First Minister visits mosque where murdered shopkeeper worshipped

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Yorkhill.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Yorkhill.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today visit the Ahmadiyya Mosque where murdered Shawlands shopkeeper Asad Shah used to worship.

The move comes as members of the mosque, in Yorkhill, prepare to launch a campaign designed to promote “True Islam”, with a message based on peace and tolerance.

Mr Shah (40) – widely seen as having been a pillar of the local community – was brutally murdered by Tanveer Ahmed, who claimed the popular shopkeeper had “disrespected” the prophet Muhammad.

The unrepentant fanatic travelled from Bradford to carry out the horrific murder in Shawlands after viewing clips in which Mr Shah outlined his vision of humanity and understanding.

His final Facebook post had been an Easter message for the Christian community.

The Shah family originally moved to Scotland from Pakistan to escape the persecution meted out there to members of the Ahmaddiyya faith, which differs significantly from some of the core beliefs of mainstream Islam.

Ahmed, (32), a taxi driver, was sentenced to life imprisonment after he admitted the crime at Glasgow High Court in March,

He subsequently launched an appeal in a bid to have his minimum 27-year sentence reduced, but this was rejected.

Nicola Sturgeon has said a peace symposium at the University of Glasgow, organised by the Ahmaddiya community, is an important element of the effort to tackle the roots of prejudice.