The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Boston's largest mosque, has offered assistance and condolences in the wake of the attacks at the Boston Marathon
How do Muslims react to a terrorist attack in their city? If Boston's largest mosque is at all indicative, just like everyone else. The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center volunteered the services of the roughly 40 doctors who pray there. They also volunteered the campus of the mosque as a disaster relief center through this statement:
As Bostonians, and inspired by the values of mercy and justice central to our faith, the American-Muslim community stands ready to help. We have close to 40 ISBCC volunteers on site who are committed to assist in relief efforts and also donate blood. Should the City call upon us, we are also ready to transform the ISBCC into a disaster relief center. Additionally, we extend our spiritual counseling services to any of the victims and their family members.
"We're Bostonians - we mourn with the city," said Suhaib 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."
Webb was out of town yesterday when the attack occurred, but that didn't stop him from offering his home up to any marathon runner who needed it via Twitter.
"This is Boston's mosque," Webb said.
Though there has been some backlash toward Muslims in the wake of the attacks, Webb said that his mosque has not received any threats, and that he is just as concerned as everyone else with finding the perpetrator and bringing them to justice.
"We have a very strong commitment to this city, and we are helping to maintain law and order," Webb said.
He also added that Boston is "very resilient," and that he plans to run in the Boston Marathon next year.