AFMA sends a message of condolence following the Manchester attack

on May 23, 2017 by AFMA

AFMA sends heartfelt condolences to all of those affected by the horrific attack in Manchester last night.

The Armed Forces Muslim Association (AFMA) sends heartfelt condolences to all of those affected by the horrific attack in Manchester last night.

AFMA condemns this attack in the strongest terms and we stand proudly with the people of Manchester, and the UK as a whole, united in our grief and against this senseless act of violence.

This indiscriminate killing of innocent young lives, irrespective of religion, faith or ethnicity has shocked us all. At the time of writing, 22 adults and children were confirmed dead, with 59 hurt following the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena.

We are heartened by the inspiring actions of the people of Manchester. Stories of individuals opening up their homes, hoteliers offering a safe space, taxi drivers transporting people home without charge, the general public acting as caregivers to those injured, social media users sharing information in order to find loved ones or to offer help and support, people queueing to donate blood – it adds up to the British spirit, the human spirit, of kindness to others.

We also highlight the incredible response by our emergency services, who so bravely rushed to the scene and risked their lives to save and support others, treat the injured and care for their relatives. They are heroes faced with an unimaginable task.

Imam Asim Hafiz, the UK Armed Forces Islamic Advisor, says: “Britain is in shock today following the horrifying attack in Manchester, which targeted young people enjoying a concert. We don’t yet know what motivated the perpetrator, but what we do know is that innocent lives have been lost and terror has been spread throughout the world. The Armed Forces continue to work toward a safer and more peaceful world committed to their values of Respect for Others, Discipline and Selfless Commitment.”

“Our hearts go out to all of those affected and we pray for families who have lost loved ones.”

The Armed Forces Muslim Association (AFMA), was set up in recognition of the contribution Muslim personnel make across all three services, both in the Regular and Reserve forces.

From the earliest days of basic training, through to deployment and military operations, AFMA is on the ground helping support British Muslims in the Armed Forces, helping these dedicated Muslim men and women perform their military duties in full without compromising their faith.

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