Letters from readers
As we approach the inauguration of a new president and look at the challenges we face as a nation, it is necessary that American citizens re-learn the art of respectful discourse.
As a Muslim American, I can testify that this is something emphasized repeatedly in the Holy Quran. The Holy Quran says “And say to My servants that they should speak that which is best. Surely, Satan stirs up discord among them. Surely, Satan is an open enemy to man.” [17:54]
The Quran calls for civil and respectful, “that which is best,” discourse, and likens those who go against this injunction as falling prey to Satan and helping stir up discord amongst the people.
The worldwide spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Caliph to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad said in his keynote address at the inauguration of the Baitul Aafiyat Mosque in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2018, “Irrespective of differences of race, religion or social background, we are united as human beings and so it is vital that we interact with other people, rather than isolating ourselves or only mingling with members of our own particular community… For the advancement and evolution of society, and to foster an atmosphere of peace and togetherness, respectful discourse and discussion between people and amongst different communities is vital.”
Abdul-Hai Dawud Bajwa Thomas, Jacksonville