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Press Release

6 March, 2024

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt commits £1 million to honour Muslims who fought for Britain


21 March, 2024

Please click below to read some of our most frequently asked questions



The mission of the World Wars Muslim Memorial Trust is to honour the Muslim soldiers from the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, North Africa, and around the World who served in Britain’s armed forces in the two World Wars and subsequently.


The World Wars Muslim Memorial Trust was conceived in November 2015, on the initiative of Tazi Husain, a retired NHS consultant surgeon, and inspired by Dr Irfan Malik, a practicing Nottingham GP. They both felt that in the Centenary commemoration of World War 1, the contribution of the Indian Subcontinent, in particular of Muslim soldiers, had been largely forgotten.

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Subedar Karim Khan, IDSM (behind flag) and Naik Mohammad Yakub, IDSM, both 2/1 Punjab Regiment, with a Japanese flag brought back by a successful raiding party in Burma. Yakub was later killed in a gallant action on 19 May 1944, while his company was attempting to open the Imphal-Kohima road. Subedar Ram Sarup Singh of this battalion won the Victoria Cross for valour at Kennedy Peak in September 1944. (Source: Rana Chhina)

Infantry Officer (Punjabi Muslim) by W. Luker junr (source Rana Chhina)


The intention has been to devise a memorial which in nature is both Classical and Islamic. The main inspiration for the memorial has been the minaret or column, a familiar feature in both Islamic societies and western cultures. Another source of inspiration has been the Mughal architecture of Pakistan and Northwest India from where many of the soldiers came who are celebrated by the memorial.


Why were Indian troops involved in the two World Wars?


The short answer is they had no choice.

When the British Government declared war on Germany, both in August 1914 and in September 1939, it was not just the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the British Isles that they were committing to war but all military troops of what was then known as the British Empire.  This included the Dominions of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, and the many British territories scattered across the globe including, of course, India from where many of the Muslim soldiers were recruited.

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Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck with officers of 1st Punjab Regiment (source S Husain)



If you would like to support the ambitions of the World Wars Muslim Memorial Trust please donate or help us raise funds through a fundraising project.


We welcome any contribution, and would be happy to discuss collaborations that involve community activities and fundraising.

WWMMT was the first trust established to build a national Muslim memorial, and we are the only charity with completed plans and permissions, ready to build a memorial once we have raised funds.
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