Muslims Condemning Things

The Islamic State claims that it is restoring the Islamic Caliphate in an attempt to attain a greater political and theological legitimacy. Its violent actions prompted international leaders and the Vatican to urge the world’s Muslims to condemn the Islamic State’s actions. That’s the point being made by Tumblr account, “Muslim Condemning Things,” which posts videos, tweets, articles, and other media of Muslims speaking out against extremism in the name of its own religion.

The description for the site is, “People are always asking, ‘Why don’t Muslims condemn terrorism/fanaticism/violence in the name of Islam?’ They do. Here’s proof.”

An editor’s note also says that, “This site is not meant to be a comprehensive catalog of instances of Muslims condemning violence and terrorism. Rather, it’s a sampling, and one that we hope will convey the idea that the vast majority of Muslims around the world reject extremism, violence and fanaticism.”

The blog’s call for the world’s Muslims to denounce terrorism has generated discussion about the nature of that demand. Ali Eteraz, a bestselling author, says that, “The implication is that every Muslim in the world who doesn’t engage in terrorism is nevertheless a latent supporter, or enabler, of terrorism because he doesn’t make loud proclamations against it.”

“This question, ‘Why don’t Muslims condemn terrorism,’ is one that nearly single Muslim leader, activist, public intellectual, interfaith speaker, has had to answer multiple times, especially since 9/11,” activist Hind Makki wrote. She said that, “Frankly, that question is symptomatic of the larger issue: the default assumption that if you don’t hear a particular Muslim person denouncing terrorism, then that must mean that the person supports terrorism by default and by virtue of being Muslim.”

“Muslims Condemning Things” cites examples such as Iranian Muslims demonstrating against the persecution of Iraqi Christians, a peace rally organized by a Muslim group in the UK, American Muslim condemnation of the September 11 attacks, and other highly prominent examples.

The account was inspired by “Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things,” another Tumblr blog that shows the diversity of the global Muslim community by cataloging photos of people wearing a wide ranging of clothing. The site states that, “Former NPR analyst Juan Williams, among other ignorant people, has an irrational fear of Muslims, and thinks you can identify them based on what they look like. Here I will post pictures of Muslims wearing all sorts of things in an attempt to refute that there is such a thing as ‘Muslim garb’ or a Muslim look.”