Muslim Community Responds: We Love the Apple NYC Cube

I Think the Apple cube in New York is awesomeness!
– Unverified, anonymous Muslim on random website

I pulled the quote above from a random site I won’t cite. Based on this, and the ability to extrapolate a statement by one person to apply to an entire group, I now make a stunning statement:

Muslims profess serious love for the Apple Cube.

applecube.pngRidiculous isn’t it? But the opposite happened, and has spread like wildfire. Read the (at times immature) Digg discussion here and you’ll see my point.

The website that originally “cited” the story about Muslims raging over the Apple Cube is the Middle East Media Research Institute, an oft-criticized group that supposedly translates Arabic media into english. Now MEMRI recently put out a republished/translated statement claiming that somebody in the Muslim community was offended by the Apple’s NYC Cube store, supposedly because it looks like the Ka’ba (the House of Abraham). Sites like ZDNet and TUAW soon followed suit, spreading the story–particularly in the Apple user community–that the Muslim community was offended by Apple’s NYC cube.

Apple lovers and armchair social scientists alike were quick to the draw with their criticisms of the Muslims who were allegedly offended by the Cube. The “issue” has just started an all-out flamewar.

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!

If you look again into MEMRI’s background, the organization seems to be a source not known for being unbiased.

Now I wouldn’t be one to pass judgement quickly, but given these irregularities, I would tend to think that this is plain propaganda aimed at discrediting the Muslim community.

What’s even worse is that some people have exploited our passion for Apple for political purposes. There is no place for that crap.

Comments

  1. Real Live Muslim from Canada says

    Fantastic!! Thank you for this!!

    I love it when someone gives them a dose of their own medecine.

    BTW I heard a christian say that the bite out of the Apple logo reminded them of original sin and therefore all true christians should boycott Apple. Can I get my sensationalist story on Fox News now?

    Sincerely,
    A Real Live Muslim from Canada.

  2. Subhan A says

    I am a devote Muslim and I love Mac. I am not offended by any such stuff. Even if they make a replica of Kabba it would be pleasant to see one.

    Thank you for reporting the truth, even the NYPost bought this lie.

  3. says

    “an oft-criticized group that supposedly translates Arabic media into english.”

    It’s not “supposedly.” MEMRI has been translating Arab media into English for at least 10 years. They are known all over the world. No one has faulted their translations. At the most people have claimed they only translate extremist op-eds, films and such from the Arab world, not moderate – which is demonstrably not true if you look at their website for 5 minutes.

  4. Jawabday says

    This is not about extremisim, its about respect that we share among each other. For Muslims the religion and their faith is their greatest strength. Its not about something that look cubical is offending material for muslims. We all know there are lot of cubical shapes out there but the strong point is resembling the holy places is not a good practice, even Muslim scholars discourage the idea of having models of Mecca in your home. Its more like making public toilets in the shape of Vetican. I hope you all can understand.

  5. Mac Lover says

    MEMRI is a right wing Israeli propaganda group ran by a terrorist named Yigal Carmon. It deblieretly mistranslates portions of the arabic press to mislead unsuspecting westerners.
    This was nothing but an attempt to manufacture a response. Jewish fanatics be warned!

  6. ali says

    it is offending.. coz u know ur intentions well..
    Allah sayz..{ they try their tricks}, so this is ur whole physcology, but no problem, we ll face this challenge also…….and…..

  7. Amina Almys says

    Asalaqamu-Alaikum. Looking for room with other Arab-speaking Muslimas in the New York area. If you have any info on this please contact me ASAP. Thanx for listening——–Amina Almys

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