Wednesday, December 10

A Virtual World for Muslims

A Virtual forum for Muslims is being launched. I quote:

A trial version of the first virtual world aimed at the Muslim community has been launched.

Called Muxlim Pal, it allows Muslims to look after a cartoon avatar that inhabits the virtual world. Based loosely on other virtual worlds such as The Sims, Muxlim Pal lets members customise the look of their avatar and its private room.

Aimed at Muslims in Western nations, Muxlim Pal's creators hope it will also foster understanding among non-Muslims. "We are not a religious site, we are a site that is focused on the lifestyle," said Mohamed El-Fatatry, founder of - the parent site of Muxlim Pal. "This is for anyone who is remotely interested in the Muslim culture and the Muslim lifestyle," he said.

Mr El-Fatatry said the impetus to create Muxlim Pal grew out of observing what's 1.5m monthly users spent most time on.

He said: "We were seeing that our users were enjoying certain character developing elements of, and as no other virtual world offers a family-friendly environment for our community, we felt there was a need to cater for the people who were being left out.

Very good, and I support this fully, but what is this? Apparently, this professor of Islamic Studies, Dr Mona Siddiqui, says that all this virtual world business is not a good idea. Does Ms. Siddiqui know that 1.5 million Muslims are spending time on this virtual site? Gosh, did the creators of the virtual world know about this? The mind boggles.

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