Tanveer Ahmad from Bradford has admitted to kill an Ahmadi shopkeeper Asad Shah from Glasgow while he was in his shop after a continues attacks with his knife.32 years old Tanveer Ahmad was alleged to kill Â the Ahmadi Shopkeeper for posting a message of happy Easter for Christian community on facebook saying that he disrespected Islam by this message.
Tanveer Ahmed, 32, said in a statement that he killed Asad Shah, 40, suing: “if I had not done this others would”.
40 years of age Mr Shah, was found wounded outside Shahâ€™s Newsagents and Expediency Store in Shawlands, Glasgow, and last month.
Mr Shah had posted a Facebook message earlier that day wishing all Christians a happy Easter. The message said: â€œGood Friday and a very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.â€
He was took to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Police described the incident as “religiously motivated” after confirming that both men were Muslims.
Ahmed, who has been charged with murder, made no plea when he appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday for a full committal hearing in private.
However, following the hearing, his lawyer John Rafferty released a lengthy statement in which his client claimed that if he had not murdered Mr Shah â€œthere would have been more killing and violence in the worldâ€. Friends and family carry Asad Shah’s coffin following the shopkeepers funeral service at the Bait-Ur-Rahman Mosque at the Ahmadiyya Muslim centre, in Glasgow.Â Â CREDIT:Â JOHN LINTON/PA
The statement said: “This all happened for one reason and no other issues and no other intentions.
“Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr Shah claimed to be a Prophet.
“When 1,400 years ago the Prophet of Islam Muhammad peace be upon him has clearly said that ‘I am the final messenger of Allah there is no more prophets or messengers from God Allah after me.
“‘I am leaving you the final Quran. There is no changes. It is the final book of Allah and this is the final completion of Islam.
“‘There is no more changes to it and no one has the right to claim to be a Prophet or to change the Quran or change Islam.’
“It is mentioned in the Quran that there is no doubt in this book no one has the right to disrespect the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and no one has the right to disrespect the Prophet of Islam Muhammad Peace be upon him.
“If I had not done this others would and there would have been more killing and violence in the world.”
The statement concluded: â€œI wish to make it clear that the incident was nothing at all to do with Christianity or any other religious beliefs.
â€œEven though I am a follower of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, I also love and respect Jesus Christ.â€
â€œAsad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr Shah claimed to be a Prophet.
Mr Shah’s death shocked the local community and a silent vigil outside his shop was attended by hundreds of people, including the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. A fundraising page on GoFundMe has raised more than Â£110,000 for his family.
Mr Shah was described by friends and customers as a â€œpillar of the communityâ€ and a â€œwonderful manâ€.
â€œIf I had not done this others would and there would have been more killing and violence in the world.
His widow said at the weekend that he was a “kind man who was always smiling”, adding: â€œHe looked after me and his parents and was loved by many, many people.
â€œI saw him only a few hours before he died. I keep thinking he is going to walk back through the front door. I am heartbroken.” Mr Shah moved to Scotland from Pakistan in the 1990s with his family.