Muslims using social media to seperate themselves from extremist groups

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Muslims of the world are separating themselves from extremist groups such as ISIS by using social media with #NotInMyName. The violent actions of ISIS have drawn the eyes of the world to Islam, and sadly many outsiders looking in do not understand what real Islam stands for. Regrettably, millions of Muslims across the world are beginning to be branded as holding the same extremist beliefs as ISIS, and that is not what they want. The social media hashtag #NotInMyName has since been created to give Muslims a voice against ISIS.

ISIS has famously, or infamously, used social media to promote its philosophy and gain followers. Muslims therefore fear that they will be tarred with the same brush, so to speak, if they air their religious opinions on social media too. Since the #NotInMyName hashtag was created, it has been tweeted almost thousands of times, and reached millions. The campaign, championed by the Active Change Foundation, has caught the hearts and minds of many Muslims that fear being ostracized by others because of what ISIS is doing to innocent people. The aim is to show that Islam is a religion, not of madness, violence, or terror – but instead one of love, tolerance, and equality.

Source: World Religion News

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