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'I'm here today to pray with you, to support you,' Walsh tells Muslims
by Lisa Wangsness
Mayor Martin J. Walsh offered reassurance to thousands of Muslims gathered Wednesday morning in Roxbury to celebrate Eid, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, telling them: "I'm here today to pray with you, to support you."
Ramadan this year, the mayor noted, has been a time of grief for people of all faiths, beginning with the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando by an Islamic State sympathizer, and followed by terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Dhaka, Istanbul, and even the Muslim holy city of Medina.
With anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric permeating public discourse, Muslims around the country have been targeted because of their faith, Imam Shaykh Yasir Fahmy of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center noted in his sermon.
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