Muslims have always been projected in media as backward people who are averse to modern progress. Muslim women have been projected as living under the male domination and ill-behaved by them.
It is a fact that mainstream media cannot address all the issues for all communities due to its own limitations. Therefore, each one has to have its own vehicle to make sure its move forward and the issues that are important to them are presented in proper context. We need to have daily newspapers as well as round the clock satellite TV channels in English and local languages from Muslims to report accurately on events as they are happening with true and honest spirits.
Muslims are running few newspapers, magazines and journals; besides some web portals, which are somehow, proving to be effective in raising socio-economic and educational issues as per Muslims’ concern. At the same time, these Muslim magazines are again not so effective in dealing with Islamic issues in religious context and even some times they present unsolicited twist to highly sensitive Islamic issues due to their lacking in proper religious education or Islamic practices.
Ulama, should respond to the contemporary challenges being within mainstream media. It is high time for them to realize that sitting on the sidelines will be ineffective not only for them but also for the generations to come.
Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC), Mumbai, therefore, came out with a monthly English magazine ‘Eastern Crescent’, as an ‘Alternative Media, People’s Choice’ and ventured in to this field with new strategies to deal with present brand of media prejudice in May 2006. Eastern Crescent is gaining market each day and is proving to be an affective platform for both mature and armature opinion makers. The magazine shared the top most position in the year 2008 among all English publications from Muslims in India in the year-wise review conducted by USA based twocircles.net.
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