Islamic Center of Boston slams Rolling Stone for ‘tasteless’ cover

The Islamic Society of Boston. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
The Islamic Society of Boston.
PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center today condemned Rolling Stone for featuring accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.

“Glamorizing violence and criminals goes against basic Islamic teachings and the moral conscience of the American people,” ISBCC Spokesman Yusufi Vali said in a statement.

News broke last Tuesday that a flattering image of the terror suspect, 19, would cover the August issue.

While hiding from police in a dry docked boat before his capture, Tsarnaev allegedly scrawled messages insinuating that he and his deceased brother, Tamerlan, may have carried out the attacks in the name of Islam.

The brothers attended services at the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge.

Read the full statement below:

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) stands with fellow Bostonians and our Mayor in condemning the poor judgment exercised by Rolling Stone magazine for the tasteless cover of its upcoming issue.

While the content of the article is insightful, seeing the Boston bomber suspect featured in a flattering, classic rocker pose is painful for us as Bostonians who have suffered through a national tragedy and lost loved ones due to the crimes committed by this man. Glamorizing violence and criminals goes against basic Islamic teachings and the moral conscience of the American people. The ISBCC applauds CVS, Walgreens, and Tedeschi Foods for their decision to ban the August issue of Rolling Stone from their stores and calls on Rolling Stone to address the national outcry against its ill-conceived cover.

The focus of the Rolling Stone cover instead should have been on the courageous survivors of the bombings, their families and friends, and the heroism of first responders, including those in our very own congregation: Neurosurgery Fellow Abdul Kader Tabbara, Surgery Resident Nissrene Elmadhun, Orthopedic Spine Fellow Mohammed Khaleel, or Internal Medicine Resident Firas Naji. We stand with our Mayor’s statement: “The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone, although I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.”

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