TV advertisements to promote Prophet Muhammad
MUSLIMS in Bankstown will launch the first television commercial in Australia about the Prophet Mohammed in a bid to make non-Muslims understand Islam better.
The Islamic community has raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund a series of 30-second commercials, due to air on the main television networks from July 9.
They are the brainchild of the Mypeace organisation, based at Bankstown, which is attempting to build bridges between the Muslim community and other Australians.
The prime-time advertisements, set to appear over several months, feature major figures of history, including Mahatma Gandhi and George Bernard Shaw, extolling the virtues of the Prophet Mohammed.
Mypeace founder, Diaa Mohamed, said negotiations with the television networks were being finalised for the commercials to run in breakfast, afternoon and evening time slots.
“This is a response to misinformation – not many (Australians) are aware of who the Prophet is and why we regard him so highly and so emotionally.
“The commercials will be animated with voice-overs and will have quotes on the screen.
“Muhammad (PBUH) is the most influential man in history and the commercials will show what scholars and historians have said about him,” Mr Mohamed said.
Gandhi said the prophet “holds undisputed sway over the hearts of millions” and George Bernard Shaw described him as the “saviour of humanity.”
The TV commercials, described as a “defining moment in Australian Islamic history,” will be unveiled at a function in Bankstown on July 6 and begin running on TV from July 9, Mr Mohamed said.