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In the face of terror, we must remain united

As a Muslim American woman raised in the U.S. who has lived in Baltimore for the last 25 years, I am shocked by your video post of Donald Trump's remarks on Muslim immigration ("Trump urges 'shutdown' on Muslims entering US," Dec. 7).

He is a promoter of hatred. I have been an American for the last 56 years of my life. The America I remember is a country that reached out to my family and embraced our differences.

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This country was proud of allowing us to be who we were. The nation which Mr. Trump and others like him choose to see reminds me of the current state of Pakistan, my homeland.

Pakistan was a beautiful country full of hopes and dreams. But slowly those dreams became nightmares when fundamentalist ideologies oozed in like sewage and polluted the country.

Members of my community -- a minority sect of Islam, called Ahmadiyyat, that preaches love for all and hatred for none -- became the targets of Islamic fundamentalists. We were and still are persecuted, killed and denied basic human rights.

A friend recently returned from Pakistan tells us that the government and military there are cracking down on terrorism and those who commit crimes in the name of religion. Mullahs are being booed. This is a huge change for Pakistan. But there is still a long way to go.

I pray that the Trumps of the world will stop brandishing hate like the mullahs of Pakistan. We all need to work together to peacefully combat this new enemy, Islamophobia, otherwise we risk losing our humanity.

Aziza Khan, Lutherville

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