On Wednesday night, a group of local Muslim women gathered near the steps of the Boston Public Library to hold a “silent vigil’’ to mourn the victims of the Paris attacks and other “senseless acts of violence both abroad and in the U.S.,’’ WBUR reports.
The women stood in a line, holding roses and signs with messages like “hugs for humanity’’ and “spread hope.’’
The Facebook page for the event, called “Muslim women in black: Mourning humanity,’’ detailed why these women chose to stand vigil:
We are heartbroken. We are devastated. We are angry. We are sick and tired of criminals committing crimes against humanity in the name of our community when they have NOTHING to do with us. We mourn the loss of humanity. From SYRIA to BEIRUT to PARIS to YEMEN to BAGDAD (sic) to KABUL and so MANY more.’’
The women aimed to show support and clarify that although they are Muslim, they stand separately from the “extremists’’ who commit these acts of violence.
“We are determined. We are driven. We are inspired. We are HERE…here to make a difference and say NO TO EXTREMISM,’’ the Facebook page said.
The women said that they were inspired by the “Women in Black’’ from Serbia who have protests the “tyranny of extremists.’’
Malika MacDonald, who helped organize the gathering, drew teardrops underneath her right eye to “show [her] sadness’’ about the “senseless’’ killings, according to WBUR.
Another woman held a sign that displayed a quote from the Prophet Muhammad: “Do you love your creator? Love your fellow beings first.’’