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By Naseem MahdiNational Vice President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community An eerie and familiar scene unfolded in New York last weekend when … Continued

By Naseem Mahdi
National Vice President
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

An eerie and familiar scene unfolded in New York last weekend when a Pakistani Muslim man allegedly attempted to detonate a bomb in the middle of Times Square. Authorities say his goal was simple: to terrorize and kill as many Americans as possible. Such attempts at American casualties perpetrated by so-called Muslims has led many to ask if all Muslims believe killing “infidels” is taught by Islam. If not, then where are the moderate Muslims who condemn terrorism?

We are right here, and we stand by our fellow Americans in the face of hate and violence to say that terrorism of any kind is unequivocally against the teachings of Islam. As the Missionary Incharge and National Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, I am a Muslim leader and have dedicated over 40 years of my life to the study of Islam, and I emphatically declare that Islam does not condone any form of terrorism.

The Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, declared over 120 years ago that there is no place or justification found in Islam for violence in any form. That is why the members of this peaceful community abide by these teachings of moderation and restraint.

The Qur’an – Islam’s holy scripture – makes it clear on several occasions that Muslims are forbidden to create chaos in society. Muslims are charged with obeying authority and defending the order and peace of society from anyone who dares to wreak havoc and chaos through acts of terror. Reverence for life is a part of Islam, and no excuse can justify taking a life.

While I disagree with Belgium’s ban on the Islamic veil, Switzerland’s ban on the construction of minarets and even South Park’s depiction of God’s prophets, I want to be clear that none of these warrant violence or terrorism. Terrorism simply cannot be justified.

A true Muslim is one who remains completely loyal to the country in which he or she resides. Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, clearly instructed his followers that love of one’s homeland is part of faith. It’s all about loyalty to our nation. We are loyal to the United States of America. It is time that Muslims living in the U.S. wake up to their responsibilities and declare loudly and repeatedly that they stand for peace and loyalty and are proud of it and that this is in fact what Islam itself requires of them.

(For more information about Islam, visit Patheos.com)

Any claims stating that Muslims are not required to follow non-Islamic governments are completely false. I call on all Muslims in the U.S. to boldly claim and express with their tongue and action that they are loyal, law-abiding and obedient citizens of the United States of America. Those Muslims who benefit from the freedoms this country provides but are not loyal to this country, you are being ungrateful. I adamantly say that you are living a hypocritical life and would be better suited to go live in the land where you feel your loyalty belongs.

Fanatics, such as the alleged perpetrators of this Times Square bombing have presented a distorted view of Islam based on their completely false and misguided interpretations. Muslims are allowed to defend their faith through logic and reason only.

I ask my fellow Americans to help the moderate Muslim voice to be heard within the US. Let us work together to overcome this fanatical minority element of Muslims. I ask my fellow Muslims who have strayed away to come back to the true teachings of Islam and to rid themselves of violent tendencies. If you continue this trend of violence and terrorism, you will find no friend with us true Muslims. We will be here to protect the country you are trying to destroy.

Naseem Mahdi is Missionary Incharge and National Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the USA and is based out of Silver Spring, Md.

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  • WmarkW

    OK, so what steps should Muslims take to prevent extremists and losers from using your faith to justify violence?

  • spidermean2

    Im not sure if Naseem Mahdi can say the same thing if he goes to Saudi Arabia. You’d be arrested there if you bring a Bible. With Catholicism, for hundreds of years they kept the bible from their flock. They’re not allowed to read them or own one.These are marks of a false religion. They are afraid of the Holy Word of God.The U.S Army burning the bibles in Afghanistan is a sign that the Pentagon is on its way to self-destruction.

  • sassafrasnewport

    Thank you for this piece. I think this perspective has long been missing from the dialog, too much of it filled with hate and ignorance.

  • abu_ibrahim

    O Naseem, USA is a good place for Muslims, mosques can have minarets, women can dress modestly, Yale University Press refuses to reprint blasphemous Danish cartoons of the Prophet (PBUH!) even in a book about those cartoons, halal food is readily available.This accused bomber, ¿where did he say he was trained to make bombs? Pakistan, it was not in USA that he was trained, it was in Pakistan. Pakistan, ¿is it a good place for Muslims? A wedding, what happens if Ahmadiyya Muslims, they want to get married in Pakistan, they try to hold a Muslim wedding? The police, ¿do they not break in, do they not break up the wedding, saying, «you Ahmadiyya have no right to hold a Muslim wedding, you Ahmadiyya are not real Muslims!»?USA, of course American Muslims are loyal to USA, USA is a Christian country that allows all Muslims to hold Muslim weddings, ¿is this not ironic? Meanwhile, Pakistan is supposed to be a Muslim country, but Pakistan discriminates against some Muslims (Ahmadiyya), Pakistan, ¿how can they call themselves the land of the «pak», the clean? Discriminatiion, training impressionable young men to murder themselves and others with bombs, ¿are those not «najis», unclean, impure practices?Pakistan, it was created so that Muslims could be free of Hindu rule, ¿when will Ahmadiyya Muslims be free in Pakistan, as they are in USA? American Muslims should tell Pakistan to end discrimination, to end bomb training, or else they must change their name to Najistan.

