Media Release – Tower Hamlets Mosques to Address the Rise of Serious Violence and Knife Crime Today in Friday Sermons and In Forthcoming Eid Sermons

For Immediate Release: 31.05.19

Tower Hamlets Mosques to Address the Rise of Serious Violence and Knife Crime Today in Friday Sermons and In Forthcoming Eid Sermons

Following the death of 23 year old Alimuz Zaman, who was stabbed several times on St Paul’s Way in Tower Hamlets last Sunday, local mosques will be addressing the topic of serious violence and knife crime today and over the coming weeks.

Background information for the sermon has been prepared by the Osmani Trust who is working with the Tower Hamlets Council of Mosques in a coordinated effort. The sermons will be delivered initially by East London Mosque, Darul Ummah, Baitul Aman Mosque, Docklands Community Organisation, Burdett Estate Mosque, Aberfeldy Masjid and others to raise awareness of the rise of serious violence, drug dealing and knife crime in Tower Hamlets. More mosques will be delivering the same message over the coming weeks.

The sermons will raise awareness of;

1- The current situation with regards to serious crime, drug dealing and knife crime in local communities.

2- Urge local authorities including the police and other enforcement agencies to do more to tackle the problems

3- Encourage parents, residents and young people to work together with community organisations to find solutions and take social action.

Shafiur Rahman, Executive Director Osmani Trust said “this is an unprecedented effort to engage local communities, raise awareness and to encourage them to get involved in solutions to serious violence and knife crime and their causes.”

The Osmani Trust will be launching a Community Strategy to Reduce Serious Violence and Knife Crime in Tower Hamlets later in July this year.

Imadul Islam Chair of Osmani Trust said “we all need to work in partnership with the Council, community and organisations and put the resources into organisations and local communities that can help encourage young people away from serious violence, drugs and knife crime and direct them toward positive activities….”


Notes for Editors:

  1. Osmani Trust is a youth and community organisation based in Tower Hamlets. The Trust offers a wide range of youth, social welfare, education, training, health and sporting initiatives tailored to the needs of local communities. It aims to provide a holistic service, which helps people, particularly those living in disadvantaged urban communities to re-engage with mainstream society and improve their quality of life.
  2. The Osmani Trust’s Aasha gang mediation project delivers peer education, gang mediation, offender mentoring and other initiatives to help provide young people and adults alternatives to crime, drugs and violence.
  3. Osmani Trust works with ordinary people helping them to do extraordinary things.

For more information:

Shafiur Rahman, Executive Director

Telephone: 020 7247 8080



For information on Osmani Trust and its work please visit

Osmani Trust, Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, London E1 5AW     T: 020 7247 8080

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