Buzz

Young Muslims Invite People to “Draw Muhammad”

Young Muslims Invite People to “Draw Muhammad”

In recent years, “Drawing Muhammad” has often attracted widespread controversy and often violence. From the infamous Danish cartoons and Charlie Hebdo’s depiction of the Prophet to the most recent anti-Islam event held by Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative in Texas, there have been numerous incidents where images Muslims consider offensive have been produced.

Yet, while the likes of Geert Wilders, a controversial Islamophobic Dutch politician, and Pamela Geller, whose organization has been criticized for promoting hatred,  attribute Islam to terrorism and use free speech to provoke anti-Islamic behavior, Muslims across the globe have been working to find new ways to show fight Islamophobia.

Popular blog MuslimGirl.net, run by American activist Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, recently called on people to draw Muhammad.

What is the twist? “Muhammad is the most common name in the world, and chances are you know a Muhammad,” said MuslimGirl.net.

Credit Aymann Ismail from MuslimGirl.Net
Credit Aymann Ismail from MuslimGirl.Net

“So, let’s draw Muhammad. Let’s honor his diversity. Let’s celebrate his many different faces. Let’s elevate his humanity. In a bleak world where the Pamela Gellers are the ones with the mic, let’s shine some light on the good.”

MuslimGirl.net’s staff stress that Pam Geller, and others like her, don’t know much about Islam or Muslims and instead uses her platform to fund Islamophobic advertisements and maximize offensive Muslim stereotypes.

The ‘Draw Muhammad’ campaign is intended to “push back against the hate” with love by ‘helping’ Pamela Geller draw Muhammad. All those who wish to participate simply have to submit their illustrations on social media using the hashtag #DM2015.

Egypt's Sisi to Participate in Russia's 70th Anniversary of Victory Day
Egypt's President Sisi Welcomes Freed Ethiopians Fleeing Libya in Cairo

Subscribe to our newsletter


Buzz
@egyptianstreets

Quick clicks. Making it lighter.

More in Buzz

A Night in the Past: Egypt’s Timeless and Oldest Hotels

Farah Rafik27 May 2022

An Evolution of Egypt’s National Anthem

Mona Abdou27 May 2022

‘Nisr’ the Griffon Vulture is Safe and Soaring in Egyptian Skies

Marina Makary26 May 2022

Egypt’s National Strategy for Climate Change 2050 Ahead of COP27

Marina Makary25 May 2022

Alexandria’s Al-Montaza: An Escape into Egypt’s Royal Past

Mona Abdou24 May 2022

Immobilia Building: The Legend Behind Egypt’s First Skyscraper

Shereif Barakat23 May 2022

Queen Amanirenas: The Nubian Queen Who Defeated the Romans

Farah Rafik23 May 2022

6 Outings in Cairo for Only 5 Egyptian Pounds

Marina Makary23 May 2022