Wednesday, December 21, 2016

UK: Hundreds from Ahmadiyya Muslim community group gather to plant 10,000 trees in Langley Vale Wood


"Over 300 came, working until the job was done. 10,000 trees were planted in Langley Vale today. We could not have done it without their help."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Your Local Guardian
By Alistair Ross | December 21, 2016

More than three hundred young Muslims from across London gathered to plant thousands of trees in Langley Vale Wood.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), a nationwide group that works with young Muslim men and boys, gathered at to plant 10,000 trees in the Epsom and Ewell park.

Chris Grayling, Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell, was also present at the event and joined in with the planting.

He said: “Hundreds of people were out planting new trees and really great to see so many members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community here helping out.

“This is creating something that will be a legacy for our generation, to the next and the one beyond.”

The AMYA held a silent prayer at the event, which was led by campaign manager Abdul Lodhi.

Mr Lodhi said: “I don’t see this just as a tree planting but something which brings the entire community together.

“It’s a way of integration and shows that Islam is a message of peace and tolerance.”

The AMYA is part of the historic Charter of the Forest which was signed 800 years ago to protect the country's forests.

Woodland Trust representative Mary Burstow said the group made an incredible contribution to the planting.

She said: "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association members made an incredible contribution to our tree planting in Langley Vale.

"Over 300 came, working until the job was done. 10,000 trees were planted in Langley Vale today. We could not have done it without their help."

The AMYA seeks to aid the development of young Muslims and can be seen in markets, stations and high streets preaching their motto of ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’.


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