Need for an Islamic T.V
Dr. Abdul Qadr Tash,
Editor-in-Chief, Arab News.
Newspapers reported recently that the Ahmadiya International Television in Britain has increased its duration of transmission. It now telecasts its programmes 24 hours a day. The Ahmadiya T.V also telecasts programmes daily for three hours to other parts of Europe and for 12 hours to Asian countries. The main objective of this television is to spread wrong information about Islam because it belonged to a deviated group. Launched in 1991, the Ahmadiya T.V achieved tremendous progress in a short span.
Instead of condemning the Qadiyanis for this venture, we have to blame ourselves because we Muslims have failed to make use of modern information media like satellite television for disseminating the message of Islam and highlighting its great teachings.
Despite the calls for setting up an Islamic satellite television channel for the last several years, we don't see any concrete result on the ground. We are not short of right methods or intelligent opinions to translate those calls into a reality. Also we are not short of people, expertise and resources to take up this challenge. What we need today is strong determination to go ahead with this vital project. We should not make any more delay in this regard, for others will not wait for us. Look at the Qadiyanis who are a negligible minority in the world and have put us far behind in the media field. We are just watching these developments. Do the Muslim governments, official establishments and charitable organisations realise this fact? Do businessmen and philanthropists in the Islamic world have the courage to invest in this important project?
Nowadays most of our charitable organizations are interested in putting their money in traditional projects such as construction of Mosques, relief work and supporting the poor. They rarely come forward to undertake Islamic education and information projects. They have to understand the fact that the Muslim world is badly in need of a strong media organ to counter the distortions and attacks against Islam and Muslims. We are in need of a bold decision from Muslim governments to implement this Islamic channel project. Muslim businessmen and philanthropists should also shoulder their responsibility toward the project which is essential to take the message of Islam to a larger number of people around the world.