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Muslim soldiers to be recognised in WW1 exhibition

129th Baluch regiment which was the first Imperial unit to see action on the Western Front - the entire regiment was Muslim. Credit: Heritage Lottery Fund

A Birmingham based First World War project exploring the stories of Muslim soldiers in the British Army has been given funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The £63,900 grant will be used to train a team of 15 volunteers from Birmingham Libraries and Archives to carry out research exploring collections of photos, medals and letters passed down from family to family.

More than 430,000 Muslims of South Asian origin joined the British Army between 1914 and 1918. There has been little documentation of their war effort until now.

Britain’s wartime past is a legacy that belongs to everyone that contributes to our multi-cultural society. This important landmark project will help to archive stories that celebrate this shared endeavour and sacrifice for the benefit of future generations.

– Haroon Ravat, Director of Xtra Mile West Midlands, said
A painting of Pujabi Muslims in the British Army Credit: Heritage Lottery Fund

Diabetic Muslims told to seek GP advice while fasting

Muslims in the Midlands who have diabetes are advised to speak to their GP if they decide to fast during Ramadan.

The British Medical Journal has found in a recent study that the change in the eating patterns of Muslims during Ramadan significantly increases the risk of blood sugar problems.

Dr Ather Hussain said: “Islam is very clear, that if a person feels that their illness will prolong or become more severe as a result of fasting, then he or she is exempt from that, and they can fast at a later date. So it is best to get advice from their local GP.”

Ramadan advice for diabetic Muslims in the Midlands

Diabetes UK has offered advice to practicing Muslims living with diabetes, who have decided to fast for Ramadan.

  • If you are taking insulin, you will require less insulin before the start of the fast
  • The type of insulin may also need changing from your usual type
  • Pre-mixed insulin is not recommended during fasting
  • Check your blood glucose levels more often than you normally would
  • When you break the fast, have only small quantities food, and avoid only eating sweet or fatty foods
  • Try to eat just before sunrise, when you commence the next day’s fast
  • Before starting the fast, you should include more slowly absorbed food (low GI), such as rice, pitta bread and dhal, in your meal, along with fruit and vegetables
  • At the end of fasting you should drink plenty of sugar-free and decaffeinated fluids to avoid being dehydrated.

Muslim children do not need to fast until they get to their teens.

Concerns for diabetic Muslims during Ramadan

Medical professionals are warning diabetic Muslims about the concerns of fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.

The main problem for diabetics is the onset of hypoglycaemia - low sugar levels, and hyperglycaemia – high sugar levels Credit: Ryan Remiorz/Press Association Images

Diabetes UK is advising practicing Muslims to consult their GP if they decide to fast.

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that the change in eating patterns during Ramadan increased the risk of severe hyperglycaemia significantly.


Muslim peace event in Nottingham

A thousand roses will be handed out in Nottingham city centre Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

1000 roses will be handed out in Nottingham city-centre today as part of an event called 'Flowers for Peace'.

It has been organised by The KQZ Institute, a group of young Muslims and volunteers who have got together after the death of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich last month.

The following message will be attached to the roses:

"If anyone killed a person, it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind."

Organisers say they will hope it will send a clear message that young Muslims in Nottingham strongly condemn murder.