Sunday marked the centenary for World War 1 Armistice and you probably saw a lot of information about The Great War online, as well as heard a lot of similar stories being told. Here at Faith Forums, we thought we’d do something a little different and dig up some untold stories from deep in the trenches of World War 1.
- Priests, Imams and Rabbi’s taught each other their burial ceremonies.
World War 1 was one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of the humanity with experts estimating the amount of people killed around 16 million. With many of those laid to rest on the battlefield, it was often difficult for those of specific faiths to receive the proper burial rituals. However, recent documents uncovered have shown that Priests, Imams and Rabbis taught each other the burial ceremonies and prayers of each other’s religions so that those tragically killed were always given the correct burial.
- North African Muslims saved the lives of Europeans with herbal medicines
The total estimated casualties for both civilians and military in World War 1 was over 37 million and with many of those occurring on the battlefield it is no surprise to hear that medical supplies often ran thin. Due to this, North African Muslims would often heal their European comrades through herbal medicine once their field medical supplies ran out, according to The National World
- Muslims and non-Muslims asked to be buried next to each other
With over 2.5 million Muslims involved in World War 1, it’s not surprising to hear that there was a great sense of camaraderie and friendship between Muslims and non-Muslims. In fact, the Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation recently uncovered stories of how Muslim and Christian soldiers asked to be buried next to each other seeing themselves as brothers-in-arms.
- Multi-faith ceremonies to mark the centenary
Some of the stories already mentioned showcase real camaraderie between multi-faiths during the war and it is great to see that this spirit is still carried through to the present day. On Sunday 10 November 2019, our co-chair Deesha Chadha laid a wreath at the Eastcote remembrance service, our vice chair Jasvir Singh led the Remembrance Service at Streatham.