A Muslim taxi driver has admitted murdering a shopkeeper who claimed to be a prophet in messages he posted on social media.
Tanveer Ahmed, 32, travelled from Yorkshire to Glasgow and confronted Asad Shah at his store counter before pulling out a knife and stabbing the 40-year-old.
Ahmed, who did not know the shopkeeper, claimed to have been offended by clips Mr Shah posted online which the Bradford father-of-three said “disrespected the Prophet Muhammad”.
Popular businessman Mr Shah, described as a “pillar of the community”, suffered multiple wounds in the attack at his store in the Shawlands area of the city on 24 March.
CCTV footage of the murder was shown to Lady Rae at the High Court in Glasgow, who condemned the “despicable” crime.
The judge told Ahmed: “There’s no justification whatsoever for what you did.’’
The court heard he watched an interview with Mr Shah on his mobile phone as he travelled to Glasgow and was heard in a phone message to say “listen to this guy, something needs to be done, it needs nipped in the bud”.
When he arrived at the shop, Ahmed said he warned the shopkeeper he was there to kill him and asked him to stop claiming to be a prophet.
Mr Shah’s brother, who is a personal trainer, and a shop assistant tried to fend Ahmed off as he launched his attack.
The killer, who was not found to suffer from any mental disorder, said afterwards: “If I had not done this others would have and there would be more killings and violence in the world.”
Members of Mr Shah’s family, who moved from Pakistan to Scotland in the 1990s to escape persecution, did not attend the court hearing due to fears for their personal safety.
They belong to the Ahmadi sect of Islam whose beliefs differ from the majority of Muslims, prosecutors said.
The court heard their belief that Prophet Muhammad was not the final prophet was a view many consider blasphemous.
Ahmed will return to court for sentencing on 9 August.