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As an organization whose sole mission is to teach about the Prophet Muhammad’s legacy, we at CelebrateMercy are deeply shocked and saddened by the recent shootings in Paris.
For the first 13 years of his mission, the Prophet Muhammad experienced demeaning abuse, mockery and torture on a daily basis in Mecca. Not only did he resist engaging in violence, he did not respond to a single insult with another insult. At one point in Mecca, his enemies twisted his name to call him ‘Mudhammam’ (The Disgusting One) instead of ‘Muhammad’ which deeply offended his followers. But the Prophet calmly comforted them by stating, “Doesn’t it astonish you how God protects me from Quraish’s abuse and cursing? They abuse and curse Mudhammam while I am Muhammad.”
On Wednesday, January 7, extremists in Paris reacted to a magazine’s satirical cartoons which profanely portrayed the Prophet Muhammad. Their response was the cold-blooded murder of 12 journalists and civilians (one of whom was even a Muslim). Their barbarism completely contradicts the character and message of our beloved Prophet. In a famous Islamic tradition, he stated: “It is prohibited to cause harm to others, and to avenge harm with harm.” The Quran instructs believers to respond to evil with good, and when dealing with enemies, to “disagree with them in the most courteous way.”
“When our Prophet is mocked, we should respond as he did: with truth and kindness. Violence, no matter how angry you are, is not right in any religion. By killing innocents, these extremists in Paris have done more to offend the Prophet Muhammad’s legacy than the cartoons could have ever done. The Prophet taught that killing a single person is equivalent to killing all of humanity,” said Tarek El-Messidi, founder of CelebrateMercy.
“A small minority of Muslim extremists have shown enough anger to the world, supposedly in the Prophet Muhammad’s name. It’s time for the world to see Muslims’ love for him instead, by embodying his beautiful character every day. The Quran already assures us that the Prophet is constantly praised by God and His angels; even a million cartoons cannot threaten his status nor diminish his love in our hearts.”
The two recent trailer videos below, featuring globally prominent Muslim scholars and leaders, are examples of the work we do daily at CelebrateMercy to share the Prophet Muhammad’s life and character with people of all faiths worldwide. Our ‘MercyMail Campaign’ was also featured on CNN and other media outlets when we responded to the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya (view here
As of January 7th, CelebrateMercy had 680,000 Facebook fans and over 1.1 million views on its YouTube channel. The organization also has 2,000 registered global volunteers.
Tarek El-Messidi (CelebrateMercy Founding Director)