- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2012

I am deeply saddened by Sunday’s tragic events at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin (“Police: 7 dead, including suspect, at Sikh temple,” Web, Sunday). The temple is a place of worship with the purpose to develop people into better human beings.

As a Muslim, I know that Sikhs face similar discrimination, often due to their attire and beards. The Koran tells us, “And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of God is oft commemorated.” As a Muslim, I must not only respect all religions but must furthermore protect those religions’ places of worship.

I pray for the families that are suffering through this horrific, senseless attack. May God grant them ease and peace of mind.

NAMEER BHATTI

Member, Muslim Writers Guild of America

Blue Bell, Pa.