Saleem Kidwai OBE, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, expressed the following in relation to the death of Rhodri Morgan:
“Rhodri Morgan’s death brought sadness to all who knew him, and many who did not know him but had benefited from his tremendous good work as a politician.
During his tenure as First Minister, he was an impeccable politician, professional but always good humored. Many Muslims in Wales knew him as a friend too, he was as comfortable in a mosque as he was in the Senedd, and represented a vision of Wales which was progressive, open to the world, welcoming and multicultural.
One of his lasting legacies is establishing the Faith Communities Forum, bringing together religious communities in Wales to meet with each other and with the Welsh Government. His leadership in recognising the integral role of faith traditions has made Wales a pioneer, and many countries have since followed the example set by Rhodri.
On behalf of Welsh Muslims, I offer condolences and prayers to Julie Morgan and Rhodri’s family. He will be deeply missed by so many. The traditional Muslim prayer for the deceased is “From God we have come, and to God we return”. I know that Rhodri would have loved to have heard the Islamic prayer made in Welsh – “O Duw dyn ni wedi dod ac i Duw dyn ni’n mynd nol”.
Notes to Editors:
The Muslim Council of Wales is the Wales largest Muslim umbrella body with regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.