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.
Natural disasters are a constant reminder of a Power beyond our imagination - the Power of God Almighty.
Earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis, etc. are natural phonomenons that occur world over. It is unfortunate that many lives are lost and financial loss is incalculable. There is a strong message in each disaster that mankind should not forget - its utter helplessness before the awesome power of nature unleashed by God Almighty. Prayer, repentance, charity and goodwill towards all will bring relief from disasters. Let us all hold fast to good morals.
No matter where it emanates, i.e. from mixit, clubs, parties, etc. the problem is there and is growing at an alarming rate.
The children of our rainbow nation are exposed to this cancerous addiction. Unless something is not drastically done, the Aids pandemic will look like a small brother in comparison. South Africans need to strongly fight the scourge of drugs. Everyone needs to play their part. Parents are number one on the list. Schools, NGO’s, govn. , all have to put their full weight behind it.
How very sad in this age and time when the world is known to have advanced and is intellectually modern that such an incident takes place. Since the incident has occured in a predominantly Muslim populace country and the names are of Muslim orgin, it would be best to clarify to your readers that such practices are not Islamic and would be strongly condemned as customs outside the Islamic faith.
Islam fourteen centuries ago eradicated customs/traditions and paved a way based on pure Scriptures of God Almighty. It is unfortunate that incidents of this nature sends wrong signals to the larger community about Islam.
Anyone with a little sense of understanding should not misconstrue the statements of Bheki Cele; where he stated that police need to protect themselves and not be made targets of criminal fire-power. Police don't go around shooting criminals outside the law.
With the number of dangerous criminal activities, one would not expect ordinary citizens to do the job of the police in protecting the community at large. Days are gone where compliancy in tackling crime is taken lightly; otherwise all of us would become soft targets. Police need to do their job for which they are trained - protecting society. A strong message needs to be widely publicized that fire will be met with fire. Ordinary citizens like myself, are now frustrated with the amount of violent crimes that prevail in our society.
Let not some of us call a bluff in the name of 'rights' of criminals while they are having a field's day harming innocent people. By the minute, South Africans are at a risk losing their loved ones. Let us think carefully in making South Africa a peaceful and loving country.
Nelson Mandela is an example of a good ambassador to all fathers and mothers, who love their children and all children. His passionate and warm charm towards children should be seen as an excellent example to all South Africans.
As parents, teachers, elders and citizens we have a duty to the young ones to fulfill their needs in terms of their upbringing. With the increase in general violence and abuse, children have become part of some
horrific and inhumane abuse cases. The rate of incest and sexual assault on children is a common occurrence and surprisingly some people still take it lightly. What a sick world we are living in!
Let us all join hands and hearts in loving the nation's children which should be our legacy.
"TV-Turn off Week"
26 April 2007
With regard to the "TV-Turn off Week" encouraging people to watch less TV must have had some basis otherwise why would there be such a move. And the statistics I have read on the number of children in particular sitting behind the small screen is alarming. Besides becoming lazy & unfit, the bigger danger is becoming mentally lazy and inactive.
Although the campaign is primarily aimed at getting people to read more than watching TV, the small screen has destroyed the zeal for learning in children. Some programmes are so explicit & open, they are unsuitable even for adults but viewers entertained with all kinds of filth which rebounds on society. Society should consider Turning off from all violent programmes and all that is offensive in living a decent & moral life.Ml Ahmed kathrada
It was indeed very sad reading the article titled 'Matchbox Mess'(22/07/07).
Housing is a basic necessity and all citizens are entitled to a decent
dwelling. The government should provide and meet the demands of all
South Africans. However, in the quest to providing a great number of
homes, a suitable quality of housing that is liveable must be a
Building a large number of houses of sub-standard quality and
workmanship defeats the whole purpose in the long term. Yes, people
would become happy and honoured to possess a home and indeed thankful.
But, for a short time only after which they have to go through the
ordeal of having to see their homes fall apart - a total waste of time
Housing projects should be under constant scrutiny of building
inspectors so that proper homes are built of quality. More
importantly, contracts should be tendered out to authorized and
approved contractors to avoid the matchbox mess.
The crimes committed during the apartheid era were indeed horrendous and must be condemned in the strongest terms. Surely it's not easy for those who suffered to simply forget the past.
Graeme Hosken’s article of the 18th July, 2007 calls for people to reveal and report apartheid atrocities so that the NPA could decide whether or not to prosecute. In my understanding, the TRC served to reconcile past differences and to settle matters in an amicable and humane way – the TRC, at the time, did a wonderful job and must be complimented. However, it seems as though the past will not end and South Africa would have to come to terms in accepting from time to time claims of this nature. Then, would it not be a good idea to reopen the TRC books of the TRC and once and for all finalize all legitimate claims.
