CAIRO – US Muslims have strongly condemned deadly bombings targeting an international marathon in Boston, calling for extending help and prayers for the victims of the cowardly attacks.
"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,” Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net on Tuesday, April 16.
"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,” Awad said.
Two explosions rocked near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people and injured 140 others.
At least 17 people are critically wounded, and the injuries include several amputations.
One of the dead was an eight-year-old boy, US media said.
No information is yet available about those behind the attack and their motives.
“ISNA is shocked and saddened to hear about the blasts at the Boston Marathon this afternoon,” the Islamic Society of North America said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
“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.”
Dr. Syed Wasimul Haque, the president of the United Maryland Muslim Council, has also condemned the "cowardly terrorist act".
"The Muslims of Maryland condemn the terrorist act in Boston which took the lives of two Americans and injured many spectators during the Boston marathon event,” he said in a statement.
“The Muslims along with the rest of the nation are deeply saddened and distressed by this cowardly terrorist act which targeted innocent victims of this event which was supposed to forge friendship and brotherhood among participants from different nations and from within our country.”
Muslim leaders have called for prayers and blood donation campaigns for the victims.
“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,” Awad said.
“Those who were participating in the marathon or were watching the event should contact authorities with any potential eyewitness information they may have.”
The Muslim community in Maryland has also called for support for the victims and their families.
"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,” Haque, a Frederick physician, said.
“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."
Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to from 7-8 million Muslims.An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.
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