To the Editor:

I am an American Muslim and condemn both the cartoon depiction of our Holy Prophet Muhammad and the violent response made by a minority of extremists among the Muslims (“Extreme reactions worsen Danish cartoon dispute,” 2/8). I am also proud of the responsible conduct upheld by our American newspapers. They have shown that the role of the media is to inform, educate and create understanding among different races and religions. Freedom of speech must be balanced with a duty to refrain from vulgarity intended to provoke hatred. I hope that my Muslim brethren will follow the advice of the Holy Prophet and return insults with forbearance and forgiveness.

Sohail Husain, M.D.

Feb. 12, 2006