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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.

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.

Friday, 27 July 2007 10:58

Bheki Cele-Shoot to Kill

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.

Wednesday, 01 August 2007 12:19

Nelson Mandela

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.

Friday, 03 August 2007 11:08

"TV-Turn off Week"

"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


Saturday, 04 August 2007 11:04

Matchbox Mess

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
and money!

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.

Hassen Ahmed

Monday, 06 August 2007 11:03

Apartheid Crimes

Apartheid Crimes

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.

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