Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Facebook’s “Islamic” Version, MillatFacebook, Picks Up Online Fight

Before I learn of fatwas being passed against me, let me clear this: This piece does not intend to defame Islam in any way.
I just learnt on one of the leading news outlets of the country that a Facebook rivaling “Islamic” version of a social network has been persuading the ummat folks to boycott the blasphemous haraam website in order to connect with the ‘1.6 billion Muslim users’ that this website boasts of on its homepage.
Now hold it right there, Yes! You did read it correctly; 1.6 BILLION is the number that MillatFacebook claims as the number of Muslim users that it connects one with once they have adopted this social network. Now, there is a serious flaw in the consistency of this website’s claim. As much as 1.6 billion users is something even Facebook would be super jealous of, not to mention the surge of international media and blogosphere attention such a site, one which has originated in Lahore, Pakistan, would generate.
Facebook's "Islamic" Version, MillatFacebook, Picks Up Online Fight
The name MillatFacebook, while being a quintessentially Pakistani plagiarized one, may sound familiar to many. It is in fact the same website that was born in the midst of the infamous Facebook ban in Pakistan in 2010, in the midst of Facebook’s equally infamous ‘Draw Mohammed Day’.
My biggest issue with everything ‘Islamic’ is basically the fundamental, WHY? I mean, why is there a need for an Islamic version of the dark cola beverage? Why now do we have to have a ‘Moslem’ version of everything under the sun? I am sure it does not make any of those things that have been shunned as the morally corrupting haraam items any more sacred or halaal in their Islamic versions. This bandwagon jumping by our moral vigilantes is nothing but a rather distasteful display of their slow creative minds that want a slice of the pie, the religious way.
Another point that I am critical of this MillatFacebook is the fact that while they profess religious affiliation, they are hypocritically lying about their user base. They claim that they can connect one with 1.6 billion people through their network which means that in two years’ time they managed to surpass Facebook. Moreover, they further say that one should not consider them as a ‘clone’ of Facebook but one look at their homepage layout ( I did not have the stomach to even make an account to explore the insides of this site that is more of a disgrace than anything else) and even their name and all their claims and disclaimers are shot down.
If anyone is interested, log onto their pages and be the judges for yourself. Fire away below with your views on everything ‘Islamic’.

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