Musings —11.30.2011 08:39 PM
…below. Very nice to receive.
Meanwhile, assorted media – at the Globe, Gazette, Huffington Post and elsewhere – continue to falsely propagate the notion that there was a religious sanction for “honour killings.” Not helpful.
Dear Mr. Kinsella,
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you about your recent article in the Edmonton Sun titled “Lost in Translation – Religious texts open to debate, but ‘honour killing’ isn’t there”.
As an Imam leading several Muslim communities in Edmonton, I express my appreciation on behalf of all my community members to your thoughtful approach and unbiased view. It is sad to see several media agencies associating Islam with violence and attributing every wrongdoing committed by a Muslim to the teachings of the religion itself. Many people are unaware of the teachings of Islam which include respecting everyone’s rights and beliefs and loving for others what one loves for her/himself. These values and the compassionate character of the Prophet Muhammad are attracting millions to Islam, many of whom are women, making it the fastest growing religion in the World today.
Ignorance is the human beings worst enemy! I hope people would start reading about Islam to learn what a great religion it is. Let us start working together, united as one nation for the betterment of our society. This can happen by respecting each other’s beliefs and learning about one another, so that we avoid false accusations and stereotypes. Your article is a great step in this direction. Thank you!
Imam Dr. Usama Al-Atar