While on a visit in Singapore, Prince Harry sat down to a post-sunset Ramadan meal, called an “iftar”, with the local Muslim community, during which they offered him their prayers and sympathy for the victims of the recent attack in London last Saturday. The two-day trip to the South East Asian city-state saw Prince Harry visiting the community centre of a faith-led voluntary welfare organisation called Jamiyah Singapore, which provides the local community with a variety of services from youth help schemes to assistance with poverty.
As the sun set and the fasting for the day came to an end, the community ate a simple yet nourishing meal of dates and porridge. Prince Harry was accompanied by around eighty of the community.
As they did so, the community was led in prayer by the Secretary-General of Jamiyah, Islamic scholar Muhammad Rafiuddin. In a speech to those gathered, he condemned the attack on innocents and spoke words of hope for reconciliation and peace for the future.
“Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims of the London terror attack last night,” he said, “Let peace and harmony prevail in communities all over the world.”
The attacks on London Bridge on Saturday, which saw seven people killed and at least 48 injured, was the third such attack in Britain in as many months. Responsibility for the act was claimed by Da’esh, also known as ISIS, and has been widely condemned by the British and international Islamic community, as well as secular leaders. Twelve arrests have since been made in connection with the incident.
Respect for the attack was also shown at Eden Hall, the residence of the British High Commission in Singapore, where Prince Harry attended a reception. The flag was flown at half-mast as a mark of mourning for those afflicted by the attack.
While in Singapore, Prince Harry will be undertaking visits to local clinics that focus on sexually transmitted diseases and, of particular interest to him, mental health. Along with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry is a founder of a mental illness awareness charity called Heads Together. These efforts also follow in the footsteps of the Prince’s late mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales.
Come Wednesday; Prince Harry will depart Singapore for Sydney, where he will be promoting the 2018 Invictus Games.