Support for Mr Shah
£111,526 of £1,500 goal
Thank you for visiting out page. This campaign has now ended and we would like to say a huge heartfelt thanks for all of the kind donations and messages of support we have received. We cannot thank everyone enough, the support we have received is incredible and we are extremely grateful.
With much love and deepest gratitude,
Jen, Lauran, Ellanor & Katie x
A statement from the Shah family...
The Shah family have released the following statement and have also set up a memorial site for those wishing to leave their thoughts or memories of Asad.
"On Thursday evening (24th March), a beloved husband, son, brother and everyone’s friend, Asad Shah, was taken away from us by an incomprehensible act. We are devastated by this loss.
A person’s religion, ethnicity, race, gender or socioeconomic background never mattered to Asad. He met everyone with the utmost kindness and respect because those are just some of the many common threads that exist across every faith in our world. He was a brilliant man, recognising that the differences between people are vastly outweighed by our similarities. And he didn’t just talk about this, he lived it each and every day, in his beloved community of Shawlands and his country of Scotland.
If there was to be any consolation from this needless tragedy, it came in the form of the spontaneous and deeply moving response by the good people of Shawlands, Glasgow and beyond. As a family, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have organised and participated in the street vigils, online petitions and messages. You have moved us beyond words and helped us start healing sooner than we thought possible. You were Asad’s family as much as we are and we will always remain with you.
One of our brightest lights has been extinguished but our love for all mankind and hope for a better world in which we can all live in peace and harmony, as so emphatically embodied by Asad, will endure and prevail. Asad left us a tremendous gift and we must continue to honour that gift by loving and taking care of one another.
We will not be making any further comments on this tragedy and ask everyone, especially the media, to allow us the privacy we need to grieve and heal away from the public eye.
With deepest appreciation,
The Shah Family"
This page has been set up in in support of Asad Shah who was tragically killed outside his shop on Minard Road on Thursday 24 March. This fundraiser has been launched by myself (Jen) and friends (Lauran, Ellanor & Katie) who are all local residents in Shawlands and regular customers of Asad's. As a resident of Waverley Garden's for over 2 years, I personally got to know him whilst visiting his shop on almost a daily basis.
Mr Shah was a popular, well respected and much loved member of our commuity and his death has devastated many. He was a warm and friendy man and he always went out of his way to make time to talk to you - he was more than just our local shopkeeper. He was a friend to many.
It quickly became clear to us in the aftermath of this tragedy that the people of Shawlands (and wider) were looking for a way to show their support to Asad's family and we thought this would be a fitting way to do so.
We are raising funds for his family to use in whatever way they see most fitting - whether that be to contribute towards funeral expenses, provide financial security for his family in the coming months, or simply to do something in his memory. We know money will never make up for his loss but this is our way of showing our support for him, and showing his family how much he was cared for in our commnity.
Any donations, and kind words and memories of Asad will be gratefully received. Thanks, Jen, Lauran, Ellanor & Katie x
This campaign has now ended and we would like to say a huge heartfelt thanks for all of the kind donations and messages of support we have received. We cannot thank everyone enough, the support we have received is incredible and we are extremely grateful.
With much love and deepest gratitude,
Jen, Lauran, Ellanor & Katie x
I'm in a Facebook group with Asad....I was. He was so patient with people's prejudices, with their lack of understanding. He never was terse no matter how harshly anyone spoke and he never wavered from his conviction that loving each other was the way to triumph over the violence in our world. If a man's worth is to be measured by how many people he taught to be kinder, Asad was priceless. xx
My sincere condolences to Asad Shah sahib and his family and friends. He showed that the best traits of humanity, kindness, love, and tolerance, unite all decent people, rich or poor, irrespective of their faith. May God bless him and grant solace to his family and friends. May He also bring us to understand that the real division between us is not whether we are Muslim, Jew, Christian, Sikh, Hindu or Atheist, but between: (a) moderate, decent people like Mr Shah; and (b) the extremists of all faiths and none, who would kill a man for the crime of offering a few words of kindness to those who are different to them.
"My beloved friend." These are the words that Asad Shah used for me. I knew him for many years online. He used to upload videos on YouTube every week, spreading peaceful and loving messages to the whole world. He would also post on Google+ and Facebook, trying to educate people and making them better people. He used to talk about the after life, about heaven, and that we will be there one day if we please God and love humanity. I used to see his face every day when I went online. He was always in the same place, his shop. The words he used to speak, were always pure and loving. He was a role model for me in my life, and I am being 100% honest. Every time I felt I was being some evil person in real life, every time I saw Asad, it reminded me as to who I can be, a better man, a more humble man. Asad was that humble man. He used to contact me with such respect. A man of quality, an angel of light. There are no better words I can say right now for him, my beloved friend. I hate to say this, but now I will never be seeing any new videos from you, or any new messages you post. All of that has now come to an end. I pray to God that He may restore you back to life in the after life, and that you will be rewarded immensely for all the wonderful work you have been doing for the past years. I already miss you. We will meet again, Insha'Allah, God willing. May peace and blessings be upon you, Asad as well as your grieving family. I will remember you everyday, your work is all over the internet, and you will surely be missed.
