Pro-Islam Adverts On Buses To Promote Positive Image Of The Religion

In order to help Muslims channel their anger of the Syrian refugee crisis, a Muslim charity is portraying a positive image of Islam on U.K. buses.

As the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims approaches, Britain’s biggest Muslim charity, Islamic Relief, launched a campaign to promote Islam in a positive light.

The campaign features British buses carrying adverts that praise Allah, particularly reading “Subhan Allah”, meaning “Glory be to God” in Arabic. 

The buses will travel through London, Birmingham, Bradford and Leicester and the adverts are part of a drive that aims to bring to light the plight of Syrian refugees.

The drive kicks off on May 23 and hopes to encourage Muslims to indulge in humanitarian and community work to channel their frustration stemming from the war in Syria into something positive.

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“In a sense this could be called a climate change campaign because we want to change the negative climate around international aid and around the Muslim community in this country,” said Imran Madden, the U.K. director of Islamic Relief.

It is hoped that the posters will lead to increased donations as Ramadan approaches.

The Transport for London, responsible for managing ads on buses and transport systems, does not allow posters supporting “political parties or campaigns,” but does not stop religious ads.

The spokeswoman for Liberal Democrats equalities, Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, doesn't fancy the ads, though, tweeting that religion should be a “private matter.”



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Hopefully, this move by the Muslim community will be an effort toward encouraging peace and positivity in the United Kingdom, and will also help promote a better version of Islam, even if not every British citizen approves. 

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Hannah Mckay

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