Thursday, April 18, 2013
A Palestinian woman in Malden says she was assaulted Wednesday and called a terrorist, but the president of Wayland's Islamic Center of Boston says all has been quiet there.
After Wednesday's confusion over whether a suspect had been arrested in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, the public waited Thursday for officials to release pictures of possible suspects. While it is still unknown whether those who are responsible for the deadly blasts are Americans or foreigners, Muslims living in the Boston area say they just hope it turns out the bomber is not Muslim. A column in the Boston Globe today notes area Muslims are worried, and they feel labeled. “What will happen to us if they arrest someone and that someone turns out to be a Muslim?” said Imam Talal Eid, a chaplain at Brandeis University, in the column. For one Malden women, that fear has become a reality. The woman, a Palestinian, was assaulted — …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
As rumors fly surrounding suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, Wayland police have reached out to the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland to offer their protection and support.
The bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon occurred many miles from Wayland, but their effects are being felt throughout Metrowest and well beyond. And the Wayland Police Department is doing what needs to be done to lend a hand. Wayland Police Chief Robert Irving said that two members of his department, Sgt. Sean Gibbons and Officer Jennifer Ordway, were called upon to fulfill their roles with the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC). MetroLEC is a consortium of local police departments and law enforcement agencies that cooperate to provide "unique and highly specialized law enforcement resources to all of its member communities," according to one member website. Irving said that Gibbons is a member of the MetroLEC SWAT team and …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Last year marked a decade since the events of Sept. 11, shook the U.S. and left their mark on Wayland.
On Sept. 11, 2011, individuals in Wayland joined people around the country in remembering the 10-year anniversary of the day that changed so many lives and lingers even now, 11 years later, in vivid memories. Wayland can seem insulated from such tragedy, but, in fact, the tragedy hit very close to home. The rules changed for Wayland's emergency responders when it come to responding to calls. American Muslims, including those that attend the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, found themselves under a microscope and thrust into a often unpleasant spotlight. One family in Wayland found itself learning to live without a sister and daughter, who died during the attacks. And the Wayland firehouses found themselves with a reason to fly a somber…
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Islamic Center of Boston invited the community to an Eid Ul Fitr Festival on Sunday.
Eid Ul Fitr is a day of celebration and gifts and great excitement within the Islamic community. The holiday, which occurred on Aug. 19, marks the end of Ramadan and involves gifts and surprises for children and, for the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, a chance to host an Eid Ul Fitr Festival the following weekend for the community. Member and non-member children and families enjoyed carnival style games, face painting and traditional foods. The festival itself was free, but the proceeds from the purchase of food and some other items went to support Syrian families. Check out our images from the event and upload your own images to our gallery.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Area Muslims talk about how they've gone from being mostly overlooked to being a people with a scrutinized faith.
Eleven years ago, Muslims lived in America. They worked here, raised kids here, married here, died here, worshiped here, paid taxes here and otherwise went about living their lives much as any other Americans. But 10 years ago, 19 Muslim men hijacked planes and flew them into the two towers of New York’s World Trade Center; the Pentagon in Washington D.C.; and, in what appears to have been a failed plot, a field in Shanksville, Penn., killing nearly 3,000 people and abruptly bringing foreign terrorism onto American soil. On Sept. 11, 2001, the lives of millions of Muslims living in America changed profoundly because of the actions of 19 of those individuals. Ghazi Khankan was serving as the executive director of the national organization, …