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    Everything You Need To Know About The "Happy British Muslims" Video That's Going Viral

    The video has caused some controversy but mostly, it's just got people sharing.

    A few days ago, an anonymous group called The Honesty Policy released a video on YouTube entitled Happy British Muslims.

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    The video showcases Muslims from around the UK dancing to Pharrell Williams' Happy.

    The aim: "to make other people smile and laugh," according to the blog post about the video.

    A spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the haters helped to make the video go viral.

    The video has received support from a number of notable British Muslims, such as pro-LGBT social commentator Mo Ansar.

    As well as politicians such as Sadiq Khan and Yasmin Qureshi on Twitter.

    Want to see British Muslims breaking some stereotypes? Thank you @Pharrell https://t.co/V03hbr4UGk

    Sadiq Khan MP@SadiqKhan

    Want to see British Muslims breaking some stereotypes? Thank you @Pharrell https://t.co/V03hbr4UGk

    10:56 AM - 17 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Former Respect leader Salma Yaqoob, also took part.

    Timothy Winter, a.k.a. Abdal Hakim Murad, director of studies (theology and religious studies) at Wolfson College, Cambridge, also played a cameo role.

    There's some awkward shuffling.

    Some sassy moves.

    And pure unadulterated joy.

    But not everyone's happy with the video, with suggestions that Muslims shouldn't have to prove that they're regular, happy Brits.

    @MrRae1000 @mehdirhasan I'm not a performing monkey

    AssedBaig@AssedBaig

    @MrRae1000 @mehdirhasan I'm not a performing monkey

    10:56 AM - 16 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Is this the biggest joke ever? British Muslims - some of them prominent - make complete fools of themselves. https://t.co/AGHMkhYVOm

    Roshan M Salih@RmSalih

    Is this the biggest joke ever? British Muslims - some of them prominent - make complete fools of themselves.

    https://t.co/AGHMkhYVOm

    09:58 AM - 16 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    A graphics designer, Haseeb Rizvi, said the video would be seen as a "sign of weakness" of the Muslim community.

    He asked: "Do British Muslims need to make a video of themselves singing and dancing, to show non-Muslims people they are happy, and by extension normal and ‘just like everyone else’?"

    Journalist Myriam Francois-Cerrah, pictured below, told BuzzFeed that there's been too much analysis of the whole thing.

    The video has been viewed positively in most circles. As one Twitter user notes, why is being happy ever a bad thing?

    I can't believe the stir this has caused. If ANYONE wants to dance and be happy, why is that ever a bad thing? https://t.co/z12ycGHqH8

    W i l l@CaptainFluke

    I can't believe the stir this has caused. If ANYONE wants to dance and be happy, why is that ever a bad thing? https://t.co/z12ycGHqH8

    02:24 PM - 17 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    BREAKING NEWS: Muslims are happy people too: https://t.co/hEQAwCfZF4 #Happy #happyday

    Mashaal Mir @MashaalMir

    BREAKING NEWS: Muslims are happy people too: https://t.co/hEQAwCfZF4 #Happy #happyday

    12:12 PM - 16 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    :) :) :) Happy British Muslims video https://t.co/Cx7ktbGHIc is a great idea. 'Islamophobes must be grinding their teeth'. via @MoAnsar

    bleep@bloopington

    :) :) :) Happy British Muslims video https://t.co/Cx7ktbGHIc is a great idea. 'Islamophobes must be grinding their teeth'. via @MoAnsar

    11:32 AM - 17 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite