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I was disturbed by the letter to editor “Cycle of Hate” calling Islam an “extremist theology” (published 9/25/12). As a member of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and with our mosques located throughout New York, including one here in Hollis, I would like to remind the writer that true Islamic teaching condemns violence against any human being.

I would also like to remind the writer that our beloved leader, the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (the third largest sect in Islam) His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has called on all Muslims in the world to lay down their arms and refrain from violence. He further called on Muslims around the globe to fight attacks against their beautiful religion of Islam through “Pen” (i.e., through academic discourse). His Holiness condemned the attacks against innocent civilians and American diplomats and reminded Muslims that the Holy Prophet Muhammad taught all Muslims that “the property and lives of all people are sacred” and must be safeguarded. He further called on Muslims to follow the true teachings of Islam and fulfill their responsibilities toward mankind by becoming law–abiding, peaceful citizens of their respective nations.

Dr. Tahir Khan

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Bait-uz-Zafar Mosque

Hollis

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