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Why #YouAintNoMuslimBruv is Trending

December 6th 2015

By:
Laura Donovan

#YouAintNoMuslimBruv started trending on Twitter following a Saturday night attack at London's Leytonstone underground station. At that station a man with a knife reportedly injured two people and said, "This is for Syria." Police said the incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism, and it comes a few weeks after the horrific series of attacks in Paris, for which the so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility.

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A video surfaced online early Sunday morning showing a bystander yell, "You ain't no Muslim, bruv" at the suspected attacker. ("Bruv" is slang for "brother.") The clip, which is embedded in the tweet below, inspired the #YouAintNoMuslimBruv hashtag on social media to relay the message that extremists do not represent the Muslim faith.

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This is not the first social media hashtag, which condemns terrorism and aims to counter Islamophobia, to spread. Following the Paris tragedy in November, the Active Change Foundation's hashtag campaign, #NotInMyName resurfaced on social media so that Muslims and others could publicly condemn the attacks and show that the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) does not represent Islam.

"The murder of an innocent man has no justification in any religion or walk of life," Active Change Foundation founder Hanif Qadir told the Mirror last September. "These terrorists ISIS are not true Muslims, they do not practice the true teachings of Islam; peace, mercy and compassion and they are the enemy of all mankind.”

After a vote in Parliament last week, Britain launched its first air strikes against the so-called Islamic State.

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