The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association’s (AMWA) Airdrie branch is joining forces with the City of Airdrie to plan a tree-planting event on June 8 at 1 p.m.
As part of the initiative, AMWA and the City will come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Organization.
With a strong sense of purpose and dedication, the women plan to plant 100 trees.
Sairah Khan, the Community Services Coordinator for AMWA Airdrie, expressed that interaction with the City of Airdrie was important to undertake the project.
“It’s gone very well,” Khan said. “We actually wanted to do it last year but by the time the [planting] season had gone out, so we said we will do it in the planting season this year.”
Driven by concern for the escalating climate crisis, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women have chosen to plant trees as their weapon to combat environmental challenges at a local level.
Wanting to translate their beliefs into tangible action, they are determined in their commitment to positively impacting the environment.
“It’s basically two initiatives in one: to celebrate the 100 years, as well as in order to prevent climate change,” Khan said.
The Highland Industrial Park area, near the Airdrie RCMP building, has been selected by the City of Airdrie as the focal point of this initiative. The day promises to be a celebration of nature's resilience and the enduring spirit of unity within the community.
The significance of the project extends beyond the act of planting trees, according to Khan. It symbolizes the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's dedication to environmental stewardship and commitment to creating a sustainable future. By engaging in such an endeavour, they want to inspire others to take up the cause and work towards a greener and healthier planet for all.
As the day approaches, the excitement among the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women of Airdrie continue to grow. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women of Airdrie invite all community members, friends, and neighbours to join them on June 8. Together, they hope to create an enduring legacy of environmental consciousness and collective action.
“If anybody else would like to join us, they are more than welcome to,” Khan said.
In a world faced with growing environmental challenges, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women of Airdrie stand as an inspiration, proving that every individual can make a difference. By planting 100 trees, they hope to nurture a greener future and leave a lasting legacy.
According to Khan, planting trees, as per their religious teachings, is not only considered an act of kindness but also a virtuous deed that brings divine rewards.
“Planting a tree is not only for us in the present time,” Khan said. “It is a means of reward for us, planting a tree will be for future generations as well as for this generation hopefully.”