Police break up fight in mosque as male worshippers are filmed pushing and arguing before Friday prayers
- Fight broke out between worshippers Chester Mosque at Friday prayers
- Men pushed and shoved and police were called to intervene
- One man said they were ’embarrassed’ about police being called to scene
- Argument alleged to be about how the mosque is managed in future
A fight broke out in a mosque after one of the worshippers was asked to form a committee, it is alleged.
Mobile phone footage shows a scuffle at the Mosque in Chester during Friday prayers, and police being forced to enter in order to keep the peace.
The footage shows some of the all-male congregation pushing, shoving and shouting as well as pointing their fingers at each other, while many others look on in dismay.
The row includes shouting and finger pointing though it is not clear what the men are shouting to one another
The police were called to the mosque and were forced to enter in order to maintain calm.
It is not possible to make out what the men are shouting in the video, but the row gets to the point where the police have to be called to calm the situation.
According to the Chester Chronicle, Abdun Noor, owner of the Chester Tandoori restaurant, said the confrontation started when he was about to announce a meeting to form a new committee for the mosque.
He told the paper: ‘Like every other community we have arguments from time to time. Somebody called the police because there were so many people in the mosque.
‘There was no fight. It was just an argument. We have never had anything like that before. It’s really, really sad the police had to come.
‘It’s about a community issue. We don’t have a committee for the mosque. I want to have a proper committee.
THe worshippers were said to be embarrassed by the need for a police presence at the weekly service
Chester Police said they had arranged to meet with the group in order to help them resolve the issues
The fight is said to have broken out over a disagreement about how the mosque is managed, with some hoping to form a committee.
‘Some people agree and some people disagree. I want the mosque to be open and transparent and to invite in the wider community. It’s in our interests.’
A second person, who remained anonymous, said Mr Noor was trying to run the mosque, but the restaurant owner denied this.
The footage shows a police officer inside the mosque, wearing a black cap, attempting to calm the group by shouting: ‘Have respect for each other and the police officers here.’
He is then forced to shout ‘stop’ as the worshippers continue to argue.
The officer, who identifies himself as the local inspector, tells them: ‘I’ve come here today, to try to ensure you can worship in your place.
‘Some behaviour has occurred which is unfair to yourselves and to us.
‘There are obviously issues in your community which need to be resolved and if we can help, we will.
‘You cannot carry on like this.’
The police intervention was called ’embarrassing’.
A Chester Police spokesman said: ‘Following information received from the local community regarding an anticipated disturbance, Cheshire Police attended the mosque in Clifton Drive, Chester on Friday 30 September in order to keep the peace and provide reassurance.
‘Unfortunately a minor disturbance broke out however numerous officers attended to assist and this was quickly resolved. A meeting has been arranged this week with members to discuss the issue.’