  • sassafrasnewport

    WMARKW raises a very good question and no doubt, is one that many Americans ask today. That said, the comment also assumes that Muslims are responsible for the conduct of other Muslims and have reacted in a hateful way towards their Muslim neighbors as a whole who pose no harm. The world is full of crazy people who do bad things in response to the voices they hear. They are not limited to Muslims.On the issue of Belgium and the veil, while I respect the traditions of your religion, you in turn must respect the traditions of the country to which you have immigrated. Otherwise, why not stay right where you are? I say this with the deepest respect as I am an immigrant too. I view myself as guest of this country, not the other way around. While I respect and observe the traditions of my country, I don’t impose it on anyone nor do I insist that they adapt to mine.

  • Ali8

    As a former Muslim and a US Citizen I would argue that the fundamental values of the US and the fundamental values of the version of Islam I was raised with are not compatible. But I believe there is a more fundamental disconnect between American, western, enlightenment values and Islam. Islam is about submission to authority. Muslims are raised from a very young age to not question authority and to conform. Independent thinking and creativity are frowned upon.As an American I value the right to make my life what I will and to not be oppressed by centuries old thinking. As an American I do not live in fear of eternal damnation if I don’t follow some very specific prescription of how life should be led.I believe that Islam crushes the human spirit. Of the top 400 research universities in the world not one is located in a Muslim dominated country. WHY?? There is plenty of money in the Middle East but the people are enslaved by an ideology.Muslims need to look long and hard at the situation. Be honest about the status quo. You can argue western oppression but Japan was crushed after WWII and look what it has become.As a group Muslims need to get real.

  • agapn9

    Naseem – I hate to call an man a liar so I will just say you need to read the Koran:the Koran states clearly that it is the absolute obligation of the Islamic community to attack and impose Sharia if and when they believe they can attack and win, Islam believes women are property, institutionalizes slavery – going into quite elaborate details of the right of the slaveholder over the slave, currently practices slavery – the camel jockey usually a boy between 3 and 15 – sleeps with the camels, frequently raped and beaten, tolerates prostitution – prime examples are Turkey and Iran, marries and descerates female child – the prophet had sex with a 9 year old, a 12 year married girl recently died after 3 days in labor – her husband was 24. So Naseem unfortunately Islam is everything you said it isn’t – it has one redeeming value – devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary – were it not for this one truth I would say it was the faith from hell – but in honor of her I will not say it.

  • schnauzer21

    You forget Spidey that your religion has tried for centuries to keep the scriptures from the common man. Only telling him what they (men) wanted or deemed appropriate for him to know. Sounds pretty fishy. If your God loves all men and wants them all to (whatever it is god wants for them) them why would he want his supposed word kept from all men? Christianisty is the oldest corproation in history and the Cathiolic Church the first corrupt Global CEO.

  • spidermean2

    “devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary “Another sign of a false religion. Worshipping the creature more than the Creator.

  • Matthew_DC

    America has room for religious sub-groups which keep to themselves and don’t disturb the public peace. Some Orthodox Jews live that way (go to Brooklyn) and no one complains they are far from the mainstream. No reason serious Muslims can’t do the same. The number of criminally deviant Muslims in this country is miniscule.

  • harris32

    This is the moment that all Americans have been waiting for. The years and years for calling out to the moderate Muslims to speak up and speak out valiantly against terrorists or extremists have finally been met. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has stepped up in a big way to show that there is at least one group of moderate Muslims who are not afraid of speaking against these radical extremists. Their voice needs to be heard more and more.

  • harris32

    agapn9 – You assertions and accusations against Islam are filled with false propaganda advocated by the likes of Franklin Graham, Robert Spencer, and others who do not have a real understanding of Islam. Having read the entirety of the Quran in both Arabic and English several times in my life, I can genuinely say that it does NOT teach that it is the obligation of the Islamic community to attack and impose Sharia if and when they believe they can attack and win. That is a lie. And your accusations about women, slavery and prostitution are completely false as well. Go to http://www.alislam.org and learn more about this faith.

  • spidermean2

    schnauzer21,Waht are you talking about? Im here to expose false religions like Catholicism and you’re saying Im a Catholic? Isn’t that dumb?

  • ZZim

    OK, so what steps should Muslims take to prevent extremists and losers from using your faith to justify violence?Posted by: WmarkW=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-The Muslim-American community has been working very hard to root out incipient extremists within their midst. Young men who are in danger of falling under the sway of foreign extremists are monitored and counseled. In case of failure, the proper government authorities are called in.American Muslims are fighting against foreign extremist influences at home and in their mosques. They have been full and willing partners in the fight against terror ever since the Bush Administration reached out to them and enlisted their help in the War on Terror.The next step is of course spreading their moderating influence from America to foreign shores. It’s dangerous work, the work of generations, have patience.

  • kenk3

    Naseem,Religion is a crutch for ignorant, gullible people.Cheers

  • abu_ibrahim

    In a posting totally irrelevant to the subject of loyal Muslim Americans, Spidermean2 quotes from the Christian Bible:«He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.»Zat so? The blind, they still cannot see, even enough to call balls and strikes. Lori Berenson, she still sits in a cold prison cell in the Andes of Peru, and ¿where is the Redeemer to set her free, even by bribing her prison guards?No, O Spidermean2, the Scripture, it was not fulfilled that day in the synagogue, it has not been fulfilled today, it will not be fulfilled until the True Redeemer comes and frees Lori. Then, and only then, will the Atheists and the Trinitarians admit that their ancestors, in the words of Prophet Jeremiah, caused them to inherit falsehood.«The Pentagon has become a fool’s tool when it burned the Bibles in Afghanistan.» «Those people won’t be freed from tyranny and poverty if they continue to abhor the Holy Book of God. »Won’t be freed until they accept the Trinity, ¿is that so? Won’t be freed until they join the Jesus Christ Club, ¿is that so?Who’s the founder of the faithJesus Christ, Jesus Christ,Join the parade, the Great CrusadeJesus Christ, Jesus Christ,

