodbanks as well as donating 4,500 kilograms of clothes to charities.

The drive to keep Bolton clean is just the latest in this series of good works carried out by the group.

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Helping their communities is a key part of the group members' religion

Mr Ahmed said: "Giving up a couple of hours can make a huge difference, we are a peace-loving and well-organised association which will continue to help make this great part of England an even better place to live in."