Islam being hijacked by extremists


I was angered to hear about the cowardly attack that occurred in Garland, Texas. I say cowardly because the peaceful religion of Islam was used for the justification of this heinous act. I say angered because I am tired of my religion being hijacked by extremists. Though I may not agree with the American Freedom Defense Initiative, violence towards them is not the answer. The Quran not only recognizes the right to freedom of speech in multiple passages but also strictly forbids violence as a response to even the most hateful speech, including blasphemy. Along with the vast majority of Muslims in this country, I am a supporter of the First Amendment no matter how hateful or bigoted the speech may be.

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Iftekhar Ahmad

Iftekhar Ahmad is a radiation oncologist practicing in Rockford, IL. He currently serves as the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association's Chicago NW chapter located in Glen Ellyn, IL. Dr. Ahmad also serve as the Director of Pubic Affairs for the Northern IL region, dealing with political issues on a local, state, and national level as it pertains to the Ahmaddiyya Muslim Community.

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