The Ahmadiyya community in Oslo has been running their New Year's clean up operation for the past five years.
While most Norwegians slept off the night's festivities, Muslims from the Nor Moske in Oslo were already cleaning up after the New Year's festivities. Early Thursday morning many of them met up in Frogner park to clean up the firecrackers and other junk left over from the previous night's festivities.
"This is part of our faith - cleanliness is quite simply an important part of Islam. Secondly it's our small contribution to the local community that we perform every year. The Vigeland park is a national symbol for Norway and we want tourists who come here tomorrow will meet a neat and clean park," says Zahoor Ahmad.
For him and for other members it wasn't a problem to get up early after what was a late New Year's Eve for many.
"Muslims get up early to pray. We planned this for several years so it's become more or less a routine."
- It's part of the New Year's celebration?
"Yes, you can say that. We celebrate in this way," smiles Ahmad.
Source: TV2 (Norwegian)
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