Letter to the editor: Islam respects life
As an Ahmadi Muslim, I condemn the barbaric act of violence by the deranged lunatic in New York and pray for the affected. Naturally, all fingers point in the direction of Islam which, contrary to popular belief, teaches to uphold the sanctity of human life and says “whosoever killed a person, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov was “radicalized domestically.” As a concerned citizen, I believe that places of worship must be monitored. We must accept the reality of surveillance, as the worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has said sermons in mosques should be monitored and has even said to “go ahead and monitor our mosques and listen to our sermons if you would like.”
The writer is a member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America.