American Muslims says terrorist group does not portray true Islamic beliefs
American Muslims in Chicago have denounced Islamic State terror group (ISIS), with the help of a billboard.
ChristianPost reports that the American-Muslim nonprofit group, Sound Vision Foundation, has put up a billboard to show their opinion.
This billboard, located in Chicago, Illinois, says, "Hey ISIS, you suck. From, #ActualMuslims", along with a Quaran reference.
According to Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Sound Vision's founding chairman and author, the billboard shows what American Muslims really feel like about ISIS, a group that does not portray true Islamic values.
Writing on the group's website, he said: "Prophet Muhammad, God's peace and blessings be upon him, is described in the Quran as a mercy to all of the worlds. He came to establish peace, justice, law, and order.
ISIS is diametrically opposed to everything he taught and expected his followers to adhere to. ISIS does not represent Islam or Muslims", he stated.
He was supported by Leena Suleiman, another representative of the group, made up of 60 Muslim professionals ,living in Chicago.
"It's about shouting out, 'ISIS does not represent me, I'm Muslim, I say the word 'sucks,' I'm like everyone else in my country.' We want to scream it from a billboard.
Obviously Muslims know that ISIS sucks, so the main audience is people who are not Muslims. People need to hear that Muslims are not OK with what ISIS is doing.
Islamophobia begets extremism and vice versa. On a local scale, when an Islamophobe starts otherising Muslims, this can make a Muslim feel unwelcome in his or her own country.
On a global scale, Islamophobia gives fuel to and 'legitimises' the angst that extremist groups feel, which is converted into a violent ideology, however baseless and harmful," she added.
This group of Muslims joins the long list of people to denounce ISIS.
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