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May 22--  A native of Pakistan who immigrated to the United States in 1973 and became a U.S. citizen ten years later is appealing to Muslims to condemn and speak out against terrorists.

{mosimage}Mubarak Chouhdry worked for seven years at Vidalia's Meadows Regional Medical Center and has written a book called, "I Love America, So Why Don't You."  He currently lives in the Atlanta area and visited Vidalia's Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs to discuss his book.

Chouhdry's message to Muslims is simple, "What I'm suggestiing to Muslims is to look back at history and don't hurt and kill.  Why do you want to kill?  God gave us this life and we need to live it to the fullest."

He also advises Americans to study history and become informed about what is going on in the world.

"This is the greatest country and we need to protect it and defend it.  Don't believe everything you read in the newspaper.  Go out and do research because history is a great teacher.  There is a certain threat in the Muslim world and at the same time we've got to defend this country.  At the same time, we need to accept other people because this country is a melting pot," he believes.

Chouhdry's youngest son, Ali, was born in Vidalia and has since graduated from West Point and will soon deploy to Afghanistan.

"I worry about it and his mother is a lot more worried than I am.  We are going to pray to God.  I think we're doing a good work in Afghanistan and he's on a mission.  We're going to support him one hundred percent and we're going to pray for him," he says.

According to a passage in Chouhdry's book, "Muslims living in all the Western countries need to follow the teachings of peace, compassion and more righteousness lavishly promoted by Moses, Jesus and Mohammad.

"Just as the Irish, Italian, German, Indians and Chinese have done before them, Muslims nust integrate and assimilate to become productive citizens of their new land.  Muslims living in the USA should respect diversity and speak out and condemn the killing of innocent human beings and the terrorism committed by the jihadi.

"Most Americans are kind, loving, charitable and the most giving people in the world.  Muslim immigrants and citizens should be thankful every day for their open and accepting arms."

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