SHAFAQNA -Â A MuslimÂ group is on a mission to plant trees in Melbourne and put down some roots.
Up to 150 members of theÂ Ahmadiyyaâ€‹Â MuslimÂ Youth group joined hands with other volunteersÂ to plant 2500 trees along the Eumemmerring Creek at Doveton, in Melbourne’s south-east,Â on Sunday.
It was just one of events held Â nationwide for National Tree Day.
President KaleemÂ Mohammed said the organisation wanted to promote harmony.Â “We have people aged 10 to 55 years participating in the event,” Mr Mohammed said.
“As a community weÂ actively take partÂ in humanitarianÂ activities, like donating blood andÂ the Red Cross Door Knock appeal.
“We alsoÂ want to teach the youth the importance of looking after the environment.”
According to their website,Â Al Islam, theÂ Ahmadiyya Muslim community was founded in 1889 and has headquarters in Britain.
With a progressive and reformist agenda, the group rejects jihad,Â Mr Mohammed said.
There had been a lot of negative reporting about Islam, he said.Â “Islam is all about peace and that’s what we are promoting.”
“We are happy to be Australians, this is our country. As Australians we want to take part in any event as Muslims for good of mankind.”