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Can Pakistani ‘Millatfacebook’ draw Muslims from US Facebook?


ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis outraged with Facebook over “blasphemous” caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed have created a spin-off networking site that they dream can connect the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, reports AFP.

A group of six young IT professionals from Lahore, the cultural and entertainment capital of Pakistan, Launched www.millatfacebook.com on Tuesday for Muslims to interact online and protest against blasphemy.

The private venture came after a Pakistani court ordered a block on Facebook until May 31, following deep offence over an “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” page considered “blasphemous” and “sacrilegious”.

“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 tells people interested in signing up.

Dubbed MFB, after Facebook’s moniker FB, its founder says professionals are working around the clock to offer features similar to those pioneered by the wildly popular California-based prototype.

Each member has a “wall” for friends to comment on. The site offers email, photo, video, chat and discussion board facilities.

The Urdu word “Millat” is used by Muslims to refer to their nation. The website claims to have attracted 4,300 members in the last three days — mostly English-speaking Pakistanis in their 20s.

The number of aficionados may be growing, but the community is a drop in the ocean of the 2.5 million Facebook fans in Pakistan and there have been some scathing early reviews of the start-up.

Neither has Facebook been immediately reachable for comment.

“We want to tell Facebook people ‘if they mess with us they have to face the consequences’,” said Usman Zaheer, the 24-year-old chief operating officer of the software house that hosts the new site.

“If someone commits blasphemy against our Prophet Mohammed then we will become his competitor and give him immense business loss,” he told AFP, dreaming of making “the largest Muslim social networking website”.

Once signed up, members are a click away from debate on the bulletin board.

For example, “Enticing Fury” wrote: “The reason is that this forum must be reserved for ALL MUSLIMS OF THE WORLD and not only Pakistan. So using the word MILLAT is very good!

“Well done guys. You have made a great alternative for the whole Muslim ummah (nation)!”

But the nascent quality of the work-in-progress website has preoccupied and dismayed some, as well as drawn at least one damning newspaper review.

One member wrote: “they need 2 have more info”.

Another posted a mournful: “need games here as well. I miss cafe world” referring to the popular Facebook page where members can run their own virtual cafe.

“It was a good idea… as it can give us a forum to connect, but its reach is too limited,” Mohammad Adeel, a 31-year-old pharmacist told AFP in Karachi, who joined to keep up with friends he missed due to the Facebook ban.

Local newspaper was crushing. “The quality of user experience is so abysmal that it does not merit the humble title, ‘Facebook clone’,” it wrote online.

“To sum up, MillatFacebook is a bold effort… but it is unlikely to capture a large audience, judging by the online experience it offers currently.”

But Zaheer is pleased with his handiwork, saying the site has already attracted members living in Britain, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Pakistani law student Rana Adeel, 21, signed up to MillatFB in Lahore after receiving invites through SMS and email from friends.

“In two days, I got more than seven friends. If the Facebook ban is lifted, I’ll keep networking on both,” he told AFP.

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  1. Irshad
    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm

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  2. sania
    October 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Join this Group “United against Facebook’s ridiculing Prophet
    (P.B.U.H) Islam & now Holy Quran.

    [link=’http://millatfacebook.com/ad/id_10/’]Click here[/link]

    I hope you will do this , it takes not more then 2 minutes or
    5 minutes if you have very slow internet connection.

  3. amurtza96
    October 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I found this informative and want to share with such a knowledgeable people like you

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Below is some information from a reputable site which you may find exciting.

    An Extract of the information from the link below (as of 18th October 2010 – there are slight daily fluctuations):
    • If Millatfacebook.com was a country it would be bigger than Greenland and Cayman’s Islands based on daily traffic
    • 1 in every 29,070 internet users visits MFB daily
    • Per CONSERVATIVE estimate, app 60,000 Unique visitors Daily

    http://www.sharenator.com/w/millatfacebook.com

    You will find more information including the geographical breakdown from the link above.
    In addition, it might be worth mentioning here that MFB is ONLY social networking site in the world where more than 2/3 rd of the users spend OVER 2 Hours which is pretty unique.

    It is also worth mentioning here that MFB is constantly improving and innovating. Not only does MFB offer all the features that any other social network does but many additional and unique ones like:
    • Free Live TV
    • Bulletins
    • Shout Box
    • Public Chat Rooms
    • Recipes Feature
    • e.t.c

    This is in additional to all the usual features where all members have their walls, ability to search and/or invite their friends, emailing, creating groups, fan pages, blogs, polls, putting status, sharing videos, sharing pictures, staying connected, e.t.c

    We know the journey is long but one we are well onto and with our strict respect for User’s privacy, MFB is placed well ahead of any social network.

