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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.

Tuesday, 09 October 2007 11:33

Demerit System (Media Response)

Daily News

I refer to two issues in your Tuesday edition (02/10/07) that made for interesting reading: “Public transport lanes” and “The demerit system”. It goes without saying that both articles were long overdue, however the latter requires urgent implementation. 

It appears that our roads have become like graveyards with the large number of accidents claiming lives daily as a result of reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. Many people have lost their lives due to incompetent, inconsiderate, reckless and just plain bad drivers.

The demerit system may help to curb dangerous driving, but together with that, vigilant policing is needed to bring the culprits to book.

Let it not be the normal run-off-the mill passing legislation with no one to monitor and police it. Numerous examples may be cited where legislation was passed (e.g. the wearing of seatbelts), but very little was and is being done to actually implement it. This could be due to a serious shortage of police officers or it could mean that the police are turning a blind eye to what they consider ‘petty’ offences. At the end of it all, it's the little offences that add to the bigger issues and failing at one end opens up the opportunity for numerous other offences and crimes at the other end.

It is high time that taxis especially used demarcated routes and only those lanes specified to them. Not many people have spoken out against the bad taxi drivers, but one imagines that a different set of driving laws should apply to them.

We are all South Africans and need to be treated equally.

Ahmed Nanabai



Wednesday, 10 October 2007 11:42

Pakistan Cricketers (Media Response)

The Herald

I agree with what Manjoo stated about Pakistan making a request to the Cricket Board exempting play in the month of fasting. Pakistan being an Islamic country ought to have done so a long time ago.

Afridi was correct in excusing himself from the game due to this being the auspicious month of Ramadaan. His decision should not be construed as acting holier than his colleges who continue to play whilst fasting. There are so many things to consider about this month other than simply abstaining from food and drink.


Cape Town 






Thursday, 11 October 2007 12:08

Mumbai Muslims (Media Response)

The  Herald

The Article, "Mumbai Muslims claim they are being shunned" is an eye opener to the kind of discrimination against Muslims in many parts of the world. At one time, immediately after the 9/11 attacks, Muslims faced some very traumatising and humiliating experiences. Although the occurrence of such incidents is less frequent, the long term repercussions and this ‘Islamophobia’ continue to 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 but mere speculation. 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 very perpetrators of the war has been forthcoming. Therefore, one needs to be careful before making claims and rushing into conclusions which are later difficult to undo and remedy.    




Friday, 12 October 2007 11:49

Greenhouse gases (Media Response)

The emission of greenhouse gases being responsible for the unstable weather patterns experienced throughout the world has been a hot topic of discussion lately. In fact, there should be more debates of this kind and we need to spread awareness of the environmental crisis we find ourselves in.  

To many, the issue may slip by as nothing that warrants great concern as long as we are breathing and are not as affected by the changing weather patterns that have caused havoc and left a trail of destruction in many countries. Surely it must be of great concern when snow is melting at such a fast rate that in about 20 years, it is predicted that the seas could rise to a height of seven meters. Natural disasters are becoming fiercer and more destructive, like the present flooding of several African countries.

According to experts, all this has something to do with the emission of gasses that are having an impact on the climate. Ultimately, God Almighty knows best.  

The media still has the responsibility to educate and keep the public informed about the situation facing the global environment. It affects every one of us so we should all play a part in protecting our planet.    


East London 

Monday, 15 October 2007 10:59

Refugee crisis in Iraq (Media Response)

The Mercury

It is indeed shocking to read of a refugee crisis in Iraq now, after so many years of innocent killings and destruction that has left the country basically in pieces. How many more Iraqis are going to flee the country when more than half the population has been displaced and a little less than half either killed or maimed.

History has perhaps not witnessed carnage and destruction in the magnitude as witnessed in Iraq and the daily bombings continue. The situation of the country getting worse has far surpassed – the situation could not get worse than presently.

The article makes reference to Iraqis fleeing due to also 'other violence"  -  one needs to carefully analyze the situation of the entire run-up to the invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies – only to realize that a third force is involved in the friction between the Shias and sunnis which worked very well for the foreign invasion forces.

The poor Iraqi people have no option but to accept the current situation and orderly listen to the foreign forces otherwise there would be more bloodshed. As much as many Iraqis do not want foreign troops on their soil, however they (the foreigners) have created a mind-set of the people that their non presence will further wreck the country and cause total anarchy and a civil war.

Let us all pray, especially Muslims in this month of Ramadaan for peace and tranquility to shadow in that region.



Wednesday, 17 October 2007 11:18

"Honour Killings" (Media Response)

The Herald

I refer to the issue of "Honour Killings". It is understood from your article that "Honour Killings" are largely practiced by people of the Muslim faith. While some Muslims may be involved in this type of activity which, according to my reading and research, points out that the abhorred practice stems from family traditions mainly of people living in India and Pakistan.


To report that Muslims are largely involved in this activity is incorrect, because often articles appear in the Indian press (of India) reporting such unlawful behaviour. Many of these cases are not from the Muslim community. Hence, the article invariable portrays Muslims in a negative light and adds to a growing stereotype that Muslims are violent by nature.





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