'Leave the matters of Azzam to Allah and Gardai' - Imam calls for justice to take its course at teen's funeral
The funeral prayer of teenager Azzam Raguragui who was killed in Dublin last week has taken place.
Hundreds of mourners paid their respects at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh today for the Dundrum teenager.
The service was led by Imam Hussein Halawa who urged young Muslims to work hard and lead good lives in the face of the tragic events.
He urged them to "leave the matter of Azzam to Allah" and to the Gardai and the courts who are dealing with the case.
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He said that "death comes all of a sudden" and that 18-year-old Azzam would be missed by all in the community and had died as a martyr. He extended his sincerest condolences to his family.
Azzam's body was then taken to Newcastle Cemetery.
Azzam (18) was fatally stabbed last Friday night in Dundrum following a row in a local park.
Minister Shane Ross and Super Intendent Martin McGonnell from Blackrock were among mourners.
Supt McGonnell said that the community were rallying around Azzam’s parents.
“I think at least the community will back up the family through a very, very difficult time now and into the future,” he said.
“We are following lines of inquiry and I have to pay tribute to our investigative team who are doing great work.”
Minister Ross said that what had happened was a tragedy. He had been at the centre just two weeks ago for a very different reason, delivering a talk on road safety.
“It’s so sad, it’s a tragedy. It’s absolutely awful for everybody. I just met his mother and father and it is just awful. You always worry about [your children] but you never think it will happen. I am here to sympathise with the parents today,” he said.
Drector of admin and finance at the ICCI Ahmed Hassain said that the Friday prayer had been much busier than usual with the funeral, with attendance 40pc higher than the norm.
He spoke of Azzam’s parents Hajiba Elouaddaf and Abderrahmane Raguaragui, saying: “They’re coping – but not sure in the long run. They’re getting lots of support from everybody. But when things calm down they will feel the loss.”
The service on Friday also remembered DIT Professor Amr Arisha, aged in his 40s, who passed away from cancer recently.
Earlier this week, his grieving parents Abderrahmane Raguragui and Hajiba Elouaddaf thanked the public for their support and said they are hopeful that those responsible for their son's murder will face justice.
They said in a statement: "The past few days have been very difficult and challenging for our family.
"An Garda Síochána is leading in the investigation to uncover the truth behind our son Azzam Raguragui's murder and we are resting our faith in the Irish justice system to hold the perpetrator(s) to account.
"We are grateful for the community support we have received. At this critical time we would like to request some space and privacy to allow us to grieve as a family."
Azzam has been described as respectful and cheerful, and was due to attend evening prayers in Clonskeagh Mosque on Friday.
Detectives have ruled out a racial motive. Gardaí have spoken to a teen who is the chief suspect in the killing.