British Army officers took part in a special visit to a Dewsbury mosque recently.
The aim of the visit, organised by local charity group Kumon Y’All, was to build relationships between the Army and British Asians in the area.
The Army officers from 4th Infantry Brigade in Catterick, North Yorkshire, visited the Zakaria Mosque in Chapel Street.
There they were shown the prayer rooms and classrooms and were also introduced to the ritual washing of hands, face and feet by Molana Farook Yunus, who is the project manager of Kumon Y’All.
The soldiers also visited the Institute of Islamic Education, a boarding school and darul uloom (Islamic seminary) in South Street.
The school provides a full-time education as well as training Imams, Islamic studies teachers and scholars in order to benefit the communities to which they return.
The students gave a presentation to the military visitors on respecting parents, teachers and elders.
Colonel Mike Butterwick, the Deputy Commander of 4th Infantry Brigade, addressed the school and soldiers on the similarities between them all.
He said: “It has been a fantastic day – we have learned so much and we have been warmly welcomed by everybody we have talked to.”
Molana Farook said: “The Army is a lot of very powerful people and I am very passionate about tapping into that resource and using it for the betterment of society.
“I feel that our relationship is getting better and stronger.”