The Leicester Central Mosque has become the first in the UK to sign a pledge to support army servicemen and veterans. The armed forces covenant was signed by the Imam of the Central Mosque, Muhammad Shahid Raza, at a ceremony attended by local army officers.
The covenant is a voluntary pledge from businesses, charities and other organisations to show their support for the armed forces community.
Imam Raza said: “I firmly believe that Islam clearly states that we should serve the country we live in.”
The covenant recognises the sacrifice of soldiers, sailors, marines and air force personnel and encourages active support for servicemen, their families and veterans.
The pledge was signed by the head Imam and witnessed by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Parker.
Lt Col Parker said: “It is a sign of the commitment they have chosen to make to the armed forces which is part of the fabric of this nation”.
“I am sure that going forward we will be able to do a lot of great work together.”
The Muslim Council of Britain approved of the pledge and said it hoped many more UK mosques would join in.