(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat -
A new digital application, theShukran aiming to break stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding Islam was introduced in Oman recently. The app was launched at the Oman Islamic FinTech Forum, which discussed the idea of embracing technology and digital transformation in the Islamic community.
Sanaa Fariat, a Moroccan living in Italy, who co-founded the application, said, 'We have understood that the Muslim world needs to express itself through a unitary identity capable of enhancing and respecting the thousand faces that are within it. It was unthinkable that in the era of social networks, Muslims did not have their own social network. For this reason, we have joined forces with different countries and now we are here to tell the world that there is an alternative to Facebook and Instagram, called theShukran.'
Sanaa added that the app has found great support from students, artists, intellectuals, ordinary people and non-Muslims.
'The non-Muslim world has already fallen in love with theShukran. Visiting this social network gives a sense of peace, joy and it is the best tool to make Muslims successful and defeat religious hatred. theShukran is a social network that offers the world an alternative language, an ethical system that is young, bold and ambitious,' she said.
The application is also aimed as a tool to fight Islamophobia, racism and hatred towards Muslims. The app offers features like blogs, vlogs and matrimonials etc, she said.
'Creating a social network is a really complicated thing as it takes years of planning. Now that we have succeeded in creating a perfect software architecture and a concept of which we are proud, we can say that our great challenge is to show the world that Muslims can have their own social network, a great encyclopaedia from which Muslims and non-Muslims can get knowledge and inspiration.
'Here everyone can show who he is, what he does and what he dreams of. And above all, they can meet Muslims from other countries and find out with whom to connect and with whom to share their talent,' Sanaa said.