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Question: Please dont ignore this - Anti Islamic Sites
Dated: 07-06-06

To All Muslim Scholors

SUBJECT: INFORMATION ABOUT AN ANTI-ISLAM WEB SITE.

Respected Sir,

My name is Waqas Ahmed doing job as well as study. I am email you regarding an anti-Islamic website.Please don?t ignore this letter take it serious. First of all we have great protest when a Denmark publisher publishes the cartoon of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). We march over the roads and street to prove that we love our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) very much. But when I visit the site which I am talking about I am shocked to see the articles against Islam and cartoons of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). Where is our protest now? I read many articles almost go through all the web site which is trying to prove that Islam is a false religion. And the person which is name (Ali Sina) the maker of the site is challenge to all Muslims that he will pay 50,000/- US $ if any Muslim of the world proof his arguments wrong. Even the challenge Dr. Zakir Naik. But I don?t know why Dr. Zakir Naik did not response him and accept his challenge. Now I am thinking that in this whole world there is nobody who can face that bloody person which is disgusting Islam easily. Now please if anybody have knowledge then I never ever request you to debate him and answer his questions. Now this is my humble request to visit that site and do something for Islam. I am also sending this letter to all Islamic website all over the world. Kindly take it as a serious matter.

The site name is [removed]

With Regards
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Waqas Ahmed
 
 
Answered by: Ulamaa ID 03 (UK)
Date: 07/06/2006 11:40am

"Caution: There is Another anti-Islamic Site There"

Why issuing an alert letter is precisely the wrong thing to do?

By Khalid Baig
Posted: 21 Ramadan 1422, 7 December 2001

The alert letters keep coming. Beware here is the latest anti-Islamic site. Then a URL so you can verify that it is indeed as described. Then a passionate request to tell all the Muslims in the world about it.

Sincere. Misguided. Counter-productive.

Little do the senders realize that they are actually helping the very sites they are trying to fight.

The failure is in realizing that the Internet is a very different medium and the rules that applied to the previous media do not always apply here. If there is a bad magazine or book out there, you can tell others about it. We can be sure that nobody will rush to the closest bookseller to buy it. The warning may be useful, if there was a chance that some people could have bought the book out of ignorance.

In the click-click world of the Internet, the first thing most people will do is to click on the URL, thereby increasing the hit counts and boasting the morale of the site owners. Second, it will help it with search engine placement, as some of them will use the increased curiosity traffic as a sign of popularity. You just helped create the monster you wanted to fight!

It is common sense. If you don't want people to visit a site, just don't tell them about it.

It is very easy to setup a page on the Internet. It is very difficult to draw traffic to it. The most anti-Islamic site will die if it faces a frozen counter. That would happen if you just leave it alone. But if you are out there telling everyone about it and asking them to do the same, you are in effect volunteering as their publicity department. That is exactly what they need.

If there is a well-established site (like CNN) it makes sense to launch a protest campaign. But for most of the sites the prudent course is just the opposite. Leave it alone. Let it die of neglect. A natural death. The greater the lack of attention, the faster will be the death of this would be monster.

So the next time you receive an alert letter about an anti-Islamic site, just delete it. If you respond to the sender, do not include the original text of his alert email, because even that may help some search engine ranking.

There were dozens of anti-Islamic sites that sprang up recently but died soon after because, luckily, our enthusiasts had not noticed them and had not publicized them through their alert letters. The ones that receive the alert letter mention will, unfortunately, survive and may thrive.

On the Internet, the best use of your energies is to promote the good Islamic sites. Let the good drive out the evil.

Now, may we request that you send this article to all your friends?


(Mufti) Abdullah Patel
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