(New York, NY) Muslim Community Network is horrified and saddened by the news of bombings in New York City and New Jersey on Saturday evening. We pray for the full and speedy recovery of those injured and are confident that those responsible will be swiftly brought to justice.

We are strongest when we stand together as Americans. America is rooted in our ability to come together, especially during times like these. We have faith in our fellow New Yorkers that we will stand together stronger in the wake of this attack, and not allow these actions to open the floodgates to bigotry or violence.

We strongly urge politicians and the media to refrain from exploiting these incidents for political gain and profit. Sensationalizing the reporting and discussion of these events will only contribute to a climate of fear and misplaced blame.