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Published 05/08/2015

Having also visited Istanbul, admittedly about 50 years ago, I must agree with Salma Shah (Online, August 1) that it is a most interesting place. However, I must disagree with her when she writes that "the Caliph (she follows) - Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad - is the only person on this planet that 150 million Muslims will say speaks for them".

This gentleman is the leader of the Ahmadiyya movement, founded in British India in 1889, by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

While it may, indeed, be a religion of peace, as Mrs Shah writes, most orthodox Muslims have denounced Ahmadis as kafirs, or heretics, and mainstream Islam generally considers them to be non-Muslims.

So, in spite of Mrs Shah's opinion that "some people who claim to be Muslims are terrorists, but there is no link between the religion of Islam and terrorism", this may not necessarily be true outside her own breakaway sect.

MARTIN D STERN

Salford, Greater Manchester

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