Hold fast to American principles


Originally published in Chicago Tribune


Today, unfortunately, the words Islam and terrorism seem synonymous. This, however, cannot be the case because the Holy Quran clearly states, “Whosoever kills a person, it is as if he has killed all of mankind” (5:32). Terrorism has no religion, race or color. It is simply a treacherous evil.

With the Boston Marathon bombings, there has been uproar over how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother were Muslims. Justice, undoubtedly, needs to be served, but ignorantly attacking other Muslims, verbally or physically, is simply anti-American. As an Ahmadi Muslim who adheres to the motto of “Love for All, Hatred for None,” I implore my fellow Americans to take the high road in these troubling times and hold fast to America’s principles of tolerance.

About the author

Zakria Malik

Zakria is an active member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America. He lives in Chicago and attends Benedictine University.

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