Asad Shah, 40, a member of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam, was found badly wounded near his shop in the Shawlands area of Glasgow Thursday night and was later pronounced dead after he arrived at nearby Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The fatal incident occurred just hours after the statement "Good Friday and very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation x!" was posted to a Facebook account that British media say belongs to the Pakistani-born Shah.
"Lets Follow the Real Footstep of Beloved Holy JESUS CHIRST (PBUH) And Get the Real Success in Both Worlds," the Facebook post also stated.
BBC reports that local police have arrested an unnamed 32-year-old Sunni Muslim they believe was involved in the attack. The police also believe the killing was religiously motivated.
"A full investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death which is being treated as religiously prejudiced," a police spokeswoman stated