Aapa sent the following SMS to me around a week ago. She asks me things like this so asked me about this too, if it is true or not.
NewYork main Americans ne KABA k Design ka Sharab Khana banaya hai,jiska Naam Apeal Kaba hai Daily Express 17-10-06 Kindly spread this SMS 2 inform every Muslim,i request u 2 condemn this SHAMEFULL ACT Strongly thru all Means & Media. Like Internet & on Tv & on News Papers.
For those of you who cannot read Roman Urdu, here is the translation.
Americans have built a pub (where Alcoholic beverages are sold) in New York with design of the Holy Kaaba. It has been named, “Apple Kaaba”. Daily Express 17-10-2006. Rest is readable in English.
I was like WHAA! I do get forwards on SMS from my friends. Even things like Allah’s names and the person asks you to send it to this much people or I will have bad luck. I never forward them. It’s a jammer for the Cellular company. Now I know that is might benefit the person who reads those things or the person who sends it to them BUT why can’t the person just sit and finish one part of Qu’ran everyday and try to understand it with translation too instead of sending out those much messages? So anyways. Above was one of the message which was apparently being forwarded by people through out Pakistan & I am sure all of them believed it.
So I told aapa that is I am sure is only mis information and nothing else (which I will prove below). Next day, father brings the weekly local magazine which is like 3rd class journalism but what can you say. Something is better than nothing. It is one of 3 magazines/newspapers printed locally in our city. They had the same message which was forwarded to me by Aapa for verification, it was on their Editorial page which comes 2nd… THIRD class journalism as I said above, they did not care to confirm it, furthermore, the message above if you noticed has “APEAL KAABA” which the person actually meant “APPLE KAABA” but due to mistype it became “APEAL KAABA”. The magazine which had it on their Editorial contained exact same word “APEAL KAABA” instead of the correct “APPLA KAABA”! It also contained text below to provoke all muslims, to protest against the shameful act, cursed the hell out of Americans and compared it to the insulting cartoons published about our beloved Prophet Mohammad (SAWW).
So what is this Apple’s Mecca thing about? I am no big fan of Apple but supporting what is true. Apple is very well known Company and it’s also known for their creative designing whether it comes to their computer products, the pods or even their packaging! They decide to own a shop of their own, they get a unique design as always and the outcome is Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York which when is cuboid in shape and is all made of glass. It was all covered black while being built (to surprise their fans perhaps or perhaps the glass company asked them to) and it looked like this in the beginning.
I think now you are getting the whole thing. Osama Bin Ladin (or his type of thinkers) were passing by the said site when they saw this and the next thing which flashed in their mind was. This resembles our Holy Kaaba!!! (NON SENSE!) and saying guys these filthy Americans are not planning to do something again to insult us Muslims (EVEN MORE NON SENSE!) They started all the fuss on Internet too which you can feel by GOOGLING Apple’s Mecca. Then some of them had to make it yummy for all the Muslims so they had a little chilly, salt and pepper on it by claiming that it’s a pub and Alcohols are sold and served in it!!! Final cheese was spread on all this by Tech. news sites too as they called the said shop and the shops project too as “Apple’s Mecca”. The first search result you get from Google for it is CNET’s website too saying Apple “Mecca” rising. So those Osama like thinkers added this too with it and claimed Apple has called it self Mecca and is making their own Kaaba (which Apple’s fans will bow down to or something?) and this is big insult to Islam.
I read on The Register UK website too that there is no Alcohol selling in the 5th Avenue shop of Apple. Apple has also denied it in Media and they also said they never called it Mecca or Kaaba. Check THIS LINK for complete story about the said issue. Also see Apple’s Official Website for their 5th Avenue Store and see the pictures after it was completed. It looks pretty different than all other stores.
There was no need to make a fuss out of nothing. The Tech. sites without any doubt called this as Apple’s Mecca, I as a Muslim was not offended by this. They did not mean to insult Muslims or Islam or Mecca or Kaaba. Mecca and Kaaba, how important it is for us Muslims? They were just telling a point of how important this site is for Apple and ofcourse for it’s fans. Another reason for it being called Apple’s Mecca can ofcourse be the cuboid structure but I don’t think they meant to hurt feelings of Muslims. They just wanted to tell a point by calling it Apple’s Mecca. It is very irresponsible of the newspapers and magazines which printed the said thing and also very irresponsible of the people who spread this message through SMS, e-mails or websites. I am glad this did not provoke a same reaction to what we saw for the insulting cartoons few months ago, that was just shameful! Apple just had their foots in Pakistan by having a reseller shop in Karachi, I am sure I would have heard news of it being burnt by Osama thinkers if this thing had gone a little more ahead. There are a hell lot of people present among us who just wait for such a “GOLDEN” chance. . .
My request to all Muslims, even non-Muslims. Please for the love of GOD, do not believe each and everything you are told or which you hear. Confirm it from a reliable source before you believe it and tell it to your friends and spread it across because the consequences sometimes can hurt someone in the end and you will be the one to blame. You will not be held accountable for it in this world, you can easily get away here but not in the world here after. As for OSAMA, man… You suck!
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