Mus­lims are not ter­ror­ists

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA -

I am a Mus­lim from Indiana and I would like to com­ment about the com­pound found in Taos County, New Mex­ico.

True Is­lam is peace­ful. We Mus­lims are not vi­o­lent peo­ple and we are not ter­ror­ists. We do not con­done vi­o­lence or ter­ror­ism in any form. I do not con­done the things that have hap­pened at that com­pound nor do I be­lieve in train­ing chil­dren to use guns. One of the Face­book posters com­mented that Is­lam ex­ists only to de­stroy western civ­i­liza­tions. That is not true. We have no in­ten­tions to de­stroy the western world. We want to live in peace with ev­ery­one.

Is­lam means to sub­mit to the will of God. Is­lam, Chris­tian­ity and Ju­daism are all Abra­hamic re­li­gions, and we are all de­scen­dants of Abra­ham. We wor­ship the same God that Chris­tians and Jews do. The only dif­fer­ence is that we call Him, “Al­lah.” We re­vere and trea­sure the Holy Bi­ble, To­rah and Tal­mud along with the Holy Qur`an. The four most im­por­tant be­ings in Is­lam are Je­sus; The Prophet Muham­mad, Peace Be Upon Him; Moses and Al­lah Him­self.

Ex­trem­ist move­ments like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and this small group based out of that com­pound in Taos County are not true Mus­lims and do not rep­re­sent Is­lam. They are an abom­i­na­tion to our great re­li­gion. BRAN­DON HAR­RIS Boonville, Indiana

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