A Muslim man spotted performing a Muslim prayer at a memorial said he wanted to remember those who had died in the great wars.

The World War Two memorial for women is situated in Whitehall, London and was sculpted by John W. Mills.

It was unveiled on 9 July 2005, two days after the 7/7 London bombings, by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Zaheer of Blackburn who was pictured yesterday praying at the memorial said, “I was praying for the Muslims who died during World War Two and all the fallen.

“Millions of Muslims fought in the wars and I wanted to pay my respects to them. It is important that we remember their service and sacrifice.

“Also I stood there to pay respects to the non-Muslims who died in the great wars.”