Lazy Muslim Capitalism

Have you heard of MillatFacebook? I hadn’t till yesterday…It’s a new social networking site (launched on Friday, May 28) for Muslims by six Pakistani IT professionals who decided to take advantage of the backlash (ban) against Facebook for allowing the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day – May 20” page…

I find this site offensive not because it is for Muslims but because it is piggybacking on the popularity of Facebook, a site they claim to hate…First, look at the name Millat Facebook (MFB) itself…If the creators wanted to be different and ethical (they claim that Facebook is ethically wrong for allowing anti-Muslim discussion), why has the phrase Facebook been included in the name? Not only have they copied the name, they have copied the design of the website as well…Take a look if you don’t believe me…

“Millatfacebook is Pakistan’s very own, first social networking site. A site for Muslims by Muslims where sweet people of other religions are also welcome!! Smile the website states…First of all, the language, the silly double exclamation marks and the smiley face are extremely unprofessional and give us an insight into the minds of the six creators…Secondly, if they really want non-Muslims to join, then why do they refer to them as “sweet people of other religions”?

The site coordinator Salman Ahmed (please notice the Smile next to his name as he signs off) goes on to state:

“They [Facebook] are generating 47%-50% of their revenue from Muslim and around 10%-12% alone from Pakistan.

There may be thousand and one things on which we can show tolerance but on such a delicate issue we cannot afford to show any latitude to anyone anywhere what so ever.

We love Peace and Happiness but not at cost of our BELOVED PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SALLALAH-O-ALIHI WASSALAM).

For those who want alternative of Facebook after its complete ban, we we have designed this site which is equal to Facebook in its feature and efficiency where everyone from any religion can come without any hesitation of being insulted on the basis of religion and racism .

Millatfacebook.com belongs to all of us who love PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SALLALAH-O-ALIHI WASSALAM).”

If people from other religions are also welcome to join, then why does he say it belongs to people who love Prophet Mohammad?

If this is an attempt at satire, I think it has failed miserably because the intent is revenge and money…On his MillatFacebook page, Omer Zaheer the owner of MFB, says:

“Show Mark Zukerberg (sic) and his poodles that we Muslims have expertise over technology and are no longer dependent on them.

Show to the world and ourselves that we can leave anything for the honour of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) let alone the ridiculous and blasphameous (sic) face book (sic).

Provide an immediate alternate (sic) with a continual effect for those in duress (sic) due to the hypocrytical behavior of Mark the extremist Jew’s face book.

Hit face book (sic) where it hurts the most and teach them a lesson.”

Usman Zaheer, the COO of the website, has been quoted as saying:

“We want to tell Facebook people if they mess with us they have to face the consequences. If someone commits blasphemy against our Prophet Mohammed then we will become his competitor and give him immense business loss.”

What lesson? What business loss? Will the owners be able to fight Mark Zuckerberg ‘s lawyers and money when they get sued for copyright infringement? The cloning is so blatant the login page uses the same picture as Facebook….

Aren’t they promoting hate, the same thing they are accusing FB of?

I also wonder if they are truly outraged with Facebook for the blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet or are they simply playing on people’s feelings to make a quick buck by promoting ghetto-ism…

Some awesome excerpts from the site:

Terms

Only Terms of using this website are:

1) You must respect Humanity
2) You must respect Believes of all People
3) No Disrespect to anyone

Privacy Policy

millAtfacebook highly respects your privacy policy and ensure you that your information will not be shared with anyone at any cost!

And best of all,

Copyright

Copyright MillatFacebook.com

The team behind this venture is basically lazy and unoriginal…I have no problem with creating a site for Muslims, I have a problem with being lazy, immoral and revengeful…

P.S.

