A Muslim youth charity which helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal was commended by the Royal British Legion in their Annual Awards Ceremony last week.
Hartlepool and Newcastle chapters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) won “Commendation” awards for their efforts at the Gateshead event.
Young Muslims, from the two northern areas, had joined their AMYA counterparts around the country and helped collectively raised more than £50,000 for the Poppy Appeal.
The awards to AMYA Hartlepool and Newcastle chapters were presented by the deputy Lieutenant of County Durham, Miss Miriam Harte and The Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mr Nigel Sherlock OBE respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, National representative of AMYA, Mr Wadood Daud, thanked the Royal British Legion for their support and commended the groups’ efforts in raising such a ‘great total’.
“Our spiritual leader and the world-wide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has always reminded us that service to mankind, is both our religious and social responsibility,” he said.
“We hope that all of us coming together to help those who have served this great country sends a positive sign of peace and harmony.
“The founder of our community has written the following: ‘My desire, my wish and my objective is serving humanity. It’s my job, my faith, my inspiration and my way’.
“We are humbled in representing the British Muslims who are helping our servicemen and their families.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is currently organising various events to support 20 charities including the Royal British Legion.
More information about the events can be found at www.mercy4mankind.org or on Twitter via @AMYA_Humanity