A brutal murder took place in the Wardian area of Alexandria, Egypt, where a thug killed a volunteer muezzin in front of the Mohammad Hassan Mosque after Taraweeh prayers. The perpetrator committed the heinous act because the victim had prevented his father from calling the Adhan.
The incident was reported to the director of Alexandria Security by the head of the Mina Al-Basal police station. The victim was a volunteer muezzin in one of the mosques under the jurisdiction of the station.
The perpetrator was arrested and confessed to the crime. He admitted that his brother was with him and that they had committed the murder after their father had complained about the victimized muezzin. The muezzin had refused to call the Maghrib prayer during the second day of Ramadan, and also refused to call the Isha prayer. This had caused the father to leave the mosque before the Taraweeh prayer and go to them to complain about the mosque’s muezzin. The perpetrator and his brother brought a sharp tool and headed towards the victim. During the brawl, the perpetrator killed the victim instantly.
Eyewitnesses reported that Sheikh Hassan Al-Koumi, the victim, was a beloved member of the community who was used to calling the Adhan at the corner where the mosque was located. During the Maghrib prayer, the perpetrator’s father had requested that the Adhan be called, but the victim refused. During the Isha prayer, all the worshipers refused, not just Sheikh Hassan alone, the request of the perpetrator’s father.
A source from the Directorate of Endowments in Alexandria confirmed that the victim was not an accredited muezzin from the Endowments and was not affiliated with the directorate. However, he was a local person who used to call the Adhan for people and lead them in some prayers.
This tragic incident has left the community in shock and disbelief. The authorities have taken swift action in arresting the perpetrator, but the loss of a beloved community member will be felt for a long time to come.