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Ahmadi Muslim Murdered in Glasgow Hate Attack.

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Hatred of Ahamdis in Pakistan.

Man arrested over death of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah was another Muslim: Police say the attack was religiously motivated.

Reports the Daily Record.

POLICE say both the victim and the accused are Muslim, and that the attack on Asad Shah, who was brutally murdered at his shop in Shawlands last night, was ‘religiously prejudiced’.

The Mail notes this,

But this vigil has been an important way for the community to come together and show support to his family and more than anything to show that the community is strongly united.’

An ambulance crew gave Mr Shah treatment at the scene on Thursday night. He was taken to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he later died.

It is believed he belonged to the Ahmadi movement, a Muslim sect which promotes non-violence and tolerance of other faiths.

Ahmadis identify themselves as Muslims and a determined missionary network has helped spread their teachings around the world.

Anti-Ahmadi hatred has been expressed in the UK.

Persecution of Ahmadis.

For the five million Ahmadis,[7][8] religious persecution has been particularly severe and systematic in Pakistan, which is the only state to have officially declared that Ahmadis are non-Muslims.[9] Pakistani laws prohibit the Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslims, and their freedom of religion has been curtailed by a series of ordinances, Acts and constitutional amendments.[10] When applying for a Pakistani passport, Pakistanis are required to declare that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was an impostor prophet and his followers are non-Muslims.


In 2009 a demonstration consisting of mainly Muslims was held in Walsall to prevent Ahmadis acquiring a mosque.[101]

In 2010, in the wake of the May 2010 attacks on two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community living in the UK were threatened and intimidated. Certain Muslim groups in South London distributed leaflets asking readers to kill Ahmadis and boycott their businesses, and Ahmadi mosques in Crawley and Newham were vandalised. In October 2010 Ofcom criticised the UK-based Ummah Channel for broadcasting three interactive television programmes before and after the Lahore massacre of Ahmadi Muslims in May 2010, in which religious leaders and callers alike said that Ahmadis should be killed. These programmes were repeated several times. Ofcom stated that the programme’s abusive treatment of the religious views and beliefs of members of the Ahmadiyya community breached UK broadcasting regulations.[102][103]

Nasser Butt, a Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for the general election was targeted by a campaign that asked Muslims not to vote for him because of his faith. In the upcoming election, hustings in the Tooting Islamic centre, a Conservative candidate, Mark Clarke, was mistaken for Butt and had to be locked in a room for his safety.[104]

In March 2016, an Ahmadi Scottish shopkeeper Asad Shah was stabbed to death in Glasgow after wishing people a Happy Easter on social media.

Written by Andrew Coates

March 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm

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  1. To those of you that say, well it is only a theocratic state that is meant to do this under certain conditions, so this is the work of madmen. This misses the Islamic State claims such powers as a caliphate. It misses the persecution that religious minorities suffer under Islamic State constitutions – not least the Ahmadi in Pakistan. It misses the distinction between people who have no rationality, and those with a bloodlust to have their way by calculated means of terror.

    Solidarity by saying “I am Ahamdi” is the counter narrative to such justifications. Muslims recognising the Ahmadi as Muslims, challenging the dehumanising of them that occurs. We all have a part to play in this.

    Some were quick to call this murder islamophobic. I hope they will be equally quick to condemn the sectarianism and religious fundemantalism behind the killing. To decalre Ahamdi Muslims as part of the Umma, to be one with them as with all humanity. To call them Muslims.


  2. Threatened with death in shop windows: Channel 4 News Midlands Correspondent Darshna Soni investigates allegations of hate crime against Ahmadi Muslims in the UK.

    • It was that story that first alterted this Blog to the seriousness of the problem in the UK.

      Andrew Coates

      March 28, 2016 at 11:52 am

  3. Great to see Lord Avebury in that C4 report. He recently passed away. Avebury was also probably the strongest voice for LGBT asylum seekers in Parliament. Thus a Liberal had my greatest respect.

  4. The Ahmadiyya are peaceful Muslims who are tolerant and patriotic – for instance they are known for collecting for the Poppy Day appeal.

    As such, they are of almost zero interest to the British left, which would far rather hang out with the kind of Muslim who stir prejudice and hatred against Ahmadis, Shias and other religious groups. Corbyn, McDonnell and co stand grinning like idiots alongside CAGE, who promote extremists who denigrate and vilify Ahmadis and indeed just about anyone who isn’t a Sunni Islamist male.


    The left ought to be reaching out to those Muslims who genuinely want co-existence, but all too often it prefers to give support to Islamofascist grievance-mongers who share the Corbynite’s hatred of The West, ‘zionists’, ‘feminists’, Enlightenment ‘imperialism’ etcetera.

    Ahmadis are no use because they are not going to ‘strike back’ against ‘imperialism’ by murdering civilians. For that you have to go to the poster boys of CAGE et al. So that’s what Jezzer and co do.

    You might give that some consideration when you next feel moved to write about the shocking – and in this case violent – bigotry against Ahmadis in Britain. I can’t understand why you work with that section of the left that does all it can to aid the enemies of the very people and principles you otherwise (admirably) defend.


    March 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  5. And having posted that, I look at the news and see that 38 people, mostly women and children, have been murdered by an Islamofascist suicide bomber in Lahore.

    They were gathering to celebrate Easter, so don’t expect Corbyn and his fellow ‘compassionate’ leftists to give a fuck about yet more victims of their Islamist friends.


    March 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm

  6. The complaints trom offended Sunnis are already arriving at John Sargeant’s blog – he was presumptuous enough to call for the Muslim majority to accept Ahmadis. This unremarkable plea for tolerance was seized upon as an example of an outsider ordering poor, persecuted Sunnis to do something they don’t want to do. See? Us western liberals can’t help our colonialist instincts: compelling(entreating) defenceless(murderous) Islamic conservatives to accept(refrain from stabbing to death) Ahmadi Muslims.

    From now on I must remember not to write ‘Ahmadi’ without following it with ‘Muslim’ – partly for reasons of solidarity, partly so as to irritate religious conservatives.

    Saul Sorrell-Till

    March 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

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