Even as fear and chaos reigned supreme in the US after Monday's twin explosions at Boston Marathon, the incident touched a raw nerve with Muslims all over the world, going as far as the Middle East.
The sense of dread among Muslims was well expressed by a Libyan Twitter user Hend Amry, who wrote:
Please don't be a "Muslim".— Hend (@LibyaLiberty) April 15, 2013
Jenan Moussa, a journalist for Dubai-based Al-Aan TV, retweeted the message:
Qasim Rashid, the chairman of the Muslim Writer’s Guild of America, said:
As a Marathoner and Human being, I'm devastated. Prayers to the victims. #BostonMarathon— Qasim Rashid (@MuslimIQ) April 15, 2013
He also added:
Whoever the culprit, no religion justifies this act of violence. We must remain united against extremism. #BostonMarathon— Qasim Rashid (@MuslimIQ) April 15, 2013
Nervana Mahmoud, a UK citizen, who often writes on the Middle East, tweeted:
The Boston blasts were a grim reminder of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre, following which America started associating bombing attacks on US citizens with Muslim extremists. Meanwhile, the please don't be Muslim tweet continues to draw reactions from the Twitteratti.
Marwan @iMarwan, a Twitter user from Dhaka tweeted:
Why is it whenever there's a terrorist attack, I find myself praying: PLEASE don't let the morons who did this happen to be Muslim!— Marwan (@iMarwan) April 16, 2013
Mr Dick Coughlan @coughlan616 tweeted:
Muslims are now condemning terrorist acts BEFORE we even know a muslim did it & yet certain people will still deny it washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldvie…— Mr Dick Coughlan (@coughlan616) April 15, 2013
Huma Yusuf, a Pakistani columnist, policy analyst and media researcher, tweeted:
Some of the tweets are likely to be fuelled by earlier reports alleging a Saudi Arabian national, who could be a suspect in the attack, was being guarded by the police. However, these reports have not yet been confirmed.