Is it loyal or moral for Muslims to wear the poppy and participate in ANZAC and Remembrance Day commemorations?
Is this a betrayal of their fellow Muslims who have been killed or displaced as a result of recent military conflicts?
Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association President Azeem Zafarullah said, “This commemoration is all about saluting the sacrifices made by service men, women and their families who served their countries in times of need. This is not about politics, but about people.
Prophet Mohammed taught that loyalty towards one’s country of residence is an essential part of one’s faith. What better way to demonstrate this loyalty than to acknowledge those who have fought for it?
The soldiers who took part in wars were mainly ordinary men and women serving their country.
If unjust wars have been declared and fought by a Government, it is not the servicemen or women that are to blame.
The role of a soldier is not to make complex political decisions, but simply to follow orders and defend their nation.
Soldiers cannot be held accountable for the transgressions of their governments.”
Mr Zafarullah said that every year, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in New Zealand attend dawn and civic parades to reflect upon the sacrifices made by servicemen and women and those who continue to serve the nation.
“Likewise, this is done by Ahmadi Muslims the world over,” he said.
About ANZAC Day
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in New Zealand and Australia that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations to protect us and our country.
The word ‘Anzac’ is a part of the culture of New Zealanders and Australians.
Over the past few years, Ahmadiyya Muslim youth in New Zealand have paid their respects at the cenotaph located by their local RSA (Returned Services Association) in Manurewa Auckland, by placing a wreath and volunteering with Auckland Council and Manurewa RSA to organise the event.
Wellington Muslim youth at the ANZAC Parade