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As an Ahmadi Muslim, a follower of True Islam, I condemn the attacks in Brussels to the highest degree.

As a Muslim it is my duty to love humanity with the same intense love that a mother has for her child, and I say truly that my heart breaks for the innocents and for the families of the victims.

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I pray that God Almighty gives peace and comfort to the families and to the victims and that he also descend His swift wrath and justice upon the terrorists. Terrorism is completely illegal in Islam, and the Holy Qur'an declares categorically that "Whosoever kills an innocent ... it is as if he has killed all of mankind.

The Promised Messiah of Islam (peace be upon him) also stated clearly and unambiguously that "Whosoever performs Jihad of the Sword in this day and age is the enemy of God. One who holds such a faith is a denier of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of God be upon him)."

These attacks were supposedly carried out as a sort of "revenge attack" for the capture of the accused mastermind of the Paris attacks, Salah Abdesalam. Mr. Abdesalam has a history of involvement with drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, the media often describes such men as the quintessential representatives of Islam.

It is disheartening to think that this type of person, a known violator and blemish of the pristine principles of Islam on so many fronts, should be regarded in such a way.

I also wish to bring attention to the disparity in responses to such attacks between non-Muslim as opposed to Muslim countries.

Take the recent bombings in Turkey. A reasonable, unbiased person would acknowledge that both the attacks in Turkey and those in Belgium are grave tragedies and both should be condemned.

Adil Agha Khan, Lutherville

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