Douglas Murray reports on the death of a Muslim at the hands of a fellow Muslim. This highlights how fragile is the Muslim Umma (mother-community); also how far the British media is biased towards only highlighting anti-Muslim sentiment, while almost ignoring any internal conflicts within the Muslim community as no news at all.
On Easter Saturday a Glasgow shopkeeper was murdered. Forty year-old Asad Shah was stabbed in the head with a kitchen knife and then stamped on – an insult in eastern cultures.
The UK press referred to an act of ‘religious hatred’, leaving readers to assume Asad Shah was killed by an ‘Islamophobe’. Had that been the case, the press would be scrutinising every view the killer had ever expressed and every Facebook connection. The aim would be to ascertain why he had done it and investigate his associates.
But it emerged that, although the Asad Shah murder was being treated by police as ‘religiously motivated’, the suspected killer was another Muslim who struck just hours after Mr Shah posted a Facebook message, wishing a happy Easter to his ‘beloved Christian nation’ and suggesting people follow in ‘The real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ’.
The victim’s family are advised by police to disguise where they live because it’s feared they too could be targeted. Mr Shah was a member of the Ahmadiyya community – one of the most persecuted sects in Islam. Yet they are probably the most peaceable sect within Islam.
Ahmadiyya Muslims reject jihad. Whenever a positive story about Islam emerges, it usually involves Ahmadi Muslims. Remember the bus adverts a few years ago, which said Islam has ‘love for all, hatred for none’ – that was paid for by Ahmadiyya Muslims. The Muslims not burning poppies but selling them for the Royal British Legion, were also Ahmadiyya.
If the suspected killer of Mr Shah were a non-Muslim, things would be different; but because he is a Muslim the story has gone dead. They don’t know what questions to ask and they don’t want to ask them anyway; this is a familiar pattern.
Last Friday the Imam of the Grand Central Mosque in Glasgow was caught posting messages online praising Muslim extremists who murdered Pakistani governor Salman Taseer for opposing their blasphemy laws. This is the mosque that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon went to after the Paris terror attacks in November. Perhaps she didn’t know how to ask whether the Imam was an Islamist?
It’s the same after the death of Mr Shah – Ms Sturgeon went to a vigil in his memory but hasn’t asked why Ahmadiyya Muslims, such as Shah, are targeted. Either they don’t know or they don’t care.
The leader of the Tooting mosque, where one of the candidates to be the next mayor of London, Sadiq Khan attends, is Suliman Gani – a man who openly acknowledges using his position to agitate against Ahmadiyya Muslims.
People would care deeply about any proven webs of association if the man arrested for Mr Shah’s murder was non-Muslim. This seems to be how things work in modern Britain.