Abdul Hadi Arwani Dead: Syrian Preacher Shot, Killed in West London

April 7, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Abdul Hadi Arwani, a Syrian-born preacher, was shot and killed in Wembly, located in southwestern London, according to reports.

Sky News reported on his death on Tuesday. He was shot and killed in his car.

He had been complaining of threats on his life.

Arwani escaped Syria’s Hama massacre in 1982. He was a renowned activist and critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A police spokesman told the Kilburn Times: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at 11:15 hrs today to reports of a man found suffering what is believed to be gunshot injuries to his chest.

“The man, aged in his late 40s, was found sitting in a dark coloured Volkswagen Passat, in Greenhill, junction with The Paddocks, Wembley.

On Twitter, users expressed their condolences.

According to the London College of Islamic Studies, Arwani was a “specialist in Hanafi Fiqh.”