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.
Unfortunately racism is common at all levels of social interaction and within cultural groups. It is not unique to South Africa; however it may be more noticeable here since we were exposed to decades of racism under apartheid.Racism comprises of a long list of things, inter alia, language barrier, skin colour, status, wealth, distinction, etc. In most cases we are blind to all these aspects of discrimination; therefore we need to fight these ‘disease’ at every level.Religious leaders and groups should take up the struggle against all forms of segregation. It would be worth mentioning that the Muslim community has a dedicated forum specially set-up to address issues of racism – it’s called the “Änti-Racism Education Forum”.
The reality in Darfur
The reality in Darfur is one big political game between the global powers. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out this reality. Conflicts like the Darfur crises are sometimes created and orchestrated for purposes of manipulation and coercion.
The truth will emerge one day.
Religion must be respected at all cost. Films, dramas, etc. of a derogatory nature on religion leads to mockery of that particular faith. This creates immense hostility within the followers of religion.Jesus (PBUH) is a revered messenger of GOD Almighty. Islam’s Divine Book – the Noble Quran – makes mention of Jesus (PBUH) in numerous verses expounding the sublime character of this great man.Muslims take strong objection against any attempts to denigrate any of the messengers of the Almighty. This is unacceptable and must be stopped at once.
South Africans horrified by the loss of innocent lives in countries like Iraq, were not too keen on the visit of Tony Blair to South Africa.The strong alliance Blair formed with Bush in attacking Iraq based on the unfounded weapons of mass destruction is nothing less than genocide. While Britain and South Africa may enjoy a healthy and strong trade relationship, our govn. must equally stand up to injustices committed by their trade partners. South Africa must be complemented for having stood firmly on the Palestinian crises. The same is expected in other situations of oppression & injustice.
Generally breast feeding is the best nourishment and prevention from many diseases.
Religions like Islam highly recommend breast feeding up to two years because breasts is best. In fact, if the mother is unable to breast feed then too it's recommended that a foster mother or breast feeding nurse be employed to feed the child - this shows the importance of breast milk for babies. Please encourage this practice through your columns.
All South Africans are entitled to retain their religious and cultural identities through respectable means, language is one powerful identity which is deeply embedded in the hearts of many many people.The axing of Eastern languages from our schools must be seen in the correct context. The department's argument, is the low number of pupils that make-up for classes which is understandable. As parents, let us then increase the numbers and encourage our children to participate in the respective languages according to the culture or religions they belong. In this manner the Dept. may be motivated to continue and sustain the classes.
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.