» 09/19/2012, 00.00
ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
On Facebook and Twitter anti-Islam film violence condemned by thousands of Muslims
For young people the violent demonstrations, fuel an erroneous image of Islam. Twitter profile "MyProfetMohammad" calls upon all Muslims to criticize the blasphemous film and protests by speaking about who Muhammad was. The Libyans create a Facebook page of apology in honor of the American Christopher Stevens. Syrians are asking, "why did no one protest when Assad destroyed many hundreds of mosques."
Beirut (AsiaNews / Agencies) - "The violent
demonstrations against the film" The innocence of Muslims "does not
represent all Islamic countries. Islam is not only synonymous with
is the content of some of the hundreds of messages posted on Facebook and
Twitter by thousands of young users from Egypt,
Lebanon, Libya, Saudi
Arabia and Syria. In
order to give voice to moderate Muslims some internet users have launched
social networks campaigns that emphasize the senselessness of violence used to
defend the Koran.
most famous is the hashtag "MyProfetMohammad" created on 13 September
by Sohaib al-Zouriq, a Saudi student. The
initiative calls upon all Muslims to a bipartisan criticism of the film and
violent manifestations that contribute to the degradation of Islam in the eyes
of the West and around the world. In
less than a week more than 2,200 people from all over the Islamic world have posted
a comment. "My
Prophet Muhammad - writes Sarraa, also a Saudi - would never have tried to
defend himself with violence." Another
blogger writes that "Muhammad said that all men sound the same, regardless
of their origin, race or nationality." The "tweets" of these
young people are trending worldwide and are opposed to the hundreds of extremists
hashtags that appeared these days on social networking sites to foment
Muslims Libyans have opted for Facebook to contrast the violent slogans chanted
in the streets all over the Islamic world. Shocked
by the brutal murder of Christopher Stevens, U.S.
ambassador to Tripoli,
they have set up a page entitled the "Sorry Projet", dedicated to the
figure of the diplomat. The
group has attracted more than 4 thousand users from all over the country in
less than a week. Many
have left messages of apology and love for the assassinated diplomat and the
"brave Libyans who were killed defending the U.S. consulate." The
introduction to the page reads: "We want to show that the majority of the
Libyan people are opposed to criminal and violent acts. We apologize a thousand
times to the Americans. Our apologies will never be enough, but be aware that
the Libyan people will be forever grateful to the United States
because it was the first country to support us in our fight for freedom.
Hopefully we can continue to support each other. "
young Syrians are outraged by the reaction of the Muslim world that mobilized
for a simple movie and made no show for the thousands of people, women and
children massacred during the war in Syria. Abu
Mohammad, wrote on Twitter that "the focus on anti-Islamic film damages
the image of Muslims and diverts attention from Syria. Arabs and Muslims must
understand that their anti-US protests undermine our revolution against Bashar
al-Assad ". User
Jab Bantha ironically comments on protesters who attacked and burned flags for a film
of questionable taste and "have not lifted a finger" when Assad destroyed
mosques and killed women and children. A
satirical cartoon shows an Assad activist facing a crowd of angry Salafists protesting
while a mosque burns behind him. In
the comic Assad says "Luckily I only burn mosques and killed women and
children and don't produce anti-Islamic films."
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