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Boston bombing: US Muslims react with fear, frustration, and new resolve

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For many Muslims, this is an ugly, if expected, side effect of the attack, and one that brings increasing frustration. 

“We are the ones standing up and condemning these horrific acts, ostracizing these cowardly men, and disclaiming them as part of our flock,” Mr. Ba-Yunus writes. “But we bear the brunt of the public's outrage, and it's simply not fair.”

The attack itself was “a stab in chest,” and now “I feel as though I’m stabbed in the back to be looked at in that way, to be under suspicion,” says Nadine Abu-Jubara, the Orlando, Fla.-based executive director of Nadoona, an Islamically oriented health and fitness organization. She adds, “We’re in this, too, we’re grieving, too. We’re just as upset with [whomever] did it."

Who are American Muslims?

Painting a portrait of the American Muslim community, an incredibly diverse lot, is difficult, with population estimates ranging from 2.75 million to 6 million. According to the Pew Research Center, some 63 percent of US Muslims were born outside the country, of which 70 percent are now naturalized US citizens. Some 69 percent of US Muslims claim that religion is an important part of their lives, according to Pew, while one-fifth say they seldom or never attend worship services.

Pew has also found that of Muslims surveyed, 60 percent feared the rise of Islamic extremism in America, and 21 percent believed there is support for extremism among Muslims in the United States.

In the wake of the Boston bombing, US Muslims have taken to the airwaves, the blogosphere, and the Twitterverse, reiterating their faith’s teachings. 

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