- The Washington Times - Monday, September 27, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am not sure whether Pastor Terry Jones had read the entire Koran before he planned “Burn a Koran” day on Sept. 11. An entire chapter of the Koran is dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Koran praises Jesus himself more than 20 times.

What can this act achieve other than hurting the feelings of more than 1 billion Muslims across the globe - including 2 million American Muslims - and attempt to breed hatred between Muslims and Christians? As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, whose motto is “love for all, hatred for none,” this letter is my form of protest but extremists, unfortunately, plan on reacting differently.

Sept. 11 is and will remain a dark day in the history of our beloved country. Mr. Jones still needs to realize that Sept. 11 also provides an opportunity to have interfaith dialogue to dispel misunderstandings, rather than increase the divide among followers of different religions.

NASIR AHMAD

Tinton Falls, N.J.

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