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Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan launches Facebook for the faithful

Published on : 28 May 2010 - 1:28pm | By Marijke Peters (Photo: RNW)
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It was meant to be the Muslim alternative to the world’s biggest online social network, but the Pakistani version of Facebook has already banned a member for depicting Mohammed. RNW spoke to the man who set up the site, and asked whether he really thinks it’s possibly to censor the internet?

Listen to an interview with one of Millat Facebook's founders, Omer Zaheer Meer

Pakistan recently barred access to Facebook and the video sharing website YouTube after a user launched a competition to find the best picture of the prophet Mohammed. Depictions of Mohammed are considered blasphemous in Islam and the contest caused huge controversy in the Muslim state. Some furious internet users responded by shutting down their Facebook accounts, but Omer Zaheer Meer decided to take a more practical approach and set up his own alternative, Millat Facebook:

“Basically the objective is to provide a platform for all people, not only Muslims, but nice and decent people of all faiths, to come together and interact in a way that is socially responsible by providing them all the freedom of expression, however respecting each others’ sensitivities and faiths. [Facebook] seems to allow mockery of religions it has an issue with… The caricatures of the prophet Mohammed were uploaded, and instead of taking any consideration and action, they came out and said they were supporting it.”

Conspiracy theory?
At the time of publication Millat Facebook had attracted around 7,000 new members, many of them based in Pakistan. But while a huge number of their wall posts feature religious messages or comments about the importance of promoting Islam, it didn’t stop one person from posting an image of the Prophet Mohammed on the site on Thursday morning. Millat Facebook’s administrators have blamed the CIA for the incident, saying they have proof the IP address was connected to US secret services.

The man’s account was deactivated and he’s been banned from the site because even the right to freedom of expression must have its limits, says Zaheer Meer:

“I would like to say we should all express our freedom and rights with sensibility and care and consideration for our fellow human beings. My freedom shouldn’t mean that I go out on the street and start hitting my neighbour every day and say ‘that’s my freedom’. As for all internationally accepted laws and regulations, the freedom of a person ends where the freedom of another person starts. So why is it that when it comes to the Holocaust, or racism, this rule is respected, but when it comes to the Muslim faith, it’s not? Is it the new Holocaust for Muslims in the making?”

Growing fast
Facebook has yet to respond to its new Pakistani rival but Zaheer Meer is confident his project will have a significant impact on the US-owned company. He says anyone, from any country and from any faith, is welcome to sign up to the social network and expects it to grow along with the publicity it’s generating.

But while its fans may be pleased with the way Zaheer Meer and his team are running the site, computer experts in Pakistan are less than impressed. The Express Tribune newspaper described the quality of the experience as “abysmal”. And RNW’s ability to monitor the progress of Millat Facebook is also limited – we were banned just two hours after signing up.
 

Discussion

Jalees Mughal 7 July 2014 - 9:45am / Pakistan

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Naeem 26 March 2012 - 12:32pm / Egypt

Congratulations

Royal Herbal Store 21 November 2011 - 1:13pm / Pakistan

i like comments and blog

Royal Herbal Store 21 November 2011 - 1:01pm

i proud to be pakistan

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Mera Pakistan-FreeEncyclopedia 9 April 2011 - 9:14am / Karachi
salman ali 4 February 2011 - 8:07am

The latest Facebook news is that the hugely popular social networking site would shut down on 15 March 2011. You can join www.millatfacebook.com (MFB) Highly Privacy protected but has all the FEATURES offered by FB or any other social network and much more like Free LIVE Tv, Recipes, Public Chat rooms, Schools, Multimedia, Live Kaaba View, e.t.c

amurtza 26 January 2011 - 1:48pm

The latest Facebook news is that the hugely popular social networking site would shut down on 15 March 2011. You can join www.millatfacebook.com (MFB) Highly Privacy protected but has all the FEATURES offered by FB or any other social network and much more like Free LIVE Tv, Recipes, Public Chat rooms, Schools, Multimedia, Live Kaaba View, e.t.c

kamran 24 January 2011 - 12:29pm / pakistan

The latest Facebook news is that the hugely popular social networking site would shut down on 15 March 2011.Finally the Rascist, Privacy UNPROTECTED and Arrogant Facebook is going down for GOOD. Worried?????

Well GOOD NEWS is that you do not need to be. You can join www.millatfacebook.com the pioneer and now the LARGEST Muslim Social Network with approximately Half a Million Members from all over the globe.

Not only is Millatfacebook.com (MFB) Highly Privacy protected but has all the FEATURES offered by FB or any other social network and much much more like Free LIVE Tv, Recipes, Public Chat rooms, Schools, Multimedia, Live Kaaba View, e.t.c. e.t.c

What more ....... It's totally free and fun. And with its decency and decorum, the best place to be ... So see you at Millat Facebook :)

kamran 22 January 2011 - 12:33pm / pakistan

The latest Facebook news is that the hugely popular social networking site would shut down on 15 March 2011. You can join www.millatfacebook.com (MFB) Highly Privacy protected but has all the FEATURES offered by FB or any other social network and much more like Free LIVE Tv, Recipes, Public Chat rooms, Schools, Multimedia, Live Kaaba View, e.t.c.

amurtza96 4 December 2010 - 1:30pm

Invite All Your Friends to MFB
AOA to all
Today i find something really interesting on our MFB may be this is might be new for you but its something new for me and that is "Invite" option with which you can invite all your friends at Hotmail,Gmail,Yahoo,AOL,Orkut and much much more. I must say i'm lovin it and gonna invite all my friends to my MFB how about you?
www.millatfacebook.com

