Muslim community leaders gather to sing God Save The King

Worshipers at London’s Central Mosque sang the national anthem, God Save The King, in what organizers said was the first at a UK mosque since the Queen’s death.

Leaders of the Muslim community in London and elsewhere in the UK attended a service at Regent’s Park Mosque to honor the Queen’s life and mark the accession of King Charles III.

Ahmad Al-Dubayan, of the Islamic Cultural Center and Central Mosque in London, told the AP news agency: “The purpose of this is really to show the sympathies and feelings of the Muslim communities in the United Kingdom. United.

“The Queen was loved by everyone, and everyone remembers the accomplishments and the good things about her.

“Muslims are so grateful and recognize everything she has done.”

He praised the Queen’s commitment to multiculturalism and her “commitment and dedication to service to all who have made the UK an oasis of freedom”.

The national anthem was sung at the end of the service, which organizers said was the first time since the Queen’s death that God Save The King had been sung at a UK mosque.

Schoolchildren from London join Muslims from across the UK at Regent’s Park Mosque (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Prince’s Trust International Chairman Shabir Randeree was in attendance and called it a ‘very emotional moment’.

“It made the hair on my neck stand up for two reasons,” he said. “Firstly, I was delighted to be standing in a mosque singing God Save The King. And secondly, I was deeply moved of course trying to remember the Queen.

He added: “It was a momentous moment and a very touching moment.”

He told PA: “The Muslim community is united with everyone, and you have seen an outpouring of grief, not just from the Muslim community, but from all communities in the UK and, dare I say, the Commonwealth and around the world. .

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A child with Union flags (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

“And it has been an opportunity, a very positive opportunity, for all the communities to show that we stand together and we also mourn what is a very sad moment in our history, but we also celebrate the life of the Queen and her contribution .

“I think it’s very important that the Muslim community is here and speaks how they feel, and that the royal family and others and the whole country notice that they mourn deeply the passing of the monarch.”

He said: “I think King Charles will continue the work of the Queen in terms of interfaith relations. It is an area in which he has a deep passion”, adding: “Bringing all the communities together is at the very heart of his conviction.

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