Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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How much responsibility do Muslims have in terror fight?

As a loyal reader of The Christian Science Monitor and its generally astute and fair journalism, I was surprised to read the July 14 editorial "Britain Needs Islam's Finest."

The editorial argues that moderate Muslims have not put enough effort into teaching their youth tolerance and respect for other cultures. The editorial also implies that, because of this lack of effort on the part of moderate Muslims, the London bombings occurred.

While I, as a Muslim, agree that my community can and must do more, I feel that the Monitor should also have acknowledged just how difficult it is becoming for my fellow Muslims to teach young people to believe in American and British secular values.

How does the Monitor expect us to convince our youth to respect these values when Iraqi Muslims are dying every month because of an unjust war led by the US and Britain, and when measures in both countries are being used to encourage treatment of Muslims as second- class citizens?

Britain and America do not just need Islam's finest; they need humanity's finest. Terrorism is not just a Muslim problem. Yusufi Vali Jefferson City, Mo.

Of course British secular traditions must be respected, and the rights and liberties that Muslims - or for that matter other Asians - enjoy in Britain often aren't expected in their home countries.

I agree rights entail duties. I also agree that it's the duty of the Muslims to instill and propagate the true spirit of Islam - that contains respect for other religions - in its youth.

I have read in the books of Hadith (sayings of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)) that he received a delegation of Christian religious leaders in the mosque and served them dinner, joining them inside the mosque.

There are countless instances where a similarly friendly attitude was shown toward Jews. Islam acknowledges Christians and Jews as "People of the Book" (a term for monotheistic faiths before Islam that received revelation from God). …

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