    Kind Regards,

    Omer Zaheer Meer
    ACCA (UK), BSc (Hons) (UK), CAT (UK), Adv. Financial Diploma (UK),
    Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (UK) & Certified CSM (LCCI & SMEDA – PAK)

    Professional Associations: PRIMA (USA), ACCA (UK), PRMIA (USA), UKSIP (UK), CFAI (USA), LCCI (PAK) & MPDD (PAK)

  4. sania
    October 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I found this informative and want to share with such a knowledgeable people like you

    An Extract of the information from the link below (as of 18th October 2010 – there are slight daily fluctuations):
    Below is some information from a reputable site which you may find exciting.

    • If Millatfacebook.com was a country it would be bigger than Greenland and Cayman’s Islands based on daily traffic
    • 1 in every 29,070 internet users visits MFB daily
    • Per CONSERVATIVE estimate, app 60,000 Unique visitors Daily

    http://www.sharenator.com/w/millatfacebook.com

    You will find more information including the geographical breakdown from the link above.
    In addition, it might be worth mentioning here that MFB is ONLY social networking site in the world where more than 2/3 rd of the users spend OVER 2 Hours which is pretty unique.

    It is also worth mentioning here that MFB is constantly improving and innovating. Not only does MFB offer all the features that any other social network does but many additional and unique ones like:
    • Free Live TV
    • Bulletins
    • Shout Box
    • Public Chat Rooms
    • Recipes Feature
    • e.t.c

    This is in additional to all the usual features where all members have their walls, ability to search and/or invite their friends, emailing, creating groups, fan pages, blogs, polls, putting status, sharing videos, sharing pictures, staying connected, e.t.c

    We know the journey is long but one we are well onto and with our strict respect for User’s privacy, MFB is placed well ahead of any social network.

    Kind Regards,

    Omer Zaheer Meer
    ACCA (UK), BSc (Hons) (UK), CAT (UK), Adv. Financial Diploma (UK),
    Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (UK) & Certified CSM (LCCI & SMEDA – PAK)

    Professional Associations: PRIMA (USA), ACCA (UK), PRMIA (USA), UKSIP (UK), CFAI (USA), LCCI (PAK) & MPDD (PAK)

  5. imran
    November 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Join this Group “United against Facebook’s ridiculing Prophet
    (P.B.U.H) Islam & now Holy Quran.

    [link=’http://millatfacebook.com/ad/id_10/’]Click here[/link]

    I hope you will do this , it takes not more then 2 minutes or
    5 minutes if you have very slow internet connection.

  6. imran
    November 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Eye opener – Are you being profiled? – Reality of Facebook everyone should know – CIA Profile Database?
    Eye-opener – Are you being profiled? –
    Reality of Facebook everyone should know – CIA Profile Database
    http://millatfacebook.com/bulletin/view/id_9876/
    Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpLNlSKugHw&feature=related
    Sop it’s a time to join fully privacy protected http://www.Millatfacebook now

  7. jano
    November 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Breaking News: MFB Refused $ 500,000 offer by USA investor
    October 26, 2010 by omerzaheermeer

    Dear MFB Members and Readers,
    We were approached by an American investor with an offer to “buy” MFB for $ 100,000. After our refusal it was increased by 5 times to $ 500,000. We still REFUSED.
    YOUR MFB refused as MFB is more than just a business, it’s a mission. While we are open to partnerships with people sharing our ideology and vision we can never give-up or surrender on our vision and mission.
    CONGRATS as this shows YOUR MFB is getting stronger day by day.

  8. irfan
    November 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Join this Group “United against Facebook’s ridiculing Prophet
    (P.B.U.H) Islam & now Holy Quran.

    [link=’http://millatfacebook.com/ad/id_10/’]Click here[/link]

    I hope you will do this , it takes not more then 2 minutes or
    5 minutes if you have very slow internet connection.

  9. sana
    November 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    As all of us know that Facebook held competitions for drawing caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, Burn Quran day and many more
    Thousands of complaints were made against these virtual events but FaceBook administration did not deleted/ banned these pages and groups , unlike they usually do even for very minor violation of Facebook Terms of Services. Why they are not banning because of the hate propaganda and the fake slogans of freedom of expression that is being exposed as years are passing by ….but they don/t have any idea how much love and respect Muslims have for our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) these silly attempts are only uniting us Muslims as one Ummah/Millat and is forcing us to reflect seriously on the subject on how to defend us against these attacks and we have decided to hit the Islam-haters where it hurts the most.

