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Here’s What Happens When You Ask People On the Street to Draw Muhammad

They draw touching portraits of their co-workers, friends, acquaintances, and classmates of the same name.

Pamela Gellar, the perennial provocateur and Fox News’ favorite Islamophobic talking head, is holding a contest calling for drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, which she plans on displaying at an exhibit on May 3rd in Garland, Texas. In response to Gellar’s poor attempt at stirring up controversy and riling up her meager contituency of supporters, one group of Muslims are hosting their own “Draw Muhammad” challenge. The editors at MuslimGirl.net went to the streets and asked strangers to draw the Muhammad they knew.


“Knowing that it is offensive to over a billion Muslims around the world who just want to live in peace, [Gellar] targets all Muslims in her press-needy antics,” writes Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the site’s founder and editor-in-chief, on the Huffington Post. “But the thing is, this is not about free speech. It's about common decency. It's about tolerance. It's about pluralism. So, we thought, why not push back against the hate—with love?”

The result was a series of touching portraits of co-workers, friends, and acquaintances they knew by that name. Muhammad is, after all, one of the most popular names in the world. MuslimGirl.net is still collecting submissions for Muhammad portraits—and they’re compiling them all in a Facebook album. Check all the portraits out here.