Said Latif in A Muslim from the UK with a violent criminal past for assault. Recently, a Church of God rented a spot for their services at a mosque and a fellow Muslim woman helped put up the church sign. Upon seeing the woman help put the sign up, Latif angrily confronted her, spitting in her face but being dragged away by two other people at the mosque before he could hit her:
A father spat in the face of a fellow Muslim and branded her “ignorant” during a dispute about a Christian sign that was placed in a multicultural community centre.
Said Ahmed Latif, 36, admitted to losing his temper after becoming “upset” by the sign, which said ‘Church of God’, at the Salam Centre in Hartlepool.
Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard that Latif and the centre’s manager had been embroiled in a dispute about the object, which was erected after a Christian group began using the venue.
Prosecutor Holly Common told the court that Latif approached the unnamed victim outside the centre on 22 January at around 12.50pm, saying: “I need to speak to you.”
Common added: “He crossed the road and said he could speak inside the centre. When inside the office, Latif began shouting ‘Why are you letting them use the centre?’
“He said, ‘You are an ignorant Muslim, you aren’t listening to me’.”
“He continued with a tirade of abuse before adding: “You shouldn’t be here, you’re upsetting us young Muslims’.”
Common said that the father of three then raised his fist as if he were about to hit the victim but instead spat into her face. He was then forced out of the office by the victim and a colleague.
A victim statement made by the manager was read out to the court. It said: “I was really upset about what happened. In 15 years I’ve never had anything like this happen to me.
It continued: “He tried to bully me and certain members of staff to only let in certain members of the community.”
Latif admitted the offence at Teeside Magistrates’ Office.
Latif, who represented himself, told the court he had been incensed when the victim called him an “extremist”.
He added: “We are a small ethnic community, they’ve put a church group sign up saying ‘Church of God’ right next to the door to the mosque. I said ‘can you move the sign to the other side?'”
“It’s a shame CCTV didn’t show who was shouting at who. She started shouting at me – she called me an extremist. I plead guilty, I did spit at her – I lost my temper.”
District Judge Helen Cousins asked Latif if there was anything else he wanted to tell the court.
He said: “I apologise to her. I should pay compensation.”
Notice how in this case it was Muslims who rented the space to a Christian church.
Never forget: Muslims are in need of salvation as much as anybody else is, for Jesus is the way, the Truth, and the Life, and nobody comes to the Father except through Him.
May the prayers of this congregation also show many Muslims of this mosque, including persecutors such as Mr. Latif, the true straight path in Christ that leads to eternal life.