A new “kosher” search engine called Koogle was recently launched for orthodox Jews living in Israel, allowing them to surf the net without compromising the religious standards set by their rabbis.
Koogle.co.il, which is a pun on search engine behemoth Google and a popular Jewish noodle dish, will filter out forbidden material, such as sexually explicit images or pictures of women deemed to be immodestly dressed, and restrict purchases of taboo items including television sets, which are banned in orthodox households.
This appears to have prompted a humourous blog post on launching a “Shariah-compliant halal browser” as a good business venture in Pakistan. This has sparked a heated debate in the virtual world. The blog is a take on a kosher search engine Koogle that has been launched for orthodox Jews.
“This (Koogle) provides an impetus to our more religious-minded Muslim brothers to come up with a halal search engine or perhaps something even better: a halal browser,” Tazeen Javed wrote in her latest entry in the blogs on Dawn.com.
Ideally, the halal browser will check out the halal quotient of the content in cyberspace.
The browser could also label web content according to different levels of halal-ness. “The varying degrees of halal-ness could range from barely halal to standard halal and extra or strictly halal and everything in between.
The new and improved halal browser, equipped with halal firewall, will take care of it for you,” she wrote. Javed also wrote about the halal web browser leading to the creation of “totally halal” advertisements for items like halal chicken, chips, banking and “Umrah tours” to Makkah and invited a very orthodox designer duo to invest in such a venture.
Though Tazeen’s write-up was in good humour, it was taken more than seriously by readers. Tarik Jaffery pondered on the Islamisation of the web through designing a halal browser.
Another blogger with the nickname Kiv suggested that the browser pass a jolt of electricity at users who commits blasphemy. Salman Latif took the debate forward with an interesting comment.
There should be a Halal Street on the lines of Wall Street, Halal Potter a la Harry Potter …