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Muxlim Aims to Be a Facebook for Muslims, a Finnish-based social network site for Muslim communities, has announced the arrival of "Muxlim Pal," a virtual world that adheres to the Muslim code. Muxlim Pal, essentially, is a Second Life for Muslims, where the women wear virtual hajibs, or veils, that cover their faces and and where everybody goes to the prayer 'room' five times daily.

Muxlim Pal hopes to reach citizens of Muslim countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Iran that seek the virtual world experience, but are unable because authorities block sites like Second Life, MySpace and Facebook (or at least parts of them). These sites -- or parts of them (like the dating apps on Facebook) -- are blocked because they do not adhere to Muslim codes of conduct.

A notable Muslim code-breaker occurred in May 2008 when a Gary Kasparov political rally was interrupted by a flying penis on Second Life. Muslim authorities didn't like that stunt. There won't be any flying penises on Muxlim Pal, but the community will be open to both Muslim and non-Muslim alike, creating an environment for these "civilizations" to clash without any collateral damage.

Muxlim Pal's motto is "enhancing the Muslim Lifestyle," and with nearly one-fifth of the world's population being Muslim, corporate marketeers and advertisers will be eager to enter this virtual world in order to promote and sell their brands, just as they do on Facebook and MySpace. Okay, so maybe it'll be a nice place for Muslim and non-Muslim folks to stay in touch and socialize, but we hope the site will also provide US Foreign Policy movers and shakers an opportunity to experience and understand the Muslim life before engaging in any unilateral invasions. [From: Muxlim via The Machinist]

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