Netiquette

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Holding a discussion online is vastly different from a face to face discussion. It is easy to misinterpret a comment that is read as you are missing facial expressions, body language and vocal inflections. This list employs a series of guidelines we call "Netiquette" to help make your message come across as you had intended. In a word, polite. We ask that you please read over and adhere to these guidelines.

Basics

'iqraa.org' is a private mailing list. Membership to this list is open to all Muslim brothers and sisters, who are united on "There is no God but ALLAH, and Muhammad is His Messenger".

The Beautiful Name Allah SWT is the proper Name for the Creator and Sustainer, Whose Will holds supreme in the universe, and Who alone is worthy of the highest honour, the greatest respect and admiration, and is the One and Only.

Unlike the English word god, the word Allah in Arabic, has no gender, no number (plural) or uncountable, and always with the definite article "alif and lam" (the), while the word god in English is countable (plural) and has gender, for example, it could be 'gods, goddess etc.'.

The use of the Beautiful Name Allah SWT is the correct and appropriate word to describe The Oneness of Creator.

If you disagree with the above, please do not subscribe.

Format

Informal, but thoughtful - don't send a note until you have taken time to review its contents and header. Make sure your note is correctly addressed, that it is free of typos, and that you mean what it says.

Sensitivity

Remember there are human beings with feelings who read your messages.

Subject line

Give your message a meaningful and accurate subject line descriptor. This will eliminate tedious sorting through mail by subscribers not drawn to a topic.

Using Humour

Please be very cautious about using sarcasm and humour. Without non-verbal cues and voice tone, "subtle" humour can easily be interpreted as searing sarcasm.

Context and Quotes

Please be aware that only one email will be sent to the list in a 24 hour period. Therefore, please plan your postings carefully if you are involved in a discussion. Write private notes when you need to agree, disagree or apologize to a specific list member - don't post to iqraa.org. Use professional guidelines in citing references.

Attachments

Please avoid sending attachments and/or e-mail containing HTML to the group - not all email programs are able to handle attachments/HTML and may crash as a result.

Response Time

Please check and respond to your E-mail regularly if you choose to participate.

Respect Others

Be respectful of differences. This list consists of non-professionals and professionals, givers and receivers of Islamic knowledge and ideas, individuals with English and non-English as a first language; and a multitude of brothers & sisters. There will be differing opinions. Respect the opinions of others even if you do not agree.

Debate

Use logic, and feel free to challenge other people's logic. Stick to the facts, cite someone's words and respond to them, not to your own assumptions and fantasy of what they are saying or implying. Do so in a professional and non-offensive manner; be polite, it is a basic Islamic rule of decency.

Observe Email Behaviour

Use your sense when observing email behaviour. While much of email discussion is standard interaction, this new medium does involve new behavioural possibilities. Feel free to comment privately/directly on such behaviour. Just be respectful.

Forgive Acknowledged Errors

Sometimes what may look like distortions are simply errors in assumption. Be aware that repeated errors in assumption can be damaging to a brother or sister in email because much like the telephone effect, distortions of any nature can eventually be considered fact. Putting anyone in a position of having to write additional posts to defend or correct misinformation you presented as fact is disrespectful and can lead to your removal from this list. Check your facts before responding to posts criticizing a brother or sister's position.

Doubt

If in doubt regarding a brother or sister's position, please ask for clarification privately. In the absence of answers to questions, ask again, but if no answer is forthcoming, respect others enough to disengage from the topic. Remember that answering email is a choice, not an obligation.

Flaming

Flaming will not be tolerated on this list and flamers will be subject to removal. Accept full responsibility for your participation. Even if you get "flamed," you will live, and can continue to contribute. If you are upset by someone's posting, sleep on it, talk it over with a few brothers or sisters, and then decide what to do. If you decide to respond, present facts, not attacks. One way to avoid such unpleasantness is to comment on issues, not people. Use basic principles of communication - and being polite is the first rule of order.

Spamming

Spamming is the Internet term that refers to the sending of unsolicited email generally an advertisement but may also be a form of "Soap Box". The list is private list and each member has the expectation that their subscription will not expose them to unwanted email. Members found to be spamming shall immediately be removed from this list.

Professionalism

Please realize that thousands of people may eventually see your messages as archived for future decades. Information blindly or impulsively posted may come back to haunt you.

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