America’s Islamic allies

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Originally posted in Tribliv

This Muslim-American believes President Obama deserves praise for separating ISIL from Islam. Unlike some caustic contenders for the Oval

Office, Obama advised the nation to “enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and

hate.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been at the forefront of the ideological battle against extremism. Whereas ISIL wishes to shed innocent blood, we encourage Muslim youth to donate blood. In fact, we annually host blood drives across America to honor the victims of 9/11 While ISIL leaders chant a radical tune, our spiritual Khalifa of Islam his Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad instructs the Quranic message embodied in our official motto: “Love for All, Hatred for None.” Our women also don a head scarf and our men a prayer cap. But what sets us miles apart from the likes of ISIL is our zeal to serve, not harm, our country. As we usher in 2016 and Obama’s final year as commander in chief, I thank him for boldly stating that ISIL does not speak for Islam.

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