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 song, “Umshini Wami” sung by comrade Zuma at the different stage appearances should not be taken so seriously that has resulted in some harsh words exchanged between Zuma and Lakota.
Both comrades have been through the thick of the liberation struggle and passionately fought for the freedom of this country. South Africa cannot afford any division among its hierarchy. Differences will always be there and we should learn to respect that.
Former President N Mandela, set a good example not only for South Africans, but the world: forgive, forget and strive for a better future. The lessons and legacy set by him can be very useful in solving many of our differences especially in the political front.
I refer to the article, “Courtroom walls have ears – lawyer”.
These days even the courts are not safe – tells you a lot of what you don’t want to hear. Privacy is the right of every individual and must be respected at all times.
However, the safety of our courtrooms, police stations and so called safe areas have become equally unsafe. For example, in the last two weeks two incidents of entry by thugs and criminals into police stations were reported. This makes the taped courtroom conservations look like a small issue.
Come on – make our government more responsible and alert on the safety of its citizens and not the safety of the criminals.
I refer to the article, "Zim's culture of coercion". Zimbabwe is no different from many other countries having support from its military power. And this is not exclusive to countries in the African continent but a worldwide phenomenon.
This culture of thinking is set to remain for a long time where in some instances, in the name of democracy, the country is ruled and ultimate power is vested by the military. Nations and countries are largely dominated by their military power and hence exercise their superiority by means of fire-power.
It may be a wise idea to leave Zimbabwe to resolve its critical problems and crises to the Africans leaders and not the US/UK pack as normally done. In order for the African continent to become stronger and independent, a greater degree of responsibility needs to be entrusted on the leaders of the African continent.
Since media reports paint a very grim picture of the Zimbabwe, African leaders need to attend to the issues as a matter of urgency.
It's too late to be complacent – another school pupil is killed, this time in Gauteng. Incidents of this nature are increasingly common. The question is are we really going to do anything about it or wait for another bad incident to awaken us in taking drastic steps to put a stop to this type of unruly behaviour.
Schools have become a marketplace for drugs, cigarette smoking is as common as eating lunch, and pupils have learnt to consume alcohol instead of drinking water. A friendly game of soccer turns into an ugly fight and pupils are seriously hurt – gone are the days of fist-fights. The list of the most terrible things at many of our schools is getting longer by the day.
The government needs to take strong steps in instilling discipline at schools throughout South Africa. Let us work towards a safer environment for our pupils and securing their future.
I was shocked to read the article, ‘When fashion’s a four-letter word’. The colorful print on clothing is beginning to take new strides in its shape of fancy and obscenity of words.
Sensible parents would never allow their children to don clothing that is imprinted with some vulgar and obscene words. One cannot comprehend the level of understanding of civilized and intelligent people wanting to promote such indecent behavior. It is unbecoming of society to light-heartedly accept this attitude and turn a blind eye and allow our children to wear such clothing. If we are unable to protest against the filthy words used, then at least prevent our children from wearing such clothing.
However, this brings me to my next serious objection: our children may not be wearing it but others may do so and as pedestrians, passengers, at shopping malls, etc. some eye contact may be made – a real pitiful sight for our future generations.
Surely we can count the degeneration and degradation of society if we allow this to take place. What next will we have to endure.
I refer to the report on ANC funder taking millions of the nation's childrens' money.
It is very sad and common to hear of such misappropriation of money. Daily we are flooded with some allegation made on people from the govn. and those in the higher circles of society.
The accused could not care less that the money was intended for the school feeding schemes' projects throughout the country. Such indiscriminate activities of dishonest people who can usurp wealth of others especially money intended for a worthy cause, shows the kind of irresponsibleness lurking around waiting to prey on the innocent. This is not out of desperation but greed for wealth, and more wealth.
Often we read about resignations, dismissals and termination of employment at various govn. levels, and in the recent past, the levels of corruptions have escalated drastically. The govn. must fight against corruption at the highest levels and to its fullest capacity in an effort to save the country and its citizens from totally collapse.
Stories emerging from Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay prison are indeed disturbing and utterly disgusting. Surely claims of torture and disrespecting The Divine and last Testament of God Almighty, The noble Quran, are real since a number of people and the print media have reported on this.
The illegal captivity without trial for such a long time is only one of the issues being raised by people around the world. The torture and atrocities being committed are unspoken excepting for the testimonies from the very few who have been released or after a long time been granted the opportunity to speak to their lawyers. Suggestions have been made that U S soldiers deliberately tease and mock prisoners using their religions identities as a means to degrade and defile them. Atrocities of indecency and vile behaviour by US soldiers have reached such levels that they have stooped lower than animals.
It is high time that the Guantanamo Bay prison camp is destroyed!
The Daily News
Sometimes one wonders whether it's worth contributing towards the bills passed by parliament when public opinion is requested. I make reference to the Abortion Bill reported in the D N- "Abortion row Looms".
I can remember some years back the debate on legalizing abortion where a significant number of religious bodies had opposed the bill. However, it’s possible that most South Africans want abortions legalized in South Africa. I for one oppose the legislation.
The case of the 12-yr old girl choosing to abort goes far beyond one’s understanding and common sense. Maturity in understanding only begins to set in after the age of twenty and that’s when reality hits. Prior to that, parents have to guide their children in decision-making.
Let's hope some sanity prevails in the ongoing debates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.