The Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, that killed at least 135 people, mostly children, has sparked a massive outpouring of support and mourning on social media. Many have changed their profile pictures to black boxes to show their support.
A Peshawar community Facebook page changed its profile photo to a black box and is relaying medical information to followers, including the types of blood needed at local hospitals treating victims of the attack. A community page for the APSACS, or the Army Public School and College System, changed its profile photo to a black box, as well. Most have used the tag #PeshawarAttack on Twitter to discuss or grieve over the attack.
We are starting darood shareef n sureh Ikhlas for the children who are still trapped in Peshawar. Recite darood and sureh IKhlas 3 times.
— Maghfoor Anwer (@MaghfoorAnwer) December 16, 2014
Please recite Darood Shareef for the departed souls of Peshawar attack and pass on,May their soul rest in peace :( #PeshawarAttack
— Taimoor™ (@taimiiSays) December 16, 2014
Darood Shareef is a kind of Muslim prayer meant to praise the prophet Muhammad and bring blessings to those who recite it and bring them closer to Allah. A Texas-based Islamic information site, Islamic Academy, says that followers should recite Darood Shareef “in countless numbers” during tragedy. Some mourners have also used the hashtag #BlackDay:
— Aditi Mittal (@My_Mouthpiece) December 16, 2014
— Mahwish|24thDec (@Mavi_Hashmi) December 16, 2014
Some mourners have voiced support for levying the death sentence on future or currently detained members of the Pakistani Taliban, Terhrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP. Many supported public hangings for the attackers.
— Malik Wahaj Ahmed (@wahajonline) December 16, 2014
— Mushtaq Malik (@mushtaqfive) December 16, 2014
There also appeared to be some disagreement over the meaningfulness of the social media posts and whether people should post photos of victims of Tuesday’s attacks:
could you stop posting pictures of the dead for your RT's? #PeshawarAttack <-- the hashtag should suffice for your attention seeking issues
â€” makrani unicorn (@makraniunicorn) December 16, 2014