AFMA sends heartfelt condolences to all of those affected by the horrific attack in London.
The horrific attack at London Bridge and the surrounding area aimed to spread fear and division throughout our society.
It was a brutal and unjustifiable attack, targeting innocent people enjoying a night out in our capital.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to everyone affected.
The speed of the response was remarkable and we should be proud of our first responders who bravely go directly into danger to save lives.
The terrorists attacked indiscriminately, aiming to kill or harm anyone in their way irrespective of faith, religion or ethnicity. It came at the end of the first week of the Holy Month of Ramadan, a time of peaceful reflection for all true Muslims, which makes this attack even more difficult to bear for British Muslims around the country.
Our incredible paramedics, doctors and nurses and police are made up of all faiths and none and countless ethnicities. It is something to be very proud of that in this country, and in our capital, we are a diverse population that comes together in the aftermath of a terror attack.
Just as we witnessed in London in March and in Manchester in May, our communities have united to condemn this attack and to support those affected, exemplifying why extremists will never succeed in dividing us or inciting hate.
We have continued to defy terror and uphold the principles of justice, freedom and respect for others which, as members of the armed forces and AFMA, we strive every day to embody.
AFMA remains steadfast in our commitment to these principles. In living by them, and the armed forces’ other core values of courage, discipline, integrity, loyalty and selfless commitment, we will work toward a safer and more peaceful world.
Imam Asim Hafiz, the UK Armed Forces Islamic Advisor, says: “Our country is in shock after another savage attack on innocent civilians which aimed to sow hatred and division within our society. But we can be hugely proud of our response as a diverse and caring society. We have again shown incredible resilience and love toward one another in the face of hatred. Our police and medical services have shown such bravery and professionalism.
“Our hearts go out to all of those affected and we pray for families who have lost loved ones. AFMA continues to work toward a safer and more peaceful world committed to their values of Respect for Others, Discipline and Selfless Commitment.”
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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