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!! “ 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 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:
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
And best of all,
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…
As of today (June 1, 2010), the content of the ‘About’ page and the home page have changed…