10 Nov 2023

Remembrance Day

Every year in the UK, the country comes together for Remembrance Day to mark the actual day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. 
"Lest we forget" is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services to remind us not to forget the sacrificies people made during the war. 

Every Muharram we hear about the tragedy of Karbala that happened 1400 years ago. It reminds us of the values Imam Husayn stood for and the sacrifices he and his family made. True remembrance is to make sure we learn from history and act in the right way that the Quran and Ahlulbayt have taught us so that our actions bring peace to those around us.

Did you know that at least 2.5 million Muslim soldiers and labourers from all over the world fought with the British Armed Forces during both World Wars.12,000 Palestinians were also made to be part of the British army during the second world war to increase the numbers and strength.
Nowadays, people remember those who were lost in the war by wearing a red poppy which was inspired by the fields of poppies that grew where many of the battles were fought. The 'Anemone coronaria' poppy variety grows in abundance in the fields of Palestine during the spring months. The poppy is 
the official and national flower of Palestine. It also has all three colours of the Palestinian flag and the image is widely used as a symbol to free Palestine of occupation.

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