Muslims pay tribute to UK's armed forces in Afghanistan

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Muslims pay tribute to UK's armed forces in Afghanistan

Post by Cutaway on Sat 03 Jul 2010, 10:06 am

A group of Muslim women is laying a wreath at
the National Memorial Arboretum in honour of those who died fighting
for the UK in Afghanistan.
L/Cpl Jabron Hashmi, 24,
from Bordesley Green, Birmingham, was the first British Muslim soldier
to die in a Taliban attack in Helmand in July 2006.
On the anniversary weekend of his death four Muslim women are paying their respects at the Staffordshire centre.
The ceremony has been organised by the Muslim Armed Forces Association.
It says 500 Muslims are serving in the British armed forces.


Kalsoom Bashir, who attended the ceremony said: "We
are here for two reasons, to say that as mothers we share the grief of
those that have lost their loved ones and we salute the loyalty of
those men and women that have laid down their lives for our country.
"Secondly
we are here to say loud and clear to those extremists that would
exploit that grief, you're not one of us, you don't represent us."
A
group of Muslims protested against the presence of British troops in
Afghanistan when the Second Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment took part
in a homecoming parade through Luton in March 2009.
Mrs Bashir said the behaviour of that sector of the Muslim community had "shocked" and "outraged" her.
She
said: "They were exploiting a very sensitive time. It was a time to
show compassion. They were in contradiction of the principles of the
faith that they claim to represent, it is not the religion I know and
recognise."
Mr Hashmi's brother Zeehan, 31, said his mother was also joining the memorial ceremony.
Zeehan said he thought it was positive for Muslims to show their support for the British armed forces.
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/10498482.stm
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