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UK: Hate preachers praise Asad Shah's killer and claim tragic shopkeeper deserved his horrific death

Daily Rabwah | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Daily Record
By Chris Clements | April 8, 2016

Hate-filled Islamic extremists have praised the sectarian killing of shopkeeper Asad Shah.

A hardline Islamist website has published an article congratulating Asad’s alleged murderer, Tanveer Ahmed, for “another blasphemer sent to hell”.

A Facebook page has also been set up to pay tribute to Ahmed, who claimed this week that he killed Asad to protect the honour of Islam.

Ahmed appeared in court on Wednesday and remains in custody. Mainstream Muslim groups have condemned the attack.

Asad, 40, was attacked on March 24 outside his shop in Shawlands, Glasgow.

He was a member of the minority Ahmadiyya Muslim community and was much-loved by his neighbours.

Ahmed, a 32-year-old taxi driver from Bradford, issued a statement through his lawyer on Wednesday claiming that Asad had “claimed to be a prophet” and disrespected the Prophet Muhammad.

And the extremist Haq Baat website has hailed the alleged killer as a hero.

They wrote that he had “killed liar Asad Qadiani and send him to hell who claimed to be a prophet”.

“Qadiani” is a reference to the Ahmadiyya community, founded in the town of Qadian in the Punjab.

Asad was killed after wishing his Christian friends a happy Easter.


Ahmed wrote in his statement that the attack had nothing to do with Christianity.

But Haq Baat wrote: “Asad Qadiani also used to accept and declare non-Islamic beliefs of Christians to be right. That is why British establishment gave him high protocol.”

The site said of Tanveer: “He is arrested at the moment. May Allah protect him.”

Haq Baat is an English language website. It claims to be run by “a team of professionals in the field of religion” who aim to “bring truth to the world” about Islam.

Its main focus is on Pakistani issues and it appears to be hosted by servers in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Facebook tribute page to Ahmed also describes Asad as a liar – and features a picture of him with a red cross over his face.

Ahmed has appeared twice in court in connection with Asad’s death. He has made no plea.

After his second appearance, he had his lawyer John Rafferty read a statement to reporters explaining his actions.

It said: “Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.”

The vast majority of Muslims were horrified by the attack on Asad.

The British Muslim Forum said: “There is no justification for murder in Islam. Islam promotes peace, tolerance and pluralism.

“No matter how much one may disagree with the views of others, Islam does not allow an individual to take the law into his own hands.

“British Muslims must follow the laws of Britain, as its citizens..”

Ahmadiyya Muslim leaders in Glasgow described Ahmed’s justification for the killing as “deeply disturbing”.

They added: “It it justifies the killing of anyone – Muslim or non-Muslim – whom an extremist considers to have shown disrespect to Islam.

“In some countries, Ahmadiyya Muslim members, Christians and people of other faiths are routinely attacked and murdered by extremists for accusations of blasphemy.

“Such killings are completely against the teachings of Islam.”

Police Scotland said the posts praising Ahmed had been “passed to the appropriate department for investigation”.



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