Fight terrorism with Islamic teaching
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.