Published on Oct 5, 2012
(ST. LOUIS, MO, 10/5/12) -- The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) has launched a digital billboard campaign to educate residents of Missouri and Southern Illinois about the legacy of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Video: CAIR-St. Louis Digital Billboard
[NOTE: One billboard is located on Manchester Road near the Mason road intersection and the other is located off of I-70 and Fifth Street facing west.]
CAIR's billboard campaign was prompted by clips an anti-Islam film published on the Internet that sparked violent protests in the Middle East and across the Muslim world. The billboards are designed to direct the public to accurate and balanced information about the Prophet Muhammad.
Through its educational campaign, CAIR-St. Louis will distribute 1,000 complimentary copies of the award-winning PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet." The billboards will include the number (636) 686-0650 and an email (email@example.com) at which anyone can call or email to ask questions about Islam or the Prophet Muhammad or to order the DVD.
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"The violent reaction to the anti-Islam film that has spread across the world is not what the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught or would have wanted," said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. "He was insulted in his life much worse than in this film and he reacted by forgiving others. Through this campaign we hope to show the true legacy of this great man and to clear up myths and misconceptions that many people unfortunately hold today."
"We want our fellow Americans to know that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a man who stood for justice, mercy and compassion, and taught Muslims to do the same," said Mufti Asif Umar, Imam at the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. "It is personally troubling to me to see his honor being slandered in this recent video. However our reaction as American Muslims is to invite our neighbors to learn about his legacy and take this as an opportunity for positive outreach."
CAIR-St. Louis is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, (636)207-8882, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com