A convenience store owner in Glasgow, posted a status update to his Facebook page: “Good Friday and very happy Easter especially to my beloved Christian nation.” Asad Shah continued, “Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus [Christ]…and get the real success in both worlds.” To Shah’s Facebook friends, the exuberant message was not much of a surprise. Shah, who identified as a Muslim, was a member of the Ahmadi religious community. The Ahmadi faith is generally tolerant of other religions—and Shah was particularly welcoming. In December, a neighbor tells Newsweek , he gave every visitor to his shop a personalized Christmas card.
That same day, however, an unwelcome visitor was on his way to Shah’s shop. The man was later named by his lawyer as Tanveer Ahmed, an Uber driver from the English city of Bradford. According to witness accounts provided to journalists, Ahmed, who is a Muslim, entered the shop, repeatedly stabbed Shah and left him to bleed to death, to the horror of passersby. While blood pooled around Shah, Ahmed calmly waited for the police. A later photo shows him sitting on a bench at a bus stop as three officers stand guard. “This all happened for one reason and no other issues and no other intentions,” Ahmed said in a statement issued by his lawyer on April 6. “Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr. Shah claimed to be a prophet.”