Dear Brother El-Amin:
Your commentary (Sunni-Shiâ€™a Relationship, March 24, 2006) was very much to the point and educational. I hope more Muslims will read your article and work toward creating a united front to deal with our everyday problems as well as our future problems.
However, there is one correction I would like to make to the phrase you used, â€œShiâ€™a are just as bull-headed as Sunnis.â€ It would have been more appropriate to phrase it as follows: â€œSome Shiâ€™as are just as bull-headed as Sunnis.â€
Please keep up your good work and may Allah be always with you.
Best wishes for your success and sincerely,
Masood Behshid, Los Angeles, CA
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