Muslim Views . June 2017
Celebration and change at Muslim Views
S we approach the close of the sacred month, we reflect on what we have reaped by way of our devotions. The faithful believer strives to be an agent of change and transformation of his or her own faith and practice. The objective is to attain higher levels of consciousness of Allah through both spiritual exercises and social action. It is fortuitous that this month coincides with a process of change and transformation at Muslim Views. The newspaper is celebrating its thirtieth year of publication and, together with its predecessor, Muslim News, we are also rejoicing a combined publishing history of almost 57 years. Muslim News was published for 26 years, from December 1960 to August 1986. The thirty years in the publishing history of Muslim Views have been particularly eventful. For one, Muslim Views was published for eight years under the apartheid regime and for 23 years, to date, under a democratic dispensation. The social and political transformation recorded by the paper across these two eras is testimony to the struggle of a small, community-owned, independent publisher. This milestone in our history heralds further change and transformation in respect of both the content and presentation of the publication. These exciting and innovative changes follow extensive consultation with specialists in marketing, digital, online and social media, with a view to successfully negotiate the convergence of the unique strengths of print with that of digital media. The editorial changes are more gradual and involve the introduction of new writers
and content, including the kind of content relevant to specific segments of our niche target audience, such as the youth. It also involves, as revenue permits, greater investment in local news content, particularly content that is relevant to local communities. We also intend to develop specialised feature content that appeals to more diverse segments of our readership, including our growing number of readers of other faiths. Apart from editorial content, the publishers are implementing changes in the distribution and printing of the paper. More focused attention is dedicated to service delivery at distribution points, expanding our distribution to more mosques countrywide, and penetrating other areas, such as shopping centres and organisations. In addition, the publishers are seeking to serve a growing number of readers interested in subscribing to the paper. The relaunch of Muslim Views in November 1997 was accompanied by the appointment of Formeset, a printing company that invested in the paper. Muslim Views was printed using the heat set process, typically applied in magazine printing. In addition, the use of a superior quality paper produced colour separation and image resolution of unparalleled standard. The trimming process added further merit to an already attractive product, offering a neat finish that distinguished Muslim Views from other papers on the market. However, due to massive increases in costs over the past few years, the process became unsustainable. This Eid edition represents a radical change, indeed the dawn of a new era, in the printing of Muslim Views. After almost twenty years with a single print supplier, the publishers have been compelled to review this vital link in our supply chain and appoint Paarl Coldset as our new printer. While there will be changes in such respects as a different paper type, an untrimmed paper edge and resizing of the existing template, we are assured that the best qualities of the Muslim Views print edition will remain intact. Indeed, with shorter turnaround times and a more cost-effective arrangement with our key supplier, we are confident that we can continue to invest in a better newspaper for our readers and advertisers. To our readers and advertisers, we express our deep gratitude for their enduring support, many of whom have been with us for decades. And to Allah belongs our ultimate and eternal thanks and praise.Eid mubarak!
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Looking back at Muslim News coverage of June 1976
The Muslim News coverage of the uprisings that started in Soweto in June, 1976, and spread to Cape Town in August that year was regarded as the most reliable account of the events and the authentic expression of the feelings and views of the people suffering under apartheid oppression, as cited by Gerald Shaw, the political columnist for The Cape Times at that time. Unlike the mainstream media – and that included not only the Nationalist Party’s mouthpieces but also the liberal newspapers – Muslim News did not rely on police reports. The voices were those of people in the communities. The Muslim News team was on the road reporting from the terrain of the struggle: the streets and the campuses where protestors confronted the police. And the team visited the homes of the victims of police brutality. The senior member of the team was journalist and photographer, Abdul Quayum Sayed (left), and his partner was Farid Sayed (right), a junior reporter at that time who joined Muslim News in January, 1976. Visiting the recently established archive room at Muslim Views, Abdul Quayum paged through some past editions. Here he and Farid discuss the Muslim News edition that was published on June 25, 1976, a few days after the student uprising. The front page photograph is of a victim of police action in Alexandria, near Johannesburg. Three Muslim organisations in the Cape issued statements to Muslim News condemning the apartheid regime’s actions: Majlis Ashura Al-Islami, Institute of Islamic Shariah Studies and Muslim Assembly. Photo MAHMOOD SANGLAY
Call for back editions of Muslim News, Muslim Views WE call on our readers to support the archive and digitisation project of Muslim News and Muslim Views. Members of the public and organisations that have copies of Muslim News published from 1960 till 1986 are requested to please contact our office. This also applies to copies of Muslim Views published from September 1986 till November 1997. The recovery of missing editions of both titles will help fill the gaps in our archive and preserve our heritage dating back to 1960. Our office number is 021 696 5404 or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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