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Media Response

The Media Desk contributes local, national and international news articles for the website and also focuses on news content of the Muslim world. etters commenting on broad issues are also regularly sent to the editors of newspapers Below are a few letters which were sent by the Media Desk and published in newspapers. Bias and negative reporting against Islam has become a very real phenomenon in the media, especially in the international press.

The Darul Ihsan Media Desk primarily monitors the media for Islamaphobic (anti-Islamic) comments and anti-Islamic sentiments made in the mainstream media and interacts positively with media portals conveying the Islamic perspective.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 11:05

Friday-No School

Daily News

Concerned parents and pupils are up in arms against the decision to
close school on Friday. This concern seems legitimate considering the
number of school days missed in this term.

No compromise should be made on the remainder of the recovery plan set by the government. In fact, the closure of Friday has in many ways dampened the
spirits of learners who are relying on the recovery plan.

Junaid Essop


Wednesday, 15 August 2007 11:03


The Mercury

The taking of hostages by the Taliban has raised so much of concern as is the case in such instances where Muslims are concerned. But, shockingly and disgustingly no concern is shown to millions of innocent people that have suffered at the hands of coalition forces led by the US and its closest
ally, the UK.

Who is responsible for the innocent lives lost and injury to the people of Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq - to mention a few? There is no one to mourn their deaths because they were from the Muslim faith. Don't these people have life and feelings for their loved ones just as the Koreans have
Who is there to shed tears for them - does anyone care?

We must be fair and not intentionally miss the point: why the vast disparity when Muslim lives are lost then a no-care attitude is adopted despite the fact that the US indiscriminately kill innocent people. What about the people inside their own country that face torture all in the name of justice and protecting the peaceful & loving people of the world against terrorism? It is time the world stood up to true justice and works together for peace.
Let's all pray.

Junaid Essop


The Daily News

It is shocking news to hear of government officials on official visits overseas are instead "sightseeing and shopping". In one report, some

Officials were allegedly to be out for half a day or most of the day on such trips. The government should surely be concerned. The President has raised the issue after Brazil complained.

President Mbeki must have been embarrassed wondering where on earth our representatives where when on duty. This does not paint a very good picture for South Africa, especially being a leading nation in the African continent. A similar attitude should be adopted at all levels of government
in the country. This by no means should be seen as a negative move or
something sinister but a move to help South Africa.

Ebrahim Saab


Friday, 17 August 2007 11:10

Run-away fires

Daily News

In the last two weeks, fires have dominated our headlines with so many run-away fires and burnt homes throughout the country.

It is indeed unfortunate that so many people have lost their lives. While accidents do occur from time to time, the fire department should consider printing guidelines on fire safety targeting household fires as a
priority. These notices/announcements should be published in newspapers countrywide starting from KZN.

Small inserts can go a long way in improving the situation.

Junaid Essop


Saturday, 18 August 2007 11:05

Escapees from prisons

The Mercury

Escapees from our prisons are a big concern to all South Africans. We are told that most escapees are very dangerous, hardened criminals who, in most cases, have been serving life sentences. Their profile is such that they are not fit to engage with society on any level.

Your report on the Kokstad prison sends a poor message to the kind of organised system adopted by the correctional services department. While prisons countrywide are overcrowded, the Kokstad prison is far below its intake capacity. Moreover, this prison is probably the country's best designed.

But because of a poor excuse of insufficient water to the area, the prison cannot be used to its maximum capacity. Its planning was somewhat a disaster and we cannot afford such mistakes in the future.

After all, the tax-payer is footing a large part of the bill.

Abdullah Anwar

Monday, 20 August 2007 12:10

Ban the Quran, says MP'

The Mercury

I refer to the article, 'Ban the Quran, says MP'.

The MP calling for the ban of the Quran because of its apparent "inciting people to kill people of other faiths" has misunderstood the Holy Book & Divine Scriptures of God Almighty. He has read passages - totally out of context. Common sense would tell you that any statement/paragraph read in
parts/out of context is irresponsible and insensible.

The Quran in its entirety does not preach the killing of innocent people irrespective of their religious denomination. Equally, no where does the Quran permit the rape of women and the use of violence to establish a global Muslim state, as claimed by the MP.

Islam has become the scapegoat of even the smallest incident that bears an Islamic/Muslim connotation. The most harsh and fiercest words are pounded on Islam which makes Islam look cruel and a religion of terror. Thus far, to some extent the enemies of Islam have succeeded in brainwashing and swaying the thinking of people throughout the world with the constant bombardment on

M. Mota



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