Muslims and their supporters stood against Islamophobia by turning the hashtag #LoveAMuslim into a trending topic on Twitter today (April 3).
The social media campaign originated in the wake of reports, like this one from The New York Times, of people in the United Kingdom receiving "Punish a Muslim Day" form letters in their mailboxes. The letter encouraged people to commit violence against Muslims on April 3.
The letters received swift repudiation in the United Kingdom and abroad. And activists and groups including Linda Sarsour and the Council on American-Islamic Relations encouraged followers to turn today into a celebration of Muslim resilience, despite hate crimes and Islamophobic policies. Here are just a few of the tweets posted using the hashtag:
I’m getting a lot of DMs & emails from allies asking what to do if they see Islamophobia or anti-Muslim hate targeting someone in public.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) April 3, 2018
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) April 3, 2018
#loveamuslim today & every day. I had the opportunity to grow up in an Islamic community and to learn about the beauty of Islam. I reject hate and Islamophobia today and every day. To my Muslim friends, I have your back & condemn xenophobic injustice that threatens our humanity. pic.twitter.com/RisFyTunvW
— jamiaw (@jamiaw) April 3, 2018
There are ways to "punish a Muslim" other than violence if you’re so inclined to hate. Some suggestions:
– feed us cold biryani (or stale samosas)
– wear your shoes in our homes
– ask us if we speak Hindu or Arab
– cargo shorts
– make us listen to a Friday sermon#LoveAMuslim
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) April 3, 2018