“Defeat Jihad” ad: Are we savages?

Originally Published in The New Jersey Record.

Regarding “Ads criticizing Muslim radicals go up in N.Y.C. subways” (Page A-7, Sept. 25):

Anti-jihad ads that imply Muslims are “savage” have recently gone up on New York City subways. “Defeat Jihad” and “support the civilized man,” parts of the ad read.

The advertisement is the brainchild of Pamela Geller, co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Geller is merely doing what she does best: spreading misinformation and fear of Islam and Muslims.

On the contrary, Muslim-American communities have incessantly condemned religious violence, long before Geller ignorantly fabricated a phantom threat. In fact, the word jihad does not even equate to violence. It means to strive or struggle.

In writing this letter, I strive to condemn bigotry — a jihad of the pen. Similarly, hundreds of Muslim youth across America have joined the Muslim Writers Guild of America to wage an intellectual jihad.

Are we savages?


Kashif N. Chaudhry
Englewood, Sept. 25

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