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April 20th, 2013
07:39 PM ET

Muslim leaders condemn bombing suspects

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Editor
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Washington (CNN) - Muslim leaders in Boston and elsewhere have distanced themselves from the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, condemning the deadly terror attack and saying they feared reprisals against their communities.

"I don't care who or what these criminals claim to be, but I can never recognize these criminals as part of my city or my faith community," said Yusufi Vali, executive director for the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the largest mosque in the Boston area.

"All of us Bostonians want these criminals to be brought to justice immediately. I am infuriated at the criminals of these bombings for trying to rip our city apart. We will remain united and not let them change who we are as Bostonians."

Vali said Friday that none of his staff were familiar with the suspects, identified by the FBI as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19. The elder brother died at a Boston hospital early Friday after a gunbattle with police. Authorities captured the younger man Friday night.

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On Saturday the Islamic Society of Boston Cambridge Masjid, a small mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts, issued a statement saying both men occasionally attended prayer services there.

"In their visits, they never exhibited any violent sentiments or behavior. Otherwise they would have been immediately reported to the FBI," according to the statement, which was read aloud by a congregant outside the mosque.

"After we learned of their identities, we encouraged anyone who knew them in our congregation to immediate report to law enforcement, which has taken place."

The congregant didn't take questions from reporters. The mosque is not related to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

Beyond their occasional attendance at services, few other details are known about the brothers' religious practices, apart from remarks by relatives and comments attributed to the elder brother by a photographer, none of which portrayed the brothers as particularly devout.

Messages on a Twitter account attributed to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and posted in the days after the bombings, were broadly secular. Various interviews with high school and college classmates of Dzhokar Tsarnaev offered no hints of a particular interest in religion. Leaders of Boston's Muslim community contacted on Friday said they didn't know the brothers.

However, other parts of the older brother's online and social media presence indicate that he was deeply religious, especially in recent years. His aunt said within the past two years he had begun to pray five times a day. Some of the links on his YouTube channels are to lectures by radical preachers, but the content of those lectures is more to do with religious practice than jihad or Islamist militancy.

Muslim leaders are worried because of past reprisals against their community after terror attacks attributed to members of their faith.

On Friday, the suspects' mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, told Russian Television that her oldest son "got involved in religion five years ago."

"My youngest was raised from 8 years in America, my oldest he was really properly raised in our house," Tsarnaeva said.

"Nobody talked about terrorism. Tamerlan got involved in religion five years ago. Started following his own religion, never told me he could be on side of jihad. He was followed by FBI for three years, knew what he was doing, where on Internet he was going. How could this happen, they were controlling every step of him, now they are saying this is a terrorist act.

"It's impossible for them to do such things. I am really telling you that this is a setup. My son would never keep it in secret. My son, you tell me, my son wouldn't keep it secret. Who would be knowing? If there is anyone who would know it would be me. He wouldn't hide it. But there was never a word."

The suspects' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, described his nephews as "losers" who happened to be Muslims.

Tsarni told reporters outside his home in Montgomery Village, Maryland, that his nephews' religion played no role in the attacks.

"Anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it's a fraud, it's a fake," said Tsarni, who described the family as peace-loving, ethnic Chechens.

"Somebody radicalized them, but it's not my brother, who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their table, fixing cars," he said. "My family had nothing to do with that family. Of course, we're ashamed, yes, we're ashamed they're children of my brother."

Asked what might have motivated his nephews to carry out such an attack, he said: "Being losers; hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine."

Tsarni said his brother's family arrived in the United States in 2003 and was granted asylum. He said he had not seen them since December 2005 and last spoke with them in 2009.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev talked briefly about his faith - and his aspiration to become a U.S. citizen and box for the U.S. Olympic team - with a photographer while training at a Boston gym to compete in a Golden Gloves competition.

Photographer Johannes Hirn posted an online photo essay of Tamerlan Tsarnaev titled "Will Box for Passport."

