Website Launches Campaign to Spread Prophet’s Message
P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News

JEDDAH, 5 April 2006 — Al-Islam Group, a Jeddah-based cultural organization, plays a significant role in the propagation of Islam by removing misconceptions about the religion through its websites. They have been viewed by 5.7 million people in more than 80 countries.

The group has responded differently to the blasphemous cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by launching a year-long online campaign to spread the Prophet’s message and teachings.

According to this Arab News article, a Saudi NGO has established a website to spread a message of moderate Islam. The site, Prophet Mohammad for All, is pretty comprehensive in its scope. It does not appear to engage in any interactivity with readers and is, therefore, promoting its particular view of Islam. There’s no indication–either in this story or on the website mentioned–whether there is any Saudi government funding involved in this effort.

What it preaches is not the fierce Islam that appears in parts of the Quran. It emphasizes the peaceful aspects. Some, of course, will call this dissimulation–or out and out deception. I see it as an attempt to promote a particular and pacific interpretation of Islam. That this is coming out of Saudi Arabia can only be to the good.


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