Entrepreneurs launch Islamic social platform
Muslim Face to serve as alternative to Facebook, Twitter
The beta version of an Islamic alternative to social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter is currently being tested by over 1,000 users around the world, with plans to launch in the second quarter of 2015.
Muslim Face, co-founded by two Muslim entrepreneurs, Shoaib Fadie and Rohail Amin M Shoaib, has been developed to be a social media site that is "socially responsible, safe for families and respectful of Islamic religious values".
The platform will be launched in several languages including English, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, the Malaysian language Bahasa, Turkish, and Indonesian. Additional languages will be added to the platform, according to a statement.
Fadie said: "This social platform is an international project. It is designed from a Muslim point of view, but also opens up new opportunities with the rest of the world. It is basically a network by Muslims, through Muslims, presented to the world.
"In the modern age, you can't avoid using the Internet. A huge number of Muslims now use different social media platforms and it has become imperative for Muslims to establish a social platform that connects Internet users, including their families, around value-based content, products and services that also respect Islamic principles."
He added that Muslim Face will be teen-friendly and allows youngsters aged 13 years and above to use the platform because of its "highly safe and socially responsible content and filters".
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"Our platform is designed to be a universal Islamic alternative to popular social networks, but it is also open for non-Muslims who want to subscribe to platforms that are socially responsible and safe for children," said Fadie.
Co-founder Shoaib said Muslim Face will also serve as an online "majlis", or council, for the social community where ideas are exchanged on developing the community and values are shared between younger and older generations.
"Many Muslim users voiced concern over anti-Islamic content and blasphemy posts in some other social media platforms, but they didn't quit because all their friends are members there. Muslim Face is now their alternative and once they become members, their friends will be encouraged to become members as well," he said.
"Before joining other social media platforms, Muslim users never knew they would be exposed to non-Sharia-compliant content like sexually explicit images, blasphemy, anti-Muslim stereotypes and alcohol-related material. As a family-friendly platform, Muslim Face guarantees exciting content that does not conflict with Islamic values. It combines modern technology with the values of our religion," he added.
MuslimFace.com is registered as a company in the UK under the name Muslim Face Limited, and is in the process opening offices in the Middle East, GCC countries and Asia.