Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Open Forum: I have seen the Ahmadiyya Community’s kindness

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After reading about the resistance to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s purchase of land in Walkersville, I feel compelled to respond to some of the concerns raised. While it is understandable to feel anxious of developments we are unfamiliar with, we all need to support any group that holds peace at its core.

As a non-Muslim, I have personal experience of working with the Ahmadiyya Community in the delivery of aid after natural disasters, and I can fully support the many positive comments already posted.

As Muslims, the community holds dear the goal of peace for all, not just in name but in belief and daily actions. In a world where we are all concerned about the rise of fundamentalist views, we should take time to consider our own actions and responses to changes taking place around us.

If we are to build a world based on understanding and peace, we need to encourage the development of both in our international and local communities. Diversity in understanding is key to building a world where we can protect and celebrate all life.

Dominic Morgan, Wiltshire, United Kingdom