[Defence Secretary Michael Fallon at the launch of the Armed Forces Muslim Forum]
Ahmed J Versi
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon launched first ever Armed Forces Muslim Forum (AFMF) on July 23.
The Forum aims to “encourage better dialogue” and “help highlight the crucial role British Muslims play in our Armed Forces both past and present.”
Fallon said the Forum was “a real milestone, which underlines the strong relationship that exists between our Armed Forces and the Muslim community, and shows our commitment to strengthening it.”
Islamic adviser to the Ministry of Defence, Imam Asim Hafiz, said the Forum idea initiative was conceived in the aftermath of the murder of Lee Rigby which “unfairly projects a view that British Muslims do not support their Armed Forces and are hostile towards them.”
Imam Hafiz added that the AFMF is “an apolitical body which seeks to build a positive and better relationship between the British Armed Forces and the British Muslim communities through dialogue, conversation and collaboration.”