Religions come together after Mosque chairman’s death


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One of Birmingham’s most respected humanitarians sadly passed away last week and more than 4,000 people gathered to mourn his death.

Leaders from Birmingham’s Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist communities all paid tribute to Dr Mohammed Naseem who died aged 90.

Chairman and figurehead for Birmingham Central Mosque, Dr Naseem was a well-respected man across all faiths and helped establish the Birmingham Faith Leaders’ Group.

DIED: Dr Mohammed Naseem, Chairman of the Birmingham Central Mosque, passed away last week at the age of 90

DIED: Dr Mohammed Naseem, Chairman of the Birmingham Central Mosque, passed away last week at the age of 90

His proactive life in the community was devoted to interfaith relations and helping Birmingham’s diverse culture live together as one.

Speaking at his funeral, Dr Naseem’s younger brother, Naeem Tahar, who travelled from Pakistan for the service, gave his tribute to his sibling.

“Dr Naseem was my only brother, and perhaps my greatest friend,” he said.

“He became a warrior on all fronts. He would come into the community and help those who nobody would help.

“He became a symbol of human inter-faith who believed in peace and humanity.

“The condolences offered to me and my family must be shared with you, because he belonged to you, and you were his family.”

The funeral was followed by a procession and burial at Handsworth Cemetery.

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