A commemoration brought together members of British Muslim communities and serving Muslims to remember those who have given their lives in service of Britain.

The Commemoration supported by the Armed Forces Muslim Association (AFMA) built on the successes of last years’ service, which was held at the WW1 Muslim Memorial in Woking, marking 100 years of the Armistice. 

Two hundred youth and adults from the North East, North West, West Midlands and East Midlands were a part of the event, delivering Remembrance related speeches and presentations followed by various activities and site visits and a Service of Commemoration. 

Major Naveed Muhammad MBE, the Army’s National Liaison Officer and former Chair of the Armed Forces Muslim Association (AFMA), said: “Engaging with British Muslim communities in an intimate event allowed us to celebrate the service and sacrifice from our wider UK communities. 

"It was heart-warming to hear that those who attended were vocal in their praise for the Armed Forces being supportive and inviting to military personnel.

“The Armed Forces are proud of the contribution of British Muslims serving today alongside colleagues from many backgrounds. Through this commemoration, in showing our respect alongside local communities, we hope to inspire future generations of Muslim recruits as well as those of other faiths and none.”

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Imam Asim Hafiz said, “It’s important that we held a Service of Commemoration to honour and respect those who served for our country. We also wanted the event to reaffirm that being Muslim is absolutely compatible with military life. 

“It is now more vital than ever that our Armed Forces represent the society we serve and this event allowed us to highlight the scale and history of contribution of British Muslims to this country that goes much deeper than many realise.”