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.
It is strange that the media fails to mention all that is happening in Afghanistan (dominated by the US and its allies) who now carry the responsibility of all that happens there.The ongoing abuse of women, which is undoubtedly un-Islamic, is an indication that the occupation of Afganistan is failing miserably in terms of all the "grand" objectives that were pronounced for the country. Today, the US-occupied Afghanistan has become the number one drug producer in the world.
The sophisticated method used to peddle drugs is indeed mind-boggling. These unscrupulous people have even used school children to do their dirty work and worst of all, made drug addicts of innocent children. The public has to be vigilant and partner with the police in the fight against drug dealing otherwise our children could become write-off's and junkies in the future.
The problem of power shortages is far more serious than we actually think.Power shortages have become in the last year a genuine and serious problem; and in some areas a real crises with frequent interuptions. Is someone going to make a "killing" by selling generators like other countries? Maybe someone from the electricity dept. should explain the reasons to the public - to be verified by the experts.
It really came as a shock to us that so many people believe in the art of predictions through astrology, horoscopes, palm-reading, etc.Furthermore we are shocked to learn the considerable influence astrology plays in the life of people to the extent of being "married" to a banana tree. Let the people cast all superstitions, bad omens, etc. aside. God Almighty is fully in control of the universe & nothing happens besides His Will. If all the people believe this, we shall have nothing to fear about.
It is commendable that the Dept. of Agriculture is offering and creating growth in the country.However it's always a stumbling block when misapporiation of funds and misallocation of systems dampens progress; and such allegations have commonly surfaced at various governmental departments. Many at national & provinctial level are sincere in their delivery services to the people albeit a few corrupt ones standing in the path of progress and empowerment. Government should be encouraged to offer more opportunities and create self-sustainable jobs for the jobless people. The obsticles of mismanagement and controls must be a priority given the effort and money outlayed in the various projects.
A United States of Africa after all may be a good idea.Some may argue that presently that the African Continent is not united among themselves on many issues then what is the purpose of a USA (Africa)? But with commitment and resolve this can be overcome.Imagine the long term benefits to the whole Continent if this happens. HIV/Aids, disease, poverty, starvation, corruption, violence, wars – all can be controlled, monitored and eliminated in a United Africa.God bless Africa!
Local authorities must be conversant with the laws and teachings of the various faiths. According to the Islamic faith, for example, cremation is a definite no.An alternative may be to provide vacant land further away from built-up areas. The authorities need to extensively consult with the respective role players and religious leaders before it becomes a major controversy, else it could become like the name-changing controversy.
While crime is high on everyone's agenda, South Africans are faced with yet a greater battle - safety of our children at schools.
Schools are plagued by a string of violent crimes affecting the very future of our present learners. One cannot imagine the physiological effects on our children having to witness such a gruesome behaviour of their own classmates. The future looks very bleak unless drastic measures are taken to ease the situation. The Education Dept. together with parents need to 'fix-it' otherwise would soon have to declare a state of emergency in our very schools.
The growing number of incidents are a concern and this needs immediate attention. The Department is correct in stating that parents must engage with the schools in fixing the problems. Parents are duti-bound to nurture their loved ones, constantly advising them on good character and correct behaviour. Perhaps schools should consider introducing subjects in addressing such issues.
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.