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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.

Wednesday, 03 October 2007 12:34


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.



Thursday, 04 October 2007 12:03

ANC Funder

The Editor

Sunday Times

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.


Eastern Cape 



Friday, 05 October 2007 12:20

Guantanamo Bay

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!



Monday, 08 October 2007 11:47

Abortion consent (Media Response)

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.   

Ahmed Mohamed


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 






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