A popular shopkeeper was stabbed to death by another Muslim in a “religiously prejudiced” attack hours after posting an Easter message on Facebook to “my beloved Christian nation”.
Asad Shah, 40, a devout Muslim originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, had his head stamped on during a savage attack, according to one eyewitness.
Around four hours earlier the victim wrote online: “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.
“Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.”
On Friday afternoon, police confirmed that a 32-year-old Muslim man had been arrested in connection with Mr Shah’s death.
Resident Isabella Graham, 64, said Mr Shah had previously employed her daughter at the shop. She said: “He was an amazing, wonderful man, he couldn’t do enough for you. He wouldn’t hurt anybody. Nobody in Shawlands would have a bad word to say about him. I can’t believe he’s gone.”
Brothers Qaiser and Omar Khan told BBC Scotland they knew Mr Shah well and had repaired his cars in the past. They described him as “a humble, sweet person”.
Omar Khan added: “I’ve known him since I was a wee boy so this is shocking news. He was a very straight-forward, humble person who was very good with his customers. He cared about his family a lot.”
Here’s a glimpse, from his YouTube page, of the kind of man this immigrant was. Fast forward to the 1:20 mark; this is him showing love to neighborhood Scottish children, who love him back.
And below, just a couple of days ago, is Shah’s video condemnation of the Brussels bombings. He speaks slowly, haltingly, in a heavy accent. I have tried to transcribe some of his remarks from the first seven minutes. The video is below this partial transcript; please watch at least a little bit of it so you can see how gentle and sincere he was:
My beloved, all-beloved mankind. We are created for a special, spiritual, very sacred and nobel purpose on this earth. Life, as we know, this life is very short. My beloved, all mankind, the All-Beloved Creator created us to live on this earth with love, together, without causing any disorder, any fight, any bloodshedding on this earth. … We are here for only a few years on this earth, in this life, for a special spiritual purpose: to define ourselves, to get wisdom of knowledge, and to purify ourselves. … This is our preparation for the life that is after this life. … We are here to live together because we are created as a mankind-family on this earth, to live with love and with taking care of each other … .
Asad Shah is with our Creator today. I am confident of that. Please, Christians, wherever you are this Easter weekend, pray for the soul of a righteous man, murdered for his compassion and love of mankind.
Remember, too, that if you condemn all Muslims over the bloodthirsty killers of ISIS, you also condemn this good man Asad Shah, may his memory be eternal.
The spiritual leader of Scotland’s biggest mosque has praised an Islamist assassin amid fresh concerns about the threat of radicalism at the Muslim centre of worship.
Habib ur Rehman, the imam of Glasgow Central Mosque, said extremist Mumtaz Qadri was a “true Muslim” and equated his actions with the French resistance against the Nazis during World War Two.
He made his remarks last month as he protested the execution of Qadri for the 2011 murder of Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab who had championed the rights of Christians being persecuted under blasphemy laws.
Is there any wonder that there walks the streets of Glasgow a Muslim willing to murder another Muslim for treating Christians humanely? If there is any way for the UK to deport cretins like that imam, I devoutly wish they would use it.
A reminder of the kind of Muslim that the leader of Scotland’s largest mosque is not: