Young Hartlepool mosque members start 2020 with community clean-up

Young members of Hartlepool’s Nasir mosque began the New Year by cleaning up the nearby community.

Sunday, 5th January 2020, 8:00 am
Members of the Nasir Mosque and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Hartlepool after carrying out a street cleaning event on New Year's Day.
Members of the Nasir Mosque and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Hartlepool after carrying out a street cleaning event on New Year's Day.

The early morning event on New Year’s Day was part of a national community clean up campaign where the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community throughout the UK do similar clean ups across the country.

They collected several bagfuls of litter from the surrounding streets after meeting at the mosque in Brougham Terrace before sunrise.

Mosque Imam Tahir Selby said: “We feel this is the best way to celebrate the new decade by striving to help the local community.

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Picking up litter in the local streets on New Year's Day.

“We want to teach our youth the importance of cleanliness, which is a fundamental teaching of Islam.

“Likewise the importance of serving the community in any way we can.”

It has been a busy festive period for the mosque and its youth members who visited Exmoor Grove child residential unit and Lindisfarne care home.

They also helped the homeless and donated to town food banks, and the mosque was requested to help Radio Hartlepool give gifts to children through social services.

Nasir Mosque Imam Tahir Selby (left), and youth outreach secretary Farhan Ali (right) with Radio Hartlepool's Jason Anderson, the Mayor of Hartlepool Councillor Brenda Loynes and her husband Denis Loynes.

Shahid Mehmood, youth leader for the mosque, added “Over £1.1 million was raised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association in the past year, through various campaigns, events, challenges and activities.

“It is part of our faith to be loyal servants to our nation, therefore, one way to demonstrate this Islamic teaching and fulfil our faith is by collecting funds for our British charities.”