WASHINGTON - Amid angry protest worldwide rejecting defamatory anti-Islam film, American Muslims have chosen another way to show their solidarity with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by spreading his teachings to the world.
The movie that was produced by a convicted felon - is not just an insult to Muslims but to Americans as well, Dr Sayeed ur Rahman Chowdhury, the national president of Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), told Dawn.com on Friday, October 5.
To demean and spread hate is not freedom of speech - that is something else.
Chowdhury was speaking during an event hosted by MUNA amid Muslim fury over an American-made film insulting Prophet Muhammad.
Titled innocence of Muslims', the film portrays the Prophet as a fool, philanderer and a religious fake.
The film triggered protests in several countries around the world, which left scores of people dead, including the US ambassador in Libya.
Adding insult into injury, a French magazine published cartoons mocking the prophet, further angering Muslims.
The anti-prophet insults have triggered calls for a UN resolution criminalizing blasphemy.
Extremism and terrorism cannot be in Islam. Extremists and terrorists have their own religion - it is not Islam, Judaism, or Christianity, said Chowdhury.
Rejecting the defamatory film, Chowdhury urged American Muslims to find better ways to respond to these extremist ideas targeting Islam.
We have to find a better way to respond. My point here is to find a better way, he said.
We must be visionary not just reactionary.
As MUNA officials were busy finding the answer, Muhammad Ibrahim, the founder of Muhammadi media company, was spreading his video Mercy in 5 on Facebook.
The reaction video is about five minutes long about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the deeper meaning of his actions.
My video Mercy in 5 was in direct response to the insulting film Innocence of Muslims, Ibrahim, a Karachi 44-year-old who resides in Islamabad, said.
I partially saw the trailer of that movie before Youtube was banned in Pakistan and found it to be utterly repulsive.
At the same time I realized that the film was so badly made that it would have no credibility in the eyes of neutral audiences. And it is these neutral audiences who would now be seeking to know the real Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), he added.
Another Egyptian campaign to defend Prophet Muhammad was launched on Friday under the title Knock on Doors.
Many young people from both liberal and Islamic parties joined the movement to defend the Prophet Muhammad, said Mohammed Assem Abdul Maged, a leader in the Islamist groups al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and al-Ansar movement, Al Arabiya reported.
The campaign aims mainly to collect one billion Egyptian pounds ($165 million) that would be used in media projects to spread the true image of Prphet Muhammad and his teachings.
These projects include setting up a TV satellite channel and a publishing house to publicize true information about the Prophet Muhammad and to defend him against insults.
Abdul Maged told Egypt's daily al-Masry al-Youm that he was also considering establishing a film production company abroad as part of the campaign.
Moreover, a sum of the collected money would be used to support the Syrian people, either in Syria or in Egypt.
The billion pounds will also be used to support the Syrian people by sending medical convoys and food ... [and] a portion will be allocated to the Syrian families in Egypt, Abdul Maged was quoted as saying.
Different Muslim organizations in Europe have also handed out gift bags with the Noble Qur'an and booklets explaining Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).