(April 15, 2013) ISNA is shocked and saddened to hear about the blasts at the Boston Marathon this afternoon. Our prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. We are especially saddened to hear that at least three people have been killed, including an 8 year old.
Boston's first responders showed true compassion, courage and strength in the face of a crisis, and we are grateful for their hard work to rescue those who were injured. We also thank all those bystanders whose first instinct was to run toward the chaos to help.
ISNA is in communication with members of the Boston Muslim community to offer condolences and support. If anyone is searching for a loved one in Boston, a hotline number has been set up by Boston authorities: 617-635-4520.
"I applaud the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center for its immediate offer to provide on-site volunteers, blood donors, and counseling services to all those in need," said ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid. "As American Muslims, we should all do our part to help in any way we can. I urge anyone who is able to please lend a helping hand or offer prayers for those affected by the tragedy."
While it is still unclear who carried out these attacks, we pray that our law enforcement officials will be able to swiftly apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
UPDATE: Prayer vigils are taking place all across the country for the victims and their loved ones. If you are in Boston, click here to find more information about vigils you can join. Regardless of where you are, you can offer condolences to the family of Martin Richard, the 8 year old boy who died in the attacks, by clicking here.
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