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'This Is Not Islam': #NotInMyName Campaign Revived After Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 16/11/2015 Dominique Mosbergen

"Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as though he has killed all of mankind," tweeted London-based journalist Shehnaz Khan on Friday, quoting the Quran. Khan also included two hashtag with that messages: #TerrorismHasNoReligion and #NotInMyName.

Following the wave of terror attacks that killed 129 people in Paris last week, many Muslims and others around the world have revived the hashtag #NotInMyName to take a stand against the Islamic State and the extremism they preach.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks.

The hashtag #NotInMyName first gained prominence last September when the Active Change Foundation, a London-based organization that works to combat violence and extremism among youth, launched a campaign showing young British Muslims challenging ISIS.

This week, the foundation reiterated its message with a series of strongly-worded tweets.

Though hashtags like #MessageToISIS and #NotInMyName have been praised by many as a way to unify a horrified world, such messages have also been met with criticism.

Last September, for instance, the hashtag #MuslimApologies began trending at the same time as #NotInMyName. It was posted by social media users who argued that such messages were reductive or unnecessary, and could further propagate stereotypes. In recent days, #MuslimApologies has also experienced a revival on Twitter. 


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