The murder of an Ahmadi

THERE are few signs of life at the Stockwell Green mosque in south London at the moment. The gates are padlocked and the telephones have been disconnected. And some hope it will stay that way.

For the mosque is at the centre of a dispute within Britain’s Muslim community over how it should respond to the murder of a Muslim shopkeeper in Glasgow on March 24th. The killing was particularly shocking because the victim, Asad Shah, was a member of the pacifist Ahmadiya sect, and his assailant was a Sunni Muslim from Bradford. The Ahmadiya have long been harassed and discriminated against by mainstream Muslims in Pakistan and Indonesia, and this has often turned to violence. But this was the first time it had happened in Britain.