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|Propaganda on the internet-MUST READ!!!|
|09/27/00 at 12:26:48|
|alsalamu alaykum wa rhmat Allah wa barakatuhu ,...i got this as a fwd and masha'Allah lotsa good tips to remember...i|
Propaganda on Internet -- MUST READ!!! very important]
> > > Assalaamu Alaikum. > > The purpose of this email is to bring to your
>attention an act of Satan in which Muslims are the biggest and probably the
>only aids. Almost every other day you get an email that gives a link to
>some website that has either insulted Islam, the beloved Prophet Muhammad
>(salallahu alaihay wassulam), his companions, or the Muslim nation. A very
>important and a must feature of such an email is the emphasis that you
>forward this email to as many Muslims (not just anyone, but Muslims) as
>possible so that the website can be removed by the ISP on their request.
> > On receiving such an email here is what we typically do. We read it, go
>to the mentioned website, read all the contempt that is displayed, get mad
>about it and sometimes confused. After this, perceiving it as our
>religious obligation, we forward this email to all the Muslims we know.
>Next, some of us simply move on to the next email in the Inbox while some
>others write to the person responsible for that website or the ISP that
>hosts the site to stop the nonsense right away or else...
> > There are a few things that Muslims need to realize here. First of
all, it is very rare that such a website gets deleted. If you are
threatening the person of the "dire consequences", then please note that he
went through all the pain of making the website and is probably willing to
face those "consequences". If you are contacting the ISP then you should
know about "freedom of speech" concept. An ISP cannot predominate your
concern over its customer's freedom of speech.
> > > The cases where there was success were the ones involving big names
>like Yahoo etc. They provide FREE web hosting and don't mind deleting a
>user's site in interest of their image. On the other hand a
smaller ISP, which takes money from the user will never delete the site
just because the Muslim community got offended.
> > > Next and more importantly, we need to know how these web sites
surface and what keeps them there. While making a search, the Internet
search engines do not simply check the text on that site. Now a great deal
of emphasis is being laid on the amount of Internet traffic for a
> > > So every time you go to that site, "just to see what's there", you
increase the traffic record of that web site. Then all your Muslims friends
go there and end up doing the same. Consequently, next time when someone
makes a search using Islamic keywords, this site comes up as it has been
visited very frequently and hence must have what the person making the
search is looking for.
> > > Do you know that simply writing the address of a website in your
>email, increases the chances of it being picked up by a search engine? So
>even if you do not go to the site, but forward it to other Muslims, and
>then they do the same, you are basically increasing the chances of that
>site to surface. Normally web companies spend a lot of money for their
>sites to surface, but for these enemies of Islam, we provide this service
>free of charge. > > The next very crucial point is that in this age of the
>Internet, it is very difficult to establish the authenticity of what you
>are reading. You might be a very learned person about Islam and might be
>able to distinguish between right and wrong as if it were black and white.
>I on the other hand, might be a person with a weak faith and a slight
>knowledge of Islam. On reading what you introduced me to, the Satan is more
>likely to convince me into believing some of that nonsense, or at least be
>more confused about it. > > A non-muslim, on the other hand is very less
>likely to go to such
a site because remember, you sent out all the emails to your Muslim friends
and the only reason why they went to this site was that email. So we should
realize that such sites are not addressed to the non-believers, but the
Muslims. It is only when we make them surface, the non-believers get to see
them too. Without a slightest doubt in my mind, I attest that we have been
ordered to fight disbelieve, but in this case we are only helping it out.
> > > It is also very probable that the Webmaster himself implanted the
email and while we go around spreading the word about it, he sits back, and
is surprised to see his mischief become a success.
> > > Now here is the remedy. We should delete the email as soon as we get
>it (especially for web based accounts like hotmail, netaddress, etc).
>Never go to that site "just to take a look at what's it all about". Never
>forward the email to anyone. Do not even reply to the sender using the same
>email (never Autoreply). Instead you can forward all the recipients this
>email> so as to prevent further propagation. >
In the end have faith in Allah (SWT) who says in Quran:> >
"It is he whom Allah guides, that is on true Guidance; but he whom
He leaves astray - for such wilt thou find no protector besides Him".
- 17:97 And "If Allah so willed, He could make you all one people: But He
leaves straying whom He pleases, and He guides whom He pleases: but ye shall
certainly be called to account for all your actions." - 16:93
> > This email is something that you MUST forward to all the MUSLIMS you
>know. I cannot stress more that you should not let this email sit in your
>mailbox and let this nonsense, in the name of protecting Islam,to continue.
> > > Wassalam > >
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