|Indian Princess killed in the line of duty in WWII
On Thursday 8th November 2012, the Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council joined many others in remembering Britain's female Muslim war heroine, Noor Inayat Khan, the Indian Princess who was killed in the line of duty.
A statue to commemorate her heroic courage was unveiled in London's Gordon Square by the Princess Royal who said stories such as hers are "remarkable in their own right."
Noor sacrificed her life for Britain as a wartime secret agent. She was sent to Paris in June 1943 and while many members left after their mission was disclosed, Noor chose to remain in France in order to send messages back to London, whilst avoiding capture. In October she was betrayed by a Frenchwoman and arrested by the Gestapo. While being kept in solitary confinement, in chains and tortured by her captors, she still remained strong and refused to say anything. She was later executed.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) pays tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of Muslims in the Armed Forces. Remembrance Sunday should serve as a reminder to all of us that all faith communities, including Muslims, laid down their lives for this country.
In 2009, the MCB published Remembering the Brave which highlights the long-standing and continued support from British Muslims for the Armed Forces. The document outlines how Muslims have made a historic contribution to the defence of this nation and covers the present contribution of British Muslims to the UK military.
Pictures from the unveiling of Noor Inayat Khan's Statue: