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6 April launches 'Who is Prophet Mohammed' campaign for Egypt tourists

Renowned revolutionary youth movement targets tourists with an information campaign aimed at countering negative conceptions about Islam

Ahram Online, Saturday 29 Sep 2012
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6 April members with tourists at the Egyptian Museum Friday (Photo: Courtesy of 6 April official Facebook page)
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Members of the 6th of April Youth Movement in Cairo started an initiative under the name of "Who is Prophet Mohamed" which entails distributing CDs to foreign tourists containing the biography of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, in an attempt to combat negative stereotypes about Islam and the prophet in the wake of the recent controversy created by the anti-Islam clip that sparked angry protests in several Muslim countries including Egypt.

On Friday and Saturday 6th of April members distributed around 100 CDs containing the biography translated into 10 languages, targeting tourists at the Egypt Museum located off Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 2011 Egyptian uprising in which the youth movement played a key role.

The group said on its Facebook page Saturday that the initiative was well-received by tourists as well as museum officials and tour guides.

"Some of the tourists even recognised the 6th of April group," said the group on Facebook.

Earlier in September, crowds of angry Muslim protesters besieged the US embassy in Cairo to denounce a short film, which critics accuse of being greatly offensive to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

Clashes between protesters and the police left dozens injured and two unconfirmed deaths, and authorities arrested several hundred people on charges related to the violence that ensued.

The 13-minute clip also triggered angry protests over the Arab world and Muslim countries.

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medo
30-09-2012 12:37am
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really???
This is an interesting story.... for a number of reason, one of the main ones is, another story in Al Ahram is about a Salafi preacher who believes that Islam allows men to beat their wives and that all Jews and Christians are infidels... If we want people to have a better understanding of our religion, should be not ensure that the preachers and Sheikhs actually understand what our religion is and stands for? When people speak such things, are we surprised that people make fun of us? I am a proud Muslim, however i do not believe in the views of this awful preacher. Islam is not about being allowed to beat up your wives!
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josecri
29-09-2012 07:14pm
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That's right
That's right what tourists want to hear by the beach or while visiting the pyramids. Sounds a lot like a propaganda move, while maybe concentrating the efforts elsewhere would prove much more useful.
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Marco
29-09-2012 12:28pm
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Useless propaganda
stereotypes about Islam? It is a joke or what? i wonde if these kids of th April movement have ever read the biography of Muhammad by Al tabari or the Sira. If they do it they will find out the truth about this man.Please, do not set up useless porpaganda groups, just read and educate yourself before spekaing. Shucran
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Miriam Batul
29-09-2012 05:48pm
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Guide and Encourage, instead!
They are young but they are trying. May be, if you are there check out the CD.e.g 'The Message' is a good one.
A.K
29-09-2012 05:08pm
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Dear Marco
Your comments are unfortunate. Peaceful people ought to respond to insults of their religion by publishing their views in all media channels to counter the negative insultive message. This response is much much better than going into violent demonstrations. These young people efforts ought to be congratulated and I wish them every success. Why do not you debate your view points by the power of your word and conviction instead of such negative comment.
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ahmed
29-09-2012 10:57am
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good work
keep up the good work guys!
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Sofia
29-09-2012 08:52pm
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Positve move
I have to agree with Ahmed. Good work being done by young Egytians .
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