With Charlie Hebdo’s first edition since the Paris Massacre featuring the Prophet Muhammad on the front page as a man with a long beard and dressed in a white turban, social media users have launched a hashtag: #WhoIsMuhammad.
Aimed at reclaiming and reasserting the ‘real’ image of the Prophet Muhammad, social media users have used the hashtag on Twitter more than 1,500 times.
From sharing facts about the Prophet’s life and quotes by various intellectuals, to countering anti-Islam sentiment and false facts, social media users are working to reestablish the image of Islam after the likes or Rupert Murdoch and anchors on Fox News have used the words ‘terrorists’ and ‘Muslims’ synonymously.
— Raja OmarFarooq Khan (@RajaOmarFarooq) January 14, 2015
— (@Alhamdhulillaah) January 14, 2015
The hashtag has also been used by users to dispel extremist and radical teachings. Users have tweeted #WhoIsMuhammad to show the various sacrifices, good deeds and teachings of the Prophet. One thing is clear, if this campaign continues to trend globally, it will be addressing an important issue: the misconceptions on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.
He ﷺ with the religion of Islam has raised the status of women from below the earth, so high that paradise lies at her feet #WhoIsMuhammad
— _ (@Sumi_hasan) January 14, 2015