Asad Shah, a newsagent in Glasgow, Scotland, was murdered in his shop for wishing his Christian neighbours a peaceful and happy Easter. He had praised the life of Jesus and referred to the UK as Christ's nation. A family friend described that the man who committed the crime was wearing a religious robe and spoke to Shah in Urdu before stabbing him in the head. Shah's brother, who came to his rescue, tried to save him from the man but ended up being injured himself. They tried to escape to a bus stop where Asad collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
Mr Shah promoted cross community ties in his neighbourhood and reached out to people of different communities through various events. He had organised a debate on the importance of Easter. The people who knew him said that he observed both Christian and Muslim holidays and sent cards to his neighbours during Christmas and Easter.
His posts on social media were peaceful and against religious intolerance. He had recently spoken out against the attacks in Brussels.
Friday night witnessed a vigil in front of his shop which was attended by the people of his neighbourhood and members of the Scottish Parliament in solidarity and support for his bereaved family.
Asad Shah belonged to the Ahmadi sect that preaches non-violence and tolerance towards all faiths. The Ahmadi are persecuted in Pakistan, hence their headquarters are present in London. Despite their religious differences, mainstream Muslims have condemned the murder.