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A picture of the billboard has since gone viral [Reddit]

Date of publication: 5 August, 2016

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The picture of this Chicago billboard has gone viral as the hashtag #ActualMuslims gains traction on Twitter.
A giant billboard reading "Hey ISIS, YOU SUCK! From #ActualMuslims" was put up by a non-profit American Muslim organisation along one of the biggest motorways in Chicago.

The 14-feet tall poster, which includes a quote from the Quran that reads: "Life is Sacred," is part of a campaign by Chicago-based Sound Vision.

The group believe that Prophet Mohammed "came to establish peace, justice, law and order," while Islamic State "is diametrically opposed to everything he taught and expected his followers to adhere to."
Sound Vision believe that Prophet Mohammed 'came to establish peace, justice, law and order,' while Islamic State 'is diametrically opposed to everything he taught and expected his followers to adhere to'
The billboard was funded by "American-Muslim professionals," said the organisation's executive director Mohammad Siddiqi.

A photo of the sign, which was shared on Reddit, attracted many comments as users applauded the initiative, with one saying: "That oughta show 'em!"

However others were quick to point out that the sign is not aimed at the militant group but at Americans who link Muslims with terrorism.

"This isn't meant to show them.' It's meant to show society that being Muslim ≠ supporting [IS], as the fringe right in America would have you believe. Jesus Christ, why can't people read between the lines," one comment read.

"The billboard isn't for ISIS, it's for ignorant people who think all Muslims are extremists, I live in the Deep South and we need more of this," another user said.

A picture of the billboard has since gone viral with the hashtag #ActualMuslims gaining traction on Twitter.

 

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