Jalal Uddin, a 64 year old Imam from Rochdale, North Manchester was found with severe head injuries on February 18th. Unfortunately, he died of these injuries in hospital a little while later.
It didn’t take long for propagandists to start punting the political football they’d created from this tragic event. Cries of ‘Islamophobia’ spread far and wide across social media, as did shouts of racism. It wasn’t all reactionary bluster of course. To their credit, many Muslim leaders called for calm and warned against jumping to conclusions. The Times let themselves down by linking this crime to the Rochdale grooming scandal with a deeply inappropriate headline however. Not to mention some got so turned on by the prospect of this being a hate crime that they made a literal game out of it: