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Muslims decry Syrian chemical attack

On April 4, residents of the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun were in a crisis resulting from one of the most devastating chemical bombings in the area. The attack took the lives of 86 people and hundreds were left to suffer, many of whom are innocent and oppose this so-called "war on terrorists." Within 72 hours, the United States retaliated by launching air strikes in Syria on the site of the jet fleet responsible for this attack, the first air strikes against the war stricken country in the past six years ( "What next for Syria?" April 8).

Only one question came to my mind as I was reading the news and stories of the children and women who are suffering: How is all this justified? Morally or religiously? No religion I am aware of promotes the killing of others. In the Qur'an it says, "Whosoever kills an innocent … it is as if he has killed all of mankind." In the Bible it states, "You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment" (Matthew 5:21).

Many point fingers toward Islam. However, I disagree. On repeated occasions, the worldwide head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has spoken against the killing of innocents, and the community itself always hopes to create peaceful bridges between people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, all united together in removing this distorted image of Muslims and the fear of Muslims that carries in many minds. For this purpose, we have launched two campaigns in the U.S., TrueIslam ( and #MeetAMuslim.

So come out and meet us and give us a chance to get to know you better because you can't have fear or hatred for me if you haven't actually ever met me.

​Arsalan Ahmad ​Khan, Woodbridge, Va.

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