Halal search engine launched in UK to help Muslims avoid forbidden Internet sites

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London, Sep.2 (NI): A halal search-engine has been launched for Muslims to know which Internet sites should be avoided because of their forbidden, or "haram" content as per Islamic law.

The search engine, ImHalal.com, only fetches results that are flagged as "Halal" and safe for Muslim users, reports The Telegraph.

ImHalal.com's founder, Reza Sardeha, said he got the idea for the site after friends complained that the more popular search engines, including Google and Yahoo!, were flagging up explicit content.

"First of all, we have blocked all sexually explicit content. We are also in talks with Imams to determine what might be considered haram, and therefore, be blocked," he said.

"Imhalal is not a dictatorial or censorship website, we want people to be able to continue their online search. We use a two-layer system, first of all the search engine analyses the content fetched by Imhalal.com and all websites that contain explicit material will be filtered out. Some websites will still be fetched and there the secondary, more aggressive and progressive filter kicks in and that is when you will see the haram level," he said.

Sardeha hopes his website will become the home page in all Muslim households and, despite only going live on September 1, already has plans to expand the product. (ANI)

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