'Molvi Muhammad Shafi Saheb contemplated the publication of a newspaper. I advised him that if he publishes a paper, it should be entirely Islamic in character. People should be able to say, "This is indeed an Islamic paper."
The standard by which this can be achieved is to reflect in the light of Shari'i principles. Before deciding on the publication of any material, ascertain by reflection whether it will be permissible to verbally express what is desired to be published. If it is permissible to verbally express the statements, then it will be permissible to print them. If verbal expression is not permissible, printing too will not be permissible.'
Taken from Malfoozat (Statements and Anecdotes), page 4
Compiled by Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa