Tragedy struck over the Easter weekend after a Muslim shopkeeper was murdered for wishing his Christian neighbours a happy Easter.
Asad Shah was stabbed more than 30 times in the brutal assault inside his shop in Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland.
It is believed he was killed after he posted a message on Facebook wishing Christians a Good Friday.
“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,” Shah said.
Shah was a well loved member of his local community
A 32-year-old man has been arrested for murder and is still being interrogated by police officers.
Mohammad Faisal, a family friend, said a bearded Muslim wearing a long religious robe entered Shah’s shop and spoke to him in his native language before stabbing him in the head with a kitchen knife.
“The man dragged Shah away but the guy continued attacking with the blade,” said Faisal.
“They struggled up to the bus stop where Asad collapsed.
“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.”
In previous online posts, Shah spoke out eloquently against violence and hatred and called for unconditional real love for all mankind.
“Merry Christmas to all my beloved Christian nation and to all beloved mankind with best wishes,” Shah posted last Christmas.
One of Shah’s neighbours said his murder was a despicable act, especially so as he was such a loved member of the community.
“He was proud of his Pakistani heritage but he loved Britain. He loved Scotland too and really wanted to reach out to Christians. This is such a terrible thing to happen.
More than 300 mourners gathered at a vigil last night to pay their respects to Shah whose death has sent shockwaves throughout Scotland’s Muslim community.
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