While there has been much press coverage over who is to blame for the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya, which ended in the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his staffers, you may not have heard of an Islamic campaign called 'Celebrate Mercy,' which is trying to help heal the international wounds.
According to their press release:
What started out as a local effort by Muslims to write messages of goodwill to the family of Ambassador Stevens has quickly become a global online movement, with thousands of letters being sent from ninety countries in just one week.
The effort was launched by Celebrate Mercy, a non-profit organization that aims to educate people of all faiths worldwide about the life and character of the Prophet Muhammad through online telecasting and social media. It solicited responses to its 11-day 'MercyMail Campaign' via Facebook and Twitter, urging followers to "respond to an evil deed with a good one."
Letters began coming in rapidly after the campaign made the front page of Reddit.com, the social news website, and received the endorsement of prominent Muslim scholars and celebrities such as Cat Stevens (Yusuf).
The organization is collecting all of the letters, as well as flowers and gifts, to send to the family. They have received letters from Muslims spanning five continents, most of which came from the United States and North Africa, including many Libyans and Libyan-Americans.
Messages have ranged from personal stories, to condolences and prayers for the family, and explanations of why the act contradicts Muhammad's message and character.