A new pro-Muhammad billboard campaign is being funded by a Muslim group in an effort to counter the increasingly negative views of Islam.
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a Muslim education group who wants a global Caliphate, has organized the campaign and says it will put up 100 billboards around the country in a massive, high-profile PR campaign designed to portray Islam as a peaceful religion.
The billboards have already been posted in cities in California, New Jersey and Florida, and other locations, in an effort to present Islam as a faith that embraces love and brotherhood, Reuters reported.
The giant placards, which are slated to appear in cities across America, include messages like,
“Looking for the answers in Life? Discover Muhammad”
“Kindness is a mark of faith”
“Muhammad believed in peace, social justice, women’s rights”
“We thought a proper approach would be to actually educate the larger public about [Muhammad’s] personality, which exemplifies love and brotherhood,” Waqas Syed, Islamic Circle of North America deputy secretary general, told Reuters.
This is not the first time ICNA has tried to get people to view Islam as a peaceful religion.
In 2013, ICNA launched a campaign showing the similarities between Christianity and Islam, which views Jesus as a prophet, but not as the son of God. The following year, the organization launched a campaign aimed at clarifying what they are saying is the true meaning of “Shariah,” a term that refers to Islamic law. And in 2011, the group set up a 24/7 Muslim toll free phone line to “get the facts” about Islam.
A 2013 campaign by another U.S. Muslim group, CAIR, tried to show non-violent interpretations of jihad, like with a slogan saying, “My Jihad is to stay fit despite my busy schedule. What’s yours?” appearing on the side of a bus.
The latest campaigns by ICNA and CAIR prompted angry responses, and in the case of the “My Jihad” campaign, an opposing group put up signs and billboards linking Islam with violence.
The pro-Muhammad billboards first appeared in Sacramento, California just days after Muslim terrorists targeted a free speech event in Garland, Texas that featured a “Draw Muhammad” contest.
Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller has announced that she is organizing to put up 100 billboards, starting in St. Louis, Missouri, featuring the winning cartoon from the “Draw Muhammad” event.
The billboard depicts Muhammad saying, “You can’t draw me!” and the cartoonist replies, “That’s why I draw you.”