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Zafar Bangash

Zafar Bangash is Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) and on the Editorial Board of Crescent International. He was among the founding members, with Dr Kalim Siddiqui of the Muslim Institute in London. He is the author of several books, his latest being: Power Manifestations of the Sirah: Examining the Letters and Treaties of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

Works

Opinion

Pakistani elite’s honesty deficit

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 10, 14382017-09-01

Far from accepting their faults and their thieving ways, the Pakistani elite continue to behave as if they have been wronged when convicted by the highest court in the land!

Editorials

Hajj and crude Bedouin politics

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 10, 14382017-09-01

When committed Muslims call for implementing the Qur’anic obligation of declaring bara’ah min al mushrikeen (Al-Qur’an - 9:03) at the time of Hajj, the Bani Saud allege this is ‘politicizing’ Hajj. Isn’t preventing hujjaj from countries that the Saudis have conflict with, politicizing Hajj?

Main Stories

The Bani Saud nationalize Hajj!

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 10, 14382017-09-01

Hajj is an obligation ordained by Allah (swt) for all Muslims. By imposing visas, quotas and other restrictions, the Bani Saud have usurped Allah’s authority. This is shirk.

Opinion

Anguished Cries of the Kashmiris

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14382017-08-01

For 70 years, the people of Kashmir have suffered a brutal Indian military occupation. However, tey have not been cowed. Their determination remains as steely as ever even if much of the world has ignored their plight.

Main Stories

Masjid al-Aqsa Under Attack - Again

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14382017-08-01

The Zionist occupiers are gradually tightening their grip on Masjid al Aqsa, the first Qibla of Muslims. They installed metal detectors, now removed under public pressure, before allowing Muslims to enter the holy precinct for prayers. Their nefarious designs, however, give cause for great concern.

Opinion

Bin Salman’s rise (and anticipated fall!)

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 07, 14382017-07-01

With one-foot in the grave King Salman has made his son Mohammed bin Salman the crown prince and wants to make him king but the loyalty of other princes is not guaranteed.

Main Stories

Bedouins at war!

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 07, 14382017-07-01

The fickle Arabian rulers are at each other’s throats again. They are worse than children as shown by the pathetic spat between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

News & Analysis

Bin Salman’s Numerous War Crimes

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 07, 14382017-07-01

The list of crimes perpetrated by Mohammed Bin Salman is long and horrific: Syria, support of terrorism, destruction of Yemen to now taking on Qatar and the Islamic Republic. He should be tried for war crimes.

Opinion

Ramadan and the noble Qur’an

