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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.

The Herald

The article, "Mumbai Muslims claim they are being shunned" is an eye opener to the kind of discrimination meted out to Muslims in some parts of the world. At one time, immediately after the 9/11 attacks, Muslims faced humiliating experiences. Although the occurrence of such incidents has decreased, the long term effects linger in the air. 

Of course in India, the fear of attacks by "Muslims" is often on the minds of the local people. One needs to understand that in order to create animosity and hatred between two religious groups especially the Muslims and Hindus, a simple way is to squarely place the blame on Muslim extremists even though there is no evidence whatsoever. Let's take the example of Iraq, after so much of blame and the destruction of an entire nation, no evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction by the perpetrators of the war has been forthcoming. Therefore, one needs to be careful before making claims and rushing to conclusions, which later on become difficult to remedy. 


Cape Town 

Thursday, 25 October 2007 12:13

The desecration of the Quran (Media Response)

The Mercury

The desecration of the Quran – the Last Testament sent to mankind through the last messenger of God Almighty – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), must be seen as a serious crime against Islam and the entire Muslim world.

Muslims are expected to be tolerant and allow such heinous acts and diabolical behavior to continue, more so in a country where the population is majority Muslims. The desecration of the Quran by foreigners (non-Muslims) is an on-going campaign to demean and provoke Muslims to become agitated and respond so that the foreigners may have some excuse to retaliate and thereupon Muslims are labeled as terrorist and violent. There have been many incidents reported of utter disrespect to the Quran especially by US soldiers as reported in your Oct. 15 edition. Only a few days back, once again at the notorious Gauntonoma Bay prison, US soldiers were suspected to have desecrated the Quran by tearing, trampling on it and then flushing it down the toilet. Indeed a shameful and most disgusting behavior especially by soldiers of a country that boasts having the highest morals and ethics. Least to mention the terrible things that were reported inside Iraq – despite all this – Muslims must be tolerant. 

Come on – let us respect each others religion.







Monday, 29 October 2007 11:50

S.A in poverty (Media Response)

The Daily News

South Africa may be a rich country in terms of its natural resources, excellent weather and overall beauty. However, the number of South Africans living below the poverty line is a matter of great concern. 

 The article "Poverty Trap Persists" is probably the tip of the iceberg informing the people about the poverty that exists in our midst. Indeed our hearts bleed to read and learn of the appalling conditions and extreme poverty our countrymen are experiencing while others are enjoying living a life of opulence. Of course one cannot condemn the rich for their wealth having earned it through their hard efforts. Equally, as South Africans we should not forget our fellow human beings suffering the pangs of hunger, caused by the high rate of unemployment, rising inflation and insufficient opportunities for the less privileged. 

It's never too late to share ideas in uplifting our communities for a better and brighter future.




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.



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