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Germany: Muslim volunteers clean up on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz after NYE celebrations02:57

Germany: Muslim volunteers clean up on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz after NYE celebrations

Germany, Berlin
January 1, 2017 at 04:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Organiser Muahammad Asif Sadiq and dozens of other Muslim volunteers gathered on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz early Sunday morning for their annual post New Year’s Eve street cleaning event.

While others were still sleeping, the volunteers arrived at the square before 08:30 local time (07:30 GMT) armed with brooms and a wheelie bin, and started tackling the piles of rubbish left behind by revellers, as they do every year. According to Sadiq the group consists of 30-35 asylum seekers, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, and people who grew up in Germany or were born there.

This time organisers moved the event to Breitscheidplatz, the scene of last month's deadly Christmas market attack, in order to condemn violence. Sayid Ahmed Arif, an Islamic scholar and one of the volunteers, pointed out that Islam forbids the killing of innocent people. He said the Berlin attacker's criminal past should also be taken into account. "It’s really important to look at the biographies of these attackers and quite often you will find that they have a really turbulent and messed up past," he stated. He went on to say that the majority of people seeking refuge in Germany are peaceful and wish to contribute to society.

Twelve people died in the attack in Berlin on the evening of December 19, when a truck drove into a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz. A 24-year-old Tunisian man, Anis Amri, has been named as the perpetrator. He was killed four days later during a shootout with police officers in Milan, Italy.

Germany: Muslim volunteers clean up on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz after NYE celebrations02:57
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Organiser Muahammad Asif Sadiq and dozens of other Muslim volunteers gathered on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz early Sunday morning for their annual post New Year’s Eve street cleaning event.

While others were still sleeping, the volunteers arrived at the square before 08:30 local time (07:30 GMT) armed with brooms and a wheelie bin, and started tackling the piles of rubbish left behind by revellers, as they do every year. According to Sadiq the group consists of 30-35 asylum seekers, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, and people who grew up in Germany or were born there.

This time organisers moved the event to Breitscheidplatz, the scene of last month's deadly Christmas market attack, in order to condemn violence. Sayid Ahmed Arif, an Islamic scholar and one of the volunteers, pointed out that Islam forbids the killing of innocent people. He said the Berlin attacker's criminal past should also be taken into account. "It’s really important to look at the biographies of these attackers and quite often you will find that they have a really turbulent and messed up past," he stated. He went on to say that the majority of people seeking refuge in Germany are peaceful and wish to contribute to society.

Twelve people died in the attack in Berlin on the evening of December 19, when a truck drove into a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz. A 24-year-old Tunisian man, Anis Amri, has been named as the perpetrator. He was killed four days later during a shootout with police officers in Milan, Italy.