Islam Is Not The Enemy


Originally Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer

I take pride in the fact that America, in the face of adversity, strives to take the high road; there is a clear distinction between us and our enemies.

Our enemies are the ones that spread terror, they are the ones that attack churches, and they are the ones that wish to subjugate the world.

Lt. Col. Dooley’s class aimed at educating military personnel identified this enemy as Islam. As a Muslim-American, I feel betrayed and insulted. He called for the destruction of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina through “Hiroshima” style attacks with the threat that “Islam must change or we will facilitate its self-destruction.”

With this ideology, where would the distinction between us and our enemies be? We would both be barbaric. But thanks to a brave student’s complaint about this curriculum, I can continue to say that I am proud to be an American.

Sohaib Awan, Pickerington

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Sohaib Awan serves as the Chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America and as a Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, USA. He is currently a student at Northeast Ohio Medical University pursuing his medical doctorate.

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@Muslim_Writers MashAllah high school student!


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