• This anti-IS billboard went up in Chicago last week. (Twitter)Source: Twitter
One grassroots group has come up with a clever way to tackle Islamophobia.
Caitlin Chang

9 Aug 2016 - 1:18 PM  UPDATED 10 Aug 2016 - 11:50 AM

If there’s one thing we can all agree upon, it’s that Islamic State sucks.

Which is why a group of American Muslims bought a billboard in Chicago expressing that very sentiment. Sound Vision, a non-profit Islamic media organisation, arranged for the billboard to show that actual Muslims are fed up with the jihadists.  

The billboard reads, “Hey ISIS, you suck!!!”, is paired with a quote from the Quran: “Life is sacred”, and signed, “From: #ActualMuslims”.

Despite the fact that Muslims make up most victims of terrorist attacks, they're often called upon to condemn every act of terror committed in the name of Islam. For Sound Vision, the billboard is a way to combat the Islamophobia and daily explaining that Islamic people in Western countries face.

“Obviously Muslims know that ISIS sucks,” Sound Vision’s Leena Suleiman told NBC Chicago. “So the main audience is people who are not Muslims….People who need to hear that Muslims are not OK with what ISIS is doing.”

She continues, “It’s about shouting out, ‘ISIS does not represent me, I’m Muslim, I say the word ‘sucks’, I’m like everyone else in my country’. We want to scream it from a billboard.”

We think they send that message loud and clear. 

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