HAWTHORNE, NJ - After the borough's New Year's revelries have passed, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association USA says their members will start off the first morning of 2020 by cleaning up 2019 litter in Hawthorne, as part of a larger post-New Year's Eve municipal clean up effort.

With 70 chapters across the country, Hawthorne's branch is based out of 131 Wagaraw Road.  The AMYA was established in 1939, making it one of the oldest Muslim youth groups in the US.  AMYA describes itself as "a nationwide youth group that works with young Muslim men and boys around the country. AMYA serves as the young men and boys auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community."

"AMYA is committed to helping the environment," the Association said in a statement, "as evidenced from their years of cleaning their neighborhoods, adopting highways and cleaning national parks during the recent government shutdown."

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The AMYA said that since 2016, their "city clean ups" have been growing, following similar trends in similar organizations around the world.

“Litter is not just bad in general, much of it ends up polluting our rivers and oceans,” said Dr. Madeel Abdullah, President of AMYA USA, “Since cleanliness is part of our faith, we feel it is our duty to clean this up immediately so it does not harm the environment.”

The Assocation said that past members of include "Grammy Award winning artists and Pulitzer Prize winning journalists" and that the Association has over 5,000 men and boys in their membership between the ages of 7 and 40.

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