No longer re­spond­ing to Is­lam­o­pho­bic com­ments

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Some of my friends have ob­jected to my re­fer­ring to Is­rael in my re­sponse to Al­bert Gra­ham’s hate let­ter of July 27. I wish to make it clear that my ref­er­ence was purely to the govern­ment of Is­rael — not to the state or the peo­ple. Most of us have is­sues with our own govern­ment poli­cies, but those is­sues, how­ever strong, don’t rep­re­sent our feel­ing for our coun­try. Re­gard­less of how bad our govern­ment poli­cies are, we love our coun­try and we love our peo­ple.

We, the area Mus­lims, have de­cided not to re­spond to Is­lam­o­pho­bic hate let­ters any­more, be­cause fight­ing fire with fire only adds to fire; it does not bring peace, which is the goal of all re­li­gions. We will con­tinue to be good cit­i­zens and good neigh­bors and not pay at­ten­tion to an oc­ca­sional anti-Mus­lim rant any­more.

Our mosque is open to peo­ple of all faiths. Every­one is wel­come to share their faith or learn about ours or to join us in com­mu­nity ser­vice.

We are plan­ning an In­ter­na­tional Food Fes­ti­val in Charles County. Com­mu­nity in­put is wel­come. Muham­mad Ameen, La Plata

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