Tarek El-Messidi is a Muslim-American speaker, activist, and social entrepreneur. In 2012, he was listed by Georgetown University in the Muslim500 as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims worldwide. He has pursued Islamic studies in the United States, Morocco, and Jordan. In 2001, Tarek co-founded Fast-a-thon: an event that raises money to feed the hungry when non-Muslims try fasting with their Muslim peers for one day. Fast-a-thons at 300 universities have raised over $2 million total to feed the hungry across America.
In 2010, after earning an MBA and working as a supply chain manager at Procter & Gamble, Tarek founded CelebrateMercy: a non-profit that teaches about the Prophet Muhammad through webinars and social campaigns that “respond to hate with love.” CelebrateMercy now has over 700,000 social media followers and media coverage of their campaigns reached over 100 million people last year alone.
In 2017, Tarek co-organized CelebrateMercy’s campaign that raised $162,000 to repair vandalized Jewish cemeteries. Last October, CelebrateMercy also raised over $200,000 for victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Both campaigns were extensively covered in national media outlets and tweeted by celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres and J.K. Rowling. Stephen Colbert even opened up his Late Show one night by praising Tarek and the campaign for the Pittsburgh synagogue (video here).
In 2019, Tarek co-managed campaigns that helped 7,000 Americans who suffered from the U.S. Government Shutdown and another that raised nearly $2 million USD for New Zealand’s mosque shooting victims. See a recent CNN interview with Tarek here: