A taxi driver who killed a man for disrespecting the Prophet Muhammed has been jailed for life.
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Tanveer Ahmed, 32, pleaded guilty to the killing of a shopkeeper from Glasgow because he claimed to be a prophet at a earlier appearance in court.
The court heard how Mr Ahmed ‘laughed and laughed’ as he stabbed Asad Shah on March 24 this year.
After his arrest, Mr Ahmed shocked police by releasing a statement admitting the murder by saying: ‘Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr Shah claimed to be a prophet.
The statement read out by his solicitor said: ‘If I had not done this others would and there would have been more killing and violence in the world.
‘When 1400 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 wish to make it clear that the incident was nothing at all to do with Christianity or any other religious beliefs even although I am a follower of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him I also love and respect Jesus Christ.’
The chain of events leading to the murder were started after Mr Ahmed was shown a video by his friend that Mr Shah had posted claiming to be a prophet.
The following day he drove to Glasgow and recorded a phone message saying: ‘Listen to this guy, something needs to be done, it needs nipped in the bud,
He arrived at the shop around 9pm later that evening and a conversation was heard between the two were it is claimed Mr Ahmed failed to persuade Mr Shah on his point of view.
He then pulled out a knife and moved towards the counter were he started to stab Mr Shah to the head and body.
Mr Shah then tried to flee out of the shop but the attacker continued raining down blows.
Athar Shah, Asad Shah’s brother, then attacked Mr Ahmed with a street sign as another shop assistant managed to grab the knife.
Mr Ahmed then calmly walked away to a nearby bus shelter were he waited for the police to arrive.
He was sentenced to life in prison and must serve a minimum of 27 years before being considered for release.
As he was being led away to begin his sentence he raised his clenched fist and shouted: “Praise for the Prophet Muhammad, there is only one Prophet.”
Some of the people who attended the sentencing in support of Mr Ahmed responded by doing the same.
Mr Shah’s brother said: “I lost my brother there. That monster came and jumped on my brother’s face, right there in the street.
“He just moved on to the pavement and laughed while my brother took his last breath. He was laughing. He just laughed and laughed.”
A statement read out on behalf of the Shah family said that most of the family have either now left Scotland or are in the process of leaving the country after the murder.
The statement also paid tribute to Asad Shah: “Asad’s family have lost a peaceful, kind and loving brother, son and uncle who can never be replaced.