When I first moved in to Waverley Gardens and went into the shop for the first time, we got chatting and he shook my hand to welcome me to the area and asked me where I was living/how the move had been etc. It seems like a lot of people who came into the shop had a similar experience.
As an American and a Christian, I mourn the loss of such a wonderful soul to this world. As an American soldier, I have seen the worst humanity has to offer and some of the best, and religion often makes no difference. I spent a good portion of my young adulthood fighting the same kind of men as stole this father and husband from his family. Asad was clearly a wonderful human being and full of a great deal of love and kindness. I hope the small £15 donation is enough to help his family with whatever they need, and pray his children grow up knowing that their father was the kind of man we must all aspire to be; one who loves his fellow man regardless of religion, race or national origin, but simply because they are a person deserving of love.
There has been an amazing and heartfelt response to this campaign to raise funds in support of Mr Shah and his family. People from all over the globe have donated and left beautiful comments. wouldn't it be wonderful If they could be published in a book of remembrance dedicated to Mr Shah to celebrate his life and his love for all humanity.
Mr Shahs shop was my mums and my son and I's local for years. A lovely gentle kind man, always smiling, always helpful, and always asking how my day was. He had lovely wee quirky ways, one hand for money, the other for shaking hands. We moved a couple of years ago, my son went in with his friend one day, Mr Shah who hadn't seen him for almost 2 years came straight around from behind the counter, gave him a hug, asked after me, and gave him a free drink. My son came home to tell me about how nice that had felt to him....the man was a delight, warm and friendly and i'm so so sad that this has happened to him, wishing lots of love and strength to his family, xxx
Asad was seriously one of the nicest people I have ever met. Always a handshake and a genuine smile from him. He had a gentle way and an aura of peace around him and I am both shocked and very saddened at what has happened to such a lovely kind man. My heart goes out to his family and friends at this very sad time. RIP Asad, you'll be in my thoughts always.
My deepest condolences to Asad's family and communities, local and religious. This terrible murder of a truly religious man, who brought light to so many lives must be punished with life, and Asad's legacy must live on. He should be made a saint. People like him will always win over hate and bigotry, no colour or creed could contain his compassion and common sense, no colour or creed can contain the revulsion at his death, and no colour or creed will be able to shelter the perpetrator. R.I.P. a true British gentleman and true Muslim.
Please could you all take a look at my petition - it is asking the government to investigate the hate organisation Khatme Nabuwat, who among other things sent a celebratory tweet after Mr Shah died. They have been responsible for inciting attacks against Ahmadis like Mr Shah for over 50 years in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia and have offices here in the UK where they publish leaflets saying that Ahmadis are, 'deserving of death'. Please can you sign and share this petition so that what happened to Mr Shah doesn't happen again on British soil. Thank you and RIP. Love and solidarity with Mr Shah's family. https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-don-t-let-asad-shah-die-in-vain-ban-hate-organisation-khatme-nabuwat
This man has touched the hearts of so many muslims and non muslims alike because he was (a) a good honest friendly person (b) an integrated muslim (c) a hardworking muslim and (d) humble. It seems he was murdered by another so called muslim who travelled from the holy town of thickheads (Bradford). Why this man felt the need to embark on such a journey with the obvious intent to kill such a good human being is beyond me. Was this triggered by his message of happy Easter to his friends and customers or was he fuelled by his intense hatred of the Ahmadiyya community. This community is hardworking, affluent, well integrated and peaceful. By contrast the no doubt sunni "muslim" who ended his life in such a tragic manner is probably a less integrated loser on benefits that will no doubt claim it was his duty to kill a decent human being just because he belonged to a more successful sect then him. The killer deserves the harshest of penalties so that this does not set a precedent within the UK of such killings. This campaign has reached £83k as we speak, something the sunnis did not expect. This killing is not justified and your silence is deafening. Please do not go on about Palestine/Syria etc, you have no right if you are silent about killings on your doorstep, The Sunni community has not openly condemned this attack at all. They have endorsed a killer. Well done. RIP Mr Shah, your are a truly great human being and we do not need the support of the sunni community to recognize this.