WASHINGTON - Experiencing bad memories of past decade's discrimination, US Muslims are now reliving harassment and anxiety which took place after 9/11, praying that those responsible for the bombings in Boston will be apprehended and shown to be non-Muslim.
"Dear Lord, God, please whatever this yields, let it not be something that can in anyway be associated with Islam," Imam Ibrahim Rahim of the Yusuf Mosque on Boston's Chestnut Hill Avenue said in his prayer for the Boston Marathon bombing victims, according to an ABC report.
The imam's prayers reflected a growing fear among US Muslims of being labeled and discriminated against if those responsible for the Boston carnage came to be Muslims.
Twin bombings rocked Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, killing at least three people and injured scores.
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.
Hate incidents in Massachusetts and New York which occurred following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon proved that fear has become a reality.
A mother of Middle Eastern heritage wearing an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, was assaulted on Wednesday morning in Malden, Massachusetts, by a white male shouting anti-Muslim slurs.
The victim said the attack occurred when she was walking with another Muslim woman also wearing hijab, while both were pushing baby strollers.
He was screaming 'F___ you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F___ you!' Malden resident Heba Abolaban remembered of the attack.
Oh my lord, I was extremely shocked.
Abolaban said the man, described as white, in his thirties, and wearing dark sunglasses, kept shouting and walking toward her as she backed away, according to the Malden Patch article.
Guilty Till Proven Innocent
Considering Muslims guilty till proven innocent, two Americans have beaten a Bangladeshi man at a New York City Applebee's because of the color of his skin.
One of the guys asked if I was Arab. I just shook my head, said like, Yeah, whatever.' I didn't even know that [the] Boston [bombing] happened because I had a busy day, Abdullah Faruque, 30, told New York Post.
Before I could grab the door, they started swinging at me, the network engineer said of the 90-second beatdown.
I've been jumped before. If you can't win, you back up, you try to protect yourself.
The victim was punched in the head and body, resulting in a dislocated shoulder.
The victim said he went home and turned on the TV, and only then learned about the bombing and put two and two together.
I saw the news, and then it hits me: That's why I got jumped, he said.
Recording the growing anti-Muslim attacks, police in Wayland assured the president of the Islamic Center of Boston that police would be visible near the Center this week, according to Wayland Patch.
"We do increase our presence there, mostly just for the comfort of the people that go there," Wayland Police Chief Robert Irving said.
"It reminds me of after 9/11, I did the same thing. I want to make sure they understand we'll be extra vigilant and make sure their people and property are safe."
The move was praised by Ibrahim Hooper, National Communications Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
We thank the Malden Police Department for its swift and professional response to this incident and urge national law enforcement authorities to be aware of the potential for other such attacks, Hooper said in a statement.
American Muslims, along with all other Americans, are grieving the tragic deaths in Boston. Hate incidents are troubling, but have thankfully been isolated.
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.
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.