- - Monday, January 5, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Last year seemed to have been filled with tragedies and difficulties both within our country and internationally. The rise of the Islamic State, the recent shootings of young Americans and police officers, and the deadly school attack in Peshawar, Afghanistan, are just some of the difficulties the global community faced. But it does not mean that all was bad and all was lost.

Malala Yousafzai, an education activist, became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. His Holiness Pope Francis went to Turkey to pay a visit to the Blue Mosque in an interfaith prayer, and received a blessing from the head of the Orthodox church, Bartholomew. So while atrocities seemed to overtake 2014, there were also key moments of peace, unity and cooperation that will help us move forward for a better world and a better 2015.

This year will not be free of struggle, but we need to progress. As an American Muslim, I wish our whole nation and beyond a happy and peaceful New Year. God bless.

SAIRA BHATTI

Centreville, Va.

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