Remembering Asad Shah

by duncanr

asad shah2on 24th March, a much liked and respected Glaswegian shop keeper, Asad Shah, was stabbed to death by a fellow muslim – apparently because he had tweeted a message of support to christians celebrating Easter

a gofundme page set up by some of his customers hoping to raise £1500 to help his family has instead raised £111,526 in 8 days

Asad’s family have released the following statement . . .

A person’s religion, ethnicity, race, gender or socioeconomic background never mattered to Asad. He met everyone with the utmost kindness and respect because those are just some of the many common threads that exist across every faith in our world. He was a brilliant man, recognising that the differences between people are vastly outweighed by our similarities. And he didn’t just talk about this, he lived it each and every day, in his beloved community of Shawlands and his country of Scotland.

If there was to be any consolation from this needless tragedy, it came in the form of the spontaneous and deeply moving response by the good people of Shawlands, Glasgow and beyond. As a family, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have organised and participated in the street vigils, online petitions and messages. You have moved us beyond words and helped us start healing sooner than we thought possible. You were Asad’s family as much as we are and we will always remain with you.

One of our brightest lights has been extinguished but our love for all mankind and hope for a better world in which we can all live in peace and harmony, as so emphatically embodied by Asad, will endure and prevail. Asad left us a tremendous gift and we must continue to honour that gift by loving and taking care of one another.

some lovely tributes to Asad can be viewed here – http://www.asadshahmemorial.co.uk/

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2 Comments to “Remembering Asad Shah”

  1. so very sad and wrong –

    Like

  2. Horror.

    We need people like him. I hope his legacy inspires others.

    Like

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