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.
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
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Accidents are daily occurrences, while some are reported and serious, many
others are unheard of. However, what has come to my attention is the nature
of the photos that accompany these stories. The photos are of a sensitive
Please allow me to express my disappointment at seeing the blood spilled on
the road with regard to the recent motorbike accident. Pictures of this
nature can be offensive to some people. It would be greatly appreciated if
such photos were avoided in the future.
Thank you for your consideration
The current debate on the Department of Social Development’s proposed Children’s Amendment Bill must be carefully addressed by all major role players and especially by the parents.
The parents are the most important role players and their input would be favourable to many. This can be done through schools and religious forums countrywide.
As a concerned parent I would like to express that a twelve year child is unable to make a ‘mature’ decision on matters of surgical procedures and the use of contraceptives. Parents need to have control on the ‘decisions’ made by their minor children. Removing this responsibility from the parents is ‘suicidal.’
The parent is the sole provider of care and love to their children and the responsibility of addressing the proposed Children’s Amendment bill should be the parent’s prerogative.
The Daily News
A very strong message to the 14th World Editors’ Forum held in Cape Town – media reporting and commentary must be fair.
As the print media has proven its worth by the increased circulation people like fair comments and verified facts. On issues of religion, extreme caution must be exercised and facts need to be verified before being published. After 9/11 Islam phobia inadvertently finds its way into newspapers, resulting in a wrong perception of Islam and Muslims.
Wishing the forum a fruitful and successful congress.
Your report on substance abuse (Mercury 21/08/07 Page 3) indicates that the consumption of drugs and alcohol are high on the list.
Addiction to both these harmful substances is a scourge in our society. The only difference between them is that one is legal while the other is not. But in terms of the destruction they cause, both these addictions should be dealt with applying the same degree of severity.
I am sure that by now society is fed up with the trail of destruction left behind and the countless untold damages inflicted upon the lives of addicts and those around them. People have become zombies, vagrants, thugs, criminals and liabilities in society because of these notoriously bad habits.
Some will find it hard to swallow the idea that alcohol has more bad than good, but this is a fact. The number of accidents caused as a result of drunken driving in this country is beyond imagination. Our roads have become death traps and soon a state
of emergency will need to be effected.
The government needs to maximize sentences on drug and alcohol abusers. Together, the law enforcement agencies must play their part clamping down on offenders and ensuring that they face the full might of the law.
It is about time the government clamps down on corruption within its system as your reporter states, "Govn takes strides in battle against corruption" (01/08/07).
The good news is that as opposed to the past lethargic stance on the subject, the government is now actively taking up the challenge of alleviating fraud and corruption.
Corruption has always been a hot issue as is the case with crime.
Surprisingly, so little was being done to combat it while so much was perpetrated with the knowledge of many people. The positions people hold should be regarded as a trust and therefore they should fulfill this trust accordingly.
Thumps up to those fighting corruption!
"The recent discovery of the benefits of circumcision in reducing the rate of HIV infection has brought this age old practice back into focus. Circumcision was promoted as a religious rite or practice in most major world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and others, references of which are found in the respective scriptures. To this day, almost all observing Jewish and Muslim males are circumcised. This practice is very much prevalent in most of Africa as an important tradition. The Xhosa youth are initiated into manhood through various rituals, one of which is circumcision. Circumcision, from an Islamic viewpoint, is regarded as one of the salient aspects of the religion and is viewed as a practice of all the Prophets of God. Among the benefits of circumcision claimed by Islam, is the issue of hygiene and the protection against multiple health disorders, which is achieved by circumcision alone, for when the foreskin is not removed, urine, semen and other secretions can collect under the folded skin and this area becomes the site of painful infections from bacterial growth. The minor procedure of circumcision greatly simplifies the maintenance of basic hygiene. New medical evidence in the recent years is pointing increasingly to the large number of medical benefits associated with circumcision.
A number of medical journals and publications have associated major medical advantages to circumcision. These documents now urge medical practitioners to fully inform parents of the benefits of having their male children circumcised. Doctors have discovered that circumcision affords protection against infections, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Other medical benefits include reduced urinary tract infections, elimination of penile cancer in middle-aged men and, in addition, in older men, a decrease in urological problems and infections. And the latest discovery being the reduction of HIV infection due to circumcision. Hence every Muslim male is required to be circumcised as young as possible, preferably before reaching puberty. There is no requirement for female circumcision in Islam as is commonly misunderstood. Where the circumcision was not done earlier on, and the grown up male is not in a position to tolerate or bear the pain of circumcision, or there is fear of harm being inflicted on him, then circumcision could be avoided. However, with modern advances in surgical practice, it is an almost painless exercise these days. Nevertheless, the uncircumcised male has to ensure that the area beneath the foreskin is kept very clean because, in Islam, body hygiene and cleanliness is obligatory before offering the five daily prayers."