Suhaib Webb is an American Muslim Imam, thought leader and educator. In 2009 his website www.suhaibwebb.com won the Brass Crescent’s best “Blog of the Year” award and he was named by the British Government as a “Moderate Muslim leader” and was named as one of the top 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center 2010 and 2013. He currently resides in Boston, where he serves as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and is the founder and an instructor at Ella Collins Institute of Islamic and Cultural studies. Imam Webb was the face of the American Muslim response to Boston last year and has seasoned experience giving interviews having been on Face the Nation and CNN over the course of the past year.
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Tragedy Begets Resilience
Among the many images of the marathon victims that emerged shortly after the attack, I remember being most struck by the photographs of the injured victims, missing their once sturdy limbs, lying in hospital beds. For me, those images perfectly conveyed how our city was feeling at that moment. We had just had something ripped away from us. We were assaulted, grieving for our loss, and outraged that any human being could dare do this to us.
How would our injured victims respond? Within days, the answer was clear. They would remain resilient. Adrianne Haslet-Davis would dance again, now with a prosthetic limb. Never a runner before, Celeste Corcoran pledged to run a marathon, now on her two prosthetic limbs. And, shaken by the tragedy, Amanda North would quit her job and launch the dream of her own artisan business.