04/17/2013 03:48 pm ET

'Please Don't Let It Be A Muslim'

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The twin bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, which killed two and injured at least 176, inspired divergent responses to a sudden, senseless tragedy. In the immediate aftermath of the blasts, some marathon participants continued running to nearby hospitals to donate blood, many Boston citizens offered free food and shelter to strangers, and diverse communities sent financial donations and prayers of peace and comfort to victims and their families. Others, however, chose to fan the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry and hysteria for sake of sensationalistic headlines and divisive ideological agendas.

Upon learning of the tragedy, many Muslims worldwide began the obligatory minority prayer: “Please don’t let it be a Muslim (suspect), please don’t let it be a Muslim.” Ever since September 11, Muslims have learned that the criminal action of one unhinged individual unfairly casts guilt by association on anyone suspected of being “Muslimy.”