RIYADH: AHD AL-OTAIBI
Published — Monday 1 April 2013
Last update 2 April 2013 11:45 pm
Saudi students studying in the US on scholarship launched a campaign titled “Prophet of Mercy” in Times Square in the New York City, where the events of Sept. 11 took place. The purpose of the campaign is to define and provide knowledge about the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).
The campaign was prepared by their collective efforts and funded by each one of them out of love for the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Students distributed roses, each of which was attached to a Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) written in English. The campaign was held in the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and England. In New York, more than 1200 roses were distributed to tourists in Times Square. The students intended to express values of love and peace. More than 15 students participated in the distribution during the campaign.
According to online news portal Sabq, the campaign received a significant positive reaction from tourists and those in the region. Many tourists encouraged the students with smiles and words of gratitude for their campaign as it contributed to the promotion of peace and love among people. Many people returned to the distribution sites to inquire about the campaign and about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Others insisted on taking photographs and filming via their mobile phones in order to publish the pictures on networking sites and spread the idea more broadly and to define the campaign. Most of the Saudi participants in the campaign are doctors, engineers and students of higher degrees.