Coast Muslim Shares Thoughts On Iraq War

Dr. Obaid Siddiqui moved from Pakistan to the United States in 1992. He came to seek a new life for his family, and fulfill his dream of becoming a pediatrician. Like many people, he is very concerned about the war in Iraq.

Dr. Obaid Siddiqui said "As an American, and as a doctor, the most important thing is human lives, innocent human lives. It doesn't matter which country they belong to".

And as a Muslim, Dr. Siddiqui says valuing life is central to the Islamic faith.

"They want peace, but unfortunately the only majority of the time that they hear about Islam and Muslims are when they hear of someone who tried to blow up buildings, or blow up a plane. Those people are not representing Islam," Siddiqui said.

Dr. Siddiqui says although most Iraqis are Muslims, some people are giving the war the wrong spin.

"Some people would try to make it look like a religious issue, and as far as I'm concerned, and I think any educated person in the right frame of mind knows that religion has nothing to do with it," Siddiqui said.

Dr. Siddiqui says the fear of retaliation in some parts of the country is not happening here on the Coast.

"A part of me was afraid that maybe there will be a backlash, but everyone over here, all my friends over here, all my patients over here, all my co workers here, they have been so supportive," Siddiqui said.

Siddiqui believes the way to break down any hate and discrimination is to understand Islam.

"They need to be guided, I pray that they find guidance," Siddiqui said.