Seek true, root causes of Islamic extremism
Re: Sam H. Sharp’s Jan. 10 letter (“Terrorists have U.S. just where they want”):
This writer attacks the Quran and categorizes all Muslims as extremists who vow to destroy our country.
I wish for this writer to have basic knowledge of the world’s second-largest religion and one of its fastest growing.
Most estimates say there are more than 6 million American Muslims. If he is scared of us, he has been infected by a social problem called Islamophobia!
As for the Quran, any religious text can be misquoted to serve political, social or economic motives.
Islam is not the cause of Islamic extremism. If we want to defeat Islamic terrorists, let’s address the real root causes of their existence – political, economic and social injustice in the Middle East.
Islam chosen by God for all mankind
This writer – death, hate, dominance, caliphate? – seems very ignorant about Abrahamic faiths.
Islam is the religion God chose for all mankind since the time of Adam. Islam means peace, submission.
Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace upon them) were all Muslims; a Muslim is one who submits to the creator.
God sent messages time after time, according to need, through the Psalms, Torah, Bible and Quran.
The Quran is the divine message of mercy to all mankind for all times. Let us respect the word of God and try to learn its wisdom.
Jews, Christians and Muslims are brothers in faith. We have to live, love and unite to lead the way toward peace.
Muslims are good citizens, neighbors and friends, sincere, God-fearing people.
We uphold the U.S. Constitution and this nation’s true values – truth, civilized freedom, equality and justice.
May God Almighty guide us all to truth, peace and success, and may God bless America and others, too.
Quran sacred book of compassion
Doesn’t the Bible say fire and brimstone will rain down on all nonbelievers?
Of course, the Bible’s chief merits are its lessons of compassion and instructions for how to heal the world and care for our fellow human beings.
The Quran likewise is a sacred document full of wisdom, even if some passages advocate violence or decry other religions.
If a messiah ever arrives on Earth, he or she will laugh at all the death and destruction we have wrought on one another for centuries, as we argued over which god is God.
Silly humans, every human being possesses the light of God and the capacity to do good or evil.
Arguing that anyone who does not believe in your God will be destroyed is about the least godly thing anyone can do.
New York City
Zionists control our media, politics
I would like you and your readers to know that Muslim people mean this country well.
If you would like to know who is taking this country down, please take a look at the Zionist entity leading our country to endless wars and hate.
Please take a look at our international polices and whom they serve.
I think Muslims wanted to get involved so they could show us and the world that they mean well and want to be a part of this great country’s future.
Since the Zionists have a firm control on our country’s media, finance and politics, they will always try to lead our thinking into whatever serves them.
I urge you to learn about every faith and be good to one another.
Santa Clara, Calif.
Quran teaches us patience, respect
I am amazed at the sheer ignorance about Islam. The attacks on Rep. Ellison have gone to the extreme.
Many of his critics refer to the Quran as the work of hate-filled extremists. That is so far from the truth.
I ask Americans to start doing their own research.
They will quickly learn the Quran teaches patience, tolerance, respect and love for all mankind. The Quran even commands Muslims to respect the holy books of Christians and Jews and treat them with the utmost kindness.
Shakil B. Zaman
Leon Valley, Texas
History shows Muslims have contributed to U.S.
Instead of celebrating an important point in history, Mr. Sharp chose to humiliate an entire religious community.
If he brushed up on history, he would know how much Muslims have contributed to America. I urge him to keep an open mind and learn about this great religion, which has roots in Judaism and Christianity.
New York City
Ignorance the gateway to hatred, prejudice
It is sad how much bigotry exists against Muslims. The man who wrote the “Quran is a document of hate” needs to get an education.
It is only because of ignorance that hatred and prejudice exist. Knowledge is always the answer. Peace will only be achieved through understanding.