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Mystery Painter Turns Vile Anti-Muslim Graffiti Into Message Of Love

"Maybe that is the way to treat things."

A few simple brush strokes is all it took to transform vile anti-Muslim graffiti that appeared in Ireland following the terrorist attacks in Belgium.

The message "All Muslims Are Scum" was daubed on a wall near Croke Park sports stadium in Dublin after at least 31 people died in Brussels Airport and on a train in the Belgian capital on Tuesday. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Someone spotted the sickening graffiti and quickly amended it to read "All Muslims Are Sound." "Sound" is a colloquial expression used in Ireland to describe someone who is genuine and good.

Irish journalist Brian Whelan, who is the deputy digital editor for Channel 4 News, posted before and after images (above) of the graffiti to Twitter on Friday, which are going viral.

Fazel Ryklief, from the Islamic Foundation of Ireland, told the Irish Independent "maybe that is the way to treat things."

"Instead of getting angry and annoyed, just change it. Putting it aside is perhaps better than making a big deal of these things," he said. "It brings a little smile to know that someone has a sense of humor."

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