We Must Realize our Rights and Responsibilities


Originally Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer

The recent violence in Libya and other Muslim nations has a message for both sides.

Muslims must learn to deal with the freedom of expression. Resorting to violence can never be the answer to an opinion – no matter how offensive. As a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim community, I strongly condemn any acts of violence committed in the name of religion, and urge Muslims to remain calm. That’s exactly how Prophet Muhammad reacted when he was faced with blasphemy.

Individuals living in free societies, however, must also understand the responsibility that comes with this valuable right of free speech. Since a deliberate abuse of this right can result in the loss of innocent lives, shouldn’t a line be drawn somewhere?

Nasir Ahmad, M.D., Tinton Falls, N.J.

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Nasir Ahmad

Clinical Professor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Rutgers University, and specialist in Infectious Diseases, Nasir is the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Gold) in 2009. He writes on various topics including Islam in America, patriotism, religious freedom, etc and has published extensively both locally and nationally.

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