Thousands of Muslim from across the world have come together today to take part in the Global Messenger Day.
The “Who Do You Love?” campaign led by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) is aimed at educating the wider non-Muslim society about who the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was and explain why Muslims love him.
Muslims from 52 countries across 6 continents registered for the Global Messenger Day, making it one the biggest dawah days in modern history.
Speaking to 5Pillars, iERA’s Head of Education and Research, Hamza Tzortzis, said: “The main objectives of the ‘Who do you love?’ campaign are to show the world why Muslims love the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and to express to others why they should love him too.
“We want to show the real story of the Prophet (saw). That he was a man of mercy, compassion, justice and truth.”
Hundreds of Muslims from across the UK gathered at the Queen Mary University of London this morning to receive training by Mr Tzortzis before being despatched in teams around the capital’s hotspots.
“We want people to have the opportunity to be able to accept the truth of the Prophet’s (saw) message and experience the wisdom, mercy and hope of his teachings,” Mr Tzortzis said.
In light of the Charlie Hebdo and Garland shootings, where satirical caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) provoked a violent reaction, negative perceptions of Muslims fanned by the media and politicians has in many cases led to Islamophobic attacks.
When asked about the effect these incidents have had on Muslims and dawah in general, Mr Tzortzis said: “Of course these incidents have obviously created a negative narrative. But we want to be very clear and send a message of love, compassion, truth and mercy to the whole world.
“When people find out who the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) really was, they will love him, God-willing, and they will realise how his message positively changed the world and how it will give them peace in this life and the one to come.”