Amsterdam: Muslims to clean the streets on New Year's

Amsterdam: Muslims to clean the streets on New Year's

While many other Dutch will be sleeping it off, a group of Muslim will be up at the crack of dawn on New Year's Day cleaning the streets.  These will be members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Amsterdam, according to spokesperson Fahim Dieffenthaler Wednesday.

The faithful will be out at a 6:15 for the first prayer of the New Year.  At 8am they will collect litter on the Papaverweg in Amsterdam-Noord.  According to Dieffenthaler other branches of the Muslim community will probably go out later in January to clean up streets in other parts of the country.

The Ahmadiyya Muslims had held similar operations in the past.  They do this since they think their task is to contribute to society.  The Ahmadiyya community is a separate movement within Islam, aside from the Sunnis and Shiites.  Many members in the Netherlands are of Pakistani origin.

Source: Telegraaf (Dutch)

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