Letters: N.J. Muslims offer to help 'weed out terrorists'

Flags mark the spot on D Street and Ocean Avenue, in Seaside Park, N.J., where a bomb exploded.

ISSUE | TERRORISM

Muslims offer help, urge tolerance

The N.J. Muslim Coalition, consisting of more than 120 organizations, denounces and condemns the terrorist attacks in New York City and Seaside Park, N.J., and the planting of explosive devices in Elizabeth, N.J., last weekend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the 29 innocent people who were injured in the blast in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and those in New Jersey who were put at risk. We also pray for the quick recovery of the Linden., N.J., police officers who were injured during their prompt and heroic actions to capture the suspect.

We appreciate and applaud the excellent work of all law enforcement agencies and urge the authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. Muslims have a very good working relationship with New Jersey law enforcement and will do everything possible to help in the investigations and to weed out terrorists.

This suspect does not represent Islam or Muslims in any sense. The Islam we know and practice calls for peace, mercy, love, tolerance, and helping others.

In times like these, all Americans need to stand together and avoid inflammatory rhetoric. We are stronger when we are united. We urge politicians and the media not to exploit these incidents for political gain or ratings.

M. Ali Chaudry, N.J. Interfaith Coalition, machaudry@gmail.com

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