CAIRO - Saddened by the killing of innocent people in deadly bombings in their city and fears of linking the attacks to their community, Muslims in Boston are living in immense grief.
What will happen to us if they arrest someone and that someone turns out to be a Muslim? Imam Talal Eid, a chaplain at Brandeis University, told The Boston Globe.
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No one had claimed responsibility for the attack.
US investigators said they have spotted a suspect from security video taken before the two blasts ripped through the city.
No arrests had been made, and the suspect in the video had not been identified by name.
The attacks have drawn widespread condemnations from Muslims inside the United States and around the world.
But the bombings have also left Muslims, feeling the brunt of the 9/11 attacks, worried about a backlash.
I am still worried, Talal Eid.
He recalls the anti-Muslim hysteria that followed the 9/11 attacks, which kept many Muslims remain in their houses out of fears of attacks.
We are still labeled, the imam said, recognizing that the situation has improved since the 9/11.
Muslims may be out of the red zone, but we are still in the yellow zone, not the green zone.
Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, many Muslims have complained of facing discrimination and stereotypes in the society because of their Islamic attires or identities.
Muslims say the attacks that hit their city are filling them with immense grief.
I'm proud to be a Bostonian, said Yusufi Vali, executive director of the Islamic Society of Boston.
The way our community has bonded together has been an amazing feeling inside this tragedy.
Suhaib Webb, the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Culture Center has also condemned the attacks.
"We're Bostonians - we mourn with the city," said Webb, the Oklahoma-born imam who leads the congregation.
"We stand in support with the city, with the victims. We're hurt, equally shocked and equally pissed off."
Though no information is yet available about the perpetrators, Boston Muslims are preparing for the worst.
We have to figure out a narrative, Ibrahim Rahim, imam at the Yusuf Mosque in Brighton, said.
We're talking about a unity service on Friday if it turns out to be what we hope it isn't.
Rahim and other Muslim imams will make it clear that Islam is against terrorism and violence.
We do so much interfaith work, we apologize so often for many of the things that do not reflect Islam, he said.
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.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net