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.