A popular Muslim shopkeeper was murdered in Glasgow by another Muslim after posting a friendly Easter message online.
Asad Shah, 40, a devout Muslim, was murdered after he posted a message on his Google account offering Easter blessings 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.
A spokeswoman added: “A full investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death which is being treated as religiously prejudiced.”
The victim was found seriously injured on Minard Road, Glasgow, and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he later died on Thursday.
An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, told the Daily Record: “As I drove past I saw two men standing over the victim.
“One was stamping on his head. There was a pool of blood on the ground. It was horrific.
“The police arrived in minutes and the poor guy was getting CPR at the scene. I really hope he pulls through.”
On his Facebook page, Mr Shah describes himself as the self-employed owner of Shah’s Health and Fitness. His social media account also features videos of Mr Shah in prayer.
In previous posts, he also called “unconditional real love for all mankind.”
A police incident unit is stationed near the murder scene, while a body tent is visible.
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.”
Saying something nice about Christians and Christianity is apparently too much for some Muslims to accept. We might expect this sort of thing to happen in Karachi or Kabul. But what does it say about Great Britain that in the heart of one of its most ancient cities, a man is beaten to death for expressing views about the brotherhood of man?
To disagree with Mr. Shah is one thing. But to kill him for it? I daresay that Muslim apologists will blame the victim in this case when what’s really at fault is a culture that sees life as a cheap commodity and believes that killing people who disagree with them is acceptable, even encouraged.
A version of this piece also appeared at The American Thinker