The campaign aims to refute Daesh’s false claims of following the example and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Center has chosen the hashtag #MercyToTheWorlds to convey a global message of Islam’s merciful and tolerant principles. It also seeks to clarify through this hashtag that violent and radical actions by extremists bear no relation whatsoever to the real teachings of Islam and the practices of Muslims.
The Center has pointed out that the #MercyToTheWorlds campaign comes as part of efforts to emphasise that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a symbol of peace, love, and mercy and called for tolerance, justice, and equality between all human beings, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. The Center also seeks through its many initiatives to counteract the destructive ideologies that terrorist organisations spread online in order to deceive and recruit young people. These organisations often leverage texts and rulings from the history of Islam and the life of the Prophet (PBUH) that are falsified or used out of context to serve deviant purposes.
The Sawab Center has emphasised that it co-operates with all organisations known internationally for fighting terrorist ideologies, including Al-Azhar which is leading these efforts. The Center has commended its current collaboration with Al-Azhar given the latter’s esteemed position and profound vision in dealing with regional and global developments, as well as its vital role in spreading the true and moderate vision of Islam and correcting false interpretations, noticeable efforts in countering radicalism and terrorism, and the efforts of Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, in promoting the values of peace, mercy, and justice among peoples and nations.
Commenting on the issue, Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar said: “Today we celebrate the birth of the greatest and kindest, and the noblest and most merciful Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and his brothers, the Prophets and Messengers. It is very difficult, rather impossible, to cover Prophet Muhammad’s life in one sitting or lecture. That is not enough to cover even one aspect of his greatness and humanity. And that’s because the Prophet’s life in itself represents the complete human being, one great character in all its manifestations.
He added: “The Sawab Center’s awareness and educational campaigns play a vital role in supporting all efforts in spreading the true and moderate vision of Islam and countering radical and terrorist ideologies. Al-Azhar is committed to spreading the values of peace, mercy and co-existence. It is important to stress that Daesh is an aggressor on this earth and is against Allah’s orders and His Messenger’s teachings. They must be fought by our rulers and leaders in order to wipe out this evil group.”