Muslim who was killed for wishing others a ‘Happy Easter’ was murdered by a fellow Muslim who traveled OVER 200 MILES just to kill him
- A 32-year-old man will appear in court after the murder of Asad Shah, 40
- The ‘peace-loving’ victim was popular in his neighbourhood of Glasgow
- Hours before his death, he posted message advertising inter-faith meeting
- Believed to have been attack against a peace-loving branch of Islam
A newsagent murdered after posting an Easter greeting online was allegedly killed by a fellow Muslim who travelled from 200 miles away.
Asad Shah, 40, was stabbed to death in his shop in what is feared to have been a sectarian attack against the peace-loving branch of Islam he followed.
Hours before his murder, he had written on Facebook: ‘Good Friday and very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.’
The bearded killer is understood to have travelled from his home in Bradford to Mr Shah’s store in Glasgow.
A GoFundMe page was created following the incident by some of Mr Shah’s customers to raise funds for his family.
Posts on the page describe Mr Shah as a ‘popular, well-respected and much-loved’ member of the community.
Thousands of people have donated, and in two days more than £51,000 has been raised.
The newsagent was stabbed up to 30 times with a kitchen knife and his head was stamped on in the brutal attack on Thursday.
Police suspect the incident was ‘religiously prejudiced’.
It is claimed Mr Shah was set upon because he belonged to the Ahmadi community, which promotes peace and tolerance but has been persecuted by members of orthodox Islamic sects in Pakistan.
His murder is believed to be the first major anti-Ahmadi incident in the UK, and has sparked fears Islamic sectarianism has spread to Britain.
Police have arrested a 32-year-old Muslim man belonging to the rival Sunni sect over the murder.
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