Muslim Views has a publishing record dating back to 1960. It was first published as Muslim News on 16 December 1960 and its first editor was Imam Abdullah Haron, a renowned anti-Apartheid activist who was killed by the South African security police in 1969. Muslim News had a proud history of resistance against Apartheid and solidarity with the cause for freedom and liberation in South Africa. Among its milestones is its survival of banning orders of no less than 21 editions of the paper.
Due to the forced closure of Muslim News, Muslim Views was launched in September 1986 with Farid Sayed as the founding editor.
Non Profit Status
Muslim Views is published by The Compass NPC, which is a Non Profit Company registered with the Companies & Intellectual Property Commission of South Africa, registration number 2023/584311/08.
As a Non Profit Company we are eligible for donations from the public in order to fund independent journalism in the public interest.
Muslim Views is independent and a critical mirror of local issues, South African society and International affairs. It embraces universal values, diversity and has a strong focus on social issues.
Muslim Views is certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), which is an independent body providing circulation verification services for the press.
Muslim Views is the recipient of a number of professional and industry awards, including the Sanlam Community Press Award and the PMR Golden Arrow Award. The paper has also won awards for outstanding cover design and excellence in journalism.
Muslim Views is a member of the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) which is also represented on the largest print media industry body, Print & Digital Media South Africa. The paper abides by the Press Code of the Press Council of South Africa.
Muslim Views is the media sponsor of various community events, including the 10km Big Walk, South Africa’s biggest community fun walk with 20,000 participants. The event has raised over R2 million for Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
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