Islamic extremists hijack religion


Originally Published in USA Today

As a Muslim American, I am saddened to hear the news of the terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya. An al-Qaeda affiliated-group, al-Shabab, has claimed responsibility.

In addition to the loss of innocent life, I am saddened that the terrorists are attributing their act to Islam. According to eyewitnesses, they killed only non-Muslims. They must deeply reflect on the Quran, which, while promoting sanctity of life, declares, “Whosoever killed a person … it shall be if he had killed all mankind; and whoso saved a life, it shall be as if he saved all mankind.” This verse does not differentiate between Muslims and non-Muslims.

By acting against the Quranic instruction to Muslims, these terrorists have clearly demonstrated that they are not true followers of Islam.

Nasir Ahmad; 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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