SAMNET a network spanning across South Africa, represents the interests of the Muslim community in various fields and networks extensively within the Muslim Community and between the Muslim community and all our fellow Southern Africans.
To attain social, economic, spiritual and educational excellence within the framework of Islam; to establish a flourishing, integrated and empowered society through selfless service.
To lead in the advocating of justice and mutual understanding.
To prioritise and develop strategies that address the challenges confronting society; to actualise a focused Ummah that embodies and manifests the true spirit of Islam.
To enhance the understanding of Islam, to encourage dialogue, empower South Africans, protect the civil rights and liberties, to promote justice and mutual understanding and to build coalitions.
SAMNET AT A GLANCE:
The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) is a non-profit, advocacy organisation with its head office in Durban, South Africa.
Since its inception in 2008, SAMNET has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and of Muslims in South Africa through advocacy and education, media relations and lobbying ensuring that a Muslim voice is represented. We help empower and encourage South African Muslims within local communities to be more actively involved in South African media and politics and social activism.
SAMNET builds bridges by working with interfaith leaders and organisations, social activists, academics, schools and civic organisations. Letters of commendation, congratulations, well wishes, condolences are sent to our sports personality, members of political parties and other South African citizens who contribute positively to society. We regularly participate in interfaith dialogue and are part of civic advocacy and human rights coalitions.
SAMNET works with local and national media professionals to help them portray an accurate image of Islam and Muslims to the South African public. We monitor local and national media in part to challenge negative stereotypes and to applaud and encourage balanced representations of Islam and Muslims.
SAMNET conducts and organises advocacy efforts on issues related to Islam and Muslims. We are active in monitoring legislation and government activities and endeavour to respond on behalf of the South African Muslim community. To increase Muslim participation in the political arena SAMNET regularly educates the Muslim community regarding their rights and importance of voting.
SAMNET offers bursaries to youth who are wanting to study Journalism, Media or Political Science. Muslim youth leadership is important to the community and SAMNET is passionate regarding youth training and skills to empower them. The Muslim youth needs to play a greater role in South African politics and society by instilling confidence, competence and awareness.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
SAMNET encourages voter registration and political engagement by South African Muslims so that through civic involvement Muslims can responsibly exercise their duty in working for the common good.
SAMNET aims to equip Muslims with the skills, resources and materials necessary for them to play a more active role in society.
SAMNET believes that all citizens have a responsibility to contribute to the positive and sustained development of a South Africa in which all members of society are valued and respected whatever their religious, racial, ethnic background or gender.
SAMNET endeavours to enable active citizenship and participation by South African Muslims in furtherance of its aims to create a more inclusive and tolerant South Africa.
SAMNET aims to provide commentary and analysis on the high volumes of news content and coverage that maligns Islam and Muslims and foments Islamophobia in South Africa.
SAMNET aims to work with Muslim and non-Muslim organisations to ensure that anti-Muslim prejudice is regarded just as socially unacceptable as anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and xenophobia.