The Imam of the largest mosque in Scotland has expressed admiration towards an extremist killer known as Mumtaz Qadri. The killer was executed for committing murder in Pakistan. The appreciation comes through a popular mobile app called WhatsApp.
Qadri killed a moderate Pakistani politician who raised his voice against sacrilegious laws. The politician defended the country’s only Christian politician, who was also murdered by Islamists.
The Imam had used the messaging application WhatsApp to intimate his support for Qadri. Qadri was a member of the Pakistani Taliban who was strung up last month for murdering politician Salmaan Tasseer.
Tasseer was a businessman, politician and liberal Muslim who spoke out after the killing of Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. According to Daily Mail, Qadri said that he was “proud” and that he had killed a “blasphemer.”
It was last month, when his mosque was accused of scaring liberal members. The mosque is also infamous for excluding women and funding violent jihadists.
According to Imam Maulana Habib Ur Rehman of Glasgow Central Mosque, the killer was a “brother” and “true Muslim.” Later, he claimed that the comments had been “taken out of context.”
In the messages, Imam Rehman states that he is “disturbed” and “upset” after hearing the news of Qadri’s execution. He wrote this, before writing “rahmatullahi alai” – meaning may God’s mercy be upon a true Muslim.
“I cannot hide my pain today,” he said.
“A true Muslim was punished for doing which [sic] the collective will of the nation failed to carry out.”
While referring to Qadri as “brother,” the Imam also said that Qadri had carried out “the collective responsibility of the ummat,” by killing the minister.
According to Breitbart News, the Imam added that the execution of Qadri is a “collective failure of Pakistani Muslims.”
Bhatti and Tasseer were both challengers of the country’s wicked and draconian laws. Some of these laws are repeatedly used to target Christians.