(Washington, DC — April 19, 2013) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) applauds the swift and dedicated work of law enforcement officials to identify the perpetrators of the tragedy in Boston. We understand that at least one was killed this morning in a standoff with police.
We are grateful to the many government and security officials dedicated to this case, and to all those who immediately responded to the tragedy on Monday — the first responders, medical professionals and all those who demonstrated the best of humanity at a time of great evil. Thousands of Bostonians opened their homes to those who were stranded, marathoners ran two more miles to donate blood, and bystanders rushed toward the blasts to rescue victims rather than run to safety.
As American Muslims, we were shocked and saddened by the attacks and heartened by the faithful efforts of all these heroes. Any attack on one American, on one human being, is an attack on us all, and we all stood together on Monday and will continue to stand together as these difficult developments unfold.
ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid stated this morning:
“While we do not yet know the motivation for these heinous attacks, people of all faiths know that the horrific acts committed by these perpetrators go against everything to which God calls us. It is rather the loving, selfless acts of those who immediately responded on the scene that best uphold His teachings. At times like this, I am reminded by a verse from the Holy Qur’an which is similar to one in the Old Testament: if anyone kills a person, it is as if he kills all humanity, while if any saves a life, it is as if he saves the lives of all humanity.”
As Americans of all faiths we believe that no matter the motivation for these terrorist attacks, they will never represent the values or ideals of any religious or ethnic group. ISNA and the other American Muslim organizations established a Boston Solidarity Fund this week and are encouraging everyone to support the victims of the Boston tragedy in any way they can. We, the American people, are strong, resilient, and united.