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London Mega-Mosque Holds Mass Memorial for Killed Iranian Terrorist Soleimani

Islamic Centre of England hosts service for Iran's slain General Qasem Soleimani

 on 6th January 2020 @ 12.00pm
a mass memorial was held for gen  qasem soleimani  left  is mayor sadiq khan s  right  london © press
A mass memorial was held for Gen. Qasem Soleimani (left) is Mayor Sadiq Khan's (right) London

A UK mega-mosque in Mayor Sadiq Khan's London held a mass memorial for slain Iranian terrorist Gen. Qasem Soleimani over the weekend.

The Islamic Centre of England, located in Maida Vale, Kilburn, held the large service for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) general, who was killed in a strike by US forces last week.

Soleimani, who as leader of the Quds Force of the IRGC, was responsible for directing the activities of Iran’s proxy militias and other assets in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.

Gen. Soleimani, described as the "Osama bin Laden of the Shiite world" by Aaron Klein, also fomented the recent siege of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

He was consequently eliminated by a U.S. drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump, along with Kataib Hezbollah founder Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.

In an official message of condolence, the Islamic Centre of England director Seyed Hashem Moosavi described the Iranian terrorist as an “honorable Islamic commander.”

mourners packed out the islamic centre for the memorial for soleimani and his entourage © press
Mourners packed out the Islamic Centre for the memorial for Soleimani and his entourage

The message of condolence praised Soleimani as a man “consistently present on the battlefield with the devils and the diabolic powers of the world” who “did not stop his struggle for one moment.”

“May God bless Haj Ghasem!” it declared.

“On the occasion of his martyrdom and that of his entourage, especially the great mujahid of Islam the honourable Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, I offer my condolences and my congratulations to the Imam al-Mahdi (a).

"I also extend my condolences to the great leader of Iran, Aytollah Khamenei, to the family members of the martyrs, and to the admirable nations of Iran and Iraq,” it concluded.

The director signed off as the “Representative of Ayatollah al- Uzma Sayyid Ali Khamenei (May Allah give him long life).”

Mourners “squeezed” into the Islamic Centre to attend the memorial for Soleimani and his entourage, according to a MailOnline report

Pictures show large crowds gathered both within and without the building and an officiant standing behind a portrait of the commander and Al-Muhandis.

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Iran has vowed revenge for the death of terrorist Gen. Qasem Soleimani

The mega-mosque is run as a private UK company as the Islamic Centre of England Limited, notably its Governing Document requires that at all times one Trustee be a representative of an overseas government, the Supreme Leader of Iran.

The Islamic Centre is housed in the former Maida Vale Picture House, a 1,001-seat cinema designed by Edward A. Stone which opened as the Picture Palace on 27 January 1913.

The Grade II listed building was converted into a Shi'a Islamic religious and cultural center and mega-mosque in 1998.

During major religious events, the number of worshippers visiting the mosque throughout the day exceeds 5,000, according to Wikipedia.

Breitbart London reported on Saturday that the Muslim population of England surpassed three million in 2016.

The figure is now greater than the total populations of Wales and Northern Ireland.

Most UK Muslims adhere to Sunni sects of Islam, however, while the Islamic Republic of Iran is Shiite.

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