One of the captions for the photos reads "Tsarnaev, a Muslim, doesn't drink or smoke. 'God said no alcohol,' he says."

By Friday afternoon, a a link to the photos said the gallery was "private and cannot be viewed."

In Washington, Muslim leaders again condemned the attacks, sent condolences to the victims and said they were concerned with reprisal attacks against Muslims in the United States.

"Those responsible for the terrorist attacks in Boston must face justice," Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, referred to as CAIR, told reporters at a hastily called news conference.

"The question will always come up if they are associated with our community," Awad said.

"Our community and our faith detest and deplore these actions and these individuals. We do not know the motives of these individuals but our position has been consistent. Any act of violence against innocent people is deplorable and is condemned in our faith.

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"As God tells us in the Quran, if you murder one person it is as if you murdered all humanity. And if you saved one person, one innocent life, it is like you saved all of humanity," Awad said.

Imam Magid of the Islamic Society of North America said his group has set up a fund to help the bombing victims.

"These are acts of crime, not acts of religion," Benjamin Abdul-Haqq, an imam at Masjid Muhammad mosque in Washington, told the news conference.

Corey Saylor, legislative director for CAIR, said the group feared reprisals.

"We're very concerned, because in past instances some individuals have decided to go out and target further innocent people because they look different or belong to a faith that is a minority," Saylor said.

One reporter asked the leaders gathered at the news conference how they could combat radical videos that pop up on social media.

Saylor said community leaders have forcefully pushed back against what they consider radical elements of the faith.

"Unfortunately every faith has within in it heretical elements, and unfortunately young people in general will listen to those elements."

Saylor said he and other leaders would continue to push back against the heretical element "loudly and clearly."

"We will stand up, we will push back against extremists, and I'm very comfortable we'll win against them eventually."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Massachusetts • Muslim • Quran • Terrorism • Violence

soundoff (742 Responses)
  1. James

    Why was Muhammad so Envious of the Jews ,but yet when he failed to convert them he taught his followers to Hate and despise the Jews

    Muhammad, surrounded by his followers, lived in Medina for ten years, slowly winning over converts. Muhammad made repeated attempts to attract the Jews to his cause, for example, he directed that believers worship like the Jews in the direction of Jerusalem. Ultimately these attempts failed, and henceforth Muslims prayed in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca. Muhammad's native town, which had long been a center of paganism, thereby became the center of the true religion, the focal point of the believers' daily prayer, and eventually the object of their annual pilgrimage.

    April 20, 2013 at 12:27 am |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Every hindu Jew, criminal secular was invited to follow truth absolute GOD, as it was the case with Hebrews, but no vial, hindu secular, ignorant self centered like a hindu dog, filthy secular by nature had no intention to learn truth absolute of life, but to bite, so it happened, many of them recognized truth absolute, as it was the case with their fore fathers, but hindus pagans pretending to be Hebrew, resorted to hinduism, back stabbing, and paid the price.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:40 am |
    • Texan

      You guys are CNN blind people. I just fell sorry for you .... Read the life of The Muslim Prophet Muhammed (saw) not from CNN, neither Juish resources. Before The Mohammed died , His armor were in Jewish neigbour,He gave it as redemption. He always asked , his wife to make more soup to give one cup his Jewish neigbour. Real Jewish were recognazid him first as a last Prophet of Humanbeing.
      Yes , you right , most of Muslim hate Jewish today , not because of their religion ,Just because what their govrement do today innocent people.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:58 am |
    • James

      Texan you have been fooled by the Liberal Media/ Islamophoba Chanting Protectors of Islam on the Political Left Wing

      "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews , when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."

