A few days ago, in the wake of the atrocities committed in the name of religion by the Islamic State (ISIS), a group of courageous young British Muslims took to Twitter to make a point.
Sending a message to terrorists to stop carrying out atrocities under the banner of Islam, activists led by Britain's Active Change Foundation (ACF) launched the #NotInMyName campaign on the micro-blogging site.
The trend was a response to xenophobic rants alleging Muslims do not denounce terrorism as much as the rest of the world does. Hundreds of posts appeared on Twitter as Muslims assured, reassured, and even apologized for the actions of ISIS militants.
On September 24, President Obama, citing ACF’s effort as an example, said before the United Nations General Assembly that "it is time for the world – especially Muslim communities – to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of al Qaeda and ISIL."
However, as successful as the #NotInMyName initiative turned out to be, some Muslims didn’t agree with the apologetic tone of the social media campaign.
Consequently, a new hashtag entitled “#MuslimApologies” emerged which not only tackled the issue of religious profiling with tongue-in-cheek humor but also asked a very important question:
Why does the world expect or assume all Muslims to collectively apologize for the actions of a few radicals?
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Here are some of the most interesting posts on the new viral thread:
While some people were really frustrated:
I'm sorry that Muslim women had rights 1400 years ago while you were still discussing if women had souls. #MuslimApologies— Nader | نادر (@BonsaiSky) September 24, 2014
Others adopted a rather humorous approach:
I'm sorry that a headscarf scares you but a bikini doesn't #MuslimApologies— Danish (@d_b_m_b) September 24, 2014