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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.

Saturday, 04 August 2007 11:04

Matchbox Mess

It was indeed very sad reading the article titled 'Matchbox Mess'(22/07/07).
Housing is a basic necessity and all citizens are entitled to a decent
dwelling. The government should provide and meet the demands of all
South Africans. However, in the quest to providing a great number of
homes, a suitable quality of housing that is liveable must be a

Building a large number of houses of sub-standard quality and
workmanship defeats the whole purpose in the long term. Yes, people
would become happy and honoured to possess a home and indeed thankful.
But, for a short time only after which they have to go through the
ordeal of having to see their homes fall apart - a total waste of time
and money!

Housing projects should be under constant scrutiny of building
inspectors so that proper homes are built of quality. More
importantly, contracts should be tendered out to authorized and
approved contractors to avoid the matchbox mess.

Hassen Ahmed

Monday, 06 August 2007 11:03

Apartheid Crimes

Apartheid Crimes

The crimes committed during the apartheid era were indeed horrendous and must be condemned in the strongest terms. Surely it's not easy for those who suffered to simply forget the past.

Graeme Hosken’s article of the 18th July, 2007 calls for people to reveal and report apartheid atrocities so that the NPA could decide whether or not to prosecute. In my understanding, the TRC served to reconcile past differences and to settle matters in an amicable and humane way – the TRC, at the time, did a wonderful job and must be complimented. However, it seems as though the past will not end and South Africa would have to come to terms in accepting from time to time claims of this nature. Then, would it not be a good idea to reopen the TRC books of the TRC and once and for all finalize all legitimate claims.

The oppressed people of South Africa did remarkably well having displayed a true spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation after so many years of victimisation. I am sure most South Africans are committed toward building a great nation of togetherness.

Tuesday, 07 August 2007 13:28

Beautiful Durban

Beautiful Durban

That was once a phrase that all Durbanites were proud of. But, it has been a long time since we heard of beautiful Durbs.

Your article makes mention of a stink in Prince Edward Street- this should extend to most of the Durban CBD. It is time that the authorities bring some sanity to cleanliness issues on our streets. Besides creating a greater movement of people and an economic boom, it environmental friendliness is a factor that leads to safety and hopefully a drop in crime.

The Municipality should react immediately before it's too late. We have seen places go down after long delays and neglect in attending to such problems as dirty, unkempt streets. The Metro authorities should consider employing inspectors (dedicated for the upkeep and cleanliness of streets) and create a fleet of 'cleanspectors'.

A. Mohamed

Wednesday, 08 August 2007 11:30

Bill for random school searchers

Bill for random school searchers

Daily News

While the intended Bill for random school searchers may be a good control measure to bring some sanity and peace at our schools, however the question whether teachers and educators should do the searchers is questionable.

Teachers will be at a greater risk of being targets of intimidation and violence. Their lives will be in danger as pupils nowadays are fearless and teachers no longer have a commanding position to discipline the pupils as in the past. Hence it would be better for the law enforcement and/or the schools’ governing body to conduct searches.



Rochdale Park

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


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