Appalled by the bombing targeting Boston marathon, a galaxy of US Muslim organizations have rejecting the coward attack, urging US Muslims to pray for the victims and donate blood for those who were wounded.
"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.
"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.”
CAIR statement followed two explosions near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon, which left three people dead and at least 140 injured. 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.
Along with CAIR, the leading Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) 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,” ISNA said in a statement. “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.”
Sharing condolences with fellow Americans, Islamic groups urged US Muslims to pray for the victims and donate blood. “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.” Maryland's Muslim community also showed support, condemning past acts of violence and terror against the United States.
"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 in a statement. “These terrorist attacks do nothing but strengthen our resolve to fight back such cowardly act and unite us more as a nation.