Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

December 10, 2008 -

A virtual world aimed at Muslims living in the West is now in beta testing, reports the BBC.

Much like Second Life and, perhaps, PlayStation Home, Muxlim Pal allows users to create and evolve an online avatar.

Mohamed El-Fatatry, founder of Muxlim.com, described the project:

We are not a religious site, we are a site that is focused on the lifestyle. This is for anyone who is remotely interested in the Muslim culture and the Muslim lifestyle.

 

From what we have seen from our market research is that most Muslims have a lifestyle that is not so different from everybody else. They all share the core values which are from Islam then beyond that they actually have made identities, they have many interests...

 

This [stage] is nowhere near the vision of where [Muxlim Pal] will be someday... It is very important to put things out and listen to how people interact with it. What feedback they give us and then that will play a big role in which direction we take the product in.

Muxlim Pal offers users 26 categories of content; only one is based on religion. The browser-based virtual world has a beach bar, arena and shopping.
 


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Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Great article for students who need assistance in writing Religion papers.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

B'ah double post.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Oh boy. What could possibly go wrong?

Though, the idea of trolls making giant flying penises with explosives strapped to them... is amusing.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Funny enough the "world" is already under massive attack! ARS has a story here.

I bet the beach area has some wonderful bikini - err  birkini fashons. 

Then there is always the traditional style:

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Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Just think about it, a culture exists in that women are forced to dress a certain way because men want them in their pants. This humiliates the horndog victims more than the horndogs.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

I have a Muslim friend, and it is not about that at all. That's simply the Muslim standard of modesty, and it has to do more with respecting the woman as a person and not focusing on their looks. It's has nothing to do with the men being horndogs.

 

Research stuff before you generalize, mmmkay?

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Perhaps you should visit Afghanistan? The women I know found it very interesting.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Check your brainwashing at the door please.

 

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

This is going to get griefed/trolled the hell out of.


Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

This is a flawed game design.

There is no way to prevent religious griefing.

So sad.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

 Life is flawed, you can't prevent the religious griefing here either.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

so, can people who aren't muslim go in and make a muslimish avatar and go hang out?

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

 How can they quantify your Islamic persuation? Maybe if they utilize languages used prodominantly for religious texts, I guess.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Judging from the screenshot, it looks more like Habbo Hotel then Second life.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Does this mean that someone will program it to rain pink penises like they did on Second Life?

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

1) I hate social network games

2) this game is going to be overrun with racists and haters.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

I dunno, personally these sort of environments are not my thing, but as long as it can be treated as a 2-way experience, not simply a promotional one, then it's good to see any religion engaging with modern technology.

The hard part is not putting it forward as some kind of 'sales pitch', as the owner emphasises, the site is not religious, but if it can help even just a few people to understand points of view better, Muslims and non-Muslims, then maybe it will help in some small way.

That said, yes, it'll probably just get griefed, which seems to be the fate of all well-intentioned community projects.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Landing with a 4 Chan near you.

I predict a lot of turban heads going to one airport and spamming "allahu akbar" till the server crashes.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

I think what he means is that that's what the 4chaners will call themselves. And others. It will be very unfortunate.

And it will be on youtube.

-I apologize-

-I apologize-

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Yea, that's what I ment. It was intentionally put that way, not something I would publicly say in real life.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Pool's closed

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Yeah, uh... cant say i'm willing to support the use of the term "turban heads"

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Are you aware that the term "turban heads" is considered racist?

Other than that, yeah - I see your point.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Muslims don't wear turbans, you unbelievable fucking douche. That would be seikhs.

Piss of back to 4chan to fap over your dickgirls, you nerd.

-- teh moominz --

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Being a muslim is not being part of a race, it's a religion.

Yes I get what your saying. And I'm not using it in a way that you think it is, it was ment more like mredria's post.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

 Using your flawed definition of race and racism, what the Germans did to the Jewish community wasn't racist, Judaism is a religion right? Jackass.

 Racism can be applied to the hatred of any divisible group, be it based on skin colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, or otherwise. To say you hate Americans because they are stupid is racist, to say you hate Africans because they are stupid is racist, to say you hate Canadians because they talk funny is racist, ad nausem.

 Do we need to continue or have you been properly adjusted?

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Are you trying to be a complete douchebag, or does it just come naturally?

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Actually I should never have started this all together. Define Race, and how does it differentiate from Ethnicity first?

Because Webster defines racism as...

1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

I don't see anything where it pertains to any divisable group, and I don't necessarly think if you point at say, gamers and think their a bunch of violent idoits is racism. Because by your definition "gamers" is a divisable group of people, therefore anyone saying anything bad about us is defined as racism. Your definition would water down any importance the term racism has, because the simple everyday student saying "I hate teachers" = Racism in that matter, because teachers is a divisable group.

By your definition...

Gamers=Divisable group

therefore anything bad or discrimitory against gamers=Racism

Low income families=Divisable group

Therefore anything bad or discrimitory against low income families=Racism

CEOs=Divisable group

therefore anything bad or discrimitory against CEOs=Racism

 

Who's definition is flawed now?

And this brings up the whole question of, what is a race?

I also do not appreciate your additude towards me as I have clearly done nothing wrong, and have not intentionally insulted anyone. Calling me a Jackass and suggesting that I may not be properly adjusted seems like something Jack Thompson would probebly say.

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Umm, I guess "religionism" needs to be brought into popular usage.

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Or we could settle for sectarianism, especially if we're talking about discord between Abrahamic religions.

On a related note (regarding the aforementioned turbans(, afaik turbans don't really have a religious association for muslims; rather they are cutural. Contrast that with the Sikh faith. I wonder where the mistaken meme arose from?

In anycase, social networking "games" bore the hell out of me, so I view this as a non-event. Not that I don't wish them luck mind...

Gift.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

I checked with my social teacher, he says it's not racism. The proper term is discrimination. Racism is on the basis of more scientific and biological basis, and ethnicity is a group of people baised on a broder range such as race and culture. Being a muslim is being a part of a culture, therefore does not apply to racism.

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Heh well, I kind of agree. However, I'm a scientist and I've got to tell you that I'd not describe race as particularly biologically well defined. Yes, we know about the handful of genes that contribute to skin colour, but that's rather superficial against a background of tens of thousands of gene (some of which may or may not be have a racial association). The truth is we simply don't know to what extent various alleles are associated with race, and nor are we likely to know for a while; it's a politically and ethically fraught area of research.

Eitherway, I don't think it matters much what anyone wants to call it, discrimination is based on a dislike of difference. The difference could be an arbitary phenotype (race), or unfamiliar culture (ethnicity/sect), the result is the same: irrational dislike.

Gift.

Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Ugh, these types of games are lame. Did anyone over there pay attention to how awful Second Life was? Gamers want something exciting to do in their games and that does not include shopping for digital shoes. But who knows, maybe it will be a hit. I have know idea what muslim people are in to.

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It's not that shopping is the boring part. It's that it's the ONLY part.

So, is there a pool on how long it will take for it to be trolled into the ground?

-I apologize-

-I apologize-

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"...and that does not include shopping for digital shoes. "

Yeah.  Shopping for shoes, shirts, pants, belts, and other wearable items in a game is absolutely no fun.  I mean, ya always gotta compare items that are priced right for the gold and silver you have on hand and... wait a minute.

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Re: Virtual World for Muslims Launches Beta

Must agree with you here, I've spent hours setting up and balancing my ship in Eve online, which isn't a million miles from the same thing, admittedly, your config in Eve affects your performance, but it's still based on a similar idea, that customisation and individuality are as important online as they are in real life.

 
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