Young British Muslims, have come together to launch a social media campaign against ISIS using #notinmyname, to register their revulsion and rejection of the terrorist group’s actions which they claim are in the name of Islam.
The campaign, which gives a voice to young Muslims united against the rhetoric of hate and extremism propagated by ISIS and its supporters, has been led by East London based charity Active Change Foundation.
Hanif Qadir, founder of Active Change Foundation, said: “Young British Muslims are sick and tired of the hate-filled propaganda the terrorists ISIS and their supporters churn out on social media. They are angry that the criminals are using the platforms to radicalise young people and spread their poisonous words of violence in the name of Islam.”
He went on to explain that “#notinmyname has been launched by young people for young people to reclaim social media from the terrorists and to speak with one united voice against them. We hope, in the coming days and weeks, that more and more people will join the campaign and register their voices to send a clear message to ISIS.” The main messages they want to send out to the terrorist group are “Not in my name will you kill, not in my name will you rape, not in my name will you enslave others and not in my name will you do all of this in the name of Islam.”
A member of Active Change Foundation’s youth group said: “We utterly reject ISIS because we do not recognise the Islam they claim to be fighting for. Islam teaches us respect, mercy, peace and kindness, a faith we strongly believe in and one we want to protect from radicals and fanatics whose very existence threatens our religion.”
They would like to express that social media needs to be used for positive changes; “Social media belongs to young people and we must use it to stand together and speak as one. It’s our responsibility as Britons, and as Muslims, to reject ISIS and do all that we can to drown out their voices of hate and violence, and most importantly their degradation of Islam.”
The #notinmyname campaign encourages British Muslims to register their rejection of ISIS through Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram with more information available at www.activechangefoundation.org, where the campaign’s launch video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4DrzMEZ5Ac-Ends- is also hosted.