Fight ter­ror­ism with Is­lamic teach­ing

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

On Oct. 31 at ap­prox­i­mately 3 p.m., New York City was once again the site of a ter­ror at­tack (“Feds: Truck at­tack sus­pect ‘felt good about’ ram­page, asked to hang ISIS flag in hospi­tal,” Nov. 2). This one, how­ever, fol­lowed a string of at­tacks with the same pat­tern in which a ter­ror­ist drove a truck in the mid­dle of a crowd. As an Ah­madi Mus­lim, I con­demn this bar­baric at­tack and all acts of ter­ror­ism. I have a firm be­lief that vi­o­lence or ex­trem­ism has no place in any re­li­gion.

The prac­ti­cal way to erad­i­cate these ex­trem­ist thoughts and the dis­torted im­age of Is­lam from so­ci­ety would be to pro­mote the true Is­lamic teach­ings. As it states in the Qur’an “...Whoso­ever killed a per­son — un­less it be for killing a per­son or for cre­at­ing dis­or­der in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind” (5:33).

I am not say­ing that se­cu­rity mea­sures aren’t nec­es­sary. How­ever, it cer­tainly would be in our best in­ter­est as Amer­i­cans to re­ject the false ide­ol­ogy per­pet­u­ated by some that Is­lam is at war with the West. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to un­der­stand the true teach­ings of Is­lam and truly see Is­lam as the re­li­gion of peace that it is.

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