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In America, I’m free

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I congratulate President Barack Obama for winning a second term as our president.

As a Muslim-American, I am particularly grateful that he supports religious freedom.

I emigrated from Pakistan, and there was I prevented from even calling myself a Muslim merely because I belong to a minority group, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Here in America, I can worship and visit my mosque without harm. I passed my worst 28 years in Pakistan and was mentally upset, but nowI am feeling myself as a newborn child and growing with freedom of life.

I pray that visionary leaders like President Obama influence the rest of the world toward the same freedom of religion that I now enjoy here in my new home.

Muhammad Toseef Akram

The writer is a member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America.

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