Many times after a radical Islamic attack appears in the news, one can hear the refrain ‘why aren’t the moderate Muslims speaking out against this?’
One group, dubbing themselves “actual Muslims,” is calling out ISIS in a billboard campaign cropping up throughout the United States.
The ‘actual Muslims’ label is a response stemming from the belief that ISIS merely co-opts Islam to conduct their violent acts.
Regardless, the group has a very simple message for ISIS – “You suck!”
Via the Blaze:
“Hey ISIS, you suck!” the sign reads, using a popular acronym for the Islamic State.
The blunt billboard, signed by “#ActualMuslims,” was erected last week in the Living Spaces parking lot near Interstate 10 and 67th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona, according to The Republic. The sign also references Quran 5:32, which states if a person kills another, it’s “as if he had slain mankind entirely.”
The Chicago-based Sound Vision Foundation, an Islamic multimedia public-relations organization and non-profit, is behind the black and white, chalkboard-style billboard. The group first put up a similar sign on a highway leading toward the Chicago O’Harre International Airport.
The billboard has received such an “overwhelming” response that 11 cities have requested the sign be installed in their area, according to Sound Vision executive director Mohammad Siddiqi.
Siddiqi said the billboards are a “declaration of independence” for peaceful Muslims against the Islamic State.
One young lady from the foundation behind this campaign said “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.”
It’s a nice sentiment, but what the Muslim community really needs is for their more prominent, highly-educated scholars, preachers, and influencers to stand up and denounce radical Islam, something you just don;t see very much of these days.