The Finsbury Park terror victim sat up and recovered after collapsing from a leg injury in the street just moments before the van ploughed into worshippers, his family said.
Makram Ali slipped and fell down while walking home from prayers at a north London mosque just before the horror unfolded.
According to his family, the father-of-six, 51, said he wanted to go home as friends rushed over to help him and he was given first aid. Moments later the speeding van struck the crowd.
Police have revealed a preliminary post-mortem examination found Mr Ali died of multiple injuries, following much speculation over whether he was hit by the vehicle.
Speaking after the Met officially named him on Thursday, Mr Ali’s family said in statement: “We are distressed about what happened.
“We know that he had some form of collapse because of his weak leg, a condition he suffers from, before recovering, sitting up and expressing a wish to return home only to then become a victim of this horrific incident.
“An incident made only more tragic as he had only just completed his evening prayers, something he did regularly. He took great comfort in the feelings of peace his prayers provided.”
Paying tribute to the grandfather, the family described Mr Ali, who moved to the UK aged 10 from Bangladesh, as a peaceful man who had made no enemies.
They said “Our father was a quiet gentle man, he didn’t get involved in political or social discussion, he instead took comfort and enjoyment spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and he was always ready to make a funny joke when you least expected.”
They added: “We wish everyone to know what a loving man he was, he spent his whole life without any enemies, choosing a quiet life instead.
“We as a family have always believed that the actions of one person cannot be a reflection of a whole people and I have no doubt that our father would not wish for there to be any retaliation or recriminations and would urge people to remain calm and to pray for peace in these difficult times.”
Mr Ali was married, with four daughters and two sons. He regularly attended the Muslim Welfare House, located yards away from where he died in Monday night’s horror.
Police on Thursday released images of the van they believe was driven from the south Wales before ploughing into pedestrians near Finsbury Park station.
Detectives are urging anyone who may have spoken to its driver, believed to be suspect Darren Osborne, in the day leading to the incident to contact police.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “Following the attack, specialist counter terrorism officers have spoken to 28 witnesses who were at the scene. We are very grateful to everyone who has provided information so far – their accounts are assisting the investigation hugely .
“But we need more people to come forward and tell us what they saw and what they know about the driver of this van. If you think you may have spoken to the driver please get in touch.”
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is urged to either call police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or contact police online via a secure form at
Source: Evening Standard