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US Muslims to reclaim 'jihad' with ad campaign

Published on Dec 15, 2012 5:57 AM
 
Screengrab of myjihad.org. Muslims in the United States launched an advertising and social media campaign on Friday in the hopes of reclaiming the word jihad from extremists who insist on equating the spiritual quest with terrorism.

CHICAGO (AFP) - United States (US) Muslims launched an advertising and social media campaign on Friday in the hopes of reclaiming the word jihad from extremists who insist on equating the spiritual quest with terrorism.

The campaign features Muslims describing their personal struggles - the meaning of jihad - on bus ads, Twitter, Facebook and a dedicated website: myjihad.org.

"#MyJihad is to build friendships across the aisle", says one ad showing an African American man leaning on the shoulder of a Jewish friend.

"#MyJihad is to march on despite losing my son", says another ad, featuring a portrait of a mother with her three remaining children.

 
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