      April 20, 2013 at 2:55 am |
    • STFU

      long story short....mohammad was a cold blooded killer, and even in today's date, tradition of killing innocent unsuspecting people has continued in muslim cult, before they came out in open and fought, now they blend in crowd, and set bombs, Mohammad A. Dar filthy dog, cooker ism su cks.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:30 am |
  2. James

    How some Sad Sack 41 Year old can walk into a Cave and come out claiming he saw The Angel Gabriel/Mythological Figure and still be considered a Prophet till this day ,under the Light of Modern Day Logic,Reasoning is beyond me

    April 20, 2013 at 12:20 am |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI PATION

      Hindu delicious curry ism.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • Akira

      James: does Joseph Smith ring a bell?

      April 20, 2013 at 2:01 am |
    • saggyroy

      Yep. Then it is hard to disprove. Religion is a "he said she said" kinda thing.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:23 am |
    • STFU

      @ISLAM aka Mohammad A. Dog, curry ism million times better than pressure cooker ism, or dirty underwear ism, learn to whip ass with tissue paper first and then talk, oaf

      April 20, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  3. the AnViL™

    i suppose it's no surprise that while the fake muslims who fear reprisal are denouncing the bombing in boston – the rest of the muslim world rejoices.

    http://goo.gl/kPyqF

    funny stuff.

    April 20, 2013 at 12:01 am |
  4. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI PATION

    Only way to cracken ism is abandonment of that stupid mechanical owl in the original Clash of the Titans movie Zuesism, filthy medusa ism, denial of stop motion visual effects absolute ZUES by that stupid mechanical owl in the original Clash of the Titans movie perseus, ignorant Poseidon harry hamlin s, or lightening will keep giant scorpions on their feet as long as that stupid mechanical owl in the original Clash of the Titans movie and their belief in andromeda ism , hind harry hamlin ism is around.

    April 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
    • G to the T

      Dont' be dissin' on the Bu-Bo!

      April 23, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  5. Reality

    What said "leaders" need to do is to condemn their "holy book":

    To wit:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    Scroll to p. 1 for some examples of koranic-driven terror and horror and list of actions taken to combat all acts of terror and horror, koranic and non-koranic.

    April 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Blah, blah, blah, fvcking blah. The usual from Reality the idiot.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Only thing to be condemned is hindu ism denial of truth absolute GOD, by hindu secular s, filthy self centered by faith, foundation of Consti tution of USA, What you seek is un american and anti truth absolute GOD, shut yoiur hindu filthy mouth, or be with your own secular self centered kind, hindu animals, ignorant secular by nature, in a zoo.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI PATION

      Here it goes flatulence ism, absurdity of lactose intolerance, odiferous ism, Nation founded on spicy foods of truth Digestive disorders human food inequality being given toots from hind lysol scent variety to celebrate flatulence ism, digestive disorders, a violation of a healthy constitution, not of regularity, odiferous of the constipated, but of hindered by Irritable bowel syndrome of flatulence ism, runny ism called Montezuma revenge ism to celebrate hind, filth of flatulence ism, smelly ism.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
  6. R.M. Goodswell

    We let guys like this in, they plan, buy the materials and set their plan in motion.....and we bleed. Utter stupidity.
    We try to rebuild (Iraq) or in the case of Afghanistan, build infrastructure to help bring these people up to speed with the majority of the world and they blow that all to hell..

    We let them use our schools and they turn that education against us.... they riot and threaten (mostly in Europe) their host countries, live in closed communities (their choice) and persecute any who don't agree with their death cult.

    When will enough be enough? there's no appeasing these people...its their way or the highway- they are ramping up their violence against the European Jewish community (see France- Muslims are driving the Jews out).

    Religion of Peace? ......

