People on Twitter Have Declared It #LoveAMuslimDay and It's the Best
The day was sparked by a terrifying act of bigotry.
April 3 is now "Love a Muslim Day," according to Twitter, a time for celebrating Muslim acquaintances and promoting tolerance.
The concept has been spreading across social media, with people recognizing their friends, voicing their support for the Muslim community, dispelling myths, and combating bigotry.
That last part has to do with the day's origins.
Last weekend, various people across the UK received a harrowing letter calling for April 3 to be known as "Punish a Muslim Day," according to the New York Times.
The letter said that people could earn points for committing specific crimes and atrocities against Muslims. People would earn 25 points for pulling off a woman’s head scarf, 500 points for murdering a Muslim, 1,000 for bombing a mosque, and so on and so forth.
“This has caused quite a lot of fear within the community,” Iman Atta, the director of Tell Mama, told the local news media. “They are asking if they are safe, if their children are safe to play outdoors. We have told them to keep calm.”
Law enforcement are currently investigating the case, according to the Times.
“Punish A Muslim Day” letters are being sent to families in East London. The letter details a point system for each action & a reward. For example pulling a Muslim women’s hijab is 25 points, throwing acid is 50 points and burning or bombing a mosque is a whole 1,000 points. pic.twitter.com/6kmCrDrXt0— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) March 9, 2018
In and of itself, the letter is a disturbing act of hatred, but it arrives against a backdrop of increasing Islamaphobia throughout the UK and much of the Western world.
Hate crimes against mosques in the UK and Muslims praying in mosques more than doubled between 2016 and 2017. Hate crimes against Muslims in the US, meanwhile, have hit a record high, even surpassing the years after 2001 when Islamaphobia spiked.
Although these letters have caused panic, people are turning this bigotry on its head by calling for April 3 to, instead, be recognized as "Love A Muslim Day."
It's received an enormous outpouring of support and now the hashtag #LoveAMuslimDay is trending.
Here are some of the most inspiring tweets from "Love a Muslim Day."
Inventions & Advancements by Muslims that make your life better:— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) April 3, 2018
•Modern surgical instruments
So go on #LoveAMuslim😉
Y'all bigots think you're special creating #PunishAMuslimDay?— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) April 3, 2018
Western nations have bombed Muslim majority nations for the 40years—killing ~4 Million Muslim civilians & wounding & maiming countless more
We've survived 4 decades of punishment—1 day has nothing on us#LoveAMuslim
It’s so sad to see people purposely confuse extremism with the religion itself. Maybe if you actually met a Muslim person, you’d realize they’re just like everyone else. #LoveAMuslim— super cat (@catmarstru) April 3, 2018
This is disgraceful. New York City will always fight Islamophobia and stand up against all attempts to incite anti-Muslim hate.— Scott M. Stringer (@NYCComptroller) April 3, 2018
Join me in making this message viral and declare today, #LoveAMuslim Day. https://t.co/aVSZb0eKPx
You ask, "Why are you so supportive of #LoveAMuslim?"— Dr. Craig Considine (@CraigCons) April 3, 2018
My answer is simple: "Because I know so many who love me."
Muslims are our friends, fellow believers, brothers/sisters, family members, teachers, colleagues, & kindred spirits.
We've got their back. 24/7. 365.
I will not allow anyone’s Islamophobia, racism & xenophobia to divide us.— Gregory A. Cendana (@gregorycendana) April 3, 2018
I will stand up & speak out for my Muslim brothers & sisters.
I will build bridges not walls, throw glitter not bombs & do all that I can to drive out hate.
Today & everyday, I will #LoveAMuslim. pic.twitter.com/Rf0QjOoRN1
We hear allies asking frequently: What can we do to help?— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) April 3, 2018
-Here's a worthwhile solution: Become an active bystander/hold bystander intervention trainings in your communities. We need tools to stand up against the rising tide of hate. Share widely.#NotAlone#LoveAMuslim HateHurts pic.twitter.com/T9ak6p9yfW
I know today is #LoveAMuslim day (thanks!) but I'd like to spare a moment for our Sikh cousins who continue to suffer from bigotry-by-association, sometimes paying with their lives, yet who have stood by us from the beginning.— G. (@GWillowWilson) April 3, 2018