By Qasim Rashid


Qasim Rashid

As with many of you, my Twitter feed spiked Wednesday (9-12-12) with tweets about an anti-Islam film and ensuing murder of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. Moments later and likewise, posts demanding an unequivocal condemnation from American Muslims flooded my Facebook.

Though it astounds me that some hold Muslim Americans accountable on behalf of extremists 5,000 miles away, here goes. I can speak specifically on behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to condemn this senseless violence in the strongest terms. Likewise, I have seen only similar explicit condemnation from my colleagues in countless different Muslim communities worldwide. But this condemnation is not new. We condemned the post-Danish cartoon violence that resulted in dozens of deaths and countless more injuries in 2005. We condemned the post-Terry Jones Koran-burning violence that killed 31 in Afghanistan in 2010. And now we again condemn this senseless violence in 2012. Read More…

By Orissa Arend

Orissa Arend and her husband Richard Saxer recently visited Turkey with a group of friends who are interested in dialogue with people who are Muslim. Orissa’s article describes her initial interest in learning more about Islam and some of the things that touched her heart from the trip.

I first became curious about Islam after the 9/11 attacks. The Friday after that awful Tuesday I wrapped myself in scarves, took a Jewish friend with me, and headed for the large mosque near the airport. Police were guarding the place, and I fielded my share of questions, but when I got in, this is what I heard Dr. Hasan Krad, the Imam of Masjid Abu-Bakr Al-Siddiq Mosque say: “We Muslims strongly condemn these vicious, cowardly, and inhumane terrorist attacks. Terrorism is not compatible with the teaching or spirit of Islam. . .We oppose violence because violence only produces violence.” Read More…