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

Ahram Online, Saturday 29 Sep 2012

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

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6 April members with tourists at the Egyptian Museum Friday (Photo: Courtesy of 6 April official Facebook page)

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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