Letter to the Editor: What it Means to be Muslim

Dear Rochester Media,

As an Ahmadi Muslim woman, I am very disturbed at the events in Paris and around the world. While these terrorists call themselves Muslims, in reality they are not practicing Islam and we do not recognize them as such. There is nothing these people do that is remotely connected to Islam except that they use its name as a weapon to incite people to violence.

I am a proud member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association of Metro Detroit. Here in Rochester Hills, we use religion to promote peace, love and harmony. We focus on educating our members and our communities by hosting symposia to bring different faiths together and promote further understanding. We hold events honoring and teaching the public about the true message of Islam and its founder Prophet Muhammad. We have also teamed up with the South Oakland Vicariate Peace and Justice Committee under a joint venture known as “Neighbors in Faith” to do community service and foster open dialogue between our memberships. This is what it means to be a Muslim.

Our Community stands united with the people of France against the terrorists behind this attack. While we mourn the loss of life in France and we grieve for their families, we pray that ultimately humanity prevails and these atrocities cease so we can build a better world for our future generations.

Kaisra Osman
Executive Member, Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association – Metro Detroit

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