As part of this year’s Visit My Mosque Day, volunteers from over 250 mosques in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be supporting street clean up initiatives on Sunday 24th February, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.
The nationwide street cleans comes a weekend before Muslim volunteers from mosques across Britain will be inviting their neighbours, friends and people of all faiths and none to visit their local mosques as part of the national ‘Visit My Mosque’ day on Sunday 3rd March.
Muslims around the country hope to get as many people to come along to their local mosques and learn more about their local neighbours and each other’s lives, in particular our common values for the care of the environment and respecting mother nature.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said, “Whatever faith or background you come from, care and cleanliness for our local environment is a unifying force that brings communities together.
He continued, “We are pleased to be supporting Keep Britain Tidy in their Great British Spring Clean campaign this spring and we hope Visit My Mosque going green for its 5th year anniversary will spark conversations across the country on what more faith-based and other community groups can be doing to support local environmental causes”
Visit My Mosque is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations.
An estimated 25 million tonnes of litter is dropped annually in Britain costing the UK taxpayer over £1 billion a year.
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said, “This year we’re aiming to inspire half a million people to join forces to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, through our annual Great British Spring Clean campaign. We are delighted for the support of over 250 mosques in Britain getting out early and hope to see many more turn out again in spring!”
This year’s initiative is supported by British Muslim-led charities Penny Appeal and Muslim Aid, as well as the grant-making charity the Aziz Foundation.