“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”

On 11 September 2012, terrorists killed Chris Stevens, the United States ambassador to Libya, in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Three other people died in the attack. The attack was at first thought to be a response to an anti-Islam film. Many Muslims condemned the murders. The Muslim organization CelebrateMercy urged Muslims to write letters of condolence for Mr. Stevens’ family. Over 7,500 letters from 115 countries poured in. Chris Stevens’ sister Dr. Anne Stevens wrote, “I want to thank you on behalf of our family for the tremendous efforts you have been making to collect letters from people around the world. We are thankful for the goodwill of the thousands of good people who are reaching out. It is this public display of goodwill that will move us all to better understanding and collaboration.” The letters—bound into a book—were presented to Dr. Anne Stevens. Tarek El-Messidi, founder of CelebrateMercy, said, “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. 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.” According to CelebrateMercy’s press release about the presentation of the letters to Dr. Anne Stevens, “CelebrateMercy is a non-profit organization that aims to educate people of all faiths about the Prophet Muhammad through online telecasting and social media.”

For Further Information: “Press Release: Ambassador Stevens’ Family to Meet with Director of Global Muslim Condolence Letters Campaign.” CelebrateMercy Press Release. 10 November 2012

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