Hundreds of floral tributes have been laid near the spot where Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah was killed.

A steady stream of people arrived at Minard Road in Shawlands on Easter Sunday to pay their respects.

Mr Shah, 40, was found seriously injured near his store in the area at 9pm on Thursday and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Hours earlier he had wished Christians a happy Easter in a social media post, and he had previously appeared to speak out against violence.

A 32-year-old man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court tomorrow in connection with Mr Shah’s death.

The Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, the Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth, used his Easter sermon to condemn the killing.

He said: “A Muslim man in this city was killed this week soon after wishing Christians a happy Easter…such wickedness has no place in our city.

“Death will not have the last word. Let the love of God warm every heart in this city, Muslim and Christian Glaswegians alike. And let that love show forth in new ways, that this city may flourish.”

Mr Shah was a member of the Ahmadi movement, a minority denomination of Islam which is denounced by some orthodox Muslims.

Police confirmed the man they arrested after the death of Mr Shah is a Muslim and officers said the attack is being “treated as religiously prejudiced”.

Mr Shah’s family have spoken of their “heartbreak” after the killing and said they fear for their own safety.

A family member, who asked not to be named, said: “We have been advised by the police not to speak about it, particularly about our names and locations, because there is a security threat.”

They added: “Actually, we cannot describe what we are going through. We are heartbroken.”

There is only one place of worship for the 500-strong Ahmadiyya community in Scotland – the Bait-ur-Rahman Mosque in Glasgow’s west end.

Imam Daud Ahmad, 60, who is the spiritual leader at the Mosque, indicated that there are divisions between different Muslim denominations.

He said: “They hate us because we have brought a message they cannot digest. You know, everybody in the country is free, but it doesn’t mean somebody should be murdered.”

Fareed Ahmad, National Secretary for External Affairs at Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, described the killing as “completely brutal, horrific and unjustified” and issued a plea to authorities to protect the Ahmadiyya community.

“In any society, all members of the public have a right to safety and it is up to the government and police to protect members of the public as best they can,” he said.

“In this context it is up to the government to root out all forms of extremism and the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has been speaking about the importance of this for many years.”

Glasgow Central Mosque issued a statement which said: “This type of criminal behaviour is abhorrent and unacceptable and the Mosque stands shoulder to shoulder with all communities in order to eradicate this kind of intolerance from our society.”

Glasgow-based human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, who is a Sunni Muslim, offered condolences to Mr Shah’s family and added: “I proudly stand with my brothers and sisters of the Ahmadiyya community to say not our name.”

Vigils have been held for Shah in the community in Glasgow’s south side where he worked.

Around 500 people joined in a silent gathering in Shawlands on Friday night, with some laying flowers at a sign on the ground which said: 'This is not who we are'.

First Minister and local MSP Nicola Sturgeon, who was in the crowd on Friday, tweeted afterwards: “Moved to be one of hundreds tonight as Shawlands united in grief for Asad Shah and support for his family.”

MP for the area Stewart McDonald, who was also at Friday’s vigil, said: “The south side will be a little darker with the loss of such a friendly man who served this community for many years.”

Mourners also went to the area on Saturday and a group of around 150 took part in a sombre vigil organised by teenagers on social media.

A fundraising page set up on the GoFundMe website in support of Mr Shah's family has raised more than £50,000.

A funeral for Shah is likely to be held at Bait-ur-Rahman Mosque when the body is released by the authorities.

It is understood the 32-year-old man who was arrested remained in police custody last night.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “He is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday having been charged in connection with the death of Mr Shah.”