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Published on Sep 18, 2012
BBC World News Radio, with up to 160 million listeners, interviews CelebrateMercy founder Tarek El-Messidi about their MercyMail campaign (see below). He was also conducted a TV interview on CNN International: www.CelebrateMercy.com/CNN
Global Muslim Campaign to Send Condolences To Slain Ambassador's Family Goes Viral
4,000 letters sent from over eighty countries in three days; continues at a rate of one letter per minute.
September 17, 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 over eighty countries in just three days.
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 one."
Early Monday morning the campaign made the front page of Reddit.com, the social news website, causing the letters to come at an even faster rate.
"Violence 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.
"The 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 character.
As of Monday, the Celebrate Mercy Facebook page had over 115,000 fans. The organization also has 1,000 registered global volunteers.
For more information and to view campaign results in real-time, visit www.CelebrateMercy.com/Stevens. Contact: