examiner.com: Alton Nolen beheaded his co-worker at a food processing facility in the suburbs of Oklahoma City. It is being reported that he had recently converted to Islam and had attempted to convert his colleagues to Islam. This horrific news comes at the heels of three public executions by the so-called ‘Islamic State’.
For those who don’t know about Islam and have never met a Muslim, this news is likely to solidifying the myth that Islam is a violent religion and that killings are justified in its name. Americans must look beyond the killers of ISIS and its copycats like Alton Nolen who attempt to emulate the hateful modus operandi.
The Quran teaches Muslims to respect life:
“…….We prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind”. (5:33)
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the oldest Muslim organization in the US is committed to saving lives and serving mankind. It is engaged in humanitarian endeavors worldwide. Here in the US, it has conducted hundreds of ‘Muslims For Life’ blood drives all over the country to demonstrate the sanctity of life and honor the victims of 9/11 since 2011. To date, more than 33,000 pints of blood have been collected. Details can be read at www.muslimsforlife.org. This is the real message of Islam to Muslims. Shed your own blood and save lives at all cost.
It is efforts like these that are truly representative of the spirit of giving and sacrifice that is embodied in Islamic scripture. Killers of ISIS and their copycats are not people of faith; they are agents of hate and terror pursuing their own misconstrued and vile ideology.