- Muslims gathered at the Islamic Centre of England in Maida Vale, London
- Paid tribute to General Qassem Soleimani who was killed during an air strike
- The service was held 25 minutes after a man was arrested outside the centre
A British charity is being investigated after it praised assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani as a martyr.
The Islamic Centre of England, a charity with assets of more than £4 million, organised a vigil in London on Saturday to commemorate the warlord.
The event was attended by more than 2,000 people, including Iran’s ambassador to London, The Times reported.
Seyed Moosavi, 51, the charity’s director and the UK representative of Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei praised Soleimani as a ‘dedicated soldier of Islam’ who had died at the hands of ‘the most wicked members of the human race’.
The imam said: 'I would like to give you all my condolences but I would also like to congratulate you.
'We are lucky enough to live in a time where we can see, touch and feel a man like Qassem Soleimani and we hope and we pray and we work hard to make sure that there will be many many more Qassem Soleimanis.
'We aspire to become like him, we are jealous and we want the same thing for ourselves and our loved ones.
'The beauty of Islam is that we can turn around to our enemy and say ''do your worst'' because the worst is the best that can happen to me.'
The Charity Commission said: ‘We are aware of a vigil... and publications on its website. We will be contacting the charity to seek further information.’
A large group of men, with some young boys, was seen gathering at the Islamic Centre in Maida Vale, London, on Saturday afternoon following the assassination.
The memorial service was held 25 minutes after a man was arrested outside the centre to prevent the breach of peace and for obstructing officers.
The Islamic Centre's director has reportedly referred to Soleimani as an 'honourable Islamic commander' in a message of condolence.
As the service took place demonstrators took to the streets of New York, Washington DC and London to denounce the violence and call on Trump to de-escalate the conflict.
Outside Downing Street protesters chanted against the war while British-Iranians arrived holding placards that read 'Down with Khamenei' and others raised the pre-Islamic flag of Iran.
Palestinians also burned American flags in Gaza City, while an angry mob set fire to US flags in Pakistan, and around 150 pro-Iranian demonstrators held Iraqi militia flags and condemned the US as an aggressor.
However, the assassination was also met with celebrations by some groups in Iraq and in Canada, where people were pictured dancing in the street.
Three missiles from an MQ-9 Reaper drone hit the convoy Soleimani was travelling in outside Baghdad International Airport, killing the architect of the country's regional security strategy and five others.
Tehran has reacted angrily to the attack, saying the US's move is tantamount to a 'declaration of war' and promising a 'severe revenge'.