  • barferio

    America, hands down. And that is because majority of the population embrace the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.We are the most technologically advanced nation on earth, in history in fact, because our scientists aren’t force to belive this primitive religious crap you always scream about spidey, you incredible putz.You scream all day about evolutionists -well guess what, they made it possible for people not to die of all the diseases that used to kill so many.And hardly any of them believe in your jay-sus, let alone you god.you are living as a beneficiary of all the work done by secular and mostly atheistic scientists. If we actually were the foolish kind of religious country you imagine us to be, from your computer there in the Philippines, we would simply simply be another Iran.Grow up already spidey, how can you be so blind?

  • lildg54

    Muslims

  • jameschirico

    Many in America point to the religion itself as the reason muslims are not more forthcoming with information on those with terrorist leanings. The people that could be harmed in the old country is the main reason for moderate non-cooperation. Things like you should never harm another muslim and don’t make non-believers your friends are not offset with help your neighbor believer or not to make your life better. Actually the religion tells of false muhahideen and forced conversion as sinful (belief cannot be coerced). It also tells of righteous revenge by families of the innocents harmed which could be used to justify drone attacks for muslim sympathizers of terrorist families. Jihad is the advancement of Islam and terror does just the opposite turning the world’s people away from Islam. The height of Islam’s influence came with the Ottoman’s, embracing art, science, other faiths (Janissarie jirtax), while the Taliban/Al Qaeda want a return to the 7th century. Islam’s disdain for the West comes mainly from 2 flashpoints, Dome of the Rock/Palestine in Israeli hands and Kashmir in India’s.

  • lildg54

    BTW the Koran is ahte filled piece of garbage if Muslims feel so strongly about their so called religion and weay of life why live in a western culture make so sense at all

  • spidermean2

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,that the blind will see,that the oppressed will be set free,and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”It has come, freed many nations around the word and in a few more years will stamp its exclamation mark against all who would challenge its righteous authority.It’s coming very soon. Not really a very pretty sight for those who think they can challenge it. Some nations may end up as dust.Waht is Doomsday for if there are no challengers?

  • dricks

    Thank you, Naseem.

  • spidermean2

    Barferio wrote “you are living as a beneficiary of all the work done by secular and mostly atheistic scientists.”Like who? I can’t remember one great atheist scientist who’s done a great deal of work for science. Quack science, there’s a lot.You need to migrate to North Korea or Cuba.

  • DaveHarris

    Mr. Mahdi must be aware that if he expressed these views in any Muslim country, he would be murdered by his fellow Muslims. The Qur’an, like all the other holy books, contains anything that you want to read into it. If you want to pose as a good citizen of a non-believing country, you will find justification as he has done. If you want to murder infidels, it will instruct you to do so. Unfortunately, there seem to be far more of the latter than the former.

  • spidermean2

    Conversion in Afghanistan is still punishable by death.Posted by: jameschirico ——–Sadly, the Pentagon is complicit to the act. I don’t think they have any business staying there at all if they have no clue about the seeds of true freedom.If Gen. Douglas McArthur had not interfered in imposing his own Constitution to Japan, I think Japan would be a dangerous super power by now.”And like the old soldier in that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.” (Gen Douglas McArthur)

  • abrahamhab1

    Mahdi declares:How then you explain away the following sample of Quranic jewels?

  • chargersix

    The peaceful Muslim community in the US and around the world needs to wake up and start speaking out against such acts and SPEAK OUT LOUD, AGAIN AND AGAIN! If you can’t, or won’t, speak out against these acts of terror you are doing nothing more than sending the signal that you either don’t care, are afraid, or are with the terrorists. In any case the wrong message is being sent by your silence. Our loyalty is to our country, not to our religion. It seems that isn’t the case in times square. Your loyalty to our country is being hidden by your silence.

  • Commentor5000

    “I ask my fellow Americans to help the moderate Muslim voice to be heard within the US. Let us work together to overcome this fanatical minority element of Muslims.”Naseem: I would love to know how else to help moderate Muslims in the US and around the world. I have met a lot of wonderful and truly peaceful Muslims in my life. One in particular has shown me the greatest strength and compassion, more so than any other “Christian” I’ve met when I was in a very difficult period of my life. I am a young Atheist btw but I do enjoy learning about religions. I have heard people talk about how all Muslims are terrible and wicked or how Islam is a hateful religion and I try my best to correct them. I also hear them say, “If they’re so peaceful, why don’t they do anything to stop the fundamentalists?” I don’t know what else to do or how else to help the situation. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if there’s any way to help people like Spidermean2, KENK3, OR LILDG54. People like them will probably never learn because they do not want to learn with an open heart and mind.

  • CharlesGriffith1

    This particular and all “Pro-America-Islamists” spokesmen would begin to have a bit of credibility if they and their co-religionists weren’t so remarkably passive and acquiescent in the terrorism/beheading/bombing so regularly perpetrated in the name of their Islam. Religion of peace, indeed. It’s not necessary here to recount the centuries of barbarism and aggression against any and all non Islamists/Muslims. We need less hypocrisy and more overt, repeat…overt….assistance from Islam, or those purporting to speak for Islam, in order to combat the murderous activities of their co-religionists. Too many Islamist sleepers remain to be eliminated prior to their awakening to perform more terrorism worldwide.

