Asad Shah (left) was killed by Tanveer Ahmed
Mr Shah, an Ahmadiyya Muslim, was killed outside his store hours after wishing a Happy Easter to Christian customers, on March 24.
In response to the public outcry over the killing UKIP organised a collection of signatures for a book of condolence for the family and friends of Mr Shah, to take place in Bradford City Centre.
Asad Shah’s death has prompted an outpouring of grief
They were to be joined by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, but tonight announced that after receiving ‘threats’ the event has been cancelled.
In a statement, one organiser said: “I am hugely disappointed to have to announce that the event which was planned to reach across communities and show how appalled the city of Bradford is that one of its own residents committee this crime cannot go ahead for safety reason.
Asad Shah was a community figure who promoted piece
We cannot risk ignoring these threats which could lead to violence and would cause further distress for the community
“We did not cancel this event lightly because it was our dearest hope that Mr Shah’s loved ones could have something to show that we as a city are devastated by this tragic event and to know that the people of Yorkshire are united in believing that we must rid our communities of these kind of hate crimes.
“However we cannot risk ignoring these threats which could lead to violence and would cause further distress for the community.
“We hope that another way can be found to send our sympathies and support to Mr Shah’s friends and family.”
An event has had to be cancelled over ‘thinly veiled’ threats were made
In a statement issued through his lawyer, the Bradford taxi driver said: “Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Mr Shah claimed to be a Prophet.”
In response, Glasgow’s Ahmadiyya leaders urged Muslim communities to resist “hate and violence”.