Oct 24 2011
THE Muslim organization behind the provocative ‘JESUS is a PROPHET of ISLAM’ billboards will begin screening a TV commercial espousing Islamic values during some of Australia’s most watched programs.
Daily Telegraph(H/T Peter S) The commercial, believed to be the first to promote Islam on national television, features several excerpts from the Koran to show that Muslims share similar values to Christians.
The commercial is the brainchild of MyPeace, the same organization that erected the “Jesus is a Prophet of Islam” billboards across Sydney. Founder Diaa Mohamed said the commercial was aimed at addressing some of the misconceptions about Islam.
“We thought it best to, for lack of a better term, hijack Islam back and show you what Islam is really about,” Mr Mohamed said. “It’s designed to show the Australian public Islamic values … and to show that the Australian values are very similar.”
“They are values that our holy book, the holy Quran, teaches us to live by and they are values that any common, basic human should live by.”
The television commercial was produced at the same time as the billboards, which were criticized by a Catholic Bishop as “provocative and and offensive”.
“It will interesting to see how it will be received,” he said.”I think the feedback will be one of surprise but very welcoming at the same time.” The advertisement was fully funded by private donors from Australia, he said.