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Published On:26 December 2010
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Need for strong Islamic media

By Abdullah Saeed 

(South Africa)

This refers to the report, “OIC chief affirms need for strong Islamic media” (Arab News, Dec. 23).

Unfortunately, especially after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Muslims are stereotyped as extremists, fundamentalists, fascists, terrorists and suicide bombers.

Islamophobia should be accepted as a crime against humanity just as anti-Semitism is. It is not about the question of integration and how compatible the religion of Islam is with a modern secular society. It is about double standards. It is about hypocrisy. The West’s double standards, hypocrisy, and injustice fuel Muslim anger. Muslim anger is also fueled by the deaths of over a million Iraqis following the US invasion and Washington’s support for Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and the ongoing US occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries.

Islam is a religion of peace and justice. It is compatible with a modern secular society. It is a way of life based on equality, truth, compassion and justice. What some individuals present as Islam has nothing to do with the principles and values of Islam.

The verses concerning jihad are frequently misquoted, mistranslated or taken out of context by those who deliberately or erroneously seek to slander Islam and spread hatred toward its followers. Such people are only following the example of earlier oppressors who carried out ethnic cleansing by painting a certain group as wicked or evil. This was the rationale used by Nazis to murder millions of Russians, Jews and others. In South Africa we saw a replay of such oppression, suppression, humiliation and victimization. Millions of South African citizens suffered untold pain and suffering by being stripped of their dignity.

Muslims are experiencing the same challenge today. In South Africa, to challenge apartheid Stephen Biko (Steve) founded the Black Consciousness Movement. Similarly Mahatma Gandhi in India and Martin Luther King, Jr in US did it for their people.

Islam is a misunderstood religion. We can only challenge the deceptions, misinformation and negative discourse about us through our own media. We must create a network of positive reporting by using the latest technologies. We must present our own version of events, stories, realities and experiences, and not just rely on foreign wire services.

(Courtesy: Arab News)

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OIC chief affirms need for strong Islamic media

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour

Jeddah: Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), on Wednesday emphasized the need for a strong media to confront the smear campaign against Islam and Muslims.

“There is big negligence from the part of Islamic media organizations in keeping with the fast developments in the media world,” he told the General Assembly of the Islamic Broadcasting Union (IBU), an affiliate of OIC.

Ihsanoglu said the extraordinary OIC summit that was held in Makkah in 2005 at the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah had called for strengthening OIC media agencies such IBU and the International Islamic News Agency (IINA).

Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja, who presided over the meeting, emphasized the need to strengthen IBU in order to realize the hopes and aspirations of the Ummah.

The Saudi minister called for greater cooperation between OIC countries in producing world-class radio and television programs. “We should also highlight the developments taking place in our countries in a professional manner,” he said. Khoja spoke about King Abdullah’s interfaith dialogue initiative that has won the applause of world leaders. “It is the duty of IBU to highlight such important initiatives to inform the world that the Islamic Ummah works for global peace and stability,” he said. He congratulated the Islamic world on King Abdullah’s recovery.

The meeting, which was held at OIC headquarters here, approved the appointment of Malaysia’s Zain Al-Abidine Ibrahim as the new secretary-general of the union. It also endorsed the reports of 2009 and 2010 and reshuffled the union’s Executive Council.

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