  • Commentor5000

    abrahamhab1,I have an uncle who says the same things to me to try and change my mind against Islam. This is what I say to him afterwards:In the Bible it says to gouge out the eyes of those with lust in their hearts. It also says that women should not be allowed to speak in church. It says to put to death anyone who goes to work on Sunday, who is gay, who cheats, who curses their father or mother. It also says that if you go into a land and offer peace, AND THEY ACCEPT, then to KILL everyone and everything living in that land. The lesson is this: all quotes should not be taken out of context.

  • rlklawyer

    THERE ARE NO PRO AMERICAN MUSLIMS. IN THERE HEARTS THEY WANT THE WEST DESTROYED.

  • mike195879

    MS Naseem MahdiI have empathy for you and I am sure you are a good loyal American.Your article does not say anything about Ahmadiyya community is NOT considered Muslims by the state of Pakistan and they are discriminated, harassed and killed by Sunnis.

  • Sonny53

    To those who insist on perpetuating the lies about Islam and Muslims: You refuse to accept Muslims, not because of some inherent evil in Islam, but because you are just plain old bigots! Look at the history of this great country. How many times have so-called good Christians committed acts of unspeakable evil? Do we just blame a whole religion then? What acts? Let’s start start with French missionaries (if I’m not mistaken) burning Native Americans to death if they refused to accept Christianity. Or how about the massacres of Native Americans throughout our history because they were just heathens anyway according to these good Christian folks that killed them. Or maybe we could use slavery as an example of what good Christian people did here to Black people. In fact, the Bible was actually used as justification for such heinous atrocities. My point is this, it is not religion in and of itself that is evil, it is people who are sometimes evil. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are NOT evil and do NOT promote evil. On the contrary, they all promote treating your fellow human being with respect and dignity. Very few people actually follow the tenets laid down in these religions. They twist them into something unrecognizable. What is disturbing is all the people I see writing here that just refuse to look at truth. They only want to blame the “other” for every ill that afflicts the world.

  • Commentor5000

    CharlesGriffith1,I’ve heard this argument before a hundred times and this is what I ask you:You and I both know there are moderate Muslims living in the extremist Muslim countries. Just like there are fundamental Christians living in this country. However, “living” in these kinds of countries is more like surviving. What happens when you fear of speaking out because if you do, your daughter could be kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery? Your wife too for that matter. Or your sons could be murdered if you tell the Taliban to stop their heinous crimes?What can you do?You can shut up, keep to yourself, and stay put until it becomes more safe to speak up and your government can protect you and your family. The lesson you should learn: It’s never that simple to stand up and speak up, especially when your own government is not going to protect you. This applies just to moderate Muslims living in extremist Muslim countries. As for moderate Muslims living in the U.S, they are speaking up. Naseem and others are speaking up, you just need to listen.

  • Commentor5000

    rlklawyer said: “THERE ARE NO PRO AMERICAN MUSLIMS. IN THERE HEARTS THEY WANT THE WEST DESTROYED.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I feel very sorry for you.

  • pofinpa

    SOS. return to ur holy land and practice the relgion of peace.

  • rksingh1987

    Pro-America Muslims? Unicorns are more real.

  • YEAL9

    Talk about being brainwashed by Islam!!! Naseem Mahdi needs some real help and help is here with the Five Step Method to Deprogram/”Deflaw” Islam.Are you ready? Using “The 77 Branches of Islamic “faith” a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true “faith” (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings.” i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs. “1. Belief in Allah””aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc.” should be added to your cleansing neurons.”2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence.”Evolution and the Big Bang or the “Gib Gnab” (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the “akas” for Allah should be included if you continue to be a “creationist”.”3. To believe in the existence of angels.”A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/devils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hittites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No angelic thingies ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as fairies and “tinker bells”. Modern devils are classified as the demons of the demented. “4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore.”Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans. Prophecies are also invalidated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.”5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone.”Mohammed spent thirty days fasting in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a “pretty wingy thingy”. Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic violence i.e. turning Mohammed’s “fast, hunger-driven” hallucinations into horrible reality for unbelievers. Accept these five “cleansers” and we guarantee every Muslim a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

  • CharlesGriffith1

    Commentor5000:….the need for overt, outspoken activity/assistance from Islamist/Muslims is right here, right now in the United States, against Islamist/Muslim terrorism right here and now in my America. If you fear beheading and/or reprisal violence against you or your family from your co-religionists while here in America, then speak up and ask for protection. This emphasizes my point. I appreciate and accept that such reprisal tactics against “moderates” in Islamist/Muslim controlled territories abroad are beyond American help…indeed, those very same territories who at the moment claim to be our “allies” are at the same time objecting to any American presence inside their borders. You can’t have things both ways. This is, of course, part of the overall Islamic/Muslim hypocrisy I mentioned in this vein. Apparently our cash is most welcome, but not our physical involvement. We Americans would welcome overt assistance in fighting Islamist/Muslim terrorism from “moderate” Islamists/Muslims who are at present resident in our United States and seem to remain so passive while enjoying the relative security of residing in the United States. I call this hypocrisy.

