Following the shooting of a New York City Imam and his associate on Saturday, there has been a lot being said across social media. The exact motive of the attack is still not yet known, but there has undoubtedly been an increase in Islamophobic and anti-Muslim hate crimes across America since the start of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Many people have taken this most recent incident to vocalise their support for their Muslim neighbours, offering to accompany Muslims to and from their mosques so that they can pray in safety.
Here are some of the most heart-warming of responses from the hashtag that went viral over the weekend, #IllWalkWithYou:
To all my #Muslim friends:
I see you.
I love you. #IllWalkWithYou
— Rabbi Latz (@RavMABAY) August 14, 2016
To my Muslim friends, neighbors, and strangers, #ILLWalkWithYou – in MI, in NY, wherever we meet…
— Stacy Parker LeMelle (@StacyLeMelle) August 14, 2016
Because I know what it's like when they come for me, and I won't let them come for you. #IllWalkWithYou
— CSR Calloway (@ChanceCalloway) August 14, 2016
phoenix, az. real tall white guy who loves walking. #illwalkwithyou
— dark jake (@JakeTheOliveira) August 14, 2016
Muslim friends in the Las Vegas area, #illridewithyou or #illwalkwithyou. Peace be unto you.
— Melle, essential af (@mellemelles) August 14, 2016
To my Muslim friends in #Anchorage, #IllWalkWithYou… you should never feel unsafe here and I'm sorry for the hate you are suffering from.
— Liana Brooks (@LianaBrooks) August 14, 2016
#IllWalkWithYou because no one should be afraid to practice their religion in America. Sacramento, Ca.
— Lavar T. (@ghostdogbay) August 14, 2016
Whoever tweeted #illwalkwithyou just know you touched the heart of many Muslim Americans in a moment they needed it the most.
— HH (@Dolemite_Kabayo) August 14, 2016
Campaigns like #illwalkwithyou are a reminder that the best of America will always trump the worst of America. Pun intended.
— Zainab Chaudry (@zainabnc) August 14, 2016