Let us work for justice through understanding
Stabroek News
October 4, 2001

Dear Editor,

Salaam (peace). I must repeat for emphasis that Islam can never be interpreted by anyone (no cleric, no sheik...) to be a religion that would support the killing of the innocent to achieve any end. This is diametrically opposite to the Islamic principle that the means to an end must be halaal (good, just..) If not the end itself will become haraam and earn the displeasure of god.

The perpetrators of the heinous acts of September 11th are definitely terrorist. They have terrorized.. instilled terror by the wanton killing of the innocent. Terror is now felt by New Yorkers and this is evident in the precautions they are taking; some people are not flying, some are buying antibiotics and gas masks etc. Little children may grow up afraid of tall buildings or Arabs or Muslims, a reality that is definitely in the future, sad.

CNN and the press of the western world have brought this to us with a force, and rightly so. The blood of the innocent is sacred.

CNN and the press of the western world have also brought us the story of millions of Afghans scurrying about their own country looking for a hole in some border to escape, risking death from exposure and/or starvation .

Are these millions terrified of some thing? Someone perhaps? Surely not Osama, they have been living with him for years.

Can we refer to the one that is instilling this fear and terror as a terrorist?

Does he not see the terror and fear he instills in the people of the rest of the world?

I think it is safe to assume that an Iraqi child, a Palestinian child, a Sudanese child ... knows this

terror and this terrorist.

Let us work for justice through understanding each other and mutual respect.

Yours faithfully,

Mohamed Fazadh Khan

(aircraft engineer, Guysuco)