  • racerdoc

    Barferio wrote “you are living as a beneficiary of all the work done by secular and mostly atheistic scientists.”Poor SPIDERMEANY—– once again you show your true character. You prove that there is LESS THAN INTELLIGENT LIFE ON EARTH.Watson and Crick – discovered DNA (but I guess you don’t have DNA)And probably the one you can most IDENTFY WITH IVAN PAVLOV- because of your ever present and predictable PAVLOVIAN response (Reflex. A response may be produced with very high probability after a specific stimulus) to the slightest little provocation about your ideals of CHRISTIANITY.See — you just proved there are QUALITY ATHESIST SCIENTISTS.You can go now little mind

  • jm125

    I am glad that you do not advocate terrorism just because some countries like Belgium, Switzerland,etc want to preserve their way of life. However, you do not seem to understand that the West has no use for the muslim way, period. This includes the so called non violent jihad you described. The muslim way of thinking is very backward and stupid and belongs in muslim countries, not in the West. Add to that, actions speak louder than words. It is the violent jihad is running amok in the muslim world and has spread to the West. Anyone who can read and count knows that the vast majority of terrorist attacks are carried out by muslims. In the past week alone, they not only blew up a bunch of muslims, but also gassed some little muslim school girls. Considering how many muslims kill muslims on a daily basis in muslim countries, it should be no surprise the infidel West is under siege after importing them.

  • Muddy_Buddy_2000

    Excuse me, the Muslim community has tradition of military service which is historically higher than average, and has been in the USA in large numbers for 100+ years. One family I saw profiled had served in every war starting with the Spanish American War. The very small number of American Muslim who have caused problems consists of relative newcomers or converts.

  • peace14

    God bless you for representing true Islam. I am a Muslim, and I was born in the USA. I love my country for the religious and political freedom that everyone enjoys, regardless of their faith.

  • Commentor5000

    thecat7,Thank you. I agree with all your statements except for part of the last comment.I think some of the moderate Muslims living in the more Islamic extremist countries are trying to speak out. However, it is not going so well because anytime the Taliban find a secret school teaching women to read for example, they will kill all of them and their families. These extremists terrorize the moderates into being second class citizens. They continually inhibit moderate Muslims from speaking out because if they do, they will strike back at them by killing or kidnapping family members. The extremists will even pit brother against brother, by offering shelter and goods to the one who rats out his brother who is trying to teach REAL Islam. It is a sad state of affairs and has been going on far too long.Anyway, thank you for speaking up against people with hateful minds and hateful hearts.

  • mansuraminhas

    Mr Mahdi is a true representative of the majority of the peace-loving Muslims who outrightly reject the stance of the fanatics who tarnish the image of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and compassion. It has clear guidelines for its followers with regard to patriotism. Loyalty to one’s nation is an integral part of a Muslim’s faith. Quranic injuctions in this reagrd are clear. Loyalty to one’s nation takes precedence if a conflict with faith ever arises. Fiasal Shahzad lacked this basic understanding and tried to hurt his fellow American citizens. He belongs to a group of radicalized youth within the Muslim community, who are misguided and lured by the likes of extremist groups like LeT and TTP. These terrorist groups have political ambitions/agenda, and use religion solely to further their political aspirations.

  • HarGru

    To bad that Mr. Naseem Mahdi’s comments and interpretations are not echoed by imams and ayatollahs across the Islamic world community. It may not be that the Islamic religion promotes violence…but the partnership of religion from the mosque, church, or synagogue with nationalist policies from civic governments does. That combination did it in various countries through world history and it is still used in the Islamic countries of the Middle East. There is not much that Americans following Islamic teachings can do about stemming that.It is nice to hear things that we want to hear about good citizenship of minorities in world’s countries, Muslims in the United States included, but their demands for cultural favoritism and downright violence to obtain them (notice Europe today) belays all that.

  • slim2

    Pro American Muslims? This is certainly a group that should be included in the Endangered Species Act. One that is threatened with extinction everyday as Israeli proxy bombs delivered by American aircraft continue to cause death and destruction in the Muslim lands.

  • theskydiver

    Excellent piece of writing. I wish more people, Muslims and Christians alike, religiously affiliated or not, could understand this. It’s about love and respect. Hatred should not have a place in our world. But I suppose that is being a little too idealistic. Oh well, we can always dream of a better world.

  • DesiHungama

    I am muslim living in the US and my loyalty is to America and it’s constitution. Period.

  • Alex511

    fr spidermean2:>…The U.S Army burning the bibles in Afghanistan is a sign that the Pentagon is on its way to self-destruction.Please post reputable links as to when and where this happened, spider. REPUTABLE links do not include anything that is anti-gay, or newsmax, faux shmooze, or the enquirer.

  • klausdmk

    Pro-American Muslims say Islam does not teach terrorism. Are there any Muslims who are Christians? Or, are Muslims synonymous with the Islam religion? A faith in God is defined by it’s believers. Pro-Americans recognize separation of church and state and freedom of religion. Read FDR’s personalized letter I received with my copy of the Bible’s New Testament.THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON January 25, 1941 To the Armed Forces: As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspiration of the human soul. Very sincerely yours. Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • davidsawh

    All religion is superstition. Grow up all you religionists. It does not me you any better and you will still have to die. Do not indulge in this wishful thinking.

