Six British Muslims die in Saudi Arabia road accident

The pilgrims had just performed Umrah

Six British Muslims have died and several others have been injured in a road accident in Saudi Arabia.

A couple from Glasgow and four other people believed to be from Manchester died in the minibus crash on Wednesday.

The Scottish victims were named by Glasgow Central Mosque as Mohammad and Talat Aslam. The group had just completed Umrah and were travelling to Medina.

The mosque said: “Earlier this afternoon, Glasgow Central Mosque announced that a couple from Newlands, Glasgow, were among a number of pilgrims who died in a tragic mini-bus accident in Saudi Arabia.

“We understand they had just completed the Umrah pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah and were travelling in a minibus to visit the holy city of Madinah. We have every confidence in the Saudi authorities currently investigating the crash and in giving the dearly departed due dignity and decorum.

“Mr Mohammad Aslam and Mrs Talat Aslam were popular members of the community and are survived by their five children. We pray Allah the Almighty grants the deceased a high rank in Paradise and gives their loved ones strength and patience at this difficult time.

“We would kindly request the family be given space and time to grieve for their loved ones and to come to terms with their sudden loss.

“We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.”

Meanwhile, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the families of six British people who have sadly died following a road accident in Saudi Arabia.

“We are also helping several more British nationals who were injured in the crash. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this very difficult time.”

A spokesman from Haji Tours, which had arranged the trip, said 12 people in the vehicle were all related and confirmed it was travelling between Makkah and Medina.

The company is currently arranging flights and visas for the family members in the UK to fly out to Saudi Arabia.

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