Ashraf Sidat, a mosque leader was stopped by paedophile hunters trying to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex after grooming him with offers of cash on Grindr.
The married father-of-five was snared by the vigilante group outside an address in Flixton, Greater Manchester, and was accused of traveling nearly an hour in the car to abuse the boy while his mother was at work.
While planning the meeting, he said he would bring a folder so he could claim he was there for a work appointment if he was questioned.
But when challenged, he denied the accusations but admitted he feared he “could get killed” because homosexuality is a sin in Islam.
‘Justice Will Be Served’ posed as a young boy on Grindr.
The 45-year-old Muslim squirms as he is read messages which he sent to who he thought was the boy, but was in fact the paedophile hunters. He asked the boy ‘how much’ he wanted to perform a sex act after contacting the account on the gay dating app.
The footage which shows the confrontation was posted onto Facebook Live yesterday and has been viewed more than 140,000 times.
As he is interrogated by the paedophile hunters, he tries desperately to cover his face with a scarf.
One of the hunters asks: ‘So, you’re a Muslim and it’s against your religion. Is it against your religion to be a homosexual?’
He replies: ‘Yes, it is. I could get killed.’
The hunter says: ‘There’s nothing wrong with being homosexual, no. But you’re saying to me it’s against your religion to be homosexual. So, you do know it’s wrong to meet, especially a child.’
Covering his mouth with his hand, he says: ‘I would get killed.’
The other hunter adds: ‘I don’t get how you could pray to any God knowing that you’re meeting 15-year-old guys.’
He then remains silent until the police arrive, and the hunters hand over their own evidence as he is taken away for questioning.