  • Objectivity2

    I can appreciate the author’s post and am glad he repudiate’s the actions of Muslims he disagrees with and condemns.However, contrary to his interpretation the Koran DOES endorse much of the things radical Islamists do. Terrorism, honor killings and all.The Bible also endorses much of the violence committed by Christians too.The problem with secular or moderate factions of religions is that, like Sam Harris correctly points out, they indirectly help the radical, fundamentalist factions of their religious sects.Once someone is brought into a faith by a moderate religionist he or she can potentially fall or be converted to become a radical by fundamentalist members of their faith.It is the fundamentalists, not secularists, who represent the true nature of religions.All religion is mythology and it deserves to be put in the dustbin of history like all religions of centuries past.

  • abu_ibrahim

    O Brothers, why these discordant, Tuesdane squabbles? Rather, let us take up something more pleasant, more joyful!Today, it is the USA National Day of Prayer. A suitable prayer, can not each us look inside our Qur’ans, our Bibles, our Books of Mormon, our Science & Health (with Key to the Scriptures), and find a suitable prayer to pray today?Even the Atheist, surely he has some Deity, such as the “Goddess of Gender Equality,” that he can pray to on this National Day of Prayer.Peace, Joy, let us pray for Justice, pray for Freedom, pray for Love between our brothers and our sisters, all over this world.And speaking of Peace and Joy, tomorrow, it is Friday, Freya’s Day, the word «Friday», it comes from the name of «Freya», who was regarded as the goddess of Peace, Joy and fertility by the ancient pagans.The difference, Friday is the day the world can see the difference between «Western man» and «Eastern man».Friday – Western man cashes his paycheck and drives straight to Happy Hour at the bar.Friday – Eastern man hears the call of the muezzin and hurries to the masjid.Friday – Western man comes out of the bar and drives home, drunk.Friday – Eastern man comes out of the masjid and goes to his tent.

  • karsanghasi

    Why are Muslims discriminating and many time massacring Ahmadiyas, Shiites in most Muslim nations?

  • zstop

    Uhh, please, please. point me to passages in the Quran or hadiths that say it is permissible to choose your nation over your religion.Its not only not okay, its a form of the highest and most unforgiveable sin: shirka. To join partners to Allah.Please, muslim brothers, dont lose your religion in your haste to mollify and befriend non-muslims. Mansuraminhas, regarding your comment that “Quranic injuctions in this reagrd are clear. Loyalty to one’s nation takes precedence if a conflict with faith ever arises.” This is the most misguided, outright false claim I have ever read about Islam. I am stunned that a muslim would every speak such words. Have you ever even read the Quran? DO NOT JOIN PARTNERS TO ALLAH! This means, your religion ALWAYS takes precednce over your nation or anything else. Period. It is the fundmental belief of Islam, and if you do not understand this, I urge you to stop listening to whoever gave you this gross lie. I am an American muslim, and I love America precisely because it does not require me to choose my nation over my religion — I am free to practice my religion, making America a better place for muslims than say apostate countries such as Turkey, which took the shameful route of banning the hijab. Or even Saudi Arabia, whose strict wahabbist tendencies do not allow Muslims of other sects and fiqh’s to practice their MUSLIM religion as they have interpreted it. If you grant me that a shia muslim is still a muslim, then there are many examples where shias are banned from practicing Islam in their own Muslim countries, but they are free to do so in America. So, I can say with clear conscience, Allah Bless America and save it from those who seek to deny all the freedom to practice whatever religion they choose. To you your religion, and to me mine — Why is it America follows this quranic injunction, but not muslim countries???? And no, this phrase was not abrogated.

  • ProudAmerican8

    Kudos to Mr. Mahdi for his bold, forthright stand. In my lifetime I have never heard a Muslim leader in the United States before Mr. Mahdi stand up and say in essence : “Enough! Those who would do their country harm do not deserve to be called Muslims. Be loyal to this land, serve it to the best of your ability, but if you cannot, chew on this: America! Love it or leave it. ” To the Doubting Toms and the Muslim bashers out there, I suggest they adopt the pragmatic approach of the New York Post in reporting Mr. Mahdi’s stance “ US Muslims finally take right stand!” ( New York Post, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, http://www.nypost.com) I urge all Jews, Gentiles and others in this great land of ours to seize Mr. Mahdi’s historic pronouncement to join with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA in building an interfaith coalition against fanaticism, terrorism and bigotry. This Muslim community lives by its credo “Love for all, hatred for none”.

  • YEAL9

    “The Bible also endorses much of the violence committed by Christians too??”Passages in the NT that endorse violence are???

  • Robert_B1

    Spidermean2: “With Catholicism, for hundreds of years they kept the bible from their flock. They’re not allowed to read them or own one.”Gee, that’s weird. I’m a Catholic and I’ve bought several Bibles.Of course, Spidermean is proof positive of what happens when you combine “sola Scriptura” with ignorance…

  • DwightCollins

    if their were pro america muslims, they would be turning in the members of their families involved in jihad…

  • DwightCollins

    the state department knows who went to countries with terrorist training camps…

  • spidermean2

    “Gee, that’s weird. I’m a Catholic and I’ve bought several Bibles.”Posted by: Robert_B1——That’s because you live in the 21st century. You don’t know the history of your church. They have killed lots of people for the crime of translating the Bible to be understood by the masses or even just by owning one. The Vulgate, written on a dead language called Latin is how your priests can read them, that is if they are lucky enough to know the dead language or have the special authority to touch one. Martin Luther who was a Latin expert, understood what he was reading and the rest is history – bloodbath. Catholicism is one of the devil’s religion. It has burned thousands of Bibles, the writtten Word of God. It is only very recent that they print the Bible due to hypocricy and for profit.

