Muslim Shopkeeper Stabbed to Death after he posted a message wishing his ‘beloved Christian nation’ a happy Easter

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A man has been arrested after a popular Muslim shopkeeper was stabbed to death by another Muslim in a religiously motivated attack just hours after he had posted a message wishing 'a very happy Easter to my beloved Christian nation'.

Asad Shah, 40, was set upon with a knife and had his head stamped on in a shocking attack outside his Glasgow newsagents shop just after 9pm last night.

A police investigation has been launched into the full details surrounding Mr Shah's death, with officers pursuing a line of enquiry that the attack was racially aggravated.

Police Scotland confirmed to MailOnline that everyone currently involved in the investigation was a Muslim following the arrest of a man aged 32.

The appalling attack came just hours after deeply religious Mr Shah, who was keen to reach out from the Muslim community to Christian neighbours, posted heartfelt Easter messages on social media.

The 40-year-old was today due to be hosting a meeting with Christian friends about the importance of Easter.

Mr Shah, who is originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, posted his Easter wishes on Facebook at 5.10pm last night - just four hours before he was murdered.

The post, the last one he made before his death, said: 'Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.'

And he added: 'Let's follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.'

In previous posts, he spoke out eloquently against violence and hatred and called for 'unconditional real love for all mankind'.

As news of his death began to spread hundreds of people who knew Mr Shah arrived at his shop to pay their respects.

By 9am flowers had already begun to pile-up in a corner next to the police tape blocking off a large section of Minard Road.

Residents living in the flats on the cordoned off street had to be signed in and out by police officers. Some were in tears as they passed a small, white forensic tent on the pavement just outside the shop door.

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