Letters to the Editor - Aug. 25

August 25, 2012

Barbaric acts contrary to teachings of Islam

To the editor:

Seventy people killed in a soccer stadium in Egypt. Acid flung on to the faces of young girls in Afghanistan, leaving them disfigured just because they were attending school. These horrors shake us to our quick. And I, a Muslim, say these barbaric acts are contrary to the precept and teachings of Islam, just as the heinous actions by the people of other denominations are not reflective of the teachings of their professed religions. Saying that these actions and worse actions are present in other societies is getting away from the horror. 

As Muslims, many of us hold ourselves to a higher moral standard since we believe in Allah and that Prophet Muhammad is the last messenger to mankind. Thus seeing Muslims, individuals and leaders, indulging in actions that violate the rights of others is a clear violation of the Islamic principles. In Islam, these perpetrators are identified as a Kufr-an Nifaq (one in hypocritical disbelief).

The Qu’ran in the Sura/Chapter titled “The Hypocrites” states:  “They have made their oaths a cover (for their hypocrisy).  Thus, they turn others away from the path of Allah. ... Their hearts are sealed, so they see not.” (63:2-3)

It is with this blindness that these self-professed “Muslims” delude themselves into believing that their actions are justified.  At the same time, because their actions are falsely perceived to be associated with Islam, people are naively being turned “away from the path of Allah.” This is not an ingratiating statement, for it echoes Prophet Mohammed’s farewell sermon when he addressed the pilgrims on his final journey to Mecca (the sacred city) during the sacred month of Haj and the sacred day of sacrifice. Prophet Mohammed, the last messenger of The Creator (Al-Khaliq), begins:

“O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Treat others justly so that no one would be unjust to you. Remember that you will indeed meet Allah know as Al-Muhsi (The Recokoner).”

These words have been heard and read by most professed Muslims, but the message is lost to those who should heed it.  Prophet Mohammed, according to his companion Abdullah bin Umar, warns his people: “Do not turn into infidels by killing one another.” While examples abound of how the Prophet’s words, warnings and teaching have been neglected, distorted and usurped by people claiming to be his followers, the message of Islam is still the undiscovered light for those wandering in darkness.

If one is in doubt, maybe one should consider the line from the Qu’ran as is translated by Muhammad Asad: “Allah, The Most Gracious, is the One who bestows His blessings upon you with His angels, so that He might take you out of the depth of darkness into light.” (33:43)

Stanley Niamatali
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Ryan, Akin not the leaders this country needs

To the editor:

Paul Ryan co-sponsored (with U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.) a failed bill that would have required a court of law to determine that a woman had been forcibly raped before she could have an abortion. Effectively, that would have outlawed abortion, since at the speed our courts move, she would have carried to term and delivered before the verdict was passed.

Do we want someone like Todd Akin in the Senate?

Do we want someone like Paul Ryan one heartbeat away from the presidency?

Burr Loomis
Chambersburg, Pa.

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