Young Muslim men organize to clean up national parks as shutdown enters third week

gvcvluar54i6tk3zgdgu66jg6iSource: The Washington Post

A group of young Muslim men fanned out across the Mall shortly after sunrise Sunday to pick up litter and empty trash cans.

Following President Trump’s warning Friday that a partial government shutdown could last for months or even years, the men arrived with trash bags and gloves to do what the federal government is no longer doing — collecting trash. Their peers were doing the same over the weekend in national parks in Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Ohio.

“It’s just what we do,” Sarmad Bhatti, 23, said as he emptied trash cans along Independence Avenue. “If there’s an opportunity to serve, that is what Muslims do.”

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