A POPULAR Muslim shopkeeper has been stabbed to death in the street – just four hours after wishing “a very happy Easter to my beloved Christian nation”, The Sun reports. Peace-loving Asad Shah, 40, was knifed and had his head stamped on in a shocking attack outside his Glasgow newsagents just after 9pm last night.
The appalling murder came just hours after deeply religious Asad, who was keen to reach out from the Muslim community to his Christian neighbours, posted heartfelt Easter messages on social media. Asad, who was originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, posted the kind Easter wishes on Facebook at 5.10pm last night – four hours before he was murdered.
Messages revealed he was today due to be hosting a Google hangout with Christian friends about the importance of Easter. The last post he made before his death read: “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.” He added: “Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.” Asad had previously spoken out openly and eloquently against violence and hatred, while calling for “unconditional real love for all mankind”.
He was tragically attacked outside his shop on Minard Road in Shawlands by two men, according to locals. One of the thugs allegedly stamped on the dying 40-year-old as he lay bleeding. Locals said Asad was left kneeling in his own blood at the side of the road after the cruel attackers ran off. An ambulance crew gave Asad CPR at the scene, but he sadly died later at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
A neighbour said this morning: “This is disgusting. Mr Shah was the most peace-loving man you could meet. “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.”