British imam says Muslims should ‘aspire to be like’ Qassem Soleimani in tribute to ‘martyred’ general at London Islamic Centre
- Muslims gathered at the Islamic Centre of England in Maida Vale, London
- Paid tribute to General Qassem Soleimani who was killed during an air strike
- The service was held 25 minutes after a man was arrested outside the centre
- Imam said Soleimani was a martyr and said people should aspire to be like him
By Luke Andres and Phoebe Eckersley for Mail Online, 6 January 2020
An imam paid a passionate tribute to assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani outside the Islamic Centre of England yesterday, describing him as a martyr and saying that people should ‘aspire to be like him’.
Dozens of Muslims attended a memorial service held at the religious hub in Maida Vale, London.
The imam, speaking in front of the building, addressed mourners and heaped praise on the slain general.
The crowds had squeezed into the building and sat beneath a painting of the Islamic Republic’s second-in-command and Iraqi military commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, as they paid their respects to those massacred in the US airstrikes.
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