|Developer(s)||Salam Web Technologies DMCC|
|Initial release||17 January 2019|
|Available in||English, (Malaysian and Indonesian), Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Russian and Turkish.|
|Type||Web browser, mobile browser|
SalamWeb (from Arabic salām, سلام, meaning “peace”) was a Chromium-based browser developed by the now-defunct Dubai company Salam Web Technologies DMCC. Designed to deliver a Muslim-friendly Web experience, and targeted towards the Muslim audience, it observes the Islamic law and tradition and is certified as a Muslim compliant web browser.
The browser was also the main component of the Muslim-specific digital ecosystem which included web apps and SalamToday, an online magazine with localized and international editions.
SalamWeb was available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It supports multiple languages, including English, Malaysian and Indonesian, Urdu, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, and Bengali.
It was discontinued in 2021 for unknown reasons, and the salamweb.com domain is no longer accessible
In order to create a Muslim-friendly ecosystem, SalamWeb used SalamWebProtect, a three-layered system that filtered out haram – content, products and services which are offensive to Muslims and considered by them to be harmful to children. The system included built-in filters, AI image recognition software and a community-based vetting system where users flagged inappropriate content.
Sadaqah means an act of kindness without expecting anything in return 'fi sabillilah' (for the cause of Allah). SalamSadaqah sought to engage Muslims in charitable activities and to remind them that the idea of charity is central to Islam. SalamWebSadaqah was also SalamWeb's own commitment to make a donation to a charitable project (in association with Global Sadaqah, a global Islamic charity), each time someone used SalamWeb. SalamWebWidgets helped Muslims practice Islam while staying in touch with technology and the Internet. These include Prayer Times, which shows the upcoming praying time, Praying Direction Compass, which showed Qibla (the direction a Muslim must face when praying), Daily Quotes, Mosques Near Me, and others.
SalamWeb was based on Chromium and retained its functionality. It caould use browser extensions developed for Google Chrome.
From release 4.4, SalamWeb contains the elements of social browsing. SalamWebTalks, a commenting and rating widget, was embedded in the browser. As such, the company claimed it allowed commenting on any web page as long as it contains a url.
The browser was available in English, Malaysian, Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Russian, and Turkish.
SalamWebToday was an online magazine that sought to engage Muslims into a conversation about what it meant to be a Muslim in a world dominated by technology. As of July 2020, SalamWebToday is available in Arabic, Bengali, English, French, Indonesian, Bahasa Melayu, Russian, and Turkish.
The Muslim world remains divided over the internet. For some, it is a questionable technology that has been used by child pornographers, money launderers and fraudsters. For others, it is merely an extension of reality and, therefore, ethically neutral.
SalamWeb sided with those Muslim intellectuals who argue that the internet should be seen as an instrument of ‘re-actualisation’ of Islam, that is the reinterpretation of Islamic doctrines in such a way that they become more relevant to the modern time. If understood correctly, they say, the internet can produce a kind of Muslim Renaissance similar in effect to the flowering of Islamic science, culture and the community life during the Abbasid period. To achieve this, SalamWeb sought to promote the Islamic concept of ijma’, that is building knowledge and understanding through enlightened debate.
SalamWeb was certified by Amanie International Shariah Supervisory Board as Muslim compliant and as of December, 2019, it is the only browser that had such certification. It was endorsed by Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation as compliant with the Islamic Digital Economy Guide (Mi'yar).
SalamWeb received positive reviews from users and technically-advanced critics. According to Bloomberg News, at a time of mounting concerns over privacy, bias and online abuse over the internet there is demand for a browser that is compliant with Islamic values. As Financial Management reports, SalamWeb is gaining popularity as an alternative for Muslims preferring content aligned with Islamic values.
According to Techwire Asia and MyEverydayTech, the browser was mostly effective in containing haram content, that is, content that is prohibited or offensive to Muslims.