By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Boston Globe
About 25 young Muslims rallied in the Boston Common Sunday afternoon in an effort to protect their religion from what they said are misperceptions stemming from violent acts others have committed in the name of Islam.
"We're just saying what Islam is and what Islam is not," said Hanad Duale, one of six Muslims who organized the rally. "We're trying to educate the public, that probably doesn't know more that what they've heard from media and from propaganda."
The rally was organized by four women and two men who wanted to respond to what they felt were attacks on their culture and religion after the Boston Marathon bombings, in which two Muslim brothers allegedly killed three people and injured more than 260 in April, and the killing in May of a British soldier, Lee Rigby, allegedly by two Muslim men, in London.
Duale said he and his friends gathered about $350 for a permit and audio equipment themselves, then spread the word to other friends and acquaintances.
During the rally, one man held up a copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book. Others held signs with sayings such as, "Muslims for Peace, Muslims for Love," and "Judge Others Not By Their Faith But By The Content Of Their Character." (Read the full article)