On Friday, our nation stood united to inaugurate Donald Trump ("Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president of the United States of America," Jan. 20). As an American and Ahmadi Muslim, I value the democratic transition of power and appreciate the fact that we live in a country that gives us our inalienable rights of religious freedom and equality. Indeed, the Prophet Muhammad said, "Love of your country is part of your faith."
With this in mind, I ask President Trump and his cabinet to follow the universal values of being fair and just to minorities. This sentiment comes from a beautiful example in Islamic history in which Muhammad provided a textbook example of pluralism. Speaking about the Christians under his rule, he said, "I am behind them, protecting them from any enemy or anyone who wishes them harm. … [Christians] have obtained inviolable rights to enjoy our protection, to be protected from any infringement of their rights, and they are not to be disputed, rejected or ignored."
Talha Ahmed, Baltimore