In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Mer­ci­ful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh (Peace, Bless­ings & Mer­cy of Allah be upon You).

This state­ment is being issued on the 16th of June 2016 and super­sedes all pre­vi­ous state­ments on the sub­ject.

Jo Cox (1974–2016) was my local MP whom I met just last week. She also vis­it­ed me and my fam­i­ly at my home.

I am sad­dened and hor­ri­fied at what I just heard on my Radio. I am still numb at this tragedy but I believe that it’s my duty to con­vey my thoughts about a remark­able wom­an whose life was cut short by a bar­bar­ic act of Ter­ror­ism.

I met Jo on a num­ber of occa­sions and con­veyed to her the needs of our local (Bat­ley) Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty. I also found her to be warm and recep­tive to the needs of Mus­lims. She was full of ener­gy, zest and gen­uine­ly want­ed to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of peo­ple. I was deeply touched by her com­mit­ments to human­i­ty and human rights.

I am sure that there are many oth­ers who are equal­ly shocked and sad­dened, today. I can’t help but think of Jo’s chil­dren whom I have met. I send her entire fam­i­ly my deep­est con­do­lences. My heart goes out to them and her entire fam­i­ly.

(Maulana) Hashim Sacha

Dic­tat­ed to Wifaqul Ula­ma Admin­is­tra­tive Team on Phone

Thank You