Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Once again, harm to Muslims

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From page B3 | April 24, 2013 |

While grieving for the killing of innocent people in Boston, I felt proud of Bostonians. Right after the explosion, they ran toward (not away from) the victims to assist them. I felt we were all Bostonians.

By Friday, besides my grieving for the victims, I started to feel the upcoming backlash. Immediately after the media reported that the perpetrators were Muslims, several incidents of backlash were reported against Muslims in different locations in the country. Some Muslim women discussed fear of going out for shopping. I and other Muslims do not consider the perpetrators to be Muslims by their action. The Qur’an clearly prohibits killing the innocent (verse 5:32-33).

I have no apology for these two alleged criminals. They should pay for their unspeakable crimes. Not only did they reportedly kill innocent people, but also harmed the image of Muslims and their religion in the minds of some people.

Hamza El-Nakhal
Davis

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  • zabaMay 08, 2013 - 6:13 pm

    Hamza: I agree with you; we can all be proud to be Bostonians. It's not just any people that will willingly run towards death. You said: several incidents of backlash were reported against Muslims in different locations in the country I haven't seen a hint of this in the news. Could you document your statement? I'm sure you would rather not be described as an alarmist! As you most likely are aware, recent FBI statistics on hate crimes have shown attacks on moslems to be much, much lower than other groups. Jews, of course, are again target number 1.

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