In the Wake of the Birmingham Riots
posted by Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq
First Day of Riots
Exclusively Live Sangat Television Soho Road Broadcast happened on 8 August 2011. We would like to share this shocking footage with British people. Legendary Upinder was watching this Broadcast at home, he joined the team on the next day.Three Muslim males were killed during the riots that were occurring in Birmingham, it literally is a story of being at the wrong place at the wrong time were one of them is believe to have been run over by a hooligan part of the riot.
Tension is high in Birmingham following the death of three men struck by a car while protecting local businesses.
There is a real fear that the events of last night have stirred racial tensions in this city between some Asian and black communities. There is talk of retaliation and further violence.
When looters went on the rampage on Monday night, dozens of local businesses were attacked. Family businesses that had taken years to establish were ransacked in hours. Yesterday, many of the owners told me they weren’t going to allow it to happen again.
In areas like the Soho Road in Handsworth, they started closing early. “We don’t trust the police to be able to look after us,” one man said. “So we’re going to do it ourselves.”
Some resorted to extreme measures
When we drove to the area, we found an awful scene. A young black man was lying on the pavement with serious injuries. The police had cordoned off the area around him and were waiting for an ambulance to arrive. The police would not release details of what had happened, but that did not stop the rumours. Several people told me that a convoy of black men in cars had driven past one of the temples and taunted a group of Asian men. A small group had retaliated, dragging one out of his car and beating him up.
We drove to Birmingham’s City hospital in Winsom Green. Outside the hospital, we found riot police guarding the entrance.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” one nurse told me.
A group of Muslims had gathered. Some were crying. Others were praying. They were there to pay their respects. An hour earlier, three young men from their community had been guarding a restaurant nearby. It’s claimed that two cars approached them and deliberately ran them over. The police were treating the incident as murder.
“We were attacked and yet the police are here at the hospital as if we were the ones who did the violence. They’re only making the situation worse,” one relative told me.
“This situation is out of control now,” said another man.
“People here are angry. There’s going to be more violence, people were want revenge for this. They want somebody to pay.”
Birmingham father Tariq Jahan makes a MOVING PASSIONATE plea for calm after his son is one of 3 men MURDERED during UK RIOTS
It would have been so easy to demand ‘an eye for an eye’ and risk a race war on the riot-torn streets.
But with immense dignity, Tariq Jahan, whose 21-year-old son was mown down and killed in an apparently racist murder in Birmingham, appealed for calm yesterday.
Haroon Jahan was one of three young Men who died after they were thrown into the air ‘like tennis balls’ when they were hit by a car which mounted the pavement at 50mph while they were trying to protect local shops from looters on Tuesday night.
The shocking killings, the worst incident in four nights of rioting across Britain, left the city a tinderbox after it was confirmed that the man arrested on suspicion of murdering the Asians is a black caribbean.
Locals claimed that Afro-Caribbean gangs had been prowling the area, setting light to cars and shouting at Muslims ‘you will burn’ just before the alleged murders.
As racial tensions rose to boiling point with some Muslims calling for ‘retribution’, 45-year-old Mr Jahan — who desperately tried to revive his dying son — urged people NOT to seek revenge.
Standing on a wall in front of a crowd he said: ‘I lost my son. Blacks, Asians, whites — we all live in the same community.
‘Why do we have to kill one another? Why are we doing this?
Thousands of mourners gathered for an open-air funeral service in honour of three Birmingham men killed as they tried to protect businesses from looters.
Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, died after being deliberately hit by a car on Dudley Road, Winson Green.
Sheikh Mohammed Al Yacoobi delivered a speech to the crowd assembled at the city’s Summerfield Park.
“These three martyrs sacrificing themselves to defend their community, to defend their family members, to defend their homes,” he said.
“They made an example of how a Muslim should be and what Islam is.”
Thousands flooded Birmingham’s Summerfield Park for the prayers
Tariq Jahan, whose son Haroon was one of the victims, received flowers from people in the crowd.
Hours after losing his son he had appealed to a volatile group to show restraint – and many say his message has endured.
“We are witnessing the coming together of something quite unique,” said Councillor Ayoub Khan, who spoke on behalf of the victims’ families.
“Our communities of all faiths and non-faiths and of all ethnicities, we have rallied as one like possibly we have never seen before.”
Tariq Jahan is embraced by a mourner at the gathering
The traditional Muslim service was held in the park, nearby scene of the murders, with an open invitation for all to attend before private burials.
