Muslims hold prayer service on U.S. base in Afghanistan

 Muslim troops were given a special treat by International Security Assistance Force commanders in Afghanistan's dangerous Kandahar Province.  

More than 600 troops from the U.S., Great Britain and the Afghanistan Army along with Afghan workers joined in prayer on Nov. 16 to celebrate Eid ul Adha in the centre of Kandahar Airbase, which has been under numerous attacks by Taliban forces over the past several years.

“The  Islamic sermons were delivered by British Armed Forces Imam Asim Hafiz  and the Imam of the local 205 Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA), demonstrating the united relationship between ISAF and the ANA,” said Lizzie Lovett, Muslim Outreach and Program Officer for the Foreign and Commonwealth of Great Britain.

 One young American pilot commented on the sense of unity he felt being able to pray with fellow Muslim soldiers from other countries and with local Afghan, in a celebration that counters the insurgent messages that ISAF are at war with Islam,” she said.


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