Muslims don't 'hate' America

The Koran instructs us to love our neighbors.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly has said he thinks that "Islam hates us." Sen. Ted Cruz has chosen critics of Islam as his advisers.

The fact is that the Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him), stated, "love of one's country is part of faith."

As Ahmadi Muslims, we claim to be the foremost followers of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of God be upon him) in this day and age and followers of true Islam. It is therefore impossible for American Muslims to be followers of true Islam and hate the United States. Quite to the contrary, we are ordered to love the U.S.

Moreover, the Holy Qur'an also commands us to "obey those in authority from among you."

The Ahmadi Muslim Community, a sect of Islam established in over 200 countries, successfully establishes and promotes peace wherever it goes. We have been in the U.S. since 1921 and we as well as other Muslims have had a long history of being obedient, productive and an integral part of America.

Examples include the True Islam, Muslims for Loyalty, Muslims for Peace, and Muslims for Life campaigns, among other efforts. In 2015, the Ahmadiyya Youth branch fed 180,000 people, raised $54,000 for charity, collected 5,000 units of blood, helped 4,000 refugees, orphans, elderly, widows or victims of abuse, distributed 2,000 holiday gifts, and planted 733 trees.

A new survey by the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding has found that the more devout a Muslim is, the more patriotic he or she is likely to be. While those in high positions are themselves spewing hateful rhetoric, they should know that that true followers of the religion of Islam are the greatest lovers of America.

Adil Agha Khan, Lutherville

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