One man at the gathering told Sky News: “We wanted to show solidarity with our Muslim friends. We’re Christian of course.”
“I came here initially because I was representing the Jewish community at Sunday’s peace rally,” said another.
“But I’m also a shopkeeper and the way those men put their lives on the line for the community and tragically got murdered, and the way Tariq has dealt with the situation, it says so much.”
by Mehedi Islam
20,000 attend the Janaza (Funeral) to tribute the Birmingham riot martyrs
Prayers are held at Birmingham’s Summerfield Park ahead of the funeral for Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, all British Pakistanis, who were killed in the early hours last Wednesday during a wave of disorder and looting
The crowd stretched as far as the eye could see. By the very strength of their numbers they provided a dramatic tribute to three men who died defending their community from rioters.
Around 20,000 turned out in Birmingham yesterday for the open-air funeral of 21-year-old Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31.
The trio suffered fatal injuries last week when they were hit by a car as they protected shops from looters in the early hours of August 10. Four have so far been charged with murder over the incident.
Yesterday’s hour-long service in Summerfield Park began with a highly charged speech by Sheikh Ali Mohammed Yaqoubi, an Islamic preacher from Syria.
Dressed in a black robe he stood on a small stage and said: ‘We have come here to honour the three men but we cannot give them a better honour than they have got already – the honour of martyrdom.
‘As Muslims we have proven to be more loyal to this country than even the natives. These three men sacrificed their blood and it should be a historical day. A day of national celebration for everyone, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
‘I call upon the authorities to make this day a day not of mourning and sadness but a national day of bravery.’
Sheikh Yaqoubi praised Haroon Jahan’s father Tariq Jahan for his ‘brave words’ and for ‘stopping people from taking revenge’.
He stressed that no acts of retribution should be carried out in the names of the dead men, deeming such actions as ‘unethical and un-Islamic’.
The bodies were carried in three hearses. Inside Abdul Musavir’s, a garland of white flowers spelled out ‘shaheed’, meaning martyr.
His father sobbed uncontrollably at times and had to be supported by family as the coffins were taken out and laid on a table in a covered tent behind the stage.
A cousin of the dead brothers, who gave his name as Saqib, addressed the crowd. He said: ‘Our boys were precious gemstones of people. Loving, bubbly and family men.
‘Many of the youths are feeling deeply angered and I say we should channel that anger towards those at the top who didn’t do enough to protect our communities.’
Tariq Jahan also briefly addressed the crowd to thank them for their support. ‘This is for the three shaheeds. Please remember them,’ he said.
Female mourners in the crowd of mainly Asian and young black men were separated from the men by small metal barriers. An area had been cordoned off for immediate family and friends.
Local councillor Ayoub Khan read a statement from the families. He said: ‘The families would ask that everyone pray for them and their loved ones during this auspicious month of Ramadan. It is the support of all the community that has given them courage.
‘Birmingham witnessed upsetting scenes of mindless looting culminating in the tragic deaths of these three young men.
‘These three courageous souls were protecting the properties and sanctity of fellow community members be they black or white Muslim or non-Muslim … we salute their sacrifice.’
Following the public service, a private burial ceremony for relatives was held at Handsworth Cemetery.
Earlier, police lined the road leading to the Handsworth Muslim Centre, where the bodies of the three men lay overnight after being released by the coroner on Wednesday. Mourners visited to pay their final respects and women dressed in white wailed and sobbed openly as they left.
A police helicopter hovered overhead as large groups of young Pakistani men stood defiantly outside the centre.
One, in his 20s, who gave his name as Kash, said there had been rumours overnight that trouble could flare up because tensions were still running high.
He said: ‘There is still a lot of anger particular among the younger crowd and we have been warned to stay on guard.
Women dressed in white wailed and sobbed openly as they left the centre while the men wearing Muslim caps and traditional Pakistani clothing stood quietly outside in groups.
The funeral cortege was escorted by West Midlands Police as it made its way to Summerfield Park for the last rights, known as Janazah.
It was followed by a private burial ceremony for close relatives only at Handsworth Cemetery, where the three men were buried alongside each other.
A family friend, Sarjan Mahmood, 46, from Perry Barr, Birmingham, said: ‘We are here to give our support to the families of these three men who died protecting all of the local community.
‘We believe they should be honoured by everyone and their memories should help everybody unite.
‘For us Muslims these three guys died as martyrs and we want to ensure they didn’t die in vain. They should be an inspiration to all of us.’