A British court on Saturday accused a 29-year-old homeless man of causing serious physical harm and having an illegal knife that he used to stab a mosque leader during prayer.
Suspect Daniel Horton stabbed Muazzin Raafat Maglad of the Central London Mosque on Thursday during daily prayers.
The London police quickly ruled out a terror motif.
Maglad was treated in a London hospital and returned to the mosque for worship on Friday evening. His arm was wrapped in a noose.
"I forgive him. I'm very sorry," Maglad told reporters on Friday.
"For me as a Muslim, I don't have to put hatred in my heart."
Prosecutor Tanyia Dogra said Maglad had a neck wound.
She also told the court that the two men knew each other because Horton had visited the Regent & # 39; s Park mosque in northwestern London several times over the years.
Horton was remanded in custody before another trial on March 20.
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