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