Glasgow Muslims start 2015 with post-Hogmanay community clean-up to show ‘true nature of Islam’

dailyrecord.co.uk: A GROUP of Glasgow Muslims started off the new year with a community clean-up.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth took to the streets of the west end this morning to pick up litter from Hogmanay revelry.

The group, whose motto is “love for all, hatred for none”, say they undertook the clean-up on Argyle Street and Dumbarton Road as a way of showing Islam’s true nature as a religion of peace.

Ahmed Owusu-Konadu, the organisation’s Scottish youth leader, said the group believed passionately in service to the community.

He added: “It was a good way to kick 2015 off, despite the rain and cold.

“Our passion to serve the people of Glasgow as Muslim Youth kept us going. In Islam, cleanliness is held in a very high esteem because the Prophet Muhammad, (peace be upon him), is reported to have said that ‘cleanliness is part of our faith’.

“So going out into the very cold weather to clean the streets of Glasgow is also regarded as part of our faith, and simply doing it to serve the community we are part of only to win the pleasure of the Almighty God.

“This would at least show Glaswegians the true image of Islam, which is more of love and service to all the creation of God as opposed to the so-called self-acclaimed ISIS who are not true Muslims and rather do things which are mostly against the beautiful teachings of Islam”

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