Dozens of Muslim volunteers are cleaning America’s national parks during the government shutdown “as an act of faith.”

by Tod Perry

Even though Donald Trump has repeatedly trashed Muslim people throughout his political career, a group of young Muslim men have come together to pick up his mess.

Trump has called for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” and denied Muslim refugees in danger from entering the country. He’s also said that Islam “hates us” and said he’d “consider” closing mosques throughout the country.
For years, Trump promoted the ridiculous Birther conspiracy that claimed Barack Obama was a Muslim and painted Islam in a negative light.

At midnight on December 21, the U.S. federal government was shut down after Democrats refused to fund Trump’s promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Since, the national park sites have been largely unsupervised, toilets are locked, and trash cans are overflowing.
Three people have died at the understaffed parks since the shutdown.


WASHINGTON, DC JAN 06: Sarmad Bhatti pulls a handful of trash from a garden area outside the National Air and Space Museum. -Due to the partial government shutdown, some national parks are overflowing with trash. Offering help today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), a young men’s organization of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, volunteered to pick-up trash and empty trash cans on the National Mall. Other teams of young men did clean-up at other national parks around the country also. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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