Worthy of admiration


Originally published in Detroit Free Press

Pope Benedict’s resignation came as a shock to the entire world. As a Muslim, I was taken aback when I heard the news. I remember the day that Pope John Paul II left his post to approach the heavens. I shed many tears that day. Now I look on with admiration to see a man resign the authority of the papacy for the betterment of his faith and his people. Not many in this world have that strength of constitution.

I, as every Muslim should, pray for his health and for the peaceful reign of his successor. Muslims and Catholics share a common goal of peace in this world. And with every generation that passes, that goal can become more and more achievable.

About the author

Mahir Osman

Mahir Osman lives in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan and is well known as a community leader and advocate within the region. Serving as the Public Affairs Secretary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Metro Detroit, Osman has built relationships with local Mayors, Council Members, State Representatives, and Congressional Representatives. For the past 15 years, Osman has independently studied Theology and Comparative Religions, primarily early Christianity and the New Testament, to better understand why individuals believe what they believe. And therefore, focuses on writing pieces, both religious and political, that would not hold any biases and focus primarily on facts, rational, and justice.

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