Following Friday evening's tragic events, Muslim communities are once again the targets of xenophobia.
The abuse accumulating online represents a world that, fueled on fear, turns to hate.
In order to reverse this, a group of French Muslim students from The Etudiants Musulmans de France – a huge group representing thousands of French citizens of Muslim faith – released a video yesterday stating their case: that the mass murderers in Paris on Friday, as well as every other horrific terror attack the earth has seen, do not represent real notions of Islam.
Along with pledging solidarity to France and everyone affected, the students shut down terrorists' appropriation of Islam, calling the attackers "anti-Islamic cowards". As students hold up placards reading #NousSommmesUnis (“We are and forever will be united”), a narrator over the video says:
“They think they are fighting Crusaders, and they invoke the Qur’an, and quote its verses. But shedding the blood of an innocent has no justification… not in Islam or anywhere.
“They wanted France to be weak, they made our French hearts strong.”
But the heartbreaking reality is that there are still many falling into the trap of blaming all Muslims for the despicable actions of a handful of extremists.
Hence #NotAllMuslims. Many across the world are uniting in the face of a swarm of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim propaganda, including Islamic leaders themselves,
This is so fucking important. It should be retweeted and shared 10000 times pic.twitter.com/HF5I5KnJHI— Rebekka (@SimpIyboca) November 15, 2015
Inhumane acts by any extremist sub-group is not cause to label and persecute an entire group. Extremists are the problem. #NotAllMuslims— Dante Boykin (@DanteB4u) November 15, 2015
#NotAllMuslims are terrorists just like not all snakes are venomous, but enough ARE venomous, so I kill every snake I see just to be safe.— Uncle Lyle (@Lecherous_Lyle) November 15, 2015
What has happened in Paris is awful. But remember that this is the work of a small minority filled with hate. #NotAllMuslims— Laura Slowe (@pinkfaery) November 14, 2015
Why are people using the Paris attacks as an excuse to be racist #NotAllMuslims— Bradley (@Bradley_Luney_3) November 14, 2015
My thoughts are also with the many Muslims who will be associated with this today. This is not Islam, it is not religion. #NotAllMuslims— Mikey Hetherington (@MonsterMikester) November 14, 2015