    April 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      No one is interested in hindu Judaism, filthy secular ism, hindu atheism ,criminal self center ism is not of human, follow foundation of consti tution of USA, GOD, the truth absolute, and dump hindu secularism, filthy self center ism, a violation of American consti tution, and every one will love america, or be ready to be treated, same as a hindu animal, secular by nature.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI PATION

      Day of cow chip throwing contest, absurdity celebrated by Oklahomans, ignorants to seek trophy from poop long horn filthy beast, source of rodeo lasso displayed on belt buckle of every cowboy, ignorant female calf ropers of cow chip throwing contest, illegality of opening shoot early To learn cow chip throwing contest, absurdity of oklahomans, goat ropers please visit nationalfinalsrodeo.com filthy cow chip ism.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
    • BaldEagle

      The Moslems will never be satisfied till they've killed every non- Moslem on earth. We have to deal with the crap that's already hiding in our country. I say no more visas to Moslems. This is worse that inviting roaches into my home. It seems the more devout they get the dirtier and angrier they become.... just filth, that's what they are...

      April 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      If hind of a hindu ignorant is in hurt, after performance of hindu holy tradition of sodomy by a hindu sanatan, filthy goon man god of a hindu, ignorant, he need not to spew his his hinduism absurdity about Muslims and Islam, but seek some treatment, his pain of hind is not fault of a Muslim, but of his hinduism, ignorance.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
    • Jesus freaker

      I agree with you that religions are bad for society.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Religions are hindu ism corruption of truth by hindus crooks, created to divide humanity to hate each other, true teachings were not of hinduism religions , but consti tution of truth absolute, also known as law of nature, thanks to hindu Pundits, criminal tricksters, humanity is on each others throat.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
  7. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    BaldEagle

    Word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Hun ,great, Han, to be in greatness, hind, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, DO NOT GIVE ME HINDUISM ABSURDITY OF SINDHO, LETTER S DOES NOT IDENTIFY HIGH OR LOW, BUT ESSENCE OF MATTERS.

    April 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • BaldEagle

      Get a life, Mohammed. Why don't you go sodomize your goat? Haven't your kind killed enough? Take your Hindu garbage and shove it up Mohammed's *#¥

      April 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI PATION

      Thanks to pizza chefism, greasy-ism of pepperoni thin crust folded, fork eating of deep dish red sauce ANCHOVIES, east coast and their pizza chef ism copy cat pizza chef Anthony, By the slice have lost meanings of traditional crust and alfredo of By the slice, ANCHOVIES, The deep dish red sauce, traditional crust and alfredo of Sappo filthy mall pizza. They hand toss the pie, but on their own pizza chef ism, ignorance. Visit bestpizzapie.com to learn meaning's of Word ANCHOVIES, deep dish red sauce, by the slice and the world ism.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • Ret

      Anchovies?!?!?!?! You are even more backwards and ignorant than I ever imagined!

      April 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      NO THANKS, IT IS A HOLY TRADITION OF HINDUS, IGNORANT S, SUCH AS YOU, JUSTIFIED BY HINDU SECULAR ISM, FILTHY SELF CENTER ISM.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      If one has a brain, he will never be a hindu secular, filthy self centered, way of hindu animals, secular s by their nature.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
    • G to the T

      How many times do we have to correct you on the origin of the word "Hindu" it has NO Latin roots:

      "...al-Hind referring to the land of the people who live across river Indus, and into Greek as Indos, whence ultimately English India..." Wikipedia

      April 23, 2013 at 11:00 am |
  8. The Muslim community

    We would like to condemn the recent bombings . . .

    BLAM!

    We condemn that one too . . .

    BOOM! POW!

    And those . . .

    KABANG! BIFF! BOP!

    And we condemn those gratuitous Batman noises as well. And all the many more that will follow.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
  9. The Order of the Dragon

    The Christians will prevail over the infidels.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
    • Righteo

      Christians can't seem to prevail over a Pop Tart, much less infidels.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Statement by a hindu ignorant, witnessed by a hindu, ignorant.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
    • BaldEagle

      Just curious, Mohammed- what does 'Hindu' have to do here? Do you have trouble with English.? I believe you should go back to screwing your goats...

