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Religious leader defends faith following bombings

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It's a religion that's been in the spotlight following terrorist attacks before, and is now again.

"Sadly there's a lot of prejudice, a lot of bias, a lot of double standard," Imam Mufti Ikram told NBC10, defending Islam from the Masjid al Islam mosque in North Smithfield. "No religion in the world condones violence. Ninety-nine point nine percent of Muslims are peaceful, law abiding good citizens and good people."

Ikram condemns the Boston Marathon bombings and said Muslims who commit violent acts have strayed from the teachings of the prophet Muhammad.

"Because of their minor affiliation to Islam, people label all Muslims as bad people of terrorists or as enemies," he said.

Ikram said he and his faithful have the same focus as so many others now.

"Our prayers, our thoughts are with the victims," he said.

The same, too at a vigil for the bombing victims held at LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro on Tuesday night.

For the Rev. Bob Russell, it's about prayer, but it's personal as well. A friend lost a leg in the explosions. Russell saw him in the hospital.

"He opened up his arms and says, 'Bob, I love you'. He says the Lord is with me."

Lorraine Diaz attended the vigil.

She had volunteered at the marathon start line, and said this service was important.

"For comfort, for compassion, that we're all connected, we're all united together," Diaz said.

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