Members of a Muslim youth group collected trash and cleaned up national parks around the U.S. on Saturday and Sunday in an effort to assuage the damage done amid the government shutdown.
Dozens of people associated with Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, the largest national organization for Muslim youths, cleaned up litter, emptied trash cans and swept the grounds in places such as the Everglades National Park in Florida and Joshua Tree National Park in California, according to CNN.
More than a dozen young Muslim men on Saturday also reportedly picked up trashed at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia, the site of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. …………………
A group of volunteers were also spotted cleaning up areas at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, CNN noted.
“Service to our nation and cleanliness are important parts of Islam,” Dr. Madeel Abdullah, president of the youth group, said in a press release, according to CNN.
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