American Muslims Unite in Sympathy for Boston Marathon Attack Victims
Numerous Muslim organizations across the United States have condemned the heinous bombing attacks that took place on Monday at the Boston Marathon, and they expressed their sympathy for the victims and their families. The attacks left three people dead and at least 140 injured.
Many Muslim organizations have called upon Muslims to pray for the victims and donate blood for those who were wounded.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“American Muslims, like Americans of all backgrounds, condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s cowardly bomb attack on participants and spectators of the Boston Marathon.
“We urge people of all faiths to pray for the victims and their loved ones and for the speedy recovery of those injured. We also call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.
“While spiritual measures can serve to comfort those in physical and emotional pain, we also call on Muslims and others in the Boston area to donate blood through the Red Cross as a concrete show of support for the bomb attack victims. Those who were participating in the marathon or were watching the event should contact authorities with any potential eyewitness information they may have.”
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) also issued a statement expressing concern and condolences after Boston Marathon attack”
“ISNA is shocked and saddened to hear about the blasts at the Boston Marathon this afternoon. Our prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.”
“While it is still unclear who carried out these attacks, we pray that our law enforcement officials will be able to swiftly apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) said in a statement: “ICNA joins Americans in prayer for the victims and their families during this horrific incident. ICNA also appeals all Americans to help the Law Enforcement to bring the perpetrators of this crime to speedy justice.”
ICNA President Naeem Baig said “all Americans including American Muslims condemn this heinous attack on civilians and pray for the quick recovery of the injured.”
Dr. Syed Wasimul Haque, the president of the United Maryland Muslim Council, said:
“The Muslims have always stood shoulder to shoulder during perilous times that our nation has faced and will do so in the future as well against all terrorist attacks. These terrorist attacks do nothing but strengthen our resolve to fight back such cowardly act and unite us more as a nation.
“Our prayers go out for the fallen victims and to the city of Boston. May the families of the victims have the forbearance and may the inflicted recover from their injuries quickly.
“We hope and pray that the criminal or criminals who committed this heinous act are caught soon and brought to justice and punished to the greatest extent according to the laws of our country.”
These sentiments are shared by the vast majority of Muslims in America and around the world.
“ICNA Expresses Outrage at Boston Bomb Attacks” ICNA April 15, 2012
“CAIR Urges Prayers, Blood Donations for Boston Bomb Victims” Reuters April 15, 2013
“Md. Muslim group condemns ‘cowardly terrorist act’” The Baltimore Sun April 16, 2013