Muhsin Ahmed, an 81-year-old, was on his way to morning prayers at the mosque when he was found slumped on the ground with serious head injuries in Rotherham, earlier in August. He unfortunately did not survive from these head injuries and died in the hospital.
In 2013 an 82-year-old, Mohammed Saleem was stabbed to death whilst walking home from a Birmingham mosque.
Mosques across the country will be remembering victims of religiously and racially motivated attacks on Friday 28 August during their weekly sermon/khutbah.
The Friday service, which is attended by hundreds of thousands of Muslims across Britain, will reflect upon, and help the congregation understand, and come to terms with the increasing number of attacks on Muslims, both online and on the streets. Islamophobia is on the rise and must be dealt with appropriately.
Imam Umar Hayat Qadri, said: “our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the religiously and/or racially motivated attacks, in particular to the family and friends of the pensioner Muhsin Ahmed from Rotherham.”
Imam Qari Asim MBE of Makkah Mosque in Leeds said:
“Violent attacks on innocent men and women can never be justified. The fact that such unspeakable horror was committed in Yorkshire in the early hours of the morning shows that some people are being brain-washed by the Far Right to commit attacks against people of other faiths and ethnicities on British soil.”
We are proud that we live in a multi-faith and multi-cultural society, where citizens lives and their livelihood is protected We hope that the relationships that are developed between communities are not destabilised by such cowardly murders of elderly devout gentlemen. We hope that the perpetrators are soon brought to justice.