#NotInMyName: Muslims condemn IS through Twitter campaign

Muslims around the world have turned to Twitter to campaign against ISIS and recent acts of violence the group has claimed responsibility for.


The hashtags #MessageToISIS and #NotInMyName have been used widely since ISIS claimed responsibility for deadly attacks in Beirut and Paris.

The Active Change Foundation is promoting both hashtag campaigns to encourage young Muslims to add “their voices to the fight-back against ISIS”, the foundation’s website says.

“Islam teaches peace, respect and love. ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam. It’s nothing to do with what we stand for. Tell ISIS that they can’t murder in your name,” the website says.

The British foundation says the #MessageToISIS campaign is a “direct message to ISIS that everything they stand for is wrong, and that trying to wear us down or scare us will only make us stronger”.

Twitter users have picked up on the campaigns, using them to send their own messages against the attacks.

ISIS does not represent Islam #NotInMyName

— ㅤ (@BruvSp) November 16, 2015Dear people, this is what Islam preaches Terrorism has no religion. #NotInMyName pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/xhUwBjMifE

— Bilquis Rayeen (@BilquisRayeen) November 14, 2015I am Muslim, and I stand against any crime/terrorist attack committed by extremists claiming to be Muslim #PrayforParis #notinmyname

— Dania Saltagi (@daniasalt) November 14, 2015″Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as though he has killed all of mankind” (Quran 5:32) #TerrorismHasNoReligion #NotInMyName

— Shehnaz Khan (@shehnazkhan) November 14, 2015My Islam has taught me to show peace and goodwill to all. Terrorism has no religion. Thoughts are with those affected in Paris #notinmyname

— Suhail Mohammed (@shadowwraiths) November 14, 2015#MessageToISIS God is Peace.. The emotion that you will never feel … PEACE.. pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/3dnSreSD2t

— Ehab Demian (@ehabawadd) November 15, 2015#MessageToISIS: We do not fear you. We care about each other. #Humanity will beat violence. Stay strong! #paris #beirut #syria #iraq

— Ina Mikkola (@InaMikkola) November 15, 2015You cannot destroy #France – it is an idea of universal liberty & humanity that has swept away demons far greater than you #MessageToISIS

— OGT (@womanati) November 14, 2015


Muslim feminist Philistine Ayad told CNN she hoped the #NotInMyName campaign would help to remove Islamophia from Western societies.

“I want there to be an understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims and a sense of communal sympathy for the victims of terrorists, but not descending into Islamophobia,” she told CNN.

“If the #NotInMyName campaign can help expel some of that Islamophobia and expel some of my fear … then that would be wonderful.”

Ayad has also used art to demonstrate the burden terrorist acts placed on innocent Muslims.

“#NotInMyName means that we are taking that power back, to represent ourselves to what we truly are and that is peaceful people,” she told CNN.

Another act of terrorism for Muslims to condemn. Another burden. #NotIslam #Paris #NotInMyName #NotAllMuslims pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/mbTsdX5fry

— Philistine Ayad (@Cre8tvlyLicnsd) November 14, 2015

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