Thousands mourn riot car victims
Thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of three "precious gemstones" who died as they tried to protect shops and homes from looters.
Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, died in the early hours of August 10 after they were struck by a car during riots in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.
At an open-air prayer service attended by more than 20,000 people, the three victims were hailed as martyrs. Mourners comforted each other, some wiping away tears but most remaining calm and stoical.
Scholar Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, who spoke at the ceremony, said: "They made an example of how a Muslim should be and what Islam is. These three people are martyrs and the best we can do for them is to pray for them and for ourselves - to pray for our community."
Saqib Majid, a cousin of Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, addressed the crowds at the service in Winson Green's Summerfield Park.
He said: "Words are too little to express the sorrow and pain felt by our household during the past week and we are still very much in shock.
"Our boys were rare precious gemstones of people that would have no hesitation in helping another in their hardships. They were loving, bubbly, caring and very brave family men. A very tragic week it has been, one in which we cannot even come to terms with our losses."
He said some of the victims' peers had been "deeply angered" by the circumstances of their deaths, but urged: "We should, as Muslim youth, channel this anger in a non-violent manner."
Many people in the crowd sported T-shirts printed with the names of the three victims, beneath the heading "My Brothers". Others wore shirts bearing the words "Gone but not forgotten."
Mr Jahan's father, Tariq Jahan, who had called for calm and peace in the community in the days immediately after his son's death, spoke briefly to thank everyone for coming to the service.