Be United. Be Yourself.
January 1, 2014 A.D. (29 Safar 1435 A.H.)
Here are a select few memoirs...
...among the millions who visited the community...
...whose lives were changed forever:
Dear Friends, At the age of 14 I began a spiritual journey to better understand myself, my purpose in life, and my faith. I read books, researched articles, partipated in forums, and watched the news. However, one thing was always consistent: the person controlling the conversation, whether it be an author, forum poster, or news anchor, would filter the information to make their point of view sound better. It became impossible to truly explore topics. So when I turned 15, I decided to take matters into my own hands. A few months later, "Be United. Be Yourself" was born. "Be United. Be Yourself", aka MoCity, was a social network with one purpose in mind: making a safe haven for people to spiritually explore a multitude of topics, difficult and trivial, without being filtered by moderators. To acheive this, the community developed a groundbreaking moderation system that was way ahead of it's time. The entire team was voted democratically, and no specific belief system was allowed to have too much representation. The community leaders included Sunnis, Shiites, Atheists, and Christians. By doing this, MuslimOnline became one of the only havens in the entire world where people could have serious unfiltered conversations on religion, particularly Islam, with a positive attitude towards understanding. At it's peak, MoCity hit multiple notable marks: • Millions of unqiue hits with an average of 10 minutes/visitor. • Multiple top 3 Google search results, including "Muslim debate forum", and the top hit for "muslim wallpaper", due to our extremely popular community driven wallpaper section. • Thousands of meals donated to the charity due our innovative advertising model. Beyond numbers, many members, including myself, found a spiritual path in this community. And that's what's most important. MoCity was truly one of a kind. While it may be the end of an era, the lessons learned here will help spark the beginning of a new era: Building a world that strive's for the slogan of MoCity: Be United. Be Yourself. Sartaj
As a young Muslim teenager, I was surrounded by things that I could not participate in. People around me were into alcohol, partying, music etc. and I often felt left out. I didn't feel like I could belong anywhere. It is for that reason that MO became such a big part of my life at that age. It helped me find people who were in a similar situation to me which made me feel less alienated. I met people who I could happily call friends. I built relationships there, along with knowledge and understanding. MO was one of the very few forums that encouraged all walks of life, which is why I believe I have become so open to other faiths and beliefs. I learned to respect what others believe, regardless of how much I disagreed with it. MO will be missed. It helped me through a crucial time in my life and I will forever be thankful for that. May God bless all those who created and looked after that forum - they were providing a service that I do not think even they truly understood. Thank you
"Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside, For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace." (Kahlil Gibran) I would like to extend my warm wishes to MuslimOnline who has empowered and inspired countless people during their time spent there, as I know it has done for me. I came to this forum when I was conflicted in openly expressing myself elsewhere, and the moment that I had entered upon this space had I felt that life takes its own course sometimes, and unrelated things become a factor to shaping your path. Not had I only found a place to express myself as a 19 year old, somewhat cynical person that was seeking to test what she perceives, but I have met some very special friends for a lifetime. You have all given me a lot of joy, affection, and something that nothing can buy in this world, which is a lasting friendship. I know we have had our ups and downs throughout these years, but this is what makes us a family. We still made it onto the other side with an unspoken bond. It was all possible because of MuslimOnline. The forum allowed us to question things, challenge each other's opinions, and to stand for what we truly believed in rather than what others wanted us to believe, without being outcasted. Regardless of what we expressed, we were accepted by each other. What this site has done for me is to learn a lot from others and compare their views to my own in order for me to expand my ever-going quest of understanding and applying this knowledge in new and intricate ways. Religion is something I grew up with, and challenged, and had even disregarded, and spirituality is the air I finally felt as if in my lungs, that was the result of the positive experiences I gained in the course of questioning and learning. These positive experiences were wholly present in MuslimOnline with the open sharing network that it provided us with, and a wonderfully set of diverse personalities from all kinds of backgrounds. So thank you everyone for everything. You know who you are, because each of you count. Best of luck in what ever you are doing and wherever you go next. - Shazeen (a.k.a Binty)
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