If you believe what what some (at best misinformed, at worst bigoted) people say, Muslims have a lot to answer for.
Practically any atrocity committed by persons claiming to be acting in the name Islam has been met not with a measured response, but a demand for all Muslims to take responsibility.
A bit like every single Brit having to apologise for the ranting of Nick Griffin - pretty unreasonable.
Dont see why us muslims should be pressured to condemn/apologise for every action good or bad that individuals commit. #NotInMyName
— Saleem Khan (@sim_ayyk) September 18, 2014
So, in the way that Twitter does best, the hashtag #MuslimApologies was trending on Wednesday morning
And it was rather special.
Some sought to concentrate on the rather important contributions Islam has made to society - that tend to be overlooked - in favour of a bit of scare-mongering.
Sorry for trigonometry, aerodynamics and astronomy. #muslimapologies
— EPIC (@epicloser) September 24, 2014
I'm sorry that Muslim women had rights 1400 years ago while you were still discussing if women had souls. #MuslimApologies
— Nader | نادر (@BonsaiSky) September 24, 2014
I'm sorry for inventing surgery, coffee, universities, algebra, hospitals, toothbrushes, vaccinations, numbers, & the sort #MuslimApologies
— jenan (@WanderD0gs) September 24, 2014
I'm sorry the founder of the world's oldest university was a Muslim women in 859 (Fez, Morocco):
— Wiam (@UncolonisedMind) September 24, 2014
Others espoused the virtues those things that seem to make some feel a bit uneasy.
#muslimapologies Sorry I look so darn stylish in my hijab
— Rukhsana Khan (@rukhsanabooks) September 24, 2014
I'm sorry my beard scares you. It's hormonal, I swear 😭 #MuslimApologies
— Raz (@raztweets) September 23, 2014
#MuslimApologies I'm sorry for being able to grow a proper manly beard
— Hassony (@hassony77) September 24, 2014
Im sorry that im in a private conversation with Allah at least 5 times a day. #MuslimApologies
— FS McGuil (@FSguilMc) September 24, 2014
I am sorry that I tend to say "MashAllah, InshAllah, and Alhamdulelah" in the middle of my sentences. #MuslimApologies
— Hafsah! (@hafsah_thaneey) September 24, 2014
Aina highlighted how it's not just those 'scary foreigners' that follow Islam.
I apologise for encouraging Cat Stevens to metamorphose into a bearded man by the name of Yusuf Islam #MuslimApologies
— Aina Khan (@ainakhan5) September 23, 2014
Oh, and don't forget all the delicious food.
I apologize for providing biryani, hummus, bakhlava, kababs, oven baked naans, Turkish food, and much more .. #MuslimApologies
— Adeel Syed (@AdeelMS) September 24, 2014
And then it all took a twist for the wonderfully absurd...
This guy was hedging his bets.
As a Muslim I apologies for the World War One & World War Two even it has nothing to do with the Muslims but just in case. #MuslimApologies
— الكيلاني مليونة (@elkilanimaliuna) September 23, 2014
We're fairly sure this wasn't due to religious issues.
I am sorry Pluto is no longer a planet #MuslimApologies
— Hena Zuberi (@HenaZuberi) September 23, 2014
The spicier the better.
I'm sorry our food is too spicy for you #MuslimApologies
— Zain Rizvi (@RocknR0lla) September 23, 2014
Well, someone has to I guess...
I apologise for the Twilight Saga #MuslimApologies
— mahnoor (@boycotthumans) September 23, 2014
This did come as a shock to most of us.
I'm sorry they killed the whole Stark family in Game of Thrones 😞 #MuslimApologies
— Jibby (@JibbyD) September 23, 2014
I'm sorry that Mufasa had to die in Lion King #MuslimApologies
— روز (@__rose3) September 23, 2014
But of course, there was still no pleasing some...
The #muslimapologies trend makes interesting reading. Words that spring to mind are; deluded, loons, invisible friend, sanctimonious etc
— Xx Paula xX (@XxPLWxX) September 24, 2014