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Armed Forces personnel will visit Leicester faith centres to mark UN Interfaith Harmony Week….reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister David Cameron with soldiers from the army during a Vaisakhi reception at No 10Crown Hills Community College, the Federation of Muslim Organisations, Masjid Al Falah, Shree Hindu Temple, Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara, Lady Gretton the Lord Lieutenant of Leicester have invited Armed Forces personnel to visit Leicester on Thursday February 4th.

This visit has been facilitated by the St Philip’s Centre and the Armed Forces Muslim Forum.

The purpose of this visit is to increase understanding between the Armed Forces and faith groups in Leicester, and coincides with the United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Abdulkarim Gheewala, the chair of the Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO), is hoping that this visit will raise Leicester Muslim communities’ awareness of the historic contribution of Muslims to the British Armed Forces and demonstrate to the Armed Forces personnel that the FMO fully supports the Armed Forces’ work.

Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other major faith communities’ Armed Forces personnel – many of which are originally from Leicester – will be accompanied by Rt Hon Earl Howe, the Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State for Defence, and Imam Asim Hafiz, the Islamic Advisor to the Armed Forces. Members of Leicester’s local Army Reserve unit, the 158 Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps, will join them.

The visiting party will begin at Crown Hills Community College where an army vehicle will be on site to welcome pupils as they begin their day, and the Minister and Armed Forces personnel will later meet pupils. The next stop is Masjid Al Falah where the delegation will meet members of the Federation of Muslim Organisations and converse with worshippers following the observance of lunchtime prayer. The group will then meet members of the Hindu community at Shree Hindu Temple and take part in the traditional Sikh langar at Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara. The evening will conclude with an interfaith reception at St Philip’s Centre where they will be joined by HM Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton.