Muslim-Americans have a religious duty to protect the United States from harm

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Several states have appropriately beefed up security at military recruitment centers in the wake of the Chattanooga shooting tragedy.

This Muslim-American would add that the best way to counter the threat of radicalization (of any group) is to inculcate the golden values of loyalty and common respect. That’s why a bulk of the youth of my Ahmadiyya Muslim Community joined in parades across the United States on Independence Day weekend. They proudly donned “Muslims for Loyalty” T-shirts and widely handed out American flags that bore our official motto, “Love for All, Hatred for None.”

While ISIS wages a noxious campaign to brainwash “lone wolfs” into committing senseless acts of violence in their homeland and, in so doing, defame the noble religion of Islam, the spiritual caliph of my community, his holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, instead calls on all fair-minded Muslims to heed the instructions of the Prophet Mohammed, who said that love for your country is integral to your faith.

Muslim-Americans should recognize that they have not only a civic responsibility, but also a religious duty, to protect their nation against anyone who would do harm.

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