This Muslim-American says shame on the Easter Day Sri Lankan suicide bombers and all who target places of worship (“US raises travel warning after Sri Lanka suicide bombings,” Web, April 26). Contrary to their twisted ideology of destroying churches, the true Islam instructs Muslims to in fact defend all places of worship.
It appears that the bombers were influenced by the Islamic State to exact revenge for the twin Mosque shootings last month in New Zealand. On the other hand, the worldwide head of my Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, his holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, advised Muslims, in the wake of the Mosque attacks, to shun calls from extremists for vengeance and instead turn to the golden Quranic principles of prayer and patience.
Sadly, the bombers not only terrorized innocent worshippers during one of the most important Christian holidays and disturbed the fragile peace in a nation scarred by over two decades of brutal civil war, they also defamed the pristine name of Islam and contradicted its true teachings.
SOHAIL Z. HUSAIN