A peace-loving Muslim man has been brutally stabbed to death for daring to wish Christians happy Easter on Facebook. Asad Shah, 40, was brutally stabbed to death with a knife and had his head stamped on in a shocking attack outside his Glasgow new agents shop just after 9pm last night.
The appalling attack came just hours after deeply religious Mr Shah, who was keen to reach out from the Muslim community to Christian neighbours, posted heartfelt Easter messages on social media.
The 40-year-old was today due to be hosting a meeting with Christian friends about the importance of Easter. Mr Shah, who is originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, posted his Easter wishes on Facebook at 5.10pm last night – just four hours before he was murdered.
The post, the last one he made before his death, said: ‘Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.’
And he added: ‘Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.’
In previous posts, he spoke out eloquently against violence and hatred and called for ‘unconditional real love for all mankind’.
He was attacked outside his shop on Minard Road in Shawlands by two men, according to locals.
One of the thugs is said to have stamped on Mr Shah’s head as he lay bleeding. Locals said Mr Shah was left kneeling in his own blood at the side of the road after the thugs ran off.
An ambulance crew gave Mr Shah CPR at the scene. He was taken to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he later died.
A neighbour said this morning: ‘This is disgusting. Mr Shah was the most peace-loving man you could meet.’ ‘He was proud of his Pakistanti 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.’
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: ‘Officers are currently pursuing a positive line of inquiry in connection with the death.
‘Closures are in place at Pollokshaws Road and Titwood Road while inquiries are conducted at the scene.’