In a shocking display of support for taxi driver Tanveer Ahmed – sentenced today to 27 years for the killing of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah – a group of Muslims present at his sentencing at Glasgow High Court echoed his defiant shout of ‘Mohammed is the the prophet, he is the only one.’
According to this report, Ahmed, 32, travelled from Yorkshire to confront Shah about clips the shopkeeper had posted online which he said:
Disrespected the Prophet Mohammed.
Watching a clip featuring Shah on his phone as he made his way to Glasgow, Ahmed was heard in a phone message saying:
Listen to this guy. Something needs to be done. It needs nipped in the bud.
He pulled out a knife and stabbed the 40-year-old, who he did not know, at his store in Glasgow’s Shawlands area on 24 March, 2016.
Ahmed, a father of three from Bradford, pleaded guilty to the murder last month.
In passing sentence, Judge Lady Rae said the killing was:
An appalling display of merciless violence.
She expressed her concern that Ahmed showed no remorse whatsoever for his crime.
James Matthews, Sky News’ Scotland Correspondent, said:
Inside court, a section of the public gallery was filled by supporters of Tanveer Ahmed. As he was led away from the dock he faced them, raised his hand to the air, and shouted in Arabic ‘Mohammed is the prophet, he is the only one’. They returned the sentiment, with a collective voice, as the killer was forced down stairs into the holding cells beneath court.
The court heard that Ahmadiyyas differ from other Muslims in their belief that the Mohammed was not the final Prophet.
A statement released on behalf of Shah’s family said:
Asad’s family have lost a peaceful, kind and loving brother, son and uncle who can never be replaced. Most of his family have now left or are in the process of leaving Scotland, a country they came to seek safety in.
The murder shocked the close-knit community in south Glasgow, where several vigils were held in Shah’s memory. An online fundraising page for his family raised more than £100,000.
Rafiq Hayat, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK, said:
Mr Shah’s only crime was to spread a message of love and compassion and the whole city paid tribute to him for his kindness and care. No matter how brutal the crime and how evil the ideology, the people of Glasgow and the UK have made clear that we will not let hate prevail.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn