Originally Published in Independent on March 24th, 2017
On Tuesday, 22 March 2017 the UK Parliament was the centre of an atrocious act of terrorism where an individual by the name of Khalid Masood attacked by first plowing his car into pedestrians then fatally stabbing a police officer.
As an Ahmadi Muslim I condemn this barbaric and un-Islamic act; there is no such place for this violence in this world. My deepest condolences are with the families of all affected and my prayers are with the injured. In the Qur’an it states: “Whosoever kills an innocent … it is as if he has killed all of mankind” (5:32).
London also happens to be a centre for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as the leader of our community worldwide, His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahmad resides there. Time and time again His Holiness has condemned all acts of violence and he states: “One who sheds blood of innocents has nothing to do with Islam and its Prophet.”
In the US, the community has dedicated itself to promote the peaceful message of Islam and in hoping to break the barriers that divide us, has launched a campaign called #MeetAMuslim where we go out into the streets and answer any questions one might have regarding the true teachings of Islam.
Arsalan Ahmad Khan