Heraa Hashmi Google doc Muslim condemnation terrorism

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This Google doc of Muslims condemning terrorist attacks runs over 700 pages

It all began with a conversation in class.

Apr 6, 2017, 1:59 pm*

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Josh Katzowitz 

Josh Katzowitz

When Heraa Hashmi, a 19-year-old student at the University of Colorado, was asked by a classmate why Muslims don’t condemn terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists, she decided that show her classmate that he had it all wrong. And she did so by creating a Google spreadsheet document that noted each time a Muslim leader spoke out against terrorism—a document that is now more than 700 pages long.

Hashmi records comments on attacks ranging from 9/11 to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando to multiple ISIS and domestic violence incidents, and she notes who condemns the incident, the person’s bio, and the source material for it.

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Hashmi told Teen Vogue she spent two hours a day for three weeks searching Google for statements and then recording it on the spreadsheet. For Hashmi, the idea had a simple premise.

“I wanted to show people how weak the argument [that Muslims don’t care about terrorism] is,” she told the Guardian.

Even so, she also said it’s ridiculous that people of her faith are seemingly held to a different standard than those from any another religion.

“1.6 billion people are expected to apologize and condemn [terrorism] on behalf of a couple of dozen lunatics. It makes no sense,” she told the Guardian. “I don’t view the KKK or the Westboro Baptist Church or the Lord’s Resistance Army as accurate representations of Christianity. I know that they’re on the fringe. So it gets very frustrating having to defend myself and having to apologize on behalf of some crazy people.”

Inspired by Hashmi’s tweet, the Muslims Condemn website was born, and it basically mirrors Hashmi’s initial idea: It records every condemnation by a Muslim leader after a terrorist attack.

Here’s one recent example:

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Still, speaking out about terrorist attacks isn’t enough for some people.

In the wake of last week’s London attack, in which Khalid Masood killed a total of four people and injured dozens more, and in a world where some Muslim women are afraid to wear their hajibs as Donald Trump wants to ban citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., Hashmi’s list is just as important as it was the day she created it.

As Hashmi told Seventeen last November, “I knew that even if it helped just one person, my efforts were worth it.”

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*First Published: Mar 27, 2017, 1:11 pm