As of today (June 1, 2010), the content of the ‘About’ page and the home page have changed…

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Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Girls are really the cursed sex…If they don’t get an education, they struggle through life and if they do and outperform boys, their diligence is penalized…

A well known college in Bangalore (MES Pre-University College of Arts, Commerce and Science) is penalizing girls for outstripping boys in the marks race in Class X board exams…

This is what Purushotham, a senior assistant in the college had to say – “We’d like to have an equal number of boys and girls in a class…As girls score higher, we have to bring down the cut-off percentage for boys.”

Mr. Purushotham, your reasoning sounds hollow to me…I don’t remember having ever read any news item in which you have said that your college was penalizing boys for doing better than girls in order to keep the boys to girls ratio equal…Why has this ratio suddenly become important? I wonder if you would have come up with this if your daughter was being penalized…Chee! Chee!

MES is not alone…National PU College has been segregating cut-offs based on gender for four years…

And here I thought I was living in the 21st. century…It seems to me that the more things change, the more moronic attitudes become…

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A Bizarre Interview:

Two-time Congress MP, Mr. Naveen Jindal, took on a TOI journalist regarding same-gotra marriages…

Naveen Jindal: “Would you yourself marry within the same gotra?”

Journalist: “Yes”

Naveen Jindal: “Will your parents also not have any problem?”

Journalist: “No”

Naveen Jindal: “Let me speak to your mom and ask her”

Journalist: “Do you really want to speak to her?”

Naveen Jindal: “You call her now and let me hear what she has to say.”

She called her mother and asked if she would have a problem if she wanted to marry a boy of the same gotra…Jindal asked for the speakerphone to be switched on and heard the parent reply “No”…He then took the mobile and spoke to the journalist’s mother to check for himself…When she took Jindal to task for promoting regressive casteist views, he tried to defend himself: “No, I am not encouraging anything (bad).” [Link]

This proves that politicians, no matter how educated and ‘modern’ they are, develop moronic attitudes come election time…Or maybe, they are just morons…


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Selective Faith

Why is it that those who most loudly proclaim that the Earth is a personal expression of God’s creativity and artistry often do the least to protect the rape of that art by humanity?

Isn’t it strange how many religious people have no qualms declaring that the world will go to hell if women wear spaghetti straps or go to a bar or go to work, while at the same time blithely assuming that God will simply fix the damage we are doing to our planet?

Isn’t saving the environment a moral fight?

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“Hijab Is My Choice, My Personality”

say many Muslim women…

I have one question for them…Is the same true for your daughters?

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Are these little girls wearing veils out of choice? Do they even know what choice means?

I personally believe that the government has no business telling people what to wear and what not to, but when I see adorable energetic little girls converted into somber, ghostly, veil-clad shadows of themselves, I feel that a burqa ban might not be such a bad idea….

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Open Letter To A Telemarketer

Dear Friendly Telemarketer,

I’ve tried to be pleasant. I’ve tried to be polite. Every time you call, I make the effort to hear you out, and yet you torment me. You politely ask if I have a moment to hear your spiel, to which I can simply say, “No”, but I don’t. Now I will because you and your brethren have mutated into an aggressive and ruthless breed. You have become the most lowly form of scum.

I know telemarketing is your job and you would not be doing it if you had an option, but that does not give you the right to stalk me.  As of today, I see no obligation to be polite to you. When you call me to sell some moronic product or service or conduct a survey, you take up my time. You invade my privacy. You try to manipulate me. You feel entitled to force yourself on me. In other words, you are no different from stalkers, spammers and fundamentalists.

If your industry is as ethical as those who promote it claim it to be, then why do you continue calling people who plainly do not want to be called? Let me give you some sales advice: by not calling people who don’t want to be called, you will not only decrease the annoyance factor but also increase the number of actual takers of your telemarketed product or service. Get rid of the belief that by calling someone a hundred times you might get them to pay up to make you go away.

And here’s another thing. When I say “No,I don’t want you to call back at a more convenient time”, I mean it. There will never be a more convenient time to try to sell me something I don’t want. Get it?

Sorry for putting a hole in your sales target, but there it is.

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