On Sunday 14th June, Muslim leaders from across the theological spectrum gathered together for a Memorial Dinner in remembrance of the Srebrenican genocide that took place 20 years ago. This memorial dinner was jointly hosted by Faith Associates and Remember Srebrenica at the Central Mosque of Brent.
July 11th marks the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide that took place during the Bosnian War of 1992-1995 and this event was held to help raise awareness amongst Muslim leaders & communities across the UK about this atrocity.
The Memorial Dinner was attended by a variety of Muslim leaders including; Shaukat Warriach (CEO, Faith Associates), Waqar Azmi (Founder, Remember Srebrencia), Bakhtyar Pirzada (Vice Principal, Jamia Al Karam), Maulana Shahid Raza (MINAB) and Shaykh Abbas Razawi (Majlis-e-Ulama, Europe) to name a few. The dinner service was also attended by Mustafa Mujezinovic, former Prime Minister of Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovinia who delivered a keynote address.
There was many important topics raised during the event, especially regarding the process that led to the genocide & the lessons we can learn to prevent such events from reoccurring.
Looking towards the future, there was an emphasis on the role Imams and Islamic institutions have to play in educating the community.
“There is an urgent need that Muslim children and communities need to reflect on Srebrencia. Every Mosque should be reflecting and educating the people on the issue” said Bakhtyar Pirzada.
This feeling was also shared by Shahid Raza, “It is important the Imams and Mosques join hands together and contribute to the peace in society and the world”.
As the 20th anniversary falls during the month of Ramadan, there is a call for Mosques to hold ‘Remember Srebrenica Iftars’. These iftars will help spread the message and awareness of Srebrenica to young communities to ensure that the atrocity that took place is never forgotten.
If your Mosque is interested in hosting a ‘Remember Srebrenica Iftar’, the Mosque Iftar team can facilitate this. Please visit www.mosqueiftar.com for more information on how to hold these events.