Muslim faith healer murdered in London
The dead man is Zakariyya Islam, 46, above, a co-founder of the Ruqya centre in Whitechapel which specialises is curing people of ‘demonic possession’ and related ‘spiritual’ afflications.
According to this Evening Standard report, last year the father of three hosted a conference – “The World of Jinns” – at the East London Mosque which he visited regularly.
Friends described him as a “popular guy with a big heart” who was well-known within the Muslim community.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and found the Islamic healer suffering critical injuries.
Despite desperate attempts he could not be saved and was pronounced dead a short time later.
A 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He was treated in hospital for hand injuries and was questioned by detectives who recovered a knife following the attack at 6.30pm on Monday.
Islam had been treating people who believe themselves possessed by ‘jinns’, or spirits, and black magic victims, for more than a decade.
The centre also offers advice on sorcery, witchcraft and the “evil eye”.
One of Islam’s three daughters today said they were “in shock” and too distraught to speak about the tragedy.
His sister-in-law Shazeda Khanom, 41, said:
He was a very nice man and we don’t know who would do something like this or have any reason to.
A Met Police spokesman confirmed the victim and suspect were known to each other.
Islam, from Mile End, was a former caretaker at Stepney Green Secondary School and a member of Islamic Forum of Europe.
Curiously, the Evening Standard’s coverage of the murder was criticised by the East London News, which said:
Inevitably, the Evening Standard is reporting the murder by sensationalising Mr Islam’s professional life.
Hat tip BarrieJohn