Episode 107: CelebrateMercy, with Tarek El-Messidi
Parvez and Omar are joined by Tarek El-Messidi, founder of CelebrateMercy. They look back to the inspiration behind the organization, discuss its genesis and initial launch, and touch on some of the team's current initiatives. About CelebrateMercy CelebrateMercy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that teaches about the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ’s life and character – to Muslims and the general public. They do this through short films, online campaigns, traveling conferences, and webinars that feature world-renowned speakers and scholars on Islam. In 10 years, CelebrateMercy has: • Reached 300 million people through national media coverage • Held 25 events for 200,000 participants in 115 countries • Produced 200+ videos with 7 million views on YouTube a Facebook • Generated social media posts leading to 700,000 subscribers About Tarek El-Messidi Tarek El-Messidi is a Muslim-American speaker, activist, and social entrepreneur. In 2012, he was listed by Georgetown University in the Muslim500 as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims worldwide. He has pursued Islamic studies in the United States, Morocco, and Jordan and served for 10 years on the boards of multiple mosques, including as President and Vice-President of two Islamic centers. In 2001, while serving as President of the Muslim Student Association at his university, Tarek co-founded Fast-a-thon: an event that raises money to feed the hungry when non-Muslims try fasting with their Muslim peers for one day. Fast-a-thons at 300 universities have raised over $2 million total to feed the hungry across America. In 2010, after earning an MBA and working as a supply chain manager at Procter a Gamble, Tarek founded CelebrateMercy.