07 April 2016

Muslim leaders urged to condemn statement by man accused of Asad Shah's murder

A man who issued a statement claiming he killed the Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah because he "disrespected" Islam has been condemned by leaders of the city’s Ahmadi Muslim community.

They said the “mindset of violence” found in other countries must not be allowed to take root in Scotland and called on Muslim leaders and imams all over Britain to reject the comments made by Tanveer Ahmed.

The 32-year-old taxi driver from Bradford said through his lawyer on Wednesday that he killed Mr Shah because he claimed to be a prophet and “disrespected the messenger of Islam the prophet Muhammad”.

He added in the highly unusual statement, which followed his second appearance in court, that if he had not done so “others would”.

Mr Shah was part of the minority Ahmadiyya community which is known for its peaceful, interfaith concerns and has been targeted by extremists in Pakistan. [The Telegraph] Read more