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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.

Monday, 07 April 2008 11:36

Prof. Hussein Solomon (Media Response)

The Sunday Times


One cannot help wondering whether Prof. Hussein Solomon is sincere in his views about South Africa being used as a terrorist platform. His claims thus far have no bearing – not the slightest evidence – actually far from his claims. 

If some self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda member steps onto South African soil and is apprehended then does this mean and/ or imply that South African Muslims are involved in terrorist activities. For that matter, if a South African is caught carrying illegal weapons on South African soil does that mean South African Muslims are engaged in terrorist activity? Such an analogy is ridiculous and ludicrous. 

The Prof. needs to substantiate with evidence his claims and not mere speculation. Just as he was bold enough to make the claims then on the same strength provide evidence which I am sure the Muslim community of South Africa will take appropriate steps in a full investigation and enquiry. Prof. we await your response in the name of justice and peace.


The Times


Aside from the fact that load-shedding is now back with us we are further confronted with the shocking news of very high electricity tariff hikes in the future.

All consumers will be very hard hit by these tariff hikes.

According to Eskom the electricity supply situation is critical.

This means that we have to brace ourselves for more blackouts.

Load-shedding and power supply cuts are an entirely new and unexpected phenomenon in our country.

Eskom has a responsibility to give us reasons as to how and why this crisis has emerged and why there are load-shedding discrepancies countrywide.

Junaid Essop


The Mercury


I refer to Eskom's proposal to charge the middle class and rich South Africans for electricity used by the poor. While we should be compassionate towards our fellow citizens and assist wherever possible, I think Eskom is asking a bit too much. 

I would like to suggest that the government cut down on its large and lavish conferences, millions swallowed through corruption, officials flying high and on helicopters, etc. Once our administrative matters are sorted out, God willing, millions will be available to assist all South Africans. 

But to squeeze certain classes of people will be unfair. This will also dampen the spirits of such people who will then have no choice but to migrate and we cannot afford the brain drain.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008 11:05

Iraq war (Media Response)

The Daily News

It is pretty late to cry over spilt milk considering the carnage, colossal damage and destruction in Iraq. The world is gradually picking up the sticks and understanding the loss of lives and misery caused by ‘miscalculations’ or simply ‘lies’. 

The only concern after five years of occupation is the loss of 4000 American troops. A small number of sober reporters have realised the worth of "American intervention". Although it is too late to count the dead and turn the clock, it seems that by the end of the American pullout of troops – Iraq will be worse than Afghanistan in terms of infrastructure. 

What a shame – no WMD ever found – yet they shamelessly continue to pursue their goal – proudly planting the American flag as they plunder oil from the Iraqi people. The world is helpless – too afraid to speak out and be in bad books with Big Brother.


The Daily News

Frightening as it may sound but we South Africans must face reality – thieves, robbers, muggers and criminals are queuing to strike at the next load-shedding point. It's lights out and criminals are busy at "work". 

Unfortunately we have become sitting ducks and vulnerable to their activities. I feel sorry for all decent and law-abiding citizens who face the stark reality of living in fear. Police need to become more vigilant in load-shedding areas, especially at night. 

I would also like to express my concern with regard to the old age-homes, institutes for the physically challenged and the hospitals. Surely, the authorities can be considerate and allow concessions for these places


Monday, 21 April 2008 13:37

Teacher dies of AIDS (Media Response)

The Times

Forty teachers die of the deadly AIDS virus every month in South Africa. That's a big number of skilled people amounting to a colossal 480 per year. 

One wonders what the situation in all the other departments is. How many skilled people are we losing on a regular basis? The AIDS epidemic is a living nightmare and the number one cause of deaths in our country. 

Perhaps the department needs to make urgent contingency plans to overcome and stabilize the situation otherwise a great number of our children will suffer and be deprived of basic education.




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