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Imam Asim Hafiz OBE Leading Muslim Prayers at MoD

Imam Asim Hafiz, OBE, The Islamic adivisor to the Armed Forces leading the Prayers at the Ministry of Defence Main Building in London.

 

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon launched the country’s first ever Armed Forces Muslim Forum, in partnership with the Muslim community.

 

On Wednesday 23 July, the Defence Secretary oversaw Iftar, the traditional breaking of the Ramadan fast, to celebrate the new platform that will enhance the partnership between the Muslim community, and the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces.

 

The Forum aims to encourage better dialogue and help highlight the crucial role British Muslims play in our Armed Forces both past and present.

 

At the event, Mr Fallon addressed members of the British Islamic community, thanking them for their commitment to this crucial initiative and reflecting on the contribution of Muslims to the Armed Forces. With the centenary of the First World War just around the corner, the launch of the Forum is a timely and poignant reminder of the enormous contribution and sacrifice made by hundreds of thousands of Muslim troops in 1914.

 

Also speaking at the event was Imam Asim Hafiz, Islamic adviser to the MoD. Members of the Muslim community contributed too, and their speeches were followed by a call to the Maghrib prayer, before everyone came together for Iftar, the breaking of the fast meal.

 

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Taken on July 23, 2014