A man appeared in court charged with the murder of Imam Jalal Uddin for allegedly practicing a form of Islamic healing called Ruqya which involved the use of taweez which the accused believed was black magic.
Jurors were told that the two men accused of murdering Mr Uddin had been ‘motivated by hatred’ as they attacked the victim who they described as a ‘magician’ with a hammer as he walked home.
Mohammed Hussain Syeedy is accused of ‘stalking’ the Bangladeshi preacher after a prayer session at the Rochdale mosque with co-accused Mohammed Abdul Kadir, 24, who is currently on the run and could be in Syria after flying to Turkey.
Moments later they bludgeoned him to death with a hammer in a children’s park on February 18.
Manchester Crown Court was shown images and videos that were found in the 21-year-old’s iPhone and laptop which showed picture of him demonstrating his support to ISIS.
In one of the photos he can be seen wearing a stab-proof vest and in other photos shown to the jury he can be seen outside Rochdale mosques making an alleged ISIS salute.
The court was also told that Mr Uddin was found seriously injured by two young girls shortly after 9pm and her video evidence was played in court.
The young girl said: ‘As we were coming up to the park I pointed to the figure. I went closer and she (friend) said it must be sleeping because we didn’t know whether it was a man or a woman. I told her to step back. I approached the figure and it was a man. He had blood over his face and blood coming off his head. He moved. He reached out.’
She continued: ‘He wasn’t responding but he was moving, he reached out with his hand. I screamed because obviously I got scared, I didn’t know what was going to happen. We were both screaming for help.’
‘No-one was there, the park was silent. I just remember standing next to him. He was trying to get up, trying to move his head and he couldn’t.
‘I don’t know if he stopped breathing, he just stopped moving.’ She said he had been missing a shoe and his face was bloodied.
She added: ‘He used to teach me the Quran. He was a really sweet man. He used to read at someone’s house then he used to drop his home.’
One of Mr Uddin’s cousins, Mohammed Abdul Bashir, told the court: ‘He was very quiet, pious, and a very religious man.
‘He was very, very knowledgeable about the Muslim religion. He could recite the Quran in a really nice, beautiful way as a Qari, it was very soothing and relaxing to listen to.’
He was then asked by the prosecutor Mr Greaney QC about Mr Uddin’s practice of ruqya which Mr Bashir described as a blessing when ‘doctors do not have any answer’.
The trial continues….