- - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ramadan is a time for prayer and self-reflection for Muslims around the world. Yet as I end my second week of Ramadan looking at the news stories, I can’t help but ask, “Where are the real Muslims?”

There is a Muslim who is claiming to be the caliph of Islam, but his followers will kill anyone who does not adhere to their ideology and are wreaking havoc throughout Iraq and Syria. So where are the real Muslims?

Real Islam lies with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, a 125-year-old, peace-loving group. They too have a leader, but their leader has advocated for peace through letters to the world’s leaders, urging these leaders to do their part in promoting peace. This is where I see true Islam.

In the remaining weeks of Ramadan, I would hope that these other Muslims look to the example of the Prophet Muhammad and try to become real Muslims.

NAMEER BHATTI

Member, Muslim Writers Guild of America

Blue Bell, Pa.