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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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Tuesday, 30 October 2007 13:23

Racism in Dundee (Media Response)

The Daily News

I was dumbfounded to read about the shop in Dundee that has two separate entrances for its white and black customers. 

During the apartheid era this kind of thing was not unheard of, as there were all sorts of unjust and cruel apartheid laws, which created years of animosity and mountains of hatred.

But today, this kind of segregation is beyond one's imagination. Come a decade after the abolishment of apartheid, this type of racist behaviour by South Africans is unacceptable.

The overall progress made by the country in terms of overcoming its terrible past indeed deserves much praise. Those who survived the oppression and witnessed the many torments at the hands of the apartheid regime must be complemented for their extreme patience both then and with the new dispensation.

Abdullah Anwar


Wednesday, 31 October 2007 11:39

Newspapers (Media Response)

The Times

Please allow me to make my point via your newspaper. It is my view that newspapers in particular should be extremely cautious and sensitive with regard to the exposure of females whether it is an advert or news article. One reason being that while we encourage our children to read extensively to improve on the language and generally newspapers are a source of information, the extent of nudity in some newspapers prevents parents from allowing their children to look at these newspapers. In some instances, parents were caught in an embarrassing situation, parent/child to have opened to the page wherein this almost naked picture is displayed – what is the parent/child suppose to?  

My view is not based on some extremists' opinion and hope this is not misconstrued. Surely we all would like our children to benefit from the wealth of information carried in the newspapers and therefore I would urge your paper to seriously consider my viewpoint.


Cape Town 

Thursday, 01 November 2007 12:13

Outages are here to stay (Media Response)

The Times

Outages are here to stay, Eskom says - hail or sunshine. This blatant message is the latest news headline in South Africa media.

Obviously this message will be a blow to the economy. Loss of production and trading in shopping centres is a huge burden on any developing market. Ironically South Africans have never experienced such shortages in the past, so why now? Therefore, being new to us, we will have to adapt to this new lifestyle of frequent blackouts and interruptions.

However if shortages are here to stay then it should be fairly distributed in the sense that all citizens living in all areas should share the shortages equally. Without being prejudiced, I suggest Eskom concentrate on providing a full supply of electricity locally before expanding into neighbouring courtiers.



Wednesday, 07 November 2007 13:44

The Daily News Dogs (Media Response)

The Daily News

I refer to the article "Savage Dogs Return" which leaves me with the impression that dangerous dogs are better living creatures than human beings. Disgusting as it may sound but the reality of the matter is that little has been done to reprimand the owner of the dog who is now free to enjoy the company of his dogs once more.


A young boy has been mauled and is in a state of initial recovery from a traumatising experience that may remain with him for the rest of his life. Yet the owner is free to bring back these vicious dogs into the easy reach of the public and endanger other humans. Don't we have some sense of feeling for the little child and the public at large? Surely the SPCA/SAPS have some law or regulation to protect the public. Surely the owner can think for himself without actually being told or guided by the law to do the right thing and risk the lives of others by housing these maulers in the neighbourhood.


I am not making particular reference to this case but generalizing about incidents such as this that we often read about in local newspapers. Furthermore it is time that the government introduce special laws with regard to housing dogs that are generally vicious by nature.




Thursday, 08 November 2007 11:59

Apartheid lives on (Media Response)

The Daily News

I was dumbfounded to read about the shop in Dundee to have two entrances: one for white customers and another for black customers.


Even during the apartheid era this was probably unheard of. This kind of segregation is beyond one's imagination. Yes there were all sorts of unjust and cruel apartheid laws which created years of animosity and mountains of hatred.

Come a decade after the abolishment of apartheid, this type of racist behaviour is totally unacceptable. The progress made by the country overall in terms of overcoming the terrible past is indeed praiseworthy. The oppressed people that once lived to see through the torments of the apartheid era must be complemented for their extreme patience after the new dispensation. Therefore all South Africans carrying the country’s flag of integration don’t deserve this type of unjust and inhumane behaviour.


Cape Town 

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Monday, 12 November 2007 13:12

TV and Children (Media Response)

The Mercury

So little has been said about children watching violent TV shows, movies and cartoons yet so much is shown on the screens. Ironically, the screening continues despite growing awareness about the effects this type of programming can have on children. 

I refer to the article, "cartoons can cause aggression", which conveys an early warning to parents in exercising caution in allowing children to watch cartoons especially violent ones. As the report suggests, children display aggression and become disobedient after having watched violent scenes. In fact children have grown worse than what has been spoken off in the article. Indeed a very pitiful state. Other reports suggest that children watching TV have become obsessed and glued to the T V and become dull in their thinking - lacking in using their intellect. Obesity is another growing concern. Children have shown signs of violent behaviour, addiction, insecurity, abuse, rape etc. 

In general, television has lost its educational ability and influence, and the one time source of information. People are opting to play games and view movies, videos, etc. Its basically become a home cinema.



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