This past Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 was Lent, where Christians all across the world give up their guilty pleasures during the weeks leading up to Easter. BuzzFeed posted a photo news story today, Feb. 19, about Muslims showing their respect for Christians, by celebrating Lent.
Bassel Riche, an American Muslim, started the campaign to help change the negative stereotypes Muslims face.
Riche told BuzzFeed News, “I think the root problem with anti-Islamic sentiment in America and the rest of the world is a lack of understanding about Islam,” he said. “The amount of misinformation about Islam that is presented to people every day creates these negative views.”
Riche thought this movement was important, especially after the recent shooting in Chapel Hill that killed three Muslims, as well as the events in Paris and Copenhagen.
Riche has started using the hashtag #Muslisms4Lent, which has led to support from Muslims all over the world.
Riche told BuzzFeed his idea came from “fast-a-thins” which were held at his college.
“I would see people of differing faiths that opened their hearts and minds to us and our beliefs,” he said. “It was a few years later that I decided that it is our duty to do the same for them and the beliefs that they hold dear.”
Riche hopes this will help inform people of what Islam really is about.
BuzzFeed uses photojournalism for this story, using pictures of Muslims holding signs in support of Lent. The photos make the story more interactive and is a great way to grab the readers attention.