Kingman Letter: Violence doesn't represent Islam

As Americans and Muslims, we would like to condemn the injustice that has been committed against Ambassador Chris Stevens and his companions in Libya. While we also condemn the production of a movie that slanders any religion, including our religion of Islam, we do not condone violence as a response to this film.

Open discussion and peaceful protests are both effective means of arguing against such productions. The murder of innocent individuals in any setting is tragic and devastating. When such acts are committed in the name of Islam, we find even more reason to be outraged.

Islam preaches peace and compassion, an example of which lies in one of the statements of Prophet Muhammad: "Whoever kills a person who is granted protection by the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise even though its fragrance can be smelt from a distance of 40 years of traveling."

Clearly, those who committed these violent acts were in violation of this and many other principles in Islam.

It is our hope that all those affected by this crime will find ease and peace with time, and that the American, Libyan, Tunisian and Egyptian people will rise above the transgressions of a few radical and misguided individuals.

Umar Farooq Mahmood and Ibraim Dehabi

For the Muslim Community of Kingman