The tragic massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue should be condemned in the strongest terms. As an Ahmadi Muslim, my faith teaches me to honour the sanctity of life.
In the Quran we are taught to defend places of worship, including synagogues. The Prophet Muhammad stood up out of respect as a Jewish funeral procession once passed by. And the worldwide leader of our community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has instructed us to build strong bridges with our Jewish neighbours and friends with the common goal of peace and mutual respect. In fact, last year when a Jewish cemetery in Pennsylvania was desecrated, members of our community were the first to repair the damages and stand guard.
This is what Islam teaches us. That we respect people of all faiths and share in their grief. Indeed, our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to our Jewish brothers and sisters.
Ahsan M Khan MD