Prince Charles visits Finsbury Park ‘hero’ imam

The Prince of Wales with Imam Mohammed Mahmoud during a visit to Muslim Welfare House in north London, to meet members of the local community and hear about the community response following the recent terrorist attack.

The Prince of Wales has visited Finsbury Park to learn about the terror attack targeting Muslim worshippers in the early hours of Monday morning.

He met with faith leaders at Muslim Welfare House, not far from where nine people were taken to hospital after being hit by a van following Ramadan prayers.

Prince Charles spoke of his joy at meeting them “despite the very sad, unfortunate circumstances”, and delivered a personal message from the Queen.

He told the group: “She has specifically asked me to tell you how shocked she was by what happened, particularly as the victims were worshippers who had been attending Ramadan prayers, and Her Majesty’s thoughts and prayers are with you all.

“And if I may say so, I can only but join my particular thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty’s on this occasion, and to say that for many years I have taken a great interest in the Muslim community in this country.”

Prince Charles met with faith leaders at the Muslim Welfare House in north London
Image:Prince Charles met with faith leaders at the Muslim Welfare House in north London

Charles said he was “deeply impressed” by imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who shielded the terror suspect until police arrived.

Police are still working to determine whether the death of a man at the scene is connected to the terror attack.

Makram Ali, 51, had been taken ill shortly before the attack and was already receiving first aid from a member of the public when the van crashed.

NHS England has said four patients are still receiving care at two London hospitals, and two of them remain in critical care at the Royal London.

The Prince of Wales said he was 'deeply impressed' by imam Mohammed Mahmoud,
Image:The Prince of Wales said he was ‘deeply impressed’ by imam Mohammed Mahmoud


Scotland Yard is continuing to question Darren Osborne on suspicion of launching the attack.

The 47-year-old, from Cardiff, was arrested on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism – including murder and attempted murder.

Detectives have been granted a warrant to hold the father-of-four in custody until 12.54am on Saturday morning.

2 thoughts on “Prince Charles visits Finsbury Park ‘hero’ imam

  1. azhar Reply

    The imam practicing high moral of islam, if he doesnt protect the attacker then the attacker might be injured if beaten by the crowd..we dont know yet either the attacker is mentally ill or he get paid to attack muslim prayers or he doesnt understand islam at all yet.. Let the authority investigate him and to forgive him is better than to detain him in custody or to him in the prison…one thing we have to let hom know is that islam is peacefullnes….

  2. Huy Reply

    The van crashed,
    Absurd, totally absurd.
    More accurate would be the van smashed in to peaple by the driver intending to commit murder.

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