Obama’s meaningful visit
Recently President Obama paid his first visit to a U.S. mosque in Baltimore to reassure Muslim-Americans in relation to the unfair anti-Muslim biases found across the nation. It comes on the heels of a similar visit to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., to warn against the rise of anti-Semitism in the country.
It would be totally unfair if I fail to recognize that extremist groups such as ISIS share a large part of the blame for the current state of affairs.
However, a large majority of American Muslims are peaceful and categorically denounce terrorism in any form. This is why Obama’s visit means a lot to American Muslims in the face of politicization of the fight against terrorism.
We cannot win over the ignorant and brainwashed youth who join ISIS if we continuously attack the religion they have erroneously hijacked and perverted to suit their evil agenda.
As posited by Obama, our strength as a nation lies in our diversity as rightly envisioned by our Founding Fathers and therefore the inclusion of all, irrespective of race, political or religious affiliation is the best way for our nation to progress.
Publication secretary, RTP Ahmadiyya Muslim Community