Worcester MP Robin Walker attended an event in Parliament yesterday evening commemorating the role of Muslims in the First World War.
The event, hosted by Forgotten Heroes 14-19 and sponsored by Lord Sheikh, highlighted the sacrifices and contributions made by Muslims across the world to aid the Great War effort.
Attendees heard from various figures including Imam Asim Hafiz OBE, Baroness Uddin, Anna Soubry MP, Lt Col Tim Petransky as well as Robin who recommended that the often undervalued role played by Muslims in the First World War become part of the National Curriculum.
The overwhelming sentiment of the evening was the acknowledgement that though the contributions of Muslims, and other minorities, have often been understated in or omitted from the historical narrative, the centenary of the Great War reminds us that despite our differences the United Kingdom and all of its allies stood together as a force for good.
During the event, Imam Asim said
“Respect, tolerance, humanity, integrity, friendship, courage, love, standing up to fascism & racism – these were the values that Muslim soldiers showed in WW1. These values are the same as the values of the Armed Forces.”
Last Sunday, alongside Worcester’s Mayor Jabba Riaz, Robin attended the Gheluvelt Remembrance service and was honoured to pay tribute to those brave Worcestershire soldiers who halted the German advancement to key Channel port.
Robin will also be attending the civic remembrance service at Worcester Cathedral on Sunday 11th November.
Speaking after yesterday’s event in Parliament, Robin said:
“I was pleased to be able to attend last night’s event commemorating, remembering and honouring the vital contributions Muslims made to the First World War effort- both on and off the battle field. As Britain, and indeed Worcester, becomes more diverse, it is important for us to acknowledge our shared history and allow it to unite us in the future. This year, for the first time, Worcester has both a Muslim Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Remembrance Sunday and the Poppy Appeal encourage us to remember and pay tribute to all those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today, and that is why I believe in the importance of teaching the contributions of Commonwealth nations in schools across this country.
“I was honoured to once again attend the moving service held at Gheluvelt Park alongside veterans, service men and women and members of the Worcester community on Sunday and I look forward to attending the civic service on Remembrance Sunday at Worcester Cathedral alongside the many hundreds of local residents who unfailingly turn out to mark the occasion.”
Notes to editors:
For full details of the Forgotten Heroes 14-19 see: https://unknownfallen.com/