Mus­lims con­demn at­tack

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Re­cently, Ab­dul Razak Ali Ar­tan, a Mus­lim-Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent, drove his car into pedes­tri­ans at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, ex­ited his car and be­gan cut­ting other stu­dents (“Trump says Ohio State at­tacker shouldn’t have been in US,” Nov. 30). As a Mus­lim and a proud Amer­i­can, I con­demn this evil and dis­gust­ing crime, as do the ma­jor­ity of Mus­lims world­wide.

Sources say the at­tacker made com­plaints about anti-Mus­lim hate crimes and about be­ing afraid to pray in public, and these are valid com­plaints; how­ever, it does not jus­tify any sort of killing. By no means does Is­lam per­mit the killing of in­no­cent lives, and if the sus­pect is to stand up for Mus­lims, he must do so within the con­fines of the re­li­gion he is at­tempt­ing to rep­re­sent.

Un­for­tu­nately, Mr. Ar­tan has well tres­passed the moral lim­its that Is­lam es­tab­lishes for its peo­ple and by do­ing so, he ru­ins the rep­u­ta­tion of peace­ful Mus­lims across the globe, in­creas­ing the chances of hate crimes. There­fore, It must be made clear that Mr. Ar­tan’s ac­tions are un-Is­lamic, that the ma­jor­ity of Mus­lims de­nounce his ac­tions and that the ac­tions of a few can­not de­fine the com­mu­nity as a whole.

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