Mosque Stabbing: London Muezzin Forgives His Attacker

A London mosque imam has forgiven his attacker who stabbed him in the neck inside the mosque, saying that forgiveness is part of his faith.

“I forgive him. I feel very sorry for him,” Raafat Maglad, the muezzin [the one who makes the call to prayer] of London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park, told reporters, The Independent reported.

He added: “What is done is done, he is not going to return.

“He is a human being and this is my faith. What happened to me is my faith.”

Maglad, who is originally from Sudan, was praying when a 29-year-old man stabbed him in the neck.

“We were praying and I just felt somebody hit me from behind. He didn’t say anything,” he said.

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“I just felt blood flowing from my neck and that’s it, they rushed me to the hospital. Everything happened all of a sudden.”

Forgiveness In Islam

One of the moral traits recommended in the Qur’an is forgiveness: Hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorant. (7: 199).

Stories of Muslims forgiving their attackers are quite common and many have made headlines.

In September 2018, a young Canadian Muslim woman, assaulted on a train last year, forgave her attacker, saying she had begun “changing the world.”

“Because of you, I grew, I forgave and I began changing the world one person at a time,” 18-year-old Noor Fadel told her attacker in court.

In December 2017, the Muslim community in Fort Smith, Arkansas, also forgave a vandal who attacked their mosque, granting him his freedom ticket.