Asim HafizArmed Forces Muslim Association
Imam Asim Hafiz OBE is the Islamic Religious Adviser to the Chief of the Defence Staff at the UK Ministry of Defence, and the first Muslim chaplain to the British armed forces. In 2012, he spent eight months in Afghanistan as part of UK/International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) efforts to increase religious understanding to promote peace and stability. He founded the Armed Forces Muslim Association, a service personnel support network, and the Armed Forces Muslim Forum to improve mutual understanding between British Muslim communities and their armed forces. He was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to Defence.
European Islam in light of the Bosnian Experience
The status and identity of Islam and Muslims in Europe has been discussed widely. Many have claimed that Bosnia represents a good example of ‘Euroislam’, a fusion of both European and Islamic identities. Imam Asim Hafiz will interview Mufti Hadis ef. Pašalić, the Mufti to the Bosnian Armed Forces, about what it means to be a European Muslim from his own personal experiences as a solider against the aggression in the 1990s as well as now, as the head of Islamic Affairs in the Bosnian Armed Forces.