Muslims say “We will respond to hatred with love”, as member of community is stabbed outside Islamic Cultural Centre, Altrincham.
At 5:30pm today in broad daylight, Dr Nasser Kurdy, Vice-Chair of Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association and Orthopaedic surgeon who has delivered the
Friday sermon on many occasions, was stabbed in the neck outside the Islamic Cultural Centre, Grove Lane. Emergency services attended and he
has been taken to hospital with a stab wound to the back of his neck.
Although it could have been considerably worse, Dr Kurdy is not in critical condition and has now been released from hospital. The trustees of AHMA
have been liaising with Dr Kurdy, his family and the police, who currently have two people in custody. Dr Kurdy is a well-loved pillar of the community
who has been a beacon in promoting community cohesion and positive neighbourly relations.
There have been reports from a trustworthy source that the perpetrator made anti-Muslim comments but this has not been independently verified. The
Greater Manchester Police have called the stabbing a " Hate crime". Mr Akram Malik, Chair of the AHMA, said: "It is devastating that someone has
chosen to attack a community member, on his way to prayer. We pray that Dr Kurdy makes a full recovery and the perpetrator faces the full force of justice.
I urge community members to respond to hatred with love.”
He added: "It is important that we remain calm as the investigation continues and support the Greater Manchester Police, whose swift action has been very
welcome.” Added police security will be in place to reassure the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family at this difficult
time and the Mosque will be offering prayers for them. ALTRINCHAM & HALE MUSLIM ASSOCIATION
GROVE LANE, HALE. WA15 8JQ
As always we express our support for our emergency services and the police who serve on the frontline. Acts of hatred aim to divide our communities and
attempt to create fear and suspicion. As always we will stand united with one another and will not let these criminals divide us.
Officers are treating this as a hate crime and are appealing for people with information to come forward. Anyone with information should contact police
on 101 quoting reference number 1646 of 24/09/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Contact details for AHMA spokesperson: Dr Khalid Anis 07947346322
To report a an anti-Muslim incident pls call Tell Mama on: 08004561226