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2.5 million Muslims may sign out of Facebook

Angry over the removal of certain Islamic pages from Facebook, more than 2.5 million Muslim users have threatened to quit the social networking website.

world Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:33 IST

Angry over the removal of certain Islamic pages from Facebook, more than 2.5 million Muslim users have threatened to quit the social networking website, according to a media report.

The Muslim community has expressed anger and a template letter that has been pasted into numerous Facebook pages accusing the website's founder Mark Zuckerberg of "ignoring the feelings of more than 2.5 million Muslims", the Daily Mail reported.

The letter reads: "Although you have attended the world's best communication skills courses you have been most successful in growing great hatred and hostility between you and Muslims around the world, but seriously this time you have caused an almost unrepairable [sic] damage."

The letter demanded that not only the pages be reinstated but also that new rules be introduced which will make posting anti-Islamic comments a violation of Facebook's terms.

The letter also asked that the website should ban disrespecting Islamic religious symbols and disable any Facebook page which does so.

It warned that unless its demands are met Facebook's "2.5 million Muslim users" will join 'madina.com' -- a social networking site for Muslims.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said that the Islamic pages, which included "I love Mohammed" and "Quran Lovers", were taken down because they were being used to 'spam' users, which is against the company's policy.

The letter also accused Facebook of "irresponsible behaviour" for allowing to host "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" pages which sparked controversy for encouraging users to draw portraits of the Prophet.

According to the report, there is no specific ban on images of Allah or the Prophet Mohammed in the Quran but there is one line which is commonly taken to mean that it is impossible for human hands to recreate his likeness. To attempt to do so is an insult to Allah, it is believed.

Madina.com is a site set up specifically for the Muslim community. It pledges to abide by the Islamic principles and encourages unity among the community.

It also asks female users not to use their photographs in their profile.