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Wednesday, April 17, 2013


         The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community wishes to express its deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the families of those murdered by the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, April 15th. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this latest act of evil perpetrated against the innocent. 
          As sympathetic and compassionate human beings, our hearts and thoughts are with the survivors, and our tearful prayers are for those whose loved ones were so mercilessly killed and for all those injured who will be physically and emotionally scarred for life. And because, as individuals, we are so far removed from the process of justice, all we can do is pray that those responsible are brought to justice as swiftly as possible.
          What truly measures the determination to prevail between those who commit such acts of terrorism and those who suffer from them can be summed up in one word: humanity. Those who have none -- terrorists by definition -- will continue to believe that acts of violence against the innocent meant to instill fear and hopelessness will somehow break the spirit of the afflicted and force them to submit to whatever crazed ideology or hateful worldview the terrorists seek to impose by the force of their evil. Those who have not lost their humanity will endure any sorrow, any tragedy, any evil – as they have valiantly done so in the past – because it is the very act of endurance in the face of unimaginable evil that demonstrates the power of the spirit over the flesh, of good over evil, and of love over hate.
          Terrorism is just another word for hate. Our determination to resist evil and stand up to hate and not let it control or destroy us is what makes us better than the terrorists. As long as we retain our capacity to love, and to care about others, and to feel the pain and loss of strangers which we ourselves are spared, terrorism will never succeed.   
[ with Imam Shamshad A. Nasir; ran April 17th, 22013 on at this link: ]

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