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Another Voice: Real Muslims work to give and promote life

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“A plane just crashed into the Twin Towers!”

Silence struck my seventh grade class as our teacher shared this news. Minutes later, we found out another plane crashed into the towers. As I sat mere miles away from Ground Zero, I helplessly peered across the river as black smoke engulfed my city. Little did I know that black smoke would also taint my religion.

In the days, months and years after, I was bombarded with questions about Islam.

“Why do your people hate us?”

“Does your religion really encourage bloodshed?”

“Why don’t you Muslims condemn 9/11?”

Twenty years later, my fellow Muslim Americans and I are still presumed guilty of the heinous crime of 9/11.

Those who presume us guilty perhaps have no idea that the bulk of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims find militant Islamic groups despicable. In fact, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, of which I am an imam, has forcefully denounced every terrorist attack committed in the name of Islam, including 9/11.

Its worldwide head, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has traversed continents, met with world leaders, and spoken to international bodies about Islam’s true peaceful teachings, declaring:


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