Blind Imam Murdered at Finsbury Park Mosque
Imam Maimoun Zarzour (rahimahullah, may Allah have mercy on him) was murdered on 2nd September 2011, after Fajr.
He was the Imam of the Muslim Welfare House, a popular and long standing Mosque in Finsbury Park, North London, UK.
It is stated on the MWH website that the Imam was friendly and had never had an argument with anyone during his time as Imam.
It is believed he was killed via strangulation in his office. The Guardian has reported that Islington police forces are investigating alongside colleagues from the homicide and serious crime command.
An arrest was made of a man at the scene of the murder - age yet unknown.
However some of my own sources tell me that the murder was committed by an Algerian Muslim with mental problems, however I have not been able to verify this, but it is has been reported by numerous brothers.
It is sad news, however, as Muslims we believe in the Divine Decree of Allah (Qadr).
We can make du'a that Allah accepts this beloved Imam as a Shahid in the cause of Allah and all that is noble and righteous and acceptable by Allah, ameen.
Allah says in the Qur'an:
Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision.
Ali `Imran 3:169
They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve.
Ali `Imran 3:170
Let us all remember that
...Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return Al-Baqarah 2:156
And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.). Al-Baqarah 2:155
Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: "Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return." Al-Baqarah 2:156