At a time of austerity and council cuts, the Islamic Education and Research Academy’s (iERA) One Community department is embarking on a groundbreaking national “Neighbourhood Clean-Up” campaign. iERA’s newest department hopes to have a lasting impact by clearing the mess caused by fly tipping and anti-social behaviour across the UK.
Project Manager Abu Tayeb Khairdeen believes British Muslims must strive to make their local areas a pleasant environment for people of all faiths and none to live in.
Mr Khairdeen said: “Our holy book, the Qur’an tells us ‘We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.’ (Chapter 21, Verse 107). Furthermore, the Prophet Muhammad said ‘removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.’ If we are true to the teachings of our religion, we should be having a positive effect on the world around us, and this initiative is a great way to do just that”.
“As iERA’s new community development wing, we aim to establish grassroots social initiatives to help and inspire people from all walks of life. This is set to be a fantastic project which will have a significant impact within communities up and down the country”.
The One Community team will be working alongside volunteers from the Muslim community, and hopes to engage and empower members of the wider community. There will be teams in Newcastle upon Tyne, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield, Bradford, Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Crawley and London.
Anyone wishing to report on or participate in this event can do so by contacting One Community at the telephone number or email address below.
For more information please email [email protected] or call 078111 642 99. You can also visit our website at www.ouronecommunity.com