I have been reading the news about the city of Kennesaw rejecting the application to lease a worship space for Muslims in a local strip mall (“Behind Kennesaw’s rejection of a storefront mosque,” Metro, Dec. 4). I am not a member of that particular congregation, but as a fellow Muslim, I am disappointed about this decision, since the U.S. Constitution is very clear about freedom of religion for every U.S. citizen. The denial is discriminatory since a Christian church, which filed a similar lease application in July, was approved whereas the Islamic group was rejected over “zoning issues.” Comments by some Kennesaw residents (about) the fear and discomfort they feel about Islam and Muslims might have played a role in the decision.
Keeping in view the recent atrocities committed by ISIS in the name of Islam, I completely understand the uneasiness some people might feel about Muslims, Shariah or Islam; but as a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which bears the motto “Love for all, hatred for none,” I would like to welcome everybody to learn about Islam as a religion that promotes peace and love instead of violence and terrorism as practiced by ISIS or other extremist minds abusing its name.
SAIMA AHMAD, SUWANEE