In 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave its community leadership award to Mohamed Abdul-Azeez of the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM) Islamic Center in California's capital. Now the Egyptian-born imam has responded to the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
Abdul-Azeez told the Sacramento Bee that he posted on Facebook his "deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today's explosions in Boston." The eight-year-old victim could have been his son, whom he had considered taking to the event. The imam and his wife watched the news in tears, "but ever since this thing went down, I don't want to have to apologize for any crime that's been committed. I'm weary of having to deal with this pressure all the time, whenever something stupid happens in the world. I feel similar to a gun owner worried about gun laws all the time because people are shooting people, or a Jew who has to worry about the atrocities being committed in Israel."
Steve Magagnini of the Bee asked Abdul-Azeez if he saw any connection between the Chechen suspects and "their so-called Muslim identity."