Originally published in Hartford Courant
Boston suffered an atrocious act of terror. As a Muslim, I unequivocally condemn any form of terrorism and hate. I send my heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims of this inhumane crime. I pray Bostonians will not allow terror to prevail and will stand strong with unity and love in the wake of this attack. I hope this spirit of love triumphs as Boston heals.
At this time of confusion and fear of Islam, strong Muslim leadership is needed to champion peace, love and anti-terrorism. The head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community will be visiting the U.S. this May. His holiness champions separation of mosque and state and condemns all form of terrorism. He preaches and practices an intellectual defense of Islam.
We invite Americans to join us in rejecting violence and to look at our community’s example and work toward fostering a more peaceful world.