Nearly a month ago, 19-year-old Heraa Hashmi was asked by a classmate why Muslims don't "condemn violence." Since then, she's been pulling up the receipts to prove her classmate's assumptions wrong.
On Saturday, Hashmi tweeted the results of her effort: a 712 page long list of 5,686 examples of Muslims all over the world denouncing acts of violence and terrorism in the name of Islam. Oh, and it's completely sourced and organized by four different identifiers. (Heraa, more like Hero, am I right?)
The list garnered so much attention that two of Hashmi's Twitter followers, Ire Aderinokun and Timi Ajiboye, turned the Excel document into a website, which allows users to search specific keywords or incidents.
"The reaction has been mostly positive, from both the Muslim community and outside the Muslim community and I’m very grateful," Hashmi said in an interview with Buzzfeed. "Many people are glad that there’s a public source out there that is I think is one of the longest and most comprehensive lists of Muslim condemnations."
Hashmi couldn't have released the list at a better time, as anti-Muslim hate crimes have sky-rocketed since Donald Trump was elected president a week ago. Her work serves as a much-needed reminder for some people that negative stereotypes and the prejudicial beliefs that Muslims are inherently violent, are not rooted in truth, and only lead to the oppression of Muslims in this country.
Hashami is a molecular biology student at the University of Colorado Boulder, and has also written three novels, so basically she's doing great and this is only the beginning for her. We can't wait to see what she does next.
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