A man who issued a statement claiming he killed a Glasgow shopkeeper because he "disrespected" Islam has been condemned by Ahmadiyya Muslim leaders. Murder accused Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford, said in a statement he killed 40-year-old Asad Shah as he had falsely claimed to be a prophet. Mr Shah was an Ahmadiyya, a group known for its peaceful interfaith concerns. Ahmadiyya Muslim leaders in Glasgow have now called for other Muslim leaders to condemn the statement. In a statement issued on Wednesday through his lawyer, Mr Ahmed said: "Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.
Nicola Sturgeon will visit the mosque that was attended by murdered Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah later. During her visit to the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Glasgow, she will stress the need to promote peace, tolerance and understanding. She will also meet members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community as they launch a campaign to increase awareness and understanding of their beliefs. Mr Shah's killer Tanveer Ahmed claimed he "disrespected the Prophet Muhammed". As well as visiting the mosque, Ms Sturgeon will speak at a special peace symposium taking place at Glasgow University.
The man accused of murdering Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah has issued a statement saying he carried out the killing because he believed Mr Shah had "disrespected" Islam. Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford, is accused of killing Mr Shah outside his shop in Glasgow almost a fortnight ago. In the statement he denied the incident had anything to do with Christianity. Mr Ahmed claimed Asad Shah had "disrespected" Islam by claiming to be a prophet. The shopkeeper, an Ahmadi Muslim, who had moved from Pakistan to Glasgow almost 20 years ago, was found with serious injuries outside his shop on Minard Road in Shawlands on 24 March.
With its towering minarets, the Baitul Futuh mosque is an imposing sight that can't be missed once you step outside the train station at Morden in South London. Built in 2003, the mosque is Western Europe's largest place of worship for the Ahmadi, a minority sect of Islam persecuted in Pakistan and facing rising discrimination and hostility in the UK from extremist Sunni Muslims. The Muslim Council of Britain condemns violence towards the Ahmadis but won't classify the group as Muslims. Friday prayers at Baitul Futuh are attended by thousands of worshippers and broadcast via satellite to 200 countries around the world. At a recent gathering, at least 3500 faithful from across the UK came to listen to their caliph Mirza Masroor Ahmad speak.
When Tanveer Ahmed was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in jail for murder last August, Judge Lady Rae said he had committed a "brutal, barbaric and horrific crime". Ahmed stabbed to death Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah - who belonged to the persecuted Ahmadi sect - because he believed he was committing blasphemy by uploading online videos in which he claimed to be a prophet. But in Pakistan, Ahmed is developing a growing number of supporters who see him as a "defender of Islam" for having killed someone they believed to be disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad. On Monday evening, about 400 gathered outside his family's home in the city of Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir for a rally in his honour. The crowd chanted slogans praising Ahmed as "brave" and "courageous".