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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, 05 February 2008 12:31

Gay couples (Media Response)

Sunday Times


I wish to comment on the article entitled, "Gay couples are happier then most" (27.02.08).  

This may offend people who are in favour of or practice homosexuality and who are members of the same sex civil unions which was recently legalized in South Africa. 

In the last decade or two the coming together between men and women of the same gender has been widely and strongly promoted throughout the world. Much has been said of human rights and the freedom to be in a relationship with a partner of your choice – even if he/she is of the same gender. Over the years this kind of mindset has been created by handfuls of people targeting the masses, encouraging them to accept unions of the same gender. 

Similarly, the article suggests that such unions are far more "successful", enjoy "greater intimacy" and are prone to "less conflict" compared to heterosexual couples.  

While studies and surveys can be of some help (depending on the information we are looking for), the very issue of same-sex relationships or marriages is in principle unnatural. God created human beings in pairs: man and woman, for the purpose of procreation. To tamper with this is altering God’s divine plan and system. No religion (or at least the classical ones supported by ‘divine’ scriptures) permits the uniting of two people of the same gender. It is only with the emergence of new-age man-made cults or philosophies that this concept is accepted. 



Monday, 14 January 2008 12:28

Kenya (Media Response)

The Mercury


When a country like Kenya – one of Africa’s most stable – stumbles into unrest and chaos, then our continent’s future looks bleak.

Africa is plagued with continuous instability, the most worrying being the factional and infighting in many countries.

The collapse of many African governments can be attributed to intolerance of ethnic differences and tribalism as witnessed in Somalia, Rwanda, etc.

In Somalia there were no factional differences. Outside interference caused divisions which eventually ended in anarchy.

This ‘outside interference’ seems to be a modus operandi in many war-torn countries in Africa.

It is indeed very sad to hear the many horrific stories of innocent people being butchered and mercilessly killed.

Strong and stable countries in Africa should form an alliance and assist and address the issues in Africa under the auspices of the African Union.



Friday, 08 February 2008 11:21

Chad is up in flames(Media Response)

The Mercury


Yet again an African country, this time, Chad, is up in flames with a possibility of a repeat of like Somalia or Rwanda. With hardly a few days into the crises in Kenya, we see more carnage, bloodshed and anarchy.

The list of war-torn African countries appears to be never-ending. 

Once again a call is made to the countries of the African continent to establish an African Union of the United States of Africa (USA). In this way foreign interventions will be unlikely and less threatening to the African continent. 

Sure a dream comes true when we of the African continent can resolve our own issues. So many countries in the last two decades have been affected. Virtually destroyed either by civil war or dictatorship rule. Let the African leaders as soon as possible wake up to the call of unity before the entire African continent is engulfed in flames.

Hasan Ahmed

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Wednesday, 13 February 2008 12:43

South Africans migrating (Media response)

The Daily News


As an ordinary South African, I am disturbed by the number of skilled South Africans emigrating from our shores. The situation has become somewhat threatening to the economy.


The number of skilled South Africans migrating oversees is a great worry. Such people cannot be replaced overnight especially the experienced band of people. Their move has left a big vacuum. Importing skilled people from abroad as replacements will not work as a ‘quick-fix’ to the situation.


 The government needs to come out clean and clear. An intensive survey needs to be undertaken as to determine the reason/s the migrants and would be migrants leaving their birth place and the country that educated them. Whatever the reason/s the government needs to address the issues immediately and seriously. It is obvious that the government may not be in a position to address all the leave grievances, however at least some common issues may be dealt with that could help the authorities in sorting the problems. For example, load-shedding is sending negative vibes across the country together with the spiralling crime rate which probably tops the list, and not much has been done to alleviate the fears of the people in this regard thus far.

M Mota

Monday, 18 February 2008 11:15

Cartoons re-published (Media Response)

The Daily News

The re-publishing of caricatures of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in newspapers across Denmark is, once again, a direct attack on Islam and Muslims.


Despite a continuous call by Muslims all over the world the Danish government has refused to take appropriate action by banning the caricatures and cartoons appearing in newspapers in Denmark. 


Any attack in any form on any religion is unacceptable and the action of these Danish newspapers and the refusal of the Danish government to apologize to Muslims has rekindled anger in the hearts of Muslims.


It is sad and disappointing that so called “civilised” people and nations allow “uncivilised” behaviour.



Monday, 25 February 2008 11:37

Iraqi Women (Media Response)

The Mercury

Just when we thought South Africa is within meters away from a recession, another petrol hike next month will have a ripple effect on basic commodities. How does it feel – maybe ask the ordinary Iraqi…for over a decade Iraqi's have suffered unbearable pain and suffering from the economic sanctions of the U.S.A. Over a million people suffered and died as a direct result of the US aggression against a nation suspected of housing weapons of mass destruction.

It is obvious with so many men dying in the Iraq-Iran war and subsequently the Gulf war and now the US invasion, the number of women that have become widows cannot be exaggerated. The Iraqi government is not in any position to assist the millions who seek help in a devastated and torn-up country. A very sad and disheartening situation.

One wonders what is it like to be in Iraq where bombs go off like car accidents on our deadly roads in South Africa. Women and children have probably suffered the most and continue to suffer the survival of unpredictable circumstances. The Iraqi mothers and daughters have not only become breadwinners but have taken the responsibility of the nation's men folk. We pray to God for the country to return to normality.



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