Muslims Quick To Condemn Boston Bombings
The marathon race was hit by two explosions. At least three people were killed and the toll of those injured rose to more than 140.
When the bombs struck, the international Muslim community feared for the safety of the innocent marathon runners and their families as well as fearing the consequences that would entail upon the whole community.
Quickly, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged American Muslims to offer authorities any leads they may have had to help capture the perpetrators of the blasts, who still remain unidentified.
“We shouldn’t rush to judgement in regards to this horrific attack,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesperson for CAIR. “We don’t know who did it, irrespective of who did it, there is no religion that sanctions wanton violence against innocent people.”
“Terrorism is not the weapon of the weak. It is the weapon of the morally bankrupt and mentally depraved,” wrote American Imam Zaid Shakir. “As Muslims, we should join all civilized human beings in condemning it in Boston, Baghdad or Burma. We condemn it if it is state-sponsored or orchestrated by rabid, depraved individuals. We condemn it whether the victim is Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu or professes no religion…”
We affirm the sanctity of innocent life and condemn all acts of terrorism in the strongest possible terms. A strong, unqualified, universal rejection of any act of terrorism is the first step in contributing to its eradication.”
Mufti Asif Umar, Imam of Dar Al Islam Masjid in New Mexico, announced that he would be holding a prayer service for the victims. He said: “By holding this prayer service with peoples of other faiths, we hope to show a united sense of compassion when any life is lost.”
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Muslim Peace Coalition USA, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and many others joined in to condemn the bombings, extending their prayers and condolences to the victims and their families.
More so, the condemnations spread beyond the US.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office said the government and the people of Pakistan were “deeply shocked and saddened” by the “despicable act”. Abu Tayeb from the Islamic Diversity Project North East in the UK said whoever was responsible is “a murderer and should be dealt with accordingly.” Afghan President Hamid Karzai denounced the attack “in the strongest possible terms.” The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned what it called “cowardly attacks” whilst Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud called the bombing a “vicious act of cowardice.”
Hundreds, if not thousands of Muslims, posted up Facebook statuses and tweeted about the bombings. Some Facebook Pages also joined in to share their condolences en masse.
The World Of Islam group for example, said they were praying for the “whole world. Because every life matters and because they [the victims] are equally important.”
They also commented on the lack of media coverage given on foreign attacks, such as the US bomb that killed 30 innocent Iraqi civilians who were attending a wedding. This bomb strike happened on the same day.
By Hasan Faridi (Editor)
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