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Fight ISIS with true Islam

ISIS claimed responsibility for the killing of at least 29 people in an soccer stadium outside of Baghdad, Iraq, and 26 more in Aden, Yemen by suicide bombings ("Pakistan vows to hunt 'non-humans' behind Easter bombing that killed 70," March 28). I, as an Ahmadi Muslim, am pained and extend my fullest sympathy and empathy to those whose lives have been uprooted by acts of evil and violence which are unfairly justified in the name of Islam. The fact is that these extremists and terrorists are the enemies of Islam, and the enemies of God according to the very religion that they seek to hijack. I call attention to the selective coverage of extremist violence. While the attacks in Brussels held headlines for days across media outlets, these attacks, and others in the East receive barely a fraction of the coverage they deserve. They question has to be asked: Are Muslim lives worth less? Islam and its Holy Prophet (may peace and blessings of God be upon him) stress the sanctity of human life whether it be Muslim, non-Muslim, Arab, non-Arab, black, or white. The Holy Prophet (may peace and blessings of God be upon him) said that "Allah (God) has made your blood, property, and honor sacred" (Bukhari).

The world should recognize that, statistically speaking, the majority of victims of extremism and violence falsely done in the name of religion are Muslims themselves living in the East. We must understand that ISIS and all such groups are not at war with the West, but with decency and humanity across the board. In this day and age, followers of True Islam, the Ahmadi Muslims, could never even think to harm the hair on someone's head. Quite to the contrary, these latter Muslims have established a group called Humanity First which rushes to provide aid to wherever humanity is need across the globe — in the United States, Bosnia, Japan, India, Pakistan, Guatemala, Haiti, England, Ghana, Brazil, Australia, Syria and so on.

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The only way to defeat ISIS and other extremists following twisted ideologies is not simply with guns, rocket launchers, tanks, fighter jets, rockets, and bombs, but by delegitimizing the corrupt version of Islam that they use to recruit. Even if all of them are killed, if people's hearts are still twisted, then a new evil will arise. The True Islam campaign (trueislam.com) aims to undermine the false principles upon which ISIS and others like them operate and highlights the true, peaceful understanding of the Quranic injunctions extremists exploit.

Adil Agha Khan, Lutherville

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