A man identified only as Mohammed who was holding the suspect down told Britain’s Guardian newspaper, “The imam came from the mosque and he said, ‘Listen we are fasting, this is Ramadan, we are not supposed to do these kinds of things so please step back.’” “For that reason this guy is still alive today,” Mohammed added. If the imam was not there he wouldn’t be there today.” Another witness, Adil Rana, told the Guardian, “The driver jumped out and then he was pinned down to the floor and people were punching him and beating him, which was reasonable because of what he’s done.And then the imam of the mosque actually came out and said: ‘Don’t hit him, hand him over to the police, pin him down.’” Mohammed Mahmoud: The Imam who guarded the terrorist who knocked down Muslim worshipers until the police arrived. #Finsbury Park pic.twitter.com/Wlj Vki5CEc — Muslim Womens Council (@MWC_Bradford) June 19, 2017 Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the mosque, praised Mahmoud for his bravery.North Ossetia, though, was ahead of the curve -- about two years ago, the forward-looking republic already turned its president into a "head of the republic."One could view Kadyrov's move as another act of outward loyalty by a vassal to his lord.It is possible that this manifestation of oriental courtesy was a result of the feudal anger of President Dmitry Medvedev, expressed to his envoy to the region Aleksandr Khloponin and the leadership of Daghestan concerning corruption in the North Caucasus and the lack of investment there.Bystanders grabbed the driver and wrestled the 48-year-old man to ground.But Imam Mohammed Mahmoud of the Muslim Welfare House shielded the man and urged the crowd to remain calm, until the police arrived, preventing them from harming the suspected terrorist.“For the last few days since the election, I’ve been receiving a number of reports from across the country — and here locally in southern California – of kids being bullied, and of parents freaking out, what do I do to help my kids, to help protect them, to help them navigate the difficult situations they face in school with kids mimicking what they hear at home, not just picking on kids of color and immigrants saying ‘we’re gonna deport you,’ but calling Muslim kids terrorists and in many instances, the girls who happen to cover their hair, sometimes kids will pull their headscarf off.
Other leaders of North Caucasus republics then announced their intention of following Kadyrov's example.
He told CNN that Mahmoud “went quickly and grabbed the guy because the people there were trying to hit and kick the guy, but he saved him, and kept him safe until the police arrived.” Mahmoud’s “bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life,” Kacimi told ITV.
Neil Basu, of the police’s counter-terrorism unit, also praised Mahmoud, describing his actions as “commendable.” J. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, hailed Mahmoud in a tweet.
A Muslim leader is being hailed for his courage and bravery after he protected the driver who rammed his van into a crowd outside a mosque in north London on Monday.
The driver of a van deliberately targeted worshipers leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, an eyewitnesses said, and the attacker shouted: “I want to kill all Muslims.” The attack left one dead and eight wounded.
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