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Please don't be a Muslim: Muslim world prays after Boston Marathon blasts

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 4:48pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 7:29pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

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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:

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:

He also added:

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:

Mr Dick Coughlan @coughlan616 tweeted:

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.

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