  • rufusredfox

    MR Mahdi, Your sect (AHAMDIYA) has been declared to be “non-muslim” heretic by a Pakistan. You subscribe to a “second” prophet

  • spidermean2

    to alex511,”U.S army burns bibles in Afghanistan”. You can google that and see for yourself the links.

  • Ombudsman1

    “I am an American muslim, and I love America precisely because it does not require me to choose my nation over my religion”I’m glad you love it, and I don’t care what religion you are, but at the point that your religion tells you to kill the unbeliever, or tells you that you are at war with the United States, then you’ll have to choose.

  • spidermean2

    Since Gen. Mike Mullen is a catholic, that explains why the top brass didn’t have a hard time approving the burning.For a true Christian, (Catholicsim is not Christianity), he can burn anything he owns but not the Bible. In Catholicism, I think they treat the “holy” biscuit with much more respect than the true word of God , the Bible. Imagine the stupidity.It seems that the ants have more common sense. They’ll readily pick it up and eat them in their camp without much fanfare.

  • spidermean2

    “I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” (Gen. Douglas McArthur)This man is so smart.

  • abrahamhab1

    Sonny 53 pontificates thus:Sonny lumped Islam with other religions for cover, as if he is addressing morons. To see how much respect Muslims have for non-Muslims living among them review the Omar Pact that institutionalized the treatment of Christians and Jews living on lands the Muslims dominate.

  • great_american

    Awesome!!! I have been anticipating such bold comments from an American Muslim Leader for a long time. This article is a must read for all muslims in the world. Many are confused with their loyalty between state and mosque. They do not have leaders like you to clarify this ambiguity that is boiling in their hearts.Mr. Naseem you clarified this important principle from the teachings of Islam’s own prophet. I hope that muslims searching for answers got their answer today through you.I hope muslim souls searching for truth and true and bold leadership find their answers with you and your community.

  • spidermean2

    If only the Pentagon knows the true value of the Bible and Christianity, they won’t have a harder time in Iraq and Afghanistan.Here’s how South Korea became a great democratic nation as opposed to its dangerous neighbors.”Many Korean Christians believe that their values have had a significant positive effect on various social relationships. Traditional Korean society was hierarchically arranged according to Confucian principles under the semi-divine emperor. Women had no social rights, children were totally subservient to their parents, and individuals had no rights except as defined by the overall social system. This structure was radically challenged by the Christian teaching that all men are created in the image of God and thus that every individual has implicit worth. Closely aligned to this concept is an emphasis on the right to own private property.Christians regarded the emperor as a mere man who was as much under God’s authority as were his subjects,and Christian values also favored the social emancipation of women and children.The church permitted the remarriage of widows (as taught by apostle Paul, not traditionally allowed in East Asian societies), prohibited concubinage and polygamy, and forbade cruelty to or desertion of wives. Christian parents were taught to regard their children as gifts from God, and were required to educate them. Arranged child marriages and the neglect of daughters (who were often regarded as less desirable than sons in Asian culture) were prohibited.[citation needed] These changes were judged as favourable by many Koreans, who associated them with Christianity, and many became Christians “as a result.” (wikipedia)Expect the worst to happen in the Middle East. The Pentagon has made itself a joke by discarding what is supposed to be the cure for the stupidity that abounds in the M.E.

  • spidermean2

    Europe has embraced evolution and abandoned Christianity. After WW3, the continent won’t be able to restore its former glory. The place will for so long be regarded as a wasteland. That’s the prophecy.Charles Darwin has done a great disservice to all Europeans. It will soon become a doomed continent.

  • siddiquerahim

    A lucid advance to restore the proper teaching of Islam. Such deliberation will pave way to curb the activities of the radicals from furthertarnishing theimage of muslims. Mr. Naseem Mahdi has spoken very similiar to the language of Prophet Muhammad if he would be amongst us.

  • woundedmilitarydating

    There are Muslims and there are Muslim extremists.We all wish that the Muslim extremists will find their way home.www.woundedmilitarydating.com

  • ProudAmerican8

    Way to go Naseem Mahdi! God bless America!

  • kls1

    I hear the talk (and I didn’t hear it much after 911) but it doesn’t do much to change the fact muslims are involved in slaughters and massacres on a daily basis somewhere on this planet. Other religions — once in a blue moon.

  • Nymous

    An awful lot of the Muslims I’ve met has been because they were fleeing insane violence.

  • acpress

    Not a single Muslim country thinks Mr. Mahdi is a Muslim or Ahmadis are. He should not represent Muslims. He is not allowed to visit Mecca. Washington Post needs to be careful by injecting these fringe people to represent American Muslims. Ahmadis need to emulate the role being played by the Bahais of Iran who also like Ahmadis do not accept Muhammad as the last prophet and have one of their own. The Bahai movement plays a constructive role in communities.

  • acpress

    Hitler was a Christian and White, a leader of White nations in Europe. He said in his book ” I am doing God’s work”. How many Christians take responsibility for his actions? More than 50 million people died in World Wars fought by Christians mostly Whites. How many take that responsibility? Talk about Christian violence; no one can match that . American Muslim did not kill Martin Luther King or Kennedys; Unibomber was not a Muslim nor was Guy Fox. Muslims have some bad apples among them just like any other community. We need to address why and how to effectively deal with it rather than hatred guide us. There are millions of Muslims just like any other group, teachers, doctors , professors etc. Muslims do not have to defend themselves for the act of a few Timothy McVeighs, Jeffrey Dahmers and Booths.Afterall the current wave of violence started with a CIA turn-coat named Osama Bin Laden. He worked for money for Americans not Muslims before you made him angry.

