Abducted nuns

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Originally Published in the Chicago Tribune

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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.

About the author

Saif Ahmad

Saif Ahmad is a Systems Engineer working in Chicago. He is currently serving as the Publications Secretary for the Ahmadiyya Movement Community’s Chicago Southwest chapter. He has published in various local and state newspapers and is an active member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America.

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