Thumbs up for our MFB team

alim 29 November 2010 - 2:16pm

MFB (Millatfacebook.com) has ALL the features that facebook or any other social network offers like:
• Your own space called “Wall”,
• Email facility to contact your friends,
• Groups,
• Fan pages,
• Blogs,
• Polls,
• Forums,
• Picture and Video uploading and sharing facilities,
• Games,
• Facility for personal chat with your friends,
• e.t.c
In addition MFB (Millat facebook.com) also offers additional features and services that NO other social network offers like:
• Free LIVE TV,
• Recipes,
• Bulletins,
• Public Chat,
• Shout Box,
• Schools,
• e.t.c
And this is just the beginning as MFB is constantly improving every day. Furthermore MFB (Millat facebook.com)

amurtza96 24 November 2010 - 9:54am

Invite All Your Friends to MFB
AOA to all
Today i find something really interesting on our MFB may be this is might be new for you but its something new for me and that is "Invite" option with which you can invite all your friends at Hotmail,Gmail,Yahoo,AOL,Orkut and much much more. I must say i'm lovin it and gonna invite all my friends to my MFB how about you?
www.millatfacebook.com

Thumbs up for our MFB team

amurtza96 24 November 2010 - 9:54am

Invite All Your Friends to MFB
AOA to all
Today i find something really interesting on our MFB may be this is might be new for you but its something new for me and that is "Invite" option with which you can invite all your friends at Hotmail,Gmail,Yahoo,AOL,Orkut and much much more. I must say i'm lovin it and gonna invite all my friends to my MFB how about you?
www.millatfacebook.com

Thumbs up for our MFB team

amurtza96 24 November 2010 - 9:06am

Invite All Your Friends to MFB
AOA to all
Today i find something really interesting on our MFB may be this is might be new for you but its something new for me and that is "Invite" option with which you can invite all your friends at Hotmail,Gmail,Yahoo,AOL,Orkut and much much more. I must say i'm lovin it and gonna invite all my friends to my MFB how about you?
www.millatfacebook.com

Thumbs up for our MFB team

amurtza96 24 November 2010 - 9:06am

Invite All Your Friends to MFB
AOA to all
Today i find something really interesting on our MFB may be this is might be new for you but its something new for me and that is "Invite" option with which you can invite all your friends at Hotmail,Gmail,Yahoo,AOL,Orkut and much much more. I must say i'm lovin it and gonna invite all my friends to my MFB how about you?
www.millatfacebook.com

Thumbs up for our MFB team

amurtza96 24 November 2010 - 9:06am

Invite All Your Friends to MFB
AOA to all
Today i find something really interesting on our MFB may be this is might be new for you but its something new for me and that is "Invite" option with which you can invite all your friends at Hotmail,Gmail,Yahoo,AOL,Orkut and much much more. I must say i'm lovin it and gonna invite all my friends to my MFB how about you?
www.millatfacebook.com

Thumbs up for our MFB team

shaziaq 10 November 2010 - 8:37am

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.

mudassir 9 November 2010 - 10:01am / pakistan

islaaam zindaabad Pakistan zindabaaad
Insha ALLAH
Pkiastan will prove that it is fort of islam

Anonymous 7 August 2010 - 9:39am / Pakistan

SubhanAllah!!great work done. We will fully support this site.

John Mathews 21 June 2010 - 6:58pm

I consider MFB to be a great and positive step by these young Paksitani lads. Having used FB I can say that I enjoyed myself more on MFB which had different breed of games and an altogether different enviornment. You got to use it for a few days to know what I mean.

Its a wonderful experience and my thumps up to MFB team

Faiz MaraM 17 June 2010 - 8:33pm / Pakistan

INSHAALLAH we will met on Millatfacebook very soon. its a great starting of muslims software engeenires. its the time when world will see the rising of ISLAM.

kina*mlysia 17 June 2010 - 11:12am / malaysia

i like mfb..jihad fillah...

zulnaim 15 June 2010 - 2:35pm / malaysia

SALAM ALAIK>>>syukran 4 build this FB.....insaallah ana will ditribute a this good news about MILLAT FB 2 my friend in malaysia

Puspa huwaina 12 June 2010 - 10:57am / Indonesia

Insya Allah,
mfb the best forever to moslems world..

Bambang alamsyah 12 June 2010 - 1:58am / Indonesia

Insya allah millatfacebook is the best!!ALLAHUAKBAR

atiqurrehmankhan 2 June 2010 - 8:09am

aslaamaleykum,mr meer this is your great work for your crying brothers and sisters in afcannistan,in irad.in palestine,in sudan etc ,tthis site would help them and around the world uslims would understand their difficulties.this site also would save many inncent muslime lifes and reatest muslim culture from money greedy powers .this millat facebook site also would unite muslim world in this critical time this site is need of hour thank you and all muslim world congrutulate you. thank you

atiqurrehmankhan 2 June 2010 - 7:54am / india

aslaamaleykum,sir zaheer meer all worlds muslims respectt and love mohammed s.a w. more than their lifes .a muslim king,muslim richs etc cannot get respect without imaan in allah and rasool mohammed s.a.w. because mohammed s.a.w is identity of respect of a muslim so without nabi mohammed s.a. w. amuslim has no value.mr meer his is great work by you to make this millat facebook to unite muslims around the world and they help eachother by sharing their thoughts and in this critical time this site need of hour,today all muslims world needed your type intectuals and educated persons more and more for the safety of muslims and greatest muslim culture frrom money greedy powers .this site also would help crying people and innocent people in afganistan.n iraq,in pelestine,in sudan etc,all muslim world congratulate you thankyou.

rohaya*malaysia 2 June 2010 - 4:19am / malaysia

we will support you brothers all the way..may Allah confer His blessings in our battle against these devils

imran riaz 1 June 2010 - 6:57pm / pakistan

iam prouid of u

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