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Coming Soon: Islamic Facebook

JAKARTA GLOBE, ANTARA NEWS (Indonesia), AAP (Australia)

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JAKARTA - A new Islamic social networking site will be launched in Indonesia in November, and will offer “better protection” for young Muslims from “harmful content” reports the Jakarta Globe.

According to the Indonesian newspaper, the Beta version of the site is currently being tested by 1,000 users around the world.

New Islamic Social Network Salamworld Offers Halal Content to be Launched Soon bit.ly/PQn8rK

— The Jakarta Globe (@thejakartaglobe) August 13, 2012

Salamworld, as it is called, will have an option that allows users to ensure the content they view is Halal -- material allowed under Islamic law -- and filter out indecent subject matter such as pornography or illegal drugs, writes the AAP. It will be available in eight languages, including English, Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and Russian.

On Islamic Facebook, no pictures of food items will be displayed during Ramadan. #SalamWorld

— Free Indian (@praddee) August 14, 2012

"Salam World is a social networking platform, which will be based on Islamic values and explore the true potential of the global Muslim community. The website can eliminate communication barriers for Muslims around the world," Erol Toksoy, Salam World's Brand Manager, told Antara News.

He added non-Muslims could also join Salamworld.com: "They may have an account, as long as they can appreciate the values of Islam here."

In the coming three years, says Antara News, Salam World plans to target 300 million users worldwide. "The Muslim community has tremendous potential to change the world, for example, the way it did in Tunisia and Egypt. If we can connect them to each other, great things can be achieved. We want to create an Islamic brand that Muslims can be proud of," said Toksoy.

The Islamic social network is expected to be well received in Indonesia, says the AAP. The world's most populous Muslim nation is also the second-largest market in the world for Facebook and the third-largest for Twitter.

Watch a presentation video in English:

As-Salamu Alaykum, Islamic Facebook!

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Parenthood And The Pressure Of Always Having To Be Doing Better

As a father myself, I'm now better able to understand the pressures my own dad faced. It's helped me face my own internal demands to constantly be more productive and do better.

Photo of a father with a son on his shoulders

Father and son in the streets of Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Pereyra*

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When I was a child — I must have been around eight or so — whenever we headed with my mom and grandma to my aunt's country house in Don Torcuato, outside of Buenos Aires, there was the joy of summer plans. Spending the day outdoors, playing soccer in the field, being in the swimming pool and eating delicious food.

But when I focus on the moment, something like a painful thorn appears in the background: from the back window of the car I see my dad standing on the sidewalk waving us goodbye. Sometimes he would stay at home. “I have to work” was the line he used.

Maybe one of my older siblings would also stay behind with him, but I'm sure there were no children left around because we were all enthusiastic about going to my aunt’s. For a long time in his life, for my old man, those summer days must have been the closest he came to being alone, in silence (which he liked so much) and in calm, considering that he was the father of seven. But I can only see this and say it out loud today.

Over the years, the scene repeated itself: the destination changed — it could be a birthday or a family reunion. The thorn was no longer invisible but began to be uncomfortable as, being older, my interpretation of the events changed. When words were absent, I started to guess what might be happening — and we know how random guessing can be.

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