British Muslim leaders have called for additional security for mosques after an Imam in Rochdale was killed in a suspected murder case.
They also urged the Muslims across the country to keep their till police finish investigation into the death of Jalal Uddin, 56 who was found in a children’s playground with a fatal head injury on Thursday night. He succumbed to his wounds after being taken to the hospital. Police have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
According to the Guardian, the Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, Mohammed Shafiq, said he was shocked by the news but urged the community of Rochdale to stay united.
“We pay tribute to him and his unique contribution to our community in Rochdale… We offer our sincere condolences and prayers to his family, friends and the wider community. We would urge all local mosques in Rochdale to consider emergency security precautions and facilities to help local people return home safely from the mosque. Furthermore mosques should also consider budding various people together to ensure vulnerable people are supported,” Shafiq said.
On the other hand, a statement on the the Jalali Jame mosque website said: “It is with deep sadness we inform you that our dear Qari Jalal Uddin Saab passed away last night. The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed. We recommend that you do not speculate but rather wait for the facts to be established by the police.”
Uddin, who has a wife and children in Bangladesh, had been in the UK for almost 15 years.