Saturday 19 September 2009

Halal Search for Muslims

A new Halal search engine for Muslims have been launched recently. The search results are supposed to be halal for Muslims.'s founder, Reza Sardeha, said he got the idea for the site after friends complained that the more popular search engines, including Google and Yahoo!, were flagging up explicit content.

"First of all, we have blocked all sexually explicit content. We are also in talks with Imams to determine what might be considered haram and therefore be blocked," he said.

"Imhalal is not a dictatorial or censorship website, we want people to be able to continue their online search.

"We use a two layer system, first of all the search engine analyses the content fetched by and all websites that contain explicit material will be filtered out. Some websites will still be fetched and there the secondary, more aggressive and progressive filter kicks in and that is when you will see the haram level."

Mr Sardeha hopes his website will become the home page in all Muslim households and, despite only going live on September 1, already has plans to expand the product.

He said: "In one month's time we hope to add Islamic widgets such as prayer time so that you can easily find out when to pray or when you come to the website you will see a quote from the Koran. We are marketing Imhalal as a social home page for Muslim households"

As you can expect there would be lots of people testing this with the aim of defaming any attempt to create something Islamic but time will tell if this will succeed.

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