    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 so come and join hand in hand to and encourage this brave step and promote Unity of Muslim Ummah which is a need of hour during the prevailing circumstances which have been prevailed by enemy of Allah(swt), His Messenger(pbuh) and islam due to will of Allah(swt) 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

    So the critical thinking says that according to the first ayat of sora mulk if Allah can make the companions of devil stronger than muslims to tease them then why He is not making muslims much stronger than these companion of devil and the reason could only be the one that is to test the muslims that which of them is best in deed

    May Allah Shows right path to all of us and bless us with His countless blessings

    Ameen

  10. sara
    November 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    http://www.millatfaceboo.com is muslim’s very own, first social networking site. A site for Muslims by Muslims where decent people of other religions are also welcome so come and join hand in hand to encourage this brave step and promote Unity of Muslim Ummah and prove to the world your love for Muhammad(pbuh) and and the power of technology which we actually have but we don’t consider it against our enemies

  11. raza
    November 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Join this Group “United against Facebook’s ridiculing Prophet(P.B.U.H)
    Islam & now Holy Quran

    http://millatfacebook.com/group/united-against-facebook-ridiculing-prophet-pbuh-islam-and-now-quran/

    1. I hope you will do this , it takes not more then 2 minutes or 5 minutes if you have very slow internet connection. I think it is a nice idea to have alternative social site for the muslim people.
    This is an excellent effort by Muslims. I will request to all of my friends to join this social site, which is purely our own.
    From
    raza

  12. amurtza
    November 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Eye opener – Are you being profiled? – Reality of Facebook everyone should know – CIA Profile Database?
    Eye-opener – Are you being profiled? –
    Reality of Facebook everyone should know – CIA Profile Database
    http://millatfacebook.com/bulletin/view/id_9876/
    Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpLNlSKugHw&feature=related
    So it’s a high time to join fully privacy protected http://www.Millatfacebook now

  13. zafar
    November 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    A very interesting article about millatfacebook please visit:
    http://millatfacebook.com/bulletin/view/id_10496/#commentjoin the best social network http://www.millatfacebook

  14. November 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Millatfacebook.com is better and faster. Decent, Secure, User Privacy Protected and Enriched.
    Bulletins, Blogs, Walls, Mails, Shout Box, Quizzes, Polls, Games, Chat, e.t.c. are some of the many features offered by MFB for a unique online social experience.
    This is an excellent effort by Muslims. I will request to all of my friends to join this social site, which is purely our own. Please send this message to all those who are in your circle and prove that we are Muslim and decent people who can do anything for the love of beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
    From
    Raza

  15. November 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Latest MFB Visitors Stats – UK took 4th Position while Canada appears on the Map – Pakistan & Indonesia retained No 1 & 2 position respectively.
    Join the best social network http://www.millatfacebook.com

    For details, please visit:
    http://millatfacebook.com/bulletin/view/id_10496/#comment

  16. anwar
    November 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Join this Group “United against Facebook’s ridiculing Prophet(P.B.U.H) Islam & now Holy Quran

    http://millatfacebook.com/group/united-against-facebook-ridiculing-prophet-pbuh-islam-and-now-quran/

    I hope you will do this , it takes not more then 2 minutes or 5 minutes if you have very slow internet connection.

  17. kamran
    November 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Join this Group “United against Facebook’s ridiculing Prophet(P.B.U.H) Islam & now Holy Quran

    http://millatfacebook.com/group/united-against-facebook-ridiculing-prophet-pbuh-islam-and-now-quran/

    I hope you will do this , it takes not more then 2 minutes or 5 minutes if you have very slow internet connection.

  18. amar
    November 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    You might be well aware of the Aafia and Aasia cases.

    Today this blog is about clarifying the apologetic and

    sympathetic side’s views re the Aasia, the convicted

    blasphemer and ridiculer of Prophet PBUH case. Below is a

    response to a person with genuine concerns clarifying the

    misconceptions and is worth a read. (In case you are

    unaware about the issue please visit:

    http://millatfacebook.com/bulletin/view/id_10595/#comment

  19. paki
    August 5, 2011 at 11:57 am

    i love mfb

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