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  • These are suitable responses recieved by Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre on issues raised by the media.
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Monday, 10 September 2007 11:37



Media Response - Cultures

After having read about the piece on "Muslim Cultures" referring to a  three-day event, as a Muslim I feel the need to respond as a matter of clarity.

Islam is a way of life authentically traced through the Divine Scriptures of God Almighty -the Noble Quran- and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In other words, the culture of a Muslim is primarily based on these two sources. Islam as a religion should not be misconstrued with family traditions/tribal cultures, etc. that a Muslim may have. Often, people tend to label a following as part of the Islamic teachings which is incorrect. An example of this is the performance of a "dance" as part of the Muslim cultures' event and one would wrongly attribute this to something Islamic, whereas Islam totally prohibits any form of dance.

Ahmed Mohamed


Tuesday, 11 September 2007 11:34

Dog Fight

It is indeed very sad to note that "dog fighting" is alive in some parts of South Africa as your report states. One cannot imagine the cruelty and suffering that these living beings are going through. Obviously, they cannot express the mselves and are therefore defenceless.

The callous and ruthless behavior of people engaged in these terrible crimes probably see it only as a money-making tool , while others experience some sort of thrill from this. It does not make the least of sense inflicting pain and suffering to these creatures.

Don't these people realize that dogs also have life and feel pain? People who display such ruthless behavior should be brought to book and a total ban be placed on dog fighting in South Africa.

Join hands with the anti cruelty groups in support against cruelty to animals.

Thursday, 13 September 2007 11:42

Helen Zille

The Editor

The Mercury


Your front page headline “Helen Zille arrested” highlights the imbalance of priorities in our country. 

Her fight against drugs is valid and urgent.Yet she and others were arrested for a peaceful anti-drug march.The police should support those who are against substance abuse, crime, etc.

The government should review their approach on those who mean well for our society.Criminals in the drug industry are thriving with arrogance.

Perhaps South Africa should introduce laws against these criminals as in Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

M Mota


Friday, 14 September 2007 11:35

Dont make Iraq our Vietnam

The Times

The Editor


I refer to the article, “Don’t make Iraq our Vietnam”. Please allow me to make a few observations.


Year after year the situation in Iraq is worsening and the death toll is rising to unimaginable levels. Soon the entire Iraqi nation living in Iraq will be wiped out.


The US and its allies conveniently moved into Iraq, killed innocent civilians and wrecked the country all in the name of justice for the protection of peace loving Iraqis and the WMD saga, which up to this day is a mystery.


Now at this late hour, Americans are debating whether to continue with the presence of their troops in a foreign country after so much of carnage and destruction. There is obviously the concern of the number of American troops being killed and families are constantly putting pressure on their government for a troop withdrawal. It is a pity that no concern and feeling has been shown for the Iraqi people. Millions have been displaced, mercilessly killed and the country torn to pieces.


But yet we are talking of not repeating a Vietnam – fearing the loss of American lives. Indeed a very sad situation.


Abdullah Anwar



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