While the motives behind the Boston bombings are unclear, it is important to remember that killing innocent lives has no justification. As an American Muslim, I find in the Quran (5:33): “Whoever killed a person … it shall be as if he had killed all of mankind.” While the culprits claim to be Muslim, it is clear that they lacked the proper guidance that would have illuminated this Quranic verse.
As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I am grateful to have such guidance. Led by Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community champions the separation of mosque and state, while condemning all forms of terrorism. His Holiness is making a historical visit to the U.S. later this month. We invite all Americans to join us in rejecting violence and uniting to serve humanity.