4:57:57 PMMuslims rally for peace and understanding
About 20 members of "Muslims for Peace” gathered on Boston Common yesterday hoping to undo some of the damage done to Islam’s image terrorist attacks.
"After several events that have happened in the past year, Benghazi, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Woolrich slaying in London, we were afraid that Islam and terrorism would become synonymous in the United States in the public’s mind,” said Hanad Duale, 25, of Roxbury, and an organizer of the afternoon gathering. "We want to dispel that notion, and we want to show people that we are Muslims ourselves and we’ve never harmed even a fly.
”The group’s first-ever rally comes almost a year after an armed mob attacked an American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others were killed in what U.S officials say was an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist attack.
Then in April, three people died and more than 260 others were injured when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon’s finish line. Authorities say Muslim Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his late brother Tamerlan were behind the gruesome assault.
In May, on a busy London street, British soldier Lee Rigby was hacked to death by two men, who told onlookers they killed Rigby to avenge the deaths of Muslims in wars overseas. The past year’s attacks followed years of terrorism by al-Qaeda and its affiliates on western as well as Muslim targets in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
"We are gathered here on this lovely Sunday so one reason, and one reason only,” said Kehiria Marum, 23, of Cambridge, one of the rally’s three speakers, "to promote peace, to promote understanding, to promote brotherhood and sisterhood.
By Christine McConville / Boston Herald
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