ISGL Statement after Jum'ah Khutbah on April 19th, 2013
Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.
ISGL is deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic events on Patriot’s Day 2013 at the Boston Marathon and at the tragic events in Boston area since late night Thursday April 18th 2013. As a masjid, we firmly condemn the bombings and the violence perpetrated against innocent civilians and law enforcement officials. As a Muslim community, we strongly believe in the sanctity of all human beings and we believe in the complete prohibition of taking any innocent life, even during battle. Islam does not justify or permit such brutal actions; these are crimes committed by misguided and evil people.
This happened in our backyard. And these bombing attacks are attacks against us. We are all Bostonians.
Each one of us has either chosen to live in this nation or have been born in this nation. We live here as students, as professionals, as family members, and law abiding residents and citizens of this land. We have a responsibility to respect and follow the principles of our religion and the laws of this nation. Even deeper than that, we have a civic responsibility to contribute positively in the communities that we live in. We should seek to be active participants in the affairs of our neighborhoods, our schools, our town halls, our state and our nation. Those of us who are citizens, must vote and make our voices be heard and counted at all levels. We need to volunteer our time, not just for Muslim causes, but for our local communities as well. Rather than living apart from this society, we should be actively engaged with this society so that we may be role models for all. Let us participate in our local communities not only during times of tragedy, but also during times of ease.
In order to be role models, we must of course learn our Deen and have strong family based involvement with our masajid. Only when we are strong in our faith, coupled with action, can we honor our faith and show the beauty of our religion to others; resulting in a beautiful form of Dawah. We must live according to Islamic principles, as caring human beings, living in vibrant communities as practicing Muslims, and not as isolationists. Let us practice our Deen in our daily lives; not only to be mild mannered and smiling, but believing in universal rights, responsibilities and justice. We should be able to voice our opinions against injustice and oppression, not just in the US, but across the world; and not just against Muslims, but against ANY nation, people or community that is being oppressed. It is only then that we will be taken seriously and only then that we will be living our deen in our actions – peaceful actions.
The next few days, weeks and months will probably be a time that will be difficult for us as a community, but we must keep our heads high and know that we, as law abiding Muslims, have nothing to fear or hide. We urge anyone who is approached by law enforcement authorities to fully cooperate. However, we would like to remind all that we have our rights and we must exercise our rights, such as having a lawyer present during any questioning. Please visit the CAIR website and be familiar with how to fully cooperate with the law enforcement authorities without giving up your rights as granted by the laws of this nation.
Please remember that Islam has nothing to apologize about and our religion is peaceful, beautiful and humanitarian! As believing Muslims, we are against those who committed these horrific actions in Boston on Patriot’s Day.
We stand strong and united with every peace loving and law abiding resident of this nation. We pray for all the victims of this tragedy, that their suffering may be relieved. Please pray for the safety of not only our Muslim community, and our Muslim Ummah, but for this nation as well – that we may all live in peace and harmony with Guidance and Mercy from Allah SWT.
ISGL Board of Directors