The barbaric inhumanity that is radical Islam reared its ugly head again this past weekend. In Glasgow, Scotland a Muslim man who loved his adopted nation and the people who had helped to give him a new and profitable life was murdered by a fellow Muslim simply because he spoke kindly to his neighbors.
Seriously. That’s it.
Earlier this weekend Asad Shah took to the Internet to wish his friends and neighbors a “Good Friday and a very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.” He later followed that up, with what would be his last post to social media where he said, “Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.”
The UK Daily Mail says that Mr. Shah also spoke out against the Muslim terrorist attack in Brussels on his Facebook page last week. It’s not clear which of these comments led to the attack or if it was some combination of all of them, but what is not in dispute is what happened on Friday night.
A Muslim man walked into Shah’s shop spoke to him in his native language (Shah had emigrated from Pakistan) and then attacked him and began stabbing him about the head and body with a kitchen knife. Shah’s brother, who had been just next door, rushed over to save him, but as he dragged his brother’s body away the man continued his awful attack. A family friend said that the attack was a clearly a play for revenge. ‘It was just a clear-cut revenge attack. For posting messages about peace, messages about greeting fellow Christians and Jews.
‘That man must not have been too happy about what he was doing, what he was preaching. It was a well-planned attack. He must have been an extremist.
‘He went straight for the head. He got stomped on the head as well. His brother suffered a slash down his shoulder area because he attacked him with a knife as well.’
It’s things like this that should make us pessimistic about the fight against radical Islam. Attacks like these are why the so-called moderates in Islam are so reticent to speak up against the violence of radicals, which leads to a vicious cycle of violence, silence, and more violence.
Sadly, we lost one of the few Muslims willing to speak out against radicalism, and I fear it will only lead to the silencing of more voices and the continued spread of terror.
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