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UK: The young Ahmadiyya Muslims working tirelessly to help Grenfell Tower victims


Many faith groups, including the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) deployed selfless volunteers to assess the requirements and provide desperately-needed supplies.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit:  Metro.co.uk
By Nicole Morley | June 23, 2017

As questions continue to be raised about the help offered to Grenfell Tower survivors by authorities, volunteers on the ground are working tirelessly.

There was an outpouring of kindness from Londoners following the horrific blace at the 24-storey block in west London.

Makeshift drop-off points popped up in local churches and sports centres and they were quickly overwhelmed by donations of food, toiletries, blankets and clothing.

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower block fire, which claimed at least 79 lives, the local communities have pooled together to help their neighbours in a time of need.

Many faith groups, including the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) deployed selfless volunteers to assess the requirements and provide desperately-needed supplies.

Young men from the Ahmadiyya community cooked and distributed meals to the survivors in the days following the horrendous blaze.

And a group of Ahmadi women who are professional psychiatrists and skilled doctors were in place to support the survivors in light of the trauma, though this was not taken up by the officials overseeing the site on this occasion.

After 12 hours of relief work on the ground, the Muslim youth group were able to establish a relationship with British Red Cross and Kensington & Chelsea council to help with practical tasks such as coordinating the handling of large volumes of donations as well as sorting, packing and logistics to off-site storage facilities.

Since the day of the tragedy on June 14, around 40 AMYA members have given their time, averaging 230 man hours each day.

AMYA Vice President Adam Walker told Metro.co.uk that the group’s humanitarian efforts were simply a representation of what the AMYA believes Islam to be: ‘One that best serves the individual and society at large when it is seen in the consistent actions of our members.

‘The result is not only a more cohesive and caring society, but also the nurturing of positive young British Muslims who contribute positively to society.

He shared a quote from founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who said: ‘My Desire, my wish and my objective is serving humanity. It is my job, my faith, my inspiration and my way.’

The Grenfell Tower fire isn’t the first time AMYA have rushed to help those in need, they offer annual courses to young Muslims which aim to provide disaster relief and emergency response.

And it’s not just the youth of the Ahmadiyya community that react to national tragedies, in the wake of the Westminster terror attack Muslim women joined hands in a human chain along Westminster Bridge in a peaceful protest to condemn the atrocity and mourn the innocent victims.



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