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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12 thoughts on “Lazy Muslim Capitalism

  1. I think people fail to understand how much work goes into FB; it’s not just a collection of some pages and the ability to friend.

    Me: I agree with you…MFB has been created using phpFox and the result shows…

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  2. Tried to check this site yesterday, but the link was not working…. guess they would need the entire FB team to make this work..

    and hence the ban was lifted in Pakistan?

    maybe there are a few saner ones left in Pakistan?

    and it is business at the end of the day.. and how true!

    Me: They are doing a server upgrade – at least that’s what the message says…

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  3. 🙂 All what you pointed out is outright true..But what i am thinking is “How come pakistanis did even this much”

    Muslim world was, is and will continue to be in sad state of affairs,not because they can’t but because they don’t want to….

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  4. There’s also no way in hell that Facebook gets 47-50% of their revenue from the muslim world. Less than 1% would probably be more accurate…

    Like you said, it’s a rip off, and won’t be around for long. I doubt if anyone would stay there for long. Moreoever, there’s no reason for a person to trust them with private information – not with the unprofessional way they’ve started off!

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  5. I know of a few people who’d logged in to orkut phishing site. Possibly, few lazy Pakistani people will also use the same user name & password for this new site as for facebook – I guess, an unanticipated beneficial side effect for creators of MFB! 😉

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  6. I think this already a dead venture. A Pak court has lifted the ban on FB.

    It would have failed in any case, if you want to remain in a ghetto, you must stay away from the internet, where you can travel at the click of a button and encounter something offensive to your religion – no matter which – in thousands of sites. How many can be blocked? Don’t like them, stay away from them.

    This information revolution is going to be even more disruptive in the future; for the first time on over a thousand years, criticism, condemnation of beliefs and dogma is being done openly only because anonymity guaranteed by the web has rendered those who could suppress such voices brutally powerless. These alternative views are also now available for the first time ever to ordinary people in the security and comforts of their homes, enabling them to think and make more informed choices whenever possible. Interesting times ahead.

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  7. 🙂 It is more funny than anything else. One would have thought that they would be more creative.. atleast the name could have been different, at the very least 🙂

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