One of the most vexing questions of our time is what went wrong in the relationship between Muslims and the West. Continuing global violence in the name of Islam reflects the deepest fears by certain factions of western political, cultural and economic encroachment. The solution requires finding common ground upon which to build mutual respect and understanding. Let us boldly challenge members of the world's civilisations to stop demonising others and to turn instead to a deeper understanding of those shared values that can solve the problems facing humanity today. Muslims must ask themselves what went wrong within their own societies but the West must also pose the same question about itself.
Moderate scholars in Islam and the West offer a basis for repairing this frayed relationship by arguing that Islam actually supports the fundamental values of a pluralistic, free society. Focusing on finding solutions and common ground, rather than determining fault and blame, creates hope and inspiration in both Muslim and western worlds. Let us dream of a time when Muslims, Jews, Christians and followers of all other traditions and faiths can live together in peace, justice and prosperity.
Samaoen Osman, South Africa
Turning our backs on globalisation would be a mistake
I refer to your article Davos 2018: India's Modi warns against protectionism. In his elaborate speech to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Mr Modi, who is the first Indian premier to attend the Davos summit in two decades, talked about his concerns about globalisation's diminishing lustre. Most nations are displaying an aversion to globalisation. Mr Modi quoted Mahatma Gandhi's words welcoming various cultures at a time when the threat of terrorism and other factors are prompting people to turn inwards. Globalisation enhances cooperation among countries and is the right answer to the problems of our time.
K Ragavan, India
Jerusalem cannot be the capital of Israel
In reference to your story Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed holds talks over Jerusalem embassy move, Jerusalem is not part of Israel. Please refer to the UN partition pre-1967. As for territories acquired during wars, under international law they have to be returned.
Wadad de Marco, Sydney, Australia
Use common sense, not gyms, to lose weight
I refer to your article Fitness First in dispute with members over VAT. Why do people have to rely on machines when they can do anything and everything at home. We don't need to pay anyone to lose weight. If we think carefully about what we eat before we eat it, we might not have to struggle to slim down later. Common sense sadly is a sense which is not so common.
Matthew Litty, Dubai
Condolences to the family of the Fujairah tragedy
I refer to your article Family and friends attend funeral of seven siblings killed in Fujairah house fire. May the little angels rest in peace. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the grieving family.
Melanie Rose, Dubai