On October 10, 2006, an Islamic website posted a message alerting Muslims to what it claims is a new insult to Islam. According to the message, the cube-shaped building which is being constructed in New York City, on Fifth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets in midtown Manhattan, is clearly meant to provoke Muslims. The fact that the building resembles the Ka’ba (see picture below), is called “Apple Mecca,” is intended to be open 24 hours a day like the Ka’ba, and moreover, contains bars selling alcoholic beverages, constitutes a blatant insult to Islam. The message urges Muslims to spread this alert, in hope that “Muslims will be able to stop the project.”
A Middle East research organization reports that Apple’s flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan (between 58th and 59th) is offensive to Muslims. The report cites an Islamic Web site urging Muslims to spread the word in hope that “Muslims will be able to stop the project.”
The report by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a 501 (c)3 organization based in Washington, D.C., claims that Apple’s cube-shaped building (pictured above) “constitutes a blatant insult to Islam.”
The reason? Because the building resembles the Ka’ba in Mecca (pictured below), is called “Apple Mecca,” (by whom?), is open 24 hours a day like the Ka’ba, and “contains bars selling alcoholic beverages.”
Ka’ba means cube. It is the first place Allah was worshiped. From the outside it does not look very exciting. It is made of concrete blocks. Inside it is decorated with texts from the Qu’ran.
I was just at the Fifth Avenue Apple store in NYC and don’t remember them serving alcohol. The report appears to have misunderstood the intent of the “Genius Bar” and the “iPod bar.” The group which “explores the Middle East through the region’s media” only appears to have two valid facts in their complaint – that the Apple store is in the shape of a cube and that it’s open 24 hours a day.
I’m sorry, but no. Having a word for ‘cube’ in your language does not give you the right to declare all things ‘cubic’ offensive, let alone is it a valid excuse for one’s “I’m in the center of the world and clearly all things cubic are cubic just for the explicit purpose of offending me!” inferiority complex.
I like the last paragraph of the ZDNET blog post where it basically discredits the whole claim.
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!
Good job guys, we’ve killed two posts in two (three?) days. However I should have closed this one earlier once Malaclypse shared that link, that was foolish of me to keep it open.
Dude, I say keep on topic, and give you some locations where you can talk about that topic if you like, then you come back to report how things are going?