Facebook unveils ‘Insha’Allah’ button for Arab market

A screenshot of the new Facebook events buttons

DUBAI: Following the opening of its office in Dubai, Facebook has revealed the first of what it claims will be many alterations to the social media site tailored to the local Arabic market. As of next week, users across the Middle East and North Africa will have to opportunity to respond with ‘Insha’Allah’ to an event invitation, along with the usual ‘Join’, ‘Maybe’ and ‘Decline’.

“This was the result of several focus groups across the region,” said Facebook Arabia’s Regional Solutions Manager, Majid Johnson. “Adding an ‘Insha’Allah’ button for Facebook events was by far and away the most popular request.”

Facebook Arabia also announced plans to introduce a ‘Platinum Upgrade’ specifically for GCC markets.

“This was another big winner in our focus groups,” claimed Johnson. “Facebook Platinum is going to be our premium option for the more exclusive social media user. It’s going to come with a significant signing on fee, but will offer five-star services, such as a bespoke wall and 24-hour status concierge facility, along with space for just 50 members at one time.”

Facebook Platinum is expected to launch next year.

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44 Responses to Facebook unveils ‘Insha’Allah’ button for Arab market

  1. Rawad Hajj June 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

    “Inchalla” ? Are you kidding me?

    I seriously expected something professional from Facebook.. something more than just an idiotic research with idiotic focus groups.

    What about people who do not believe in the world inshalla? such as agnostics and atheists? just saying the word is against they morality.

    I really hope this thing is a joke or maybe just a media stunt. For I will be one of the first people to de-activate my account once this is done.

    • joze June 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Well said Rawad! this is a total joke!

    • Ben June 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Rawad- On the google search for Pan Arabian it states the FINEST MADE UP NEWS I hope you have not ben reading this for years thinking this was gospel!!

    • Jihad June 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      they can just not use it and ignore it.

      although i do agree with you it doesn’t add anything.

    • Alias January 15, 2013 at 7:59 am

      If it’s as petty as you say why are you so angry then if you react to pettiness then am not sure how this reflects on you sir. The world is big enough for everyone you don’t believe in the word there are more options for you. Come to think of it you deactivating is a sensational idea.

    • Shaki Miki (@shakimiki) May 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      “What about people who do not believe in the world inshalla? such as agnostics and atheists? just saying the word is against they morality.”

      Well they can click on one of the other buttons. Now that wasn’t too complicated was it? Something else is clearly upsetting you.

    • Anonymous June 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      How can you not tell this is satire?

      • Lippy Louise November 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        Apparently by not even glancing at the page’s title. It literally says “The World’s Only 7 Star Satirical News Source”. So, he’s clearly never heard of the Onion or Duffelblog.

  2. ojas mathur June 12, 2012 at 8:59 am

    @rawad: uh always have the option of not to use the button..:)

  3. Uran Ejeet June 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Really Rawad?!

  4. Zaher June 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Rawad, are you on crack?

    • Zaher June 14, 2012 at 7:04 am

      I don’t understand why everyone’s comments got published but mine is still awaiting moderation.

      • Anonymous June 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        Zaher, are you on crack?

        • Zaher June 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

          Not any more.

  5. tata June 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    U guys r stupid. U can simply not push that button. Idiots

    • Rawad Hajj June 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      So let’s say there is a button that says:


      Would u accept it to be there? You don’t have to “PRESS” it…

  6. W June 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    It says SATIRE at the top of the page. How can you not understand this is a joke story? Along with, you know, every single other story posted on this website. Nice job morons.

  7. Rami Ashi June 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Is this a joke?

    • Lippy Louise November 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm


      Read the title of this page. “The Pan-Arabia ENQUIRER The World’s Only 7 Star News Source”

  8. amf June 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    lol! I first saw this out of context, and thought it was true… :D

  9. Decent Guy June 13, 2012 at 1:54 am

    @Rawad Hajj…yeh i don’t know why you’re making mountains out of moon stones about this button..but u always have the option not use it..its as simple as that no biggie…:)

  10. hamad June 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Actually all of the above are idiots, Makes me depressed that I live in such a stupid world.. the article is obviously a JOKE.

  11. sam_pling June 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Oh dear, why bother reading PanArabia if you cannot get the face that every story is satirical? In simple terms, made up, NOT REAL!

  12. Geoff June 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I think people do get that the story isn’t real, they are just playing along. Lighten up everyone.

  13. Bob The Builder June 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hahahaha. To all those who thought this story was real – it’s called satire you muppets! But thanks for the laugh! I’m not sure what’s funnier – the story or the fact you idiots thought it was real! Hahahahahahahahahaha

  14. Sheik yerBouti June 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    This should banned. Im not sure how to ban a button, but still i am thinking thes shuld be banned now. Too many poeple misuing this button will cause kaos, and not in a funny haha maxwell smart kinda way.

  15. h of arabia September 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Why not make it the yimkin mumkin button? That will solve the religious issues….

  16. Shultz September 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    there goes the US embassy in Dubai

  17. sultan January 15, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Rawad Haj<<< just had a look at ur what u had to say about the inshalla thing and beside it being a silly thing to start up with but GOD DAMN u just took it over the top with ur hating comment I gotta say… Who give less of DAMN if u edactivate ur FB account?? U will do thim a favor leaving a space on their servers for people who just Have fun with it…. Have a chill pill for ALLAH sake

  18. Quinapalus March 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    FFS!!!!! It’s! Not! Real!!!!!!!!

  19. jerry April 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Majid Johnson ha ha ha ha…….

  20. Ummak May 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    My former Arabic teacher made this sharp observation:

    Of course, a truly Islamic Facebook would have the insha’Allah button replace the Join button, not appear alongside it. Like would also have to become Masha’Allah :)

  21. Anonymous May 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Hahaha thx all of U !!!! This really made me laugh…..:)

  22. Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Who’s the bigger chump? The one who responds with indignation or alarm coz he/she thinks it for real, or the one who thinks it’s necessary to point out that it’s satirical. God bless their cotton socks/sandals (delete as appropriate).

  23. Marsha Llah June 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

    If this insh’allah button goes ahead, then we need to start a campaign for a “gettitupye” button for all the Glasgwegians.

  24. Anonymous July 16, 2013 at 7:56 am

    This is like The Arab Onion. I love it!

  25. Mazhar Fakher July 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Why do people have to spoil the fun by telling everyone its only a joke. Let them stew and seethe

  26. mohannadmahayni November 7, 2013 at 6:01 am

    When will people learn that making jokes related to religions is not funny.

    • gaby November 10, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Really? Out of all man made creations, how did religion exempt itself from being made fun of? The total seriousness of the thing is what is shattering our world.

  27. Alaa AL sunaidi November 9, 2013 at 9:55 am


  28. Shanaaz (@shanaazjeebhai) November 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Great idea! And as for those who dont like it- its just a button- dont press it!

  29. Shanaaz (@shanaazjeebhai) November 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Satire satire!!

  30. Derek November 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    ‘Inshalla’ already exists on Facebook; it’s the ‘Maybe’ button.

  31. LOLing hard December 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    hahahahahah can’t believe that some of the people here thought this was real…


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