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.
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.”
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.
Medical professionals are warning diabetic Muslims about the concerns of fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.
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.
One month after the death of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, there are signs of an upsurge in anti-Muslim abuse in the Midlands.
Police say they've seen a rise in hate crimes and prejudice against British Muslims after the death of the British soldier.
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.