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Muslims respond to "Cube" store report

updated 05:00 pm EDT, Thu October 12, 2006

MEMRI angers Muslims

A recent report from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) claiming that some Muslims dubbed Apple's Fifth Avenue Store in New York blasphemous has angered numerous Muslims, who are actively criticizing the media firm for selectively publishing the most extreme statements from the Muslim world. An unnamed, anonymous website allegedly posted an entry stating that Apple's NYC store is a "blatant insult to Islam" because it resembles the Ka'ba -- a sacred building in Mecca open 24 hours with a cube-like shape -- and urged Muslims to spread the word and "stop the project," according to MEMRI. Apple responded to the claims, saying that the entrance to the Apple Store is not meant to resemble the holy structure and that the company has never referred to the store as "Mecca," as some bloggers recently had, according to TechWeb Technology News.

"New Yorkers have given our store on Fifth Avenue a resoundingly positive reception," said Apple spokesman Steve Dowling. "A couple of blogs referred to it as 'Mecca,' and others observed that, during construction it looked like the Ka'ba. Apple has never referred to our store as Mecca, and the entrance is not an attempt to look like the Ka'ba. We respect all people's religions and regret that the comments of these independent bloggers have offended anyone."

A MEMRI representative said that the reported material was translated directly from the source, and that the organization's mission is to "present material that would otherwise go unreported, including discussions on Islamist websites -- as it is written and read in the Arab world." Some would question the integrity of MEMRI, however, as Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations once told the Washington Times that MEMRI's goal is to find the "worst possible quotes from the Muslim world and disseminate them as widely as possible," according to TechWeb Technology News.




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  1. Will53

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Some day...

    ... the moderate voices within Islam really have to muster some real strength to come forth loud and clear enough to make themselves heard above these people who actually contribute to ridicule Islam by always shouting and screaming and trying to scare people from thinking independent thoughts. It is sad, actually, when one considers that Islam didn't succeed mainly because of its military strength and sheer power, but because it actually brought the light of knowledge and yes. believe it or not, freedom of thought to the dark, Medieval ages in Europe. That was the reason why so many turned to Islam, not because they embraced a strict mental regime, but on the contrary, because it was a bright alternative to brutal feudalism and to religious terror. They brought science and philosophy with them and they brought culture and civilization.

    And now, these fundamentalists cry, scream and yell and shout that we shall respect them - for what? For crying and shouting and yelling? For wanting to turn time backwards? For intellectual and spiritual cowardice disguised as physical brutality and terror?

    They shouldn't be allowed to speak for Islam.

    But media is much to be blamed for this - are they willing to let the moderate voices speak? Do they encourage them to do so?

  1. chulitomio

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not Unnamed

    http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD131506

  1. chulitomio

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    er...

    Nevermind, jumped to a conclusion about what site was unnamed. But, there's the direct link anyway.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is fine...

    ... they will just continue blowing everything out of proportion, until no one takes them seriously anymore -- not that much of anyone takes these guys seriously anymore, anyway.

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    we had the idea first!

    maybe Apple should sue the Muslim church claiming they had the idea first! I'm sure they have filed a patent on the design of the NY cube.

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    no resemblance

    The cube bears no resemblance to the kaaba other than having the same number of sides and right angles... get over it. Now if Apple makes a kiswah for their cube, then there would be some trouble ;)

    macjockey... please tell me your kidding. If not, do a little reading on Islam and the kaaba.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Silent Majority

    Will53 - the problem is it's like politics - the moderate majority by definition don't want to get up and make their voice heard, so the opinionated and the mouthy claim to speak for them, or use the support they get on some issues to claim support for their whole platform.

    It would be great though if we had an international 'we have had enough' day where the great moderate masses of the world would march to say we're fed up with all these ridiculous ideologies and the damage their believers do.

  1. jangelo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A hoax

    The news about Apple Cube angering Muslims is a hoax. We at the Apple Gazette did our homework and found out that Muslims do love the Apple Cube.

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Muslims love the cube

    As a Muslim, I love the cube-shaped Apple store. MacNN's headline is misleading, it should be "Muslims respond to false report that claims they're upset."

    Read my blog entry from the Grand Opening, a bunch of Muslim friends and I all went and had an awesome time.

  1. ramallite

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Beware of MEMRI

    The sole purpose of MEMRI is to to promote Islamophobia by digging deeply to find the most obscure statement from the most unknown of people and bring it out to the public eye just to point it out and say "See?". Any hate-based organization with a similar agenda could do the same against any group should it wish to. This "story" is a non-story, and belongs in the category of complete irrelevance. Trusting MEMRI for fairness and context is like trusting Microsoft to develop the next Mac OS. I am extremely disappointed to see the likes of MEMRI given any notice on a respectable site here at macnn, of which I've been a long time fan.

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