Mosques are places of peaceful worship, fellowship and community; just like any place of worship: church, synagogue or temple.
Dutch game developer and gaming diversity advocate Rami Ismail was tired of seeing the media emphasizing that victims of the Christchurch shootings belonged to "peaceful mosques," as though that were not the standard.
Ismail wanted to do something about it, to change the way the public thinks of mosques and the communities that exist there, so he posted the following tweet asking for input from other Muslims.
"Since several news networks emphasize that the mosques at the Christchurch shootings were #PeacefulMosques, as if most aren't:"
"Hey muslims, tell me something painfully mundane and common at your mosque, whether you visit it five times a day or one time a year."
Since several news networks emphasize that the mosques at the Christchurch shootings were #PeacefulMosques, as if m… https://t.co/lwbh1zrzVh— Rami Ismail (@Rami Ismail)1552621315.0
Ismail then started off the hashtag by sharing a personal experience.
At my #PeacefulMosques, we used to have this 5-ish year old kid that would always run in front of everyone during p… https://t.co/yzBOXJ1pRe— Rami Ismail (@Rami Ismail)1552621483.0
Others soon followed suit, and #PeacefulMosques went viral.
Compassion for other species was a common thread.
@tha_rami @RegressiveElf at my local mosque, the third floor has been abandoned and completely taken over by pigeons— abdullah (@abdullah)1552639736.0
@tha_rami When I went to my local mosque the other day, this little boy was feeding water to a thirsty cat ❤️… https://t.co/E89a3wm60X— Nishard (@Nishard)1552676555.0
@tha_rami A CAT!!! Pretty sure every mosque has a few inhabitant cats, strolling around, lazily lie itself during F… https://t.co/rP0556dlkp— ʙᴇɴᴛᴀʀᴀ ᴀʟᴀᴍ (@ʙᴇɴᴛᴀʀᴀ ᴀʟᴀᴍ)1552622102.0
#PeacefulMosques During #Ramadan in #Mecca the holiest mosque of Islam ,this #cat is waiting for her turn to brea… https://t.co/luNpz0zP2H— Mahdi Menallah (@Mahdi Menallah)1552730688.0
@tha_rami Every single day, the imam will feed the birds for almost 40 years now. #PeacefulMosques #Canberramosque https://t.co/Wvi5Kczjvw— Hamnah Sazali (@Hamnah Sazali)1552713842.0
Lots of everyday concerns and anecdotes you would see from any place of worship.
@tha_rami @ignitesthestars The regular announcement of "Could license plate [NUMBERS HERE] please move"— ✨salty winter bitch✨ (@✨salty winter bitch✨)1552622505.0
@tha_rami I'm a non believer but that did not matter to my local mosque when my house caught fire. They didn't care… https://t.co/tu1kawuW5F— Heather Brown (@Heather Brown)1552621638.0
@tha_rami Not my mosque but when I was 17 I went to an island in Istanbul&we missed the last ferry back. no money f… https://t.co/TxW6Y8K36Q— Ceylan (@Ceylan)1552669998.0
@tha_rami @iamavraman At my #peacefulmosques we have this elderly man who as a side job is a driving instructor for… https://t.co/duStz9LbQU— Hamza Khan (@Hamza Khan)1552672809.0
@tha_rami @tadhase My local imam buys too many plants, and now half the prayer room is a jungle😂— Ina Aw Ali Farah (1187) (@Ina Aw Ali Farah (1187))1552680266.0
A sense of loving community can always be found.
@tha_rami i haven't been to masjid in years, but i will always remember sitting in a little room of laughing auntie… https://t.co/ahjH9vnJ4i— rimi 🍌🐟 @ taking kofi comms! (@rimi 🍌🐟 @ taking kofi comms!)1552623789.0
@tha_rami Yesterday or two days ago I prayed at the mosque after work, took a nap, read Quran and did some Arabic l… https://t.co/X3ZUsk2zZl— Amina II Uighur 维吾尔, Hui会 (@Amina II Uighur 维吾尔, Hui会)1552662496.0
#PeacefulMosques I’m not Muslim but I was stood outside my local mosque in the pouring rain, drenched and pregnant… https://t.co/lvz8sglEhM— I have no name only Ahhhhhhhhhhh (@I have no name only Ahhhhhhhhhhh)1552670362.0
After the atrocity that was the Christchurch shootings, these stories of the mundane happenings at Mosques are a stark reminder of exactly what the world lost that day: good people who were just trying to worship peacefully. People with loving families and mundane lives, with everyday dreams and problems—just like everyone else.