U.S. Muslim leaders fear a backlash after the Boston bombing suspects were identified as Muslim.
USA Today Any hatred or violence expressed toward Muslims because the brothers were reportedly Muslim would be “against everything we stand for as Americans.”
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The largest Islamic worship center in New England, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, announced on its website Friday that it was closed until further notice after a reportin The Boston Globe said one of the Boston Marathon bombers had worshiped at an affiliated Cambridge mosque.
The FBI identified Muslim brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the bombing suspects. After they killed an MIT campus police officer around midnight Thursday, Tamerlan died in a blazing shootout with police and Dzhokhar eluded capture, triggering a massive manhunt that paralyzed the Boston area Friday.
The Cambridge mosque’s web site specifies: “We practice and promote a comprehensive and balanced view of Islam. We strive to embody the ‘middle path’ to which the Qur’an calls – a path of moderation that is free of extremism.”
Also on Friday, the head of the terrorist front group CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) issued a statement condemning terrorism “in all its forms.” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said, “We must remain united as a nation as we face those who would carry out such heinous and inexcusable crimes.”