“AS AN AHMADI MUSLIM, I CATEGORICALLY CONDEMN THE LONDON ATTACKS AND ALL OTHER RECENT ATTACKS AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE VICTIMS.”

Muslims around the world are observing a month of fasting. This month signifies a period of physical and spiritual workout for self purification to get rid of impurities of body and soul. A typical fast apparently is about skipping food and drink but it has a deeper message. The person who fasts learns to give up some permissible things for the sake of God.

There is tremendous emphasis laid down in the Qur’an and Ahadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) on practical reformation in Ramadan. Such a change should last beyond one month and ideally extend to the remainder of the year. Upholding high morals during the fasting exemplifies how it aims for great spiritual uplifting and transformation.

With this background in mind, as we saw the news of the recent horrific terrorist attacks in London, Iraq, Australia, Iran and Afghanistan during Ramadan, the message is clear. Terrorists do not have religion as their guide or drive.

In the holy month of Ramadan, where a true Muslim strives day and night through fasting, prayers, worship and service to humanity, only a terrorist whose faith is his personal agenda can even imagine of spreading disorder, taking innocent lives, and creating fear.

The Qur’an is very clear when it states “…commit not iniquity in the earth, causing disorder” (11:86) and “…whosoever killed a person — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind…” (5:33). God expects us to realize that He is Lord of all the worlds (1:2). Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “All creatures are one family dependent upon God.” To be loved by God, one has to treat the creation of God the best. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Be merciful to those on the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”

As an Ahmadi Muslim, I categorically condemn the London attacks and all other recent attacks and my prayers are with the victims. Terrorists seek to divide us through their actions and when our media disproportionately covers such acts based on the religion of victims and not the gravity of the attack and number of the victims, unfortunately they advance the cause of these terrorists.

There should not be any accommodation or tolerance towards extremist tendencies across the board. We all have to root out extremism together as extremists are the enemies of humanity and peace.

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