Glasgow: Hundreds mourn Muslim murdered after sending Easter wishes to Christian friends

Independent Catholic News
Claire Bergin

A sea of flowers and tributes marks the place where a popular Muslim shopkeeper in Glasgow was attackeded after posting Easter greetings to Christian friends on his Facebook page.

Asad Shah, 40, was found seriously injured outside his shop in the Shawlands area of Glasgow on Thursday night. He died a few hours later.

His message read: “Good Friday and 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.”

In previous online posts, he had spoken out against violence and hatred and called for ‘unconditional real love for all mankind’.

Last Christmas Day, he posted: ‘Merry Christmas to all my beloved Christian nation and to all beloved mankind with best wishes.’

Hundreds of people have been coming to pay their respects to Mr Shah. More than 300 mourners gathered in the rain for a candlelight vigil in the rain on Saturday night. Among those who came to pay their respects and offer support to Mr Shah’s family was SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

Police say a 32 year-old Muslim man has been arrested in connection with the death.

Local residents have set up a fundraising page to help Mr Shah’s family. This will only be open over the Easter holiday. See: GOFUNDME for Asad Shah