  • shel_zahav

    Islam has always and will always believe in global domination, i.e., jihad. Since the mid-17th Century, the jihad was held in check. But in the 20th Century, due to the British collusion with the Arabs and the discovery of copious amounts of oil, Arab regimes have seen several trillion dollars of revenues transferred to them in the form of oil payments. So now they have revived the jihad.They must be stopped.

  • yellerdog

    A “Pro-America Muslim” seems to be an oxymoron. I see little condemnation of terrorism from the muslim community. I see no condemnation of terrorism from muslim nations abroad. The european communities – likewise. Until the muslim religion as a whole takes action to stop the killing of innocents, I, and many like me, will continue to view them with suspicion and mistrust.

  • areyousaying

    “Pro-American Muslims” is like saying “Pro-Iranian Christians”

  • kls1

    Posted: “Hitler was a Christian and White”Classic Muslim and atheist lying whenever confronted with the massive failure of their own religion to stop violence. There is nothing in the Christian New Testament that can be cited to support Hitler. He never played up the Christian angle because he knew it made no sense. And the other great citing of Christian failure is the Crusades. Again, they called themselves Christian. The were not, as any Christian will tell you today.

  • areyousaying

    Comments here from all sides are further proof Abraham was the original Satan.

  • isokine

    To speak truth is great but to speak it first is heroism.These handful of extremists do not represent the vast majority of American Muslims who are peace loving and loyal to their home land America.

  • YEAL9

    From: ezinearticles.com/?Islamic-World-Domination&id=54337:”An Imam in Vancouver was recently taken in for questioning regarding anti-Semitic remarks against Jews. Imams in Britain have been indicted for inflammatory remarks. The same sentiments can be heard in Jerusalem, Iraq, Iran, and from many other Islamic locations around the world. The timing of these diatribes against Jews, and against the United States and Britain, are not coincidence, but rather the Islamic community honestly believes they are soon to take over the entire world.”

  • shbashir

    I am very thankful to Imam Naseem Mahdi for coming forward and speaking against terrorism and reminding the Muslims about their allegiance to the country of residence. Those who think that the Ahmadis are not Muslims, I invite them to really meet some Ahmadis face to face and see what they do in their mosques, how they worship, and whether or not they follow the teachings of Islam and that of Prophet Muhammad. No matter how hard they may try they cannot see the hearts of these people. Maybe they should be reminded that the Holy Prophet of Islam has always taught that a Muslim should not call another Muslim an unbeliever. The Quran and the Prophet of Islam have clearly defined who is a Muslim. The Ahmadis believe in all the articles of faith and the pillars of Islam. They believe in the creed, “There is no god but God and Muhammad is His messenger”.

  • Momo8

    “3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops 3,482 killed in action, 912Yes because they weren’t killed by American troops and bombs, but rather, by themselves.The fact is that this is people killing eachother, not Muslims killing Americans, etc. etc. We’re all people, so don’t try to compare the importance of people by listing events. You can delve into history and see that Germans have killed at many points in history, as have Americans, as have Christians, as have the Jewish, as have Muslims (especially today). Notice something? It’s always people. A world without religion won’t be a peaceful one, because no matter what, people will always have flaws- jealousy, anger, hatred, will always lead to wars. So don’t pinpoint just one religion and force all of the bad points of humans on it, jackass.

  • Rosary1

    Muslims are out to kill or convert those who aren’t Muslim. Simple as that.uslims had it wrong, people would be sIf it were true that a small percentage of mpeaking out; as pointed out above, Mr. Mahdi and his form of Islam are considered apostates.

  • Anonymouse4

    It was a pleasure to read Mr. Mahdi’s article, along with the comments left behind by other readers. I find this very interesting. Most of the people start comparing religions and what hitler did and what catholics do. What Islam teaches and what christianity teaches. Why jews are hated and what not. Its brilliant on the part of most the reader to be so vain.Arent we all HUMANS? What is it that differentiates us? the color of our skin or the continent we belong to or the religion we practice? But before all that, arent we all equal? Were we given a soul at an expense of another persons soul? Are we going die for another person? Am i going to be answerable for someone else? Will i be punished for someone else’s wrong doings?I think NOT! I came to this earth alone. I am going to die and go into my own grave, provided i go into a grave. I am going to answer to God for my deeds. I dont have the right to Point my finger and call another person false. Just because some wise guy thought it was be nice idea to start a world war, i should create a streotype?My mission in life should be to make the life of my neighbours better. If i stop thinking about my selfish motives and think about my neighbour’s wellbeing i dont think ill have any disagreement with him. We all look out for each other, accomodate each others needs, compromise and i am sure this world would be a MUCH better place to live in.DONT FORGET, LOVE YOUR COUNTRY. YOU ARE WHAT YOU BECAUSE OF IT. ITs soil provided you with food, Its air kept you alive. These are things one can never ignore. Religion is something personal, let it be that way. We do not have the right to question any ones faith. Its that persons and his LORD’s business. Be a human and think about what you are here for. LOVE Your country,LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONEISLAM TEACHES PEACE AND HARMONY? All of us muslims need to make an example out of ourself. Make it so that no one can ever relate a terrorist with a muslim, rather with any human being.the best moto i have come across. try following it people. Tolerance only makes you a better person.