Press Release: Muslim Youth Spend Holidays Serving Those in Need

<b><u>For Immediate Release:</u></b> December 29th, 2017 <b><u>Contact:</u></b> [email protected] @MuslimYouthUSA <b><i>Nation’s oldest Muslim youth group reaching out to neighbors and those in need across the country</i></b> As part of its effort to send its warm season’s greetings and wishes to those celebrating the holidays across the nation, youth from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) are giving out thousands of holiday gifts to neighbors in communities surrounding our mosques. Young members of AMYA are focusing on reaching out to neighbors with gifts, serving the needy in cities across the country, and visiting city centers to distribute water and hot drinks as well as offer clean-up services. AMYA continues its tradition to build bridges with our people of other faiths as well as no faith. Targeting at least 40 cities nationwide, over 1,400 meals have already been provided while the youth focus specifically on helping the elderly with visits and gifts. Dr. Bilal Rana, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, said, “We do this because our faith stresses caring for and loving our neighbors. In fact, the Prophet Muhammad said ‘Whoever believes in Allah should be generous to his neighbor.’ Following this example, Muslim youth are greeting their neighbors and community with well wishes and expressions of care.” In 2017, AMYA has already helped more than 10,000 people in need, has fed 570,000 people with meals, saved over 7,000 lives by collecting 2,400 bags of blood, raised nearly $40,000 for charities and provided 3,000 volunteer hours to help those effected by hurricanes in Houston, Miami and Puerto Rico. Leaders and members of AMYA are available for interview. <b>About Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association:</b> The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is a nationwide youth group that works with young Muslim men and boys around the country. The association serves as the young men and boys auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Officially established in the United States in 1939, AMYA is one of the earliest Muslim Youth organizations in the United States. AMYA is a dynamic and vibrant association serving not only the needs of its members but of its local communities and nation. The association is comprised of nearly 5,000 men and boys aged 7 to 39, spread across 70 local chapters. Previous members of AMYA include Grammy Award winning artists and Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. AMYA is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD.