The Chair of MINAB attended the Cenotaph London service, along with faith leaders, politicians and diplomats on Remembrance Day, 11 November.
Imam Qari Asim said: “Armies of 1914- 1918 looked more like Britain of 2018 than that of 1918, in terms of ethnicity and faiths.”
It is important that we remember this long history we all share – it helps explain why multi-ethnic, multi-faith Britain looks like it does today and why we can all feel a sense of belonging in our society.
More than 400,00 Muslim soldiers from Pakistan, and more than two million Muslim soldiers from across the world fought for Allied Forces to bring about peace in Europe and the rest of the world.
There were multiple factors that led to Muslims joining the British Army. The strategy of recruitment of soldiers to the British Indian Army was also complex and at times questionable, but the sacrifices made were exactly the same. Therefore, must be remembered, along with remembering other soldiers.
A meaningful legacy of the centenary commemorations would be an ongoing commitment for greater peace and understanding among those living in Britain today, as well as international authorities ensuring that more lives are not lost in conflicts across the world.
In the evening of Remembrance Day, there was a service at Westminster Abbey which faith leaders also attended.