We must view each other as humans, not our different religions
By: Hassan Syed - Pickerington, Ohio
I was appalled by the hostage situation in a Colleyville, Texas synagogue. As an Ahmadi Muslim, I unequivocally condemn this act of anti-Semitism; it does not represent Islam.
Having recently graduated from Ohio State University, I served as president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association. I was fortunate to participate in numerous interfaith events with students of many faiths, including Jews.
I had always emphasized that the Holy Prophet Muhammad taught respect for people of all religions, and any actions to disrespect or harm people of other faiths were strictly forbidden.
Specifically, when the Prophet Muhammad saw the funeral procession of a Jew passing by, he stood up out of respect. When some companions pointed out that the deceased was not Muslim, he rebuked them, stating, “Is it not a human soul?”
This is the love that Muhammad had for his fellow man, and this is what we need today. We must see everyone as fellow humans, not Muslims and Jews, so that we can root out oppression. That means that we respect, stand up for, and show compassion to everyone, regardless of their faith, just as the Prophet Muhammad taught.
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