Southend mosques condemn Sir David Amess killer’s ‘indefensible atrocity’ as faith leaders remember ‘an outstanding friend to our Muslim community’
- Faith leaders said that MP Sir David Amess was an ‘upstanding friend’ to Muslims
- Essex Jamme Masjid said their thoughts and prayers were with the Amess family
- Members of Southend’s Muslim community gathered to pay tribute to killed MP
The fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess has been condemned as an ‘indefensible atrocity’ by mosques in Southend.
Faith leaders said that the father of five was an ‘upstanding friend to our Muslim community’ and attended key events, including weddings, mosque openings and the launch of the town’s first Muslim Scout group.
In a statement published on the Essex Jamme Masjid website, on behalf of ‘all Southend mosques’, they said their thoughts and prayers were with Sir David’s family, friends and colleagues.
‘Sir David’s murder was an indefensible atrocity, committed on the grounds of a place of worship and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,’ the statement said.
‘This act was committed in the name of blind hatred and we look forward to the perpetrator being brought to justice,’ it added.
The fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess has been condemned as an ‘indefensible atrocity’ by mosques in Southend
Faith leaders said Sir David was an ‘upstanding friend to our Muslim community’ and attended key events, including weddings, mosque openings and the launch of the town’s first Muslim Scout group
Scotland Yard said early investigations had revealed ‘a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism’.
Shocked members of the town’s Muslim community gathered near the scene of Sir David’s death to lay flowers in tribute to the MP for Southend West.
Ruhul Shamsuddin, joint secretary of Essex Jamme Masjid, described the MP as a ‘tremendous force for good and pillar of support for our community’.
‘This was senseless violence against a truly wonderful man,’ he added.
Iftikhar Ul Haq, Imam at UKIM Southend Mosque, said Sir David was ‘always reachable’, adding: ‘He showed great compassion for communities and always was there to offer support.’
Last night, Somali leaders in the UK condemned the murder after reports emerged that a member of their community may be the alleged attacker. A 25-year-old man was being questioned by police.
The Council of Somali Organisations said in a statement: ‘We condemn the brutal murder of Sir David Amess MP.
‘This was a senseless murder which has shocked British communities across the country.
‘We are shocked and saddened by the senseless violence perpetrated upon an innocent Member of Parliament. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sir David Amess’s family, loved ones and anyone who has been affected by this callous act.’
Shocked members of the town’s Muslim community gathered near the scene of Sir David’s death to lay flowers in tribute to the MP for Southend West
The organisation’s director, Kahiye Alim, said: ‘I send my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Sir David Amess MP.
‘His life was one of service to others and we will remember his legacy as one of empowerment and community building.
‘We utterly condemn this brutal murder, which is an affront to all of our values and our democratic society itself.’
An Iranian opposition group paid tribute to Sir David, describing him as a ‘human rights champion’ and an ‘enemy of many dictators’.
Hossein Abedini was among several members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran who laid flowers yesterday.