A number of prominent Muslim organizations from Glasgow have failed to attend the launch of a multi-faith anti-extremism campaign launched in the wake of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, a member of the long-persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
British-Pakistani Mr Shah, a popular figure in the multi-cultural Shawlands area of the city, was stabbed to death outside his shop on 24 March by a man – also of Pakistani origin – who claimed that he killed Mr Shah because he “disrespected” Islam.
Moderate Ahmadi Muslims have been persecuted in Pakistan because of their belief that the founder of their sect is the final prophet of Islam as opposed Prophet Muhammad as believed by a vast majority of Muslims.
The United Against Extremism campaign launch in Glasgow on Monday was attended by representatives of the city’s Jewish, Christian, Sikh and Ahmadiyya communities as well as members of Police Scotland and local politicians.
Representatives of the Glasgow Central Mosque and the Muslim Council of Scotland had been invited but sent their RSVP’s at the last moment, according to The Guardian.
Abdul Abid, president of the Ahmadiyya community in Scotland, told The Guardian that he was disappointed that other Muslim leaders had not attended the launch.
As part of the campaign, posters sponsored by the Ahmadi community will be displayed on buses in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee for two weeks.