      April 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
  10. lora lye

    I am sad that our president has to speak from what someone has written for him than from his heart. Really??? Mr. Obama you can do better. Disgusted. ........ I watched you talk and you looked down at a paper someone else probably wrote for you. That's not what we need in a time like this. Next time speak from what's inside. We are strong. After all we are the greastest nation. Prove it as are president.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Yes, because it would be just SO much better for a president to spend valuable time crafting a speech to suit you than to spend time actually doing substantive work on all the OTHER issues that need attention.

      Idiot.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • CS

      lora lye, I am glad you understand what is important in all of this. Well done.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Oh, yeah. Someone who thinks we're the "greastest nation" is surely right on the mark.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
    • lora lye is president of Illitariterates anynonymouse

      "are president"?

      April 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • Jesus freaker

      That's not what we need right now.

      Really? Perhaps a book from the selfhelp section could help guide you through this time of poor speech deliveries.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
    • okfine

      GFY

      April 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  11. Indus River cup Holder canine of angel Face Chew

    Ganesha asks not for blood. Hindu love for all humanity.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      But they always sacrifice human to please their hindu blood thirsty gods.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
  12. Paul

    I concur with Jose Pulido's comments regarding the inherent problem involved in allowing Islam / Muslims unfettered freedom to conduct their radical "religious" activities in the United States. Our legal & illegal immigration politices are based upon a debilitating political correctiness that is totally dysfunctional, which will ultimately contribute to the demise of our Republic. Islam is an inherently violent religious, cultural and political belief system. There is little peaceful about it. Look anywhere around the world and you will find that, overwhelmingly, Islam / Muslims are involved in perpetrating most of the murder, mayhem and maniacal terrorist events around the world - Bali, Mumbai, United Staes, Russia, London, Thailand, Philippines, France, etc. etc. etc. Throw in Islamic separatists movements in countries where they are a religious minority and there is no denying that Islam is on a collision course with modern civilization. It is the scourge of the modern world. Our national leaders need to dispense with politicasl correctness and deal with the reality that Islam has been / and is a clear & present danger to the United States of America. Immigration - Legal & Illegal - must be dealt with urgently and firmly in order to safeguard United States citizens, and ultimately our way of life.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • Brian

      Well said.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Every hindu criminal sees truth with eyes of his hindu soul, filthy desire, American consti tuion is based on Islamic principals, only a hindu blinded in his hindu soul criminal desire can claim Islam to be, as you hind absurd in your hinduism ignorance.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • Tullymd

      Very well said. We will be defeated not by recurrent terrorist attacks, but rather by political correctness. Importing those who breed terrorists is not in our national interest. Watch what will be happening in many of the countries of Europe.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • collectivedementia

      Good points all. The disconcerting thing is the amnesty this current administration wishes to bestow on the Hispanic aliens who are here illegally without even considering the ripple effect it will have on the illegals from other countries. At least,for the most part,the immigrants from Mexico only want to bleed our system,and take our jobs....others are bent on bleeding our bodies and taking our heads. Our leaders need to be careful what they wish for.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • WASP

      @paul: ok if you aren't native american get the frack out of my country.
      you are all here illegally seeing your ancestors tried and failed to exterminate us. so don't let the door hit your where the great spirit split you. 🙂

      oh and immigration reform is for all immigrants.

      April 23, 2013 at 11:14 am |
  13. Douglas

    These terrorists are tools of satan.

    Let them burn and rot in H-E-L-L!

    They will be joined by the fornicators who have shunned celibacy
    and are continuing to spread lies and disease without shame.

    All this is the mark of satan prowling the world seeking souls to consume.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • Jesus freaker

      Okie dokie...

      April 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
    • mzh

      I would not judge the entire Islam for any individual's action with the banner of Islam... Muslims loves this country and the ppl of this country... Lets not point to any faith or ethnicity entirely as President Obama was saying...

      You don't sound good dear Douglas... let the laws take care of him in this earthly life and hereafter as we do not have any control in it and I believe The Almighty Lord is the most just and He will not do any injustice to anyone... so i would not wish for anyone to be in hell as its not somewhere anyone wish to be ... i believe human are all from one parents and that makes the entire mankind brothers and sisters in mankind... now within the same family some goes ashtray and some stays good... so let not hope anyone to be in hell...

      Peace!!!

      April 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      And no one is bigger Lucifer, secular than Satan himself, god of hindu secular s, criminal self centered.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Do you EVER shut the fvck up, Islamadolt?

      April 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Not before you hindu, crook.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
    • G to the T

      Are you really equating bombing a public event with getting a handy from a loving friend?

      April 23, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  14. mzh

    Allah Akbar (The Almighty God is Great) walhamdoulillah (And all thanks and praises be to The Almighty)

    I am happy and I thank The Almighty for him being captured... I believe he should be judged as per the law of the land as per his crime.... at same time i feel sorry for the victims family for their lost and for this suspects family that they also had no idea what they were up to... i can't imagine how it feels to be these guys parents or relatives...

    Peace be upon all!!!

    April 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
    • BaldEagle

      Why don't you Allan's and Mohammed's get out of this country and leave us in peace? Go back to you caves and harems. Go back to the land where you dishonor women and kill each other... There's plenty of people for you to kill in Iraq and Syria. I'd whoop that Mohammed's tail if he were alive today... religion of peace- good riddance bin Ladin!

      April 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm |
    • G to the T

      Thank you MZH. Unfortunately, freedom of speech means we must put up with people BaldEagle.

      April 23, 2013 at 11:10 am |
  15. Christian leaders applaud bombing suspects

    It is time we quit pointing the finger at Muslims and put the blame where it belongs. The Christians.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • Christian leaders applaud bombing suspects

      Who is joking smelly hind Islam ism turd boy?

      April 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
    • mzh

      I would not point to any community, ethnicity or faith but to the evil actions that human does regardless of the background... i am a proud Muslim American... and I love this country... what I don't like is the evil actions are being done by human around the earth...

      April 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
    • Indus River cup Holder canine of angel Face Chew

      mzh, if you do not want to kill infidels, you are not a Muslim. And that is a good thing.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  16. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Would it not be great for female in hindu pagan land called india, if they did not murder innocent female before their birth by giving up their faith in hindu secular ism, criminal self center ism?

    April 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • BaldEagle

      Who is this Islamist freak? Sorry Mohammed, we aren't talking about India or Hindu we're talking about guys like you who wouldn't bat an eyelid before killing a non-Moslem.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Lawrence

    Unfortunately for America and the West, the vast preponderance of terror attacks are Koranically directed Jihad. attacks.
    If you read the Koran , you'll see that attacks such as the Boston Bombers.,Fort Hood's Colonel Nidal Hassan, the 9/11 terrorists,
    shoe bomber, underwearbomber, Portland Xmas tree bomber, etc, are all sympatico with Mohammed's pathologic hatred of we infidels. imams will spin it differrently, but Islam is truly a religion of violence and evil. Learn more at Jihadwatch.org

    April 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
  18. jay homes

    The Koran states that all non Muslims are infidels and are to be enslaved, over thrown, slaved and even murdered in the name of Allah. Jesus will return and all knees will bow, all knees especially the Muslims. Looking forward to His return to this wicked earth.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Reading and wring is all about understand, is is too difficult for hindus, ignorant s to understand, to hind, lie is below human norm.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
    • Ash

      Actually, no, it says nothing of the sort. Maybe if you read it in its entirety instead of being a google researcher you would know this.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Karloff

    Muslim leaders are publicly condemning the bombings, but behind closed doors they are high-fiving each other and exclaiming "Allahu akbar!"

    April 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  20. davecu

    DENIAL is not a river in Egypt.
    Who wants to believe that their offspring are capable of putting a terrorist bomb next to an 8yr old boy.
    What a horrible concept.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.