iCondemn: Satirical app helps Muslims 'condemn' extremism
Following Charlie Hebdo, voices calling for Muslims to condemn the attack rose on social media
Are you a Muslim? Did you feel the urge to publically condemn a recent wave of Islamic extremism?
Well, there is an app for you to do so; and it is called iCondemn.
Following the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week, voices calling for Muslims to condemn the killings of journalists rose on social media networks.
Muslim leaders and clerics were quick to denounce the attack. But that may not have been enough for the likes of media tycoon Ruport Murdoch who tweeted that Muslims should be held responsible for “their growing jihadist cancer.” Or for the New York Times’ columnist Roger Cohen who reiterated Murdoch’s calls, urging “moderate Muslims” to denounce extremism.
Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
Certainly did not mean all Muslims responsible for Paris attack. But Muslim community must debate and confront extremism.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 14, 2015
With the growing number of terror attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other similar terrorist organizations committing violence around the world in the name of religion, Muslims are increasingly finding themselves obliged to “denounce” terror.
Daniel Haqiqatjou, the developer of the app, came with a perfect satirical solution.
"Some have argued that Muslims shouldn't be required to condemn every single criminal act done in the name of their religion,” he wrote in his blog Muslim Matters. “After all, asking Muslims to condemn terrorism is akin to demanding Muslims assume guilt for the crimes of a deranged few, and that's just racist."
"Rather than stopping our condemnations, I believe Muslims need to be making more condemnations," he added.
In order to show the world that Muslims too condemn terrorism, Haqiqatjou said the “condemnation game” should be taken to the “next level.”
“According to my calculations, we need to be denouncing things at fifty times the volume and at least twenty times the speed to meet all the demand. The problem is all that denunciation takes a lot of time and resources. We need a 21st century solution to this problem."
With the app, Non-Muslims will finally see that the majority of Muslims keep themselves distanced from the acts committed by a bunch of extremist minds.
"With the iCondemn®, Muslims can say ‘not in my name’ at the speed of life!,” he wrote in reference to a similar online campaign that started after And non-Muslims no longer need to wonder whether 1.6 billion Muslims around the world feel the guilt and sincerely apologise for that latest reprehensible crime some idiot carried out while shouting "Allahu Akbar!""
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