Friday, June 24, 2005

Connecting Muslims together ?

Thats the tagline for the popular "Naseeb" website. This "Muslim social network" has nearly a quarter million members. The website is the brainchild of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Monis Rahman, a self-professed progressive Muslim, and friend of Ali Hasan of "Muslims for Bush" fame.
The content on Naseeb is what troubles me though. Positive softball interviews with charlatans like Irshad Manji, Amina Wadud and Stephen Schwartz are to be found amongst a plethora of poorly written articles. Oh there are some decent articles mind you, but these are clearly in the minority. Indeed Naseeb has a very strong pro-regressive bias. Its defenders may say that the views offered are merely a reflection of the diverse opinions of North American Muslims. Really ? Is Irshad Manji a Muslim ? How about that neocon Schartz character ? What about Ali Hasan, whose response to the desecration of the Holy Quran is "I support Bush"...Who do the editors of Naseeb think they're fooling ? Can anyone honestly say that these people reflect the opinions of Muslims in North America, let alone the Islamic world ? I didnt know that Muslims only existed online.
Now I'm not saying that the RAND corporation is behind any of this, but its rather obvious that a comfort zone has been created and promoted for those on the extreme left end. It goes to show that there are some Muslims who have retreated into their own world of online delusion while the rest of the us try to make it in the real world.


Blogger izzymo said...

Salaam alaikum, I used to have a Naseeb account back in 2003 when they first started. It was okay then. That was before all the articles (and the fees, cough) but now they've gotten a little cheesy. It's a online meat market.

11:18 PM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Waliakum Asalam,
(It's a online meat market.)


7:49 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Hee-hee. Well, I don't know if RAND is behind it but they do have that kinda reformist, wishy-washy appeal which is why I fell out of it. And the stupid fees.

But oh, I checked it tonight. I have been invited to join a Muslim singles party sponspored by an imam (no, I ain't kiddin!) and a skiing party called "Brown People Skiing in White Vermont." Subhan'Allah. :) Hey, I might find my naseeb there. LOL!

10:14 PM  
Blogger altaf said...


so i went over to naseeb --- i can't stand reading the kind of flimsy nonsense that naseeb/mwu etc. have on their sites these days... so try to avoid them...

BUT here is what i find interesting, the interview of the Grand Mufti of Progressive Muslim Union, Omid Safi - only got a rating of two stars (out of five).

Infact (and this is from a very cursory look, so maybe wrong) it seems that, articles/interviews that might be termed as more "traditional" gets the four or five stars ratings.

Now this is very interesting, that even in a space such as Naseeb - the readers are much more "traditional" --- and the only way the pro-regressives can get their agenda on the websites are through super media coverage, and creating super-controversies - not through any grassroots support!

2:53 AM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

I'm aware of the rating system Altaf, and you're right about Omid Safi's one star rating. But this still does not excuse the sort of brain dead spirituality being promoted at Naseeb through articles, interviews, and editorial pieces.

9:07 PM  

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