Abducted Nuns

Originally published in the Chicago Tribune

Pope Francis requested prayers for the 12 nuns abducted Monday by rebel fighters in the Syrian village of Maaloula. As an Ahmadi Muslim, I strongly condemn the kidnappings based on the Charter of Privileges granted to Christians by the Prophet Muhammad.

This charter protects Christians’ rights to freedom of worship and movement. It states: “Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks [or nuns] from their monasteries”. Islam protects basic human rights like the preservation of life, property and honor for non-Muslims and Muslims alike.

I join Pope Francis in praying not only for the nuns, but for all those caught in this conflict.

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