Not offended by Apple Store

Muslim Website Says Muslims Aren’t Offended By Apple Store -

It seems people are trying to manufacture a “Muslim outrage” over the new Apple Store building in New York, which is of a cube shape and was covered in black plywood during its construction. The claim comes via MEMRI, which sourced its claim from “an Islamic website” which it did not name.

Having been a Muslim with an internet connection for a number of years, I’ve been on the receiving end of a number of forwarded emails encouraging me to complain about one thing or another, and even “Islamic” variants on the “forward this to ten people or else” type chain letter. So, it’s possible that someone did try to set such a campaign off, but the websites which have brought the issue up have not seen any Muslims post to say that they are offended.

So, anyone who knows the facts about the New York Apple store is not outraged by it; the problem is that chain letters have a habit of remaining in circulation for years after the claims in them have been debunked. For anyone who gets this one: the cube is not black, but is made of glass.

I have a Mac, and will probably buy another.

(Hat tip: Muslim Apple. More: Tariq Nelson, Apple Gazette, Islamicate.)

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  • Thanks for the rational stand on this matter. We Apple lovers (of all religion) were taken for a ride. It’s propaganda.

    Here’s our take, at Apple Gazette.

    What really makes me angry is that under the guise of news about Apple (which we all love), a blatant flat-out lie was perpetuated. The reality of the matter was that it was a random post on a random website, without a single supporting name or organization to reflect the “muslim community’s outrage.” The MEMRI article did not even link to, nor identify, the Arabic news source it was supposed to be citing or translating!
  • “He wanted to be famous, so he urinated in the well of Zam Zam”

    Don’t know if the proverb really exists, but if it does this might be the appropriate way to characterise the Apple Cube incident, with many thanks to Tariq Nelson. What I’m talking about? Well via my email (on my internet pseudonym adress)…