Muslim Man Stabbed To Death By Fellow Muslim Because He Wished Christians a ‘Happy Easter’ On Facebook.
A much-loved Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah has been stabbed to death in a religious attack by another Muslim man up to 30 times at his Glasgow store and left in a pool of blood, before he died in a hospital on Thursday.
The locals of Shawlands and Asad’s friends gathered outside his store to pay their respects to the man called a ‘true Muslim’ and to condemn the brutal attack.
Asad was stabbed not long after he posted an Easter message on social media, praising both the life of Jesus and ‘his beloved Christian nation’.
A 32-year-old Muslim man has been arrested and will appear at the Glasgow Sheriff Court in connection with the murder of Asad next Tuesday.
Scottish Police said they could neither reveal the name or address of the murderer but they are treating the incidence as ‘religiously prejudiced’.
A tribute to Asad was held on Thursday night. 500 people, including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, attended. They laid flowers and messages.
Ms Sturgeon tweeted afterwards: ‘Moved to be one of hundreds tonight as Shawlands united in grief for Asad Shah and support for his family.’
#thisisnotwhoweare trended on Twitter where customers and strangers poured out both praises and grief for the shopkeeper.
While on Facebook people who were familiar with Asad posted further heartfelt messages. Many remembered his kindness evident in their brief conversations with him.
As well as these kind messages, people have raised money for Asad’s family, raking more than £31,000 donated to a Go Fund Me page since the tragedy occurred.
Apart from the message Mr Shah, left, he also used Facebook to voice out over the attacks in Brussels.
In a video posted online he said: ‘We are not here to fight with other mankind or cause bloodshed.’ It is alleged that the posts may have led to his being targeted, annoying possible extremist Muslims in the area.
Mohammad Faisal, a family friend, related that a bearded Muslim man, wearing a long robe entered Asad’s shop and conversed with him in his native language before stabbing him in the head with a kitchen knife.
Mr Shah’s brother, working next door, ran out and found the killer laughing while sitting on Asad’s bleeding chest.
‘The brother dragged Mr Shah away but the guy continued attacking with the blade,’ Mr Faisal said. ‘They struggled up to the bus stop where Asad collapsed.
‘It was just a clear-cut revenge attack. For posting messages about peace, messages about greeting fellow Christians and Jews.
‘That man must not have been too happy about what he was doing, what he was preaching. It was a well-planned attack. He must have been an extremist.
‘He went straight for the head. He got stomped on the head as well. His brother suffered a slash down his shoulder area because he attacked him with a knife as well.’
Asad was said to be deeply religious and worked to foster cross-community relations in Glasgow. He had been planning to host an online debate on Thursday with Christian friends about the importance of Easter.
Friends noted that he commemorated both Christian and Muslim holidays, never forgetting to send out Easter and Christmas cards.
At his vigil, a neighbour said: ‘This is disgusting – Mr Shah was the most peace-loving man you could meet.
Speaking at the service, Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘This community is in shock and devastated. Mr Shah was a popular local businessman. I’ve used his shop and known him in the years past. I just think everyone is struggling to come to terms with it.
Mr Shah was believed to have been part belonged to the Ahmadi movement. It is a Muslim sect which promotes non-violence and tolerance of other faiths.
Ahmadis identify themselves as Muslims and a determined missionary network has helped spread their teachings around the world. However, their sect has gotten disdain from mainstream Islamic leaders and they have been heavily persecuted in Pakistan.
This has made them shift their community’s headquarters to Morden, South London. The site, covers five acres, has space for more than 10,000 worshippers but it has been hit by arson.