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Derby mosque founder dies four days after testing positive for Covid-19

Haji Mohammad Rafique Jamati Credit: BPM Media

One of the founding members of Derby’s first mosque has died at the Royal Derby Hospital yesterday (March 31), four days after testing positive for Covid-19.

78-year-old Haji Mohammad Rafique Jamati played a key role in establishing Dairyhouse Road Mosque, also known as Derby Jamia Mosque, after moving to the city from Pakistan in 1961.

The grandfather-of-eight had underlying kidney problems.

Mr Rafique worked for British Rail for around 30 years and was a regular attendee at Derby Jamia Mosque, in Rose Hill Street.

He has been described as "a huge pillar of the community", who was "always helpful, kind, and polite".

Mr Rafique was one of the founding members of the mosque, he put a lot of time and effort into it and everyone respected him in the community.

"He was a highly reputable, yet humble person, who was always helpful, kind, and polite.

"He was the type of person who’d keep the community together and bring the best out of you.

He is a great loss to the community."

– Nazir Hussain, committee member at Derby Jamia Mosque