The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon worshiped at the Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque in Cambridge, with the older brother disrupting services and challenging the congregation’s moderate theology, the society confirmed on Monday.
The members of the mosque did not have “any hint that they could perpetrate this horrific attack. What we do know, as the details related below will show, was that one suspect disagreed with the moderate American-Islamic theology of the ISB Cambridge mosque,” the society said in a statement.
“Our mosque is one filled with attendees who are teachers, businessmen, doctors, and lawyers, all of whom are committed to the public good. While these suspects did express views counter to our mosque’s philosophy, they never expressed any hint of violent sentiments or behavior.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, began attending prayer services in 2012, while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, rarely attended, the society said.
The older brother twice disrupted services. In November, Tamerlan Tsarnaev disputed a preacher’s statement that it was appropriate to celebrate national holidays, according to the society's statement.