AAUAA find cartoon offensive to Muslims
Cartoon was offensive to Muslims Local Muslims of the Bridgeton Islamic Center, Masjid Muhajireen and Addeynu Allahe' Universal Arabic Association in nearby Elm are outraged at your (Nov. 6) printing of a cartoon depicting what is intended to be Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him). Islam's monotheistic creed forbids the portrayal of religious personalities in any form or fashion. Here you have not only violated this aspect of our faith, but added insult to injury by your flippant representation ridiculing a mighty messenger of our Creator and yours. It is our concern that the media responsibly utilizes its influence to reduce tensions, rather than exacerbate matters through sacrilegious sacrilegious illustrations. It is becoming increasingly evident that the turmoil throughout the Middle East has nothing to do with theological differences. Demonstrations against our involvement in the Gulf, and other areas, protest that our presence in this region is economically and politically motivated. Most of the adult males in the South Jersey Islamic community have served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. We are law-abiding law-abiding law-abiding families who have earned the right to be respected by fellow citizens. We condemn the abuse of power by Saddam Saddam Hussein and all others who are presently presently guilty of similar transgressions. We pray for a peaceful resolution of this problem so that thousands of lives are not lost unnecessarily. In addition, we expect that our immediate response will discourage any further disrespect disrespect by your newspaper. Political andor nationalistic issues must not be used as an excuse to blaspheme the religious beliefs of others. Amin S. Abdullah, Bridgeton Bridgeton Islamic Center Inc.