Public Comment

A Muslim’s Thank You Letter to Pope Francis

Khalida Jamilah
Friday December 05, 2014 - 10:09:00 AM

Dear Pope Francis,

As a Muslim I thank you for your message of compassion and peace delivered during your recent visit to Turkey. This visit and your address symbolize the need for a stronger interfaith relation between Christians and Muslims to promote world peace. I thank you for disassociating Islam from violence and that particular statement was parallel to the teaching in the Quran which states “Surely, Allah loves not the transgressors" (2:190). And when you said ISIS is persecuting the Christian in the Middle East, the Quran also condemned this barbaric action as it states, "And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have destroyed cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft commemorated" (22:41). 

I know that we cannot eradicate all evils in this world but the fact that you visited a mosque in a Muslim majority country where Christians are a minority symbolizes your endeavor in removing misconceptions between Muslims and Christians. 

Khalida Jamilah pursues Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley and is a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Writers Association.