CAIRO - As the news of Boston rampage appeared, shocked Muslims worldwide rushed to twitter, some to express their sympathies while others to pray that the perpetrator of the attack not be a Muslim.
Please don't be a Muslim, Libyan Twitter user Hend Amry tweeted to start a thread of Muslim worries, The Washington Post reported.
Jenan Moussa, a journalist for Dubai-based Al-Aan TV, retweeted the message Please don't be a Muslim' and added that the plea was The thought of every Muslim right now.
US Muslims Condemn Boston Attacks
Two explosions rocked near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people and injured 140 others.
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.
No information is yet available about those behind the attack and their motives.
Yet, Muslims, who still feel the brunt of 9/11 attacks, were worried that they could be easily blamed for the attack.
Fact: Terrorism has no religion, race, or nationality. Standing against terror should unit us all. #BostonExplosion #BostonMarathon, Nervana Mahmoud, another Twitter user, posted.
Muslim worries maximized after Fox News contributor Erik Rush tweeted that all Muslims should be killed in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let's bring more Saudis in without screening them! C'mon! #bostonmarathon, Erik Rush tweeted on Monday.
When a responder tweeted, "Are you ALREADY BLAMING MUSLIMS??" Rush responded:
"Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all."
He later tweeted that he was being sarcastic. Yet, he faced a firestorm of condemnations from Americans.
Apparently someone at Fox News tweeted "Kill All Muslims" after the explosions. As a Boston resident, and as a human being, I'm disgusted, Chris Stedman tweeted.
A Black man kills, he's a menace to society. Muslims kill, he's a terrorist. But a White man kills, he's psychologically unstable, a twitter user @chrisrockoz tweeted.
Despite immediate worries, some positive reactions from non-Muslims assured the US Muslim minority.
Non Muslims defending Muslims. I was surprised at all the positive tweets. We've come a long way since 9/11. This really is beautiful :'), a twitter user @dalu3a_93 wrote.
I respect all the Non-Muslims that understand that Muslims aren't the ones to blame for the bombing, another twitter user, @Love_Walaa_, wrote.
A Dubai-based social media consultant named Iyad El-Baghdadi tweeted, Went to my Islamists' list; good to know that most comments are sympathetic. Only a couple crazies out of 200-something. #BostonMarathon.
Other Muslims took to twitter to pray for victims and show support for fellow Americans.
As a Marathoner and Human being, I'm devastated. Prayers to the victims, Qasim Rashid, the chairman of the Muslim Writer's Guild of America, tweeted.
Whoever the culprit, no religion justifies this act of violence. We must remain united against extremism.
Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to from 7-8 million Muslims.
An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.
Muslim scholars have repeatedly condemned terrorism as running counter against the teachings of Islam.
In 2008, thousands of Muslim scholars from across India denounced terrorism as a violation of Islamic teachings, calling it the biggest crime as per Qur'an."
Another Britain-based Muslim scholar, Sheikh Tahir ul-Qadri, issued a 600-page fatwa in May 2011, condemning suicide bombings, kidnappings and the killing of innocent people as absolutely against the teachings of Islam.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net