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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.

Monday, 10 September 2007 11:37

Cultures

 

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

Durban


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.

Junaid
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

Newlands

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

 

 

Monday, 17 September 2007 12:42

Swedish Cartoons

The Times


I disagree with Jonathan Zapiro's statement: "Publish with a disclaimer - but don't stop people publishing". He has taken the name of Salman Rushdie and we are all well-aware of the writings of Rushdie and others like him.

It is unacceptable for someone to write about their next of kin in a derogatory, vulgar fashion. Similarly, it is unacceptable to maliciously degrade and slander personalities of the Islamic faith. Then, in the name of freedom of speech, Muslims are expected to be tolerant and accommodating.

This was exactly the case in the Rushdie saga and subsequently other unfortunate situations, the most recent being the shocking, blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by a Swedish newspaper.

This is absolutely uncalled for and only God Almighty knows the real intentions in the minds of people who publish such filthy and nonsensical writings/images.

It is ironic that people are so sensitive about themselves and do not hesitate to sue for defamation of character – why the disparity? Freedom of speech should apply across the board. However this is not the case, and just as well, otherwise the word ‘respect’ would be removed from our vocabulary.

It is indeed sad to observe that in this time and age people can be so irresponsible.


Wednesday, 19 September 2007 12:46

Drugs - Children

The reaction in last week’s edition was long overdue on the drugs and sex crises in Phoenix and Chatsworth areas. Make no mistake that substance abuse is not confined to only these areas; in fact other parts of South Africa are probably worse hit.

Some communities are virtually held ransom by drug operators.


These unscrupulous scavengers have no mercy in their hearts for even little children. Using children at schools to do their dirty work – used as ‘runners’ – and another shameless thing is offering these children drugs as a means to become addictive. These poor children are becoming exposed to some very dangerous drugs; where the reaction on adults has a violent nature and the consequences are deadly.


The time has come for law-makers to become cold in passing legislation in stiffer and harsher punishment on drug traffickers, kingpins, operators and everyone involved in this scourge in society. The courts need to come down on these people with its full might with the police using all its resources to catch these people who are often known to freely trade in this filthy business.


Abdullah Anwar

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