Editor: Since the start of the pandemic, violence against Asian Americans has increased at an alarming rate.

Asian Americans, young and old, face verbal and physical attacks throughout the country. These blatant assaults should be a matter of concern for all of us.

As Ahmadi Muslims, we believe in the moto, “Love for all, hatred for none.” There are no grey areas in this. Kindness is a commandment from God; we must show kindness to all and remove any hatred that lives in our hearts.

God says in the Holy Quran, “... show kindness to parents, and to the kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and to the neighbour that is a kinsman and the neighbour that is a stranger, and the companion by your side, and the wayfarer ...” (Chapter 4 verse 37).

In this verse, God makes no distinction and specifically instructs us to be kind to those we know and to those we do not know. We must show compassion no matter a person’s race, color, socio-economic status, etc. As Ahmadi Muslims, we urge others to heed this call for compassion and set an example so that our children can live in a world of love and respect.

Our hearts go out to our Asian brothers and sisters and pray that these hate crimes cease.

Faiza Ahmed