Pope may help ties with Muslims


Originally published in Courier Post

As a Muslim-American, I welcome Pope Francis to America.

Pope Francis’ attitude towards Islam — from praying in the Blue Mosque of Istanbul facing Mecca to his comment, “Authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Quran are opposed to every form of violence” — is refreshing and encouraging.

With rising Islamophobia in America and with GOP presidential candidates’ recent attempts to create further divide between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans, Pope Francis’ comments can help bridge gaps between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans, especially Roman Catholics.

I hope and pray that Pope Francis’ visit to America proves to be a blessed one, not only for Christians but for Muslims as well.

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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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