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Global Muslim Campaign to Send Condolences To Slain Ambassador's Family Goes Viral
Over 5,000 letters sent from ninety countries in one week; continues at a rate of one letter every ninety seconds.
September 24, 2012-- What started out as a local effort by Muslims to
write messages of goodwill to the family of Ambassador Stevens has
quickly become a global online movement, with thousands of letters being
sent from ninety countries in just one week.
The effort was
launched by Celebrate Mercy, a non-profit organization that aims to
educate people of all faiths worldwide about the life and character of
the Prophet Muhammad through online telecasting and social media. It
solicited responses to its 10-day 'MercyMail Campaign' via Facebook and
Twitter, urging followers to "respond to an evil deed with a good
week, the campaign made the front page of Reddit.com, the social news
website, causing the letters to come at an even faster rate.
and vandalism, no matter how angry you are, is not right in any
religion. By killing an innocent man, this mob did more to offend the
Prophet Muhammad's legacy than this film could have ever done,"
said Tarek El-Messidi, founder of Celebrate Mercy.
Prophet Muhammad embodied mercy and patience on a daily basis, and
taught that killing a single person is equivalent to killing all of
humanity. This tiny, but loud minority obviously wasn't listening, but
the outpouring of heartfelt letters from Muslims worldwide reflects the
values of the overwhelming majority."
The organization is collecting all of
the letters, as well as flowers and gifts, to send to the family. They
have received letters from Muslims spanning five continents, most of
which came from the United States and North Africa, including many
Libyans and Libyan-Americans.
Messages have ranged from
personal stories, to condolences and prayers for the family, and
explanations of why the act contradicts Muhammad's message and
CelebrateMercy has over 120,000 Facebook fans and over 1,000 registered volunteers worldwide.