MillatFacebook, Pakistan's Answer to Facebook, Goes After Facebook

MillatFacebook

Ticked off by Facebook's hosting of a page that had a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed, a group of tech professionals in Lahore have created a rival social net for Muslims, just a week after the social networking site was blocked by the Pakistani authorities. It's called MillatFacebook, and it's founders are fervently anti-Facebook.

The word Millat is an urdu term for nation, referring to the greater Muslim nation, and this is pretty much the entire thrust of the new service—it's a Facebook for Muslims who don't want to use Facebook. There's a hint of openness in the site's welcome: It's "A site for Muslims by Muslims where sweet people of other religions are also welcome" but if you listen to the words of some of its founders, the enterprise seems founded on anger as much as anything else.

On his MillatFacebook page, Omer Zaheer has a blog post entitled, "Millat Facebook... Why?" Parts of his argument are very interesting.

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 software company hosting the site noted "We want to tell Facebook people 'if they mess with us they have to face the consequences,'" in an interview with AFP. Then adding some venom, he said "If someone commits blasphemy against our Prophet Mohammed then we will become his competitor and give him immense business loss." The stated goal of making the site the largest social network for Muslims backs up these words, and with hundreds of millions of Muslims around the globe there's certainly an audience.

That's assuming all this target audience is of the same state of mind as the six founders of MillatFacebook—which will be utterly divorced from the original Facebook, even while it tries to copy features like the Wall and Friending and so on, so that if you have online colleagues or friends on the other service you'll at least have to be members of both. FastCompany has contacted Facebook for a comment on the situation and will post its response as soon as it gets it.

Although the Pakistani authorities have partially unblocked YouTube which, alongside Facebook and Wikipedia, was one of almost 500 Web sites deemed "blasphemous" by a group which went to the Pakistani High Court and succeeded in getting a ban, Mark Zuckerberg's site is still off-limits. That, however, has something to do with the court order, which has made Facebook verboten until May 31 at the earliest—even the country's Interior Minister was forced onto Twitter after he was shut out of Facebook. Zaheer must be praying that the Facebook ban stays in place—otherwise, come June 1, there will be mass migration back to the originator.

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  • ayesha qureshi

    As all of us know that Facebook held competitions for drawing caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, Burn Quran day and many more

    Muslims around the world made Thousands of complaints against these virtual events BUT FaceBook administration did not deleted/ banned these pages and groups.

    In comparison to what they usually do even for very minor violation of Facebook Terms of Services or any posting against Jews.

    Millatfacebook is Pakistan's very own, first social networking site.
    A site for Muslims by Muslims where sweet & peaceful people of other religions are also welcome so come and join hand in hand.

    Lets encourage this brave step and promote Unity of Muslim Ummah/Millat which is a need of hour
    As nothing could happen neither on earth nor in heavens without His will just to test the Emaan of muslims as He says in sora Mulk Ayah no 1 and 2. that,
    1) Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things.

    2) Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving

    Now our test is to leave Facebook and join MFB , the Muslim's very own social networking site. Go ahead and read about it on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

    May Allah Shows right path to all of us and bless us with His countless blessings lets join www.millatfacebook.com

    Ameen
    Ayesha

  • Sobia Khan

    Recently I have seen a website http://www.millatspace.com which looks more professional, easy and fun to use it looks that is gonna evolve. It is made by some Pakistani writer and web entrepreneur called Ali Arman living in UK.
    Have a look and sign up. I hope you will find it useful and interesting.

  • Michal

    Birth and Launch of Millat Facebook:
    Millat FB was launched by a team of Pakistani Muslims by working round the clock within just 2-3 days and Launched it Globally
    Vs
    Mark Zukerberg’s Zionist FB which took YEARS to develop and ran as a prototype for years. Than was registered in 1997 and it wasn’t until a YEAR LATER in 1998 that they could formally launch it.
    Response and Growth:
    Within 15 Days MFB had over 318,000 members forming its community
    VS
    FB who in the ENTIRE FIRST MONTH could manage ONLY 3,000
    World Ranking:
    The most reputable internet stats provider Alexa Ranked MFB 18,860th site out of over 6 BILLION WEBSITES within JUST One and a Half week.
    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/...
    VS
    The Zionist owned FB which took 6 years to gain popularity

  • Noor Mohamed Mohamed Mifly

    This is the need of the hour. The muslims all over the world pay very high price for borrowing any thing and every thing from others.My simple opinion is that any thing can be initiated but to maintain it successfully is too difficult. Our action or reaction should not be emotional BUT be intelligent one. Wish you the success.
    Mifly from Sri Lanka.

  • syed siraj hussain

    hi i am siraj. my support for millat facebook and six IT student you are great brother. I am very thankfull for you.

  • Tyler Gray

    As soon as they roll out their one-click privacy features. (I'm kidding, but notice there's no more Facebook Connect feature on our own site.)