The oppressed people of South Africa did remarkably well having displayed a true spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation after so many years of victimisation. I am sure most South Africans are committed toward building a great nation of togetherness.
That was once a phrase that all Durbanites were proud of. But, it has been a long time since we heard of beautiful Durbs.
Your article makes mention of a stink in Prince Edward Street- this should extend to most of the Durban CBD. It is time that the authorities bring some sanity to cleanliness issues on our streets. Besides creating a greater movement of people and an economic boom, it environmental friendliness is a factor that leads to safety and hopefully a drop in crime.
The Municipality should react immediately before it's too late. We have seen places go down after long delays and neglect in attending to such problems as dirty, unkempt streets. The Metro authorities should consider employing inspectors (dedicated for the upkeep and cleanliness of streets) and create a fleet of 'cleanspectors'.
While the intended Bill for random school searchers may be a good control measure to bring some sanity and peace at our schools, however the question whether teachers and educators should do the searchers is questionable.
Teachers will be at a greater risk of being targets of intimidation and violence. Their lives will be in danger as pupils nowadays are fearless and teachers no longer have a commanding position to discipline the pupils as in the past. Hence it would be better for the law enforcement and/or the schools’ governing body to conduct searches.
Concerned parents and pupils are up in arms against the decision to
close school on Friday. This concern seems legitimate considering the
number of school days missed in this term.
No compromise should be made on the remainder of the recovery plan set by the government. In fact, the closure of Friday has in many ways dampened the
spirits of learners who are relying on the recovery plan.
The taking of hostages by the Taliban has raised so much of concern as is the case in such instances where Muslims are concerned. But, shockingly and disgustingly no concern is shown to millions of innocent people that have suffered at the hands of coalition forces led by the US and its closest
ally, the UK.
Who is responsible for the innocent lives lost and injury to the people of Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq - to mention a few? There is no one to mourn their deaths because they were from the Muslim faith. Don't these people have life and feelings for their loved ones just as the Koreans have
Who is there to shed tears for them - does anyone care?
We must be fair and not intentionally miss the point: why the vast disparity when Muslim lives are lost then a no-care attitude is adopted despite the fact that the US indiscriminately kill innocent people. What about the people inside their own country that face torture all in the name of justice and protecting the peaceful & loving people of the world against terrorism? It is time the world stood up to true justice and works together for peace.
Let's all pray.
The Daily News
It is shocking news to hear of government officials on official visits overseas are instead "sightseeing and shopping". In one report, some
Officials were allegedly to be out for half a day or most of the day on such trips. The government should surely be concerned. The President has raised the issue after Brazil complained.
President Mbeki must have been embarrassed wondering where on earth our representatives where when on duty. This does not paint a very good picture for South Africa, especially being a leading nation in the African continent. A similar attitude should be adopted at all levels of government
in the country. This by no means should be seen as a negative move or
something sinister but a move to help South Africa.
In the last two weeks, fires have dominated our headlines with so many run-away fires and burnt homes throughout the country.
It is indeed unfortunate that so many people have lost their lives. While accidents do occur from time to time, the fire department should consider printing guidelines on fire safety targeting household fires as a
priority. These notices/announcements should be published in newspapers countrywide starting from KZN.
Small inserts can go a long way in improving the situation.
Escapees from our prisons are a big concern to all South Africans. We are told that most escapees are very dangerous, hardened criminals who, in most cases, have been serving life sentences. Their profile is such that they are not fit to engage with society on any level.
Your report on the Kokstad prison sends a poor message to the kind of organised system adopted by the correctional services department. While prisons countrywide are overcrowded, the Kokstad prison is far below its intake capacity. Moreover, this prison is probably the country's best designed.
But because of a poor excuse of insufficient water to the area, the prison cannot be used to its maximum capacity. Its planning was somewhat a disaster and we cannot afford such mistakes in the future.
After all, the tax-payer is footing a large part of the bill.
I refer to the article, 'Ban the Quran, says MP'.
The MP calling for the ban of the Quran because of its apparent "inciting people to kill people of other faiths" has misunderstood the Holy Book & Divine Scriptures of God Almighty. He has read passages - totally out of context. Common sense would tell you that any statement/paragraph read in
parts/out of context is irresponsible and insensible.
The Quran in its entirety does not preach the killing of innocent people irrespective of their religious denomination. Equally, no where does the Quran permit the rape of women and the use of violence to establish a global Muslim state, as claimed by the MP.
Islam has become the scapegoat of even the smallest incident that bears an Islamic/Muslim connotation. The most harsh and fiercest words are pounded on Islam which makes Islam look cruel and a religion of terror. Thus far, to some extent the enemies of Islam have succeeded in brainwashing and swaying the thinking of people throughout the world with the constant bombardment on