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United Through Faith

The shooting at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas has left me baffled.

When I found out, I was stunned and could not speak for a few minutes. Then, I felt this rage building up inside me. How can something so terrible take place in my own country? I decided to navigate my energy to speak against this terrible atrocity.

I understand that such violence is a norm in countries where lack of education is prevalent. But to think that such senseless violence can occur in the United States, the hub of modern education and intricate political systems that guarantee freedoms and rights, is unbelievable.

As an Ahmadi Muslim, I understand very well how senseless violence affects people around the world. My own community faces persecution in Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries. Ahmadi Muslims are killed for professing their faith in the Messiah of the latter days.

But they refuse to protest or show retaliation against their governments.

Instead, they chose to utilize the greatest weapon of all-- the pen. Every time they face an atrocity, they pick up a pen to write against the injustice.

Today, as an Ahmadi Muslim, I am writing to speak against the injustice shown to our Jewish brothers and sisters in Kansas. I want them to know that they are not alone in this. We know how it feels to be discriminated against. Our prayers and wishes are with them and we will speak for them until every corner of this nation is a safe haven for each and every one of us.

In the Holy Quran, God states, "Say, ‘We believe in . . . that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Tribes, and that which was given to Moses and Jesus and other Prophets from their Lord" (3:85).

We strongly believe in the strength of Islamic teachings because it teaches us to stay united as human beings. We are all creation of the same God. It doesn't behove us to kill each other. Islam teaches us to be merciful and to be accepting of all. In this time of sorrow, we are one.