A man has been charged over Thursday’s stabbing attack at London Central Mosque.
Daniel Horton, 29, of no fixed address, was charged on Friday night with grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article, Scotland Yard said.
The bearded defendant, wearing a grey tracksuit, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday and sat forward with his head bowed during the hearing.
He spoke only to state his nationality as British and confirm his name and date of birth.
Raafat Maglad, who is in his 70s, was treated in hospital for stab injuries after Thursday’s incident but was later released.
The Muslim prayer leader returned to the mosque in Regent’s Park for Friday prayers, less than 24 hours after the incident.
Prosecutor Tanyia Dogra said the victim had suffered a 1.5cm wound to his neck.
She told the court the victim and defendant were known to each other because Horton had been attending the mosque for a number of years.
Horton, who the court heard had been sleeping rough since last year, was remanded in custody by District Judge Nina Tempia to appear at Southwark Crown Court on March 20.