A Statement from CAIR Oklahoma on the Boston Attack
On April 15, 2013 tragedy struck Boston as explosions went off at the Boston marathon. Innocent lives were lost, many injured, and the heart of a city was broken as Bostonians scrambled to make sense of the senseless acts of violence that shook their city. Oklahoma Muslims across the state were glued to their televisions and internet updates as they grieved and mourned with the rest of the country. The attacks on Boston hit close to home for many Oklahoma Muslims as it was reminiscent of a similar attack that took place on Oklahoma soil on April 19, 1995. Oklahoma Muslims knew what it meant to feel a sense of uncertainty as a city tries to pull itself together following such a tragedy and this led to a sense of unity with the people of Boston.
Oklahoma Muslims join in with Muslims all across our country in condemning these acts of terrorism that took place in Boston last week. Islam is a religion that has a foundation built upon the principles of peace, justice, and compassion. In no manner does the teaching of Islam support any acts of violence, terrorism, or the taking of innocent lives. Oklahoma Muslims send their sincerest condolences to the families of the victims and those that were injured in the Boston attacks and pray for the quick and speedy recovery of those injured.
Now is the time for Americans of all faiths to come together and stand in unity in support of the city of Boston. CAIR Oklahoma joins in with other organizations in welcoming the developments in the case of the Boston attacks and hopes justice will be brought against the perpetrators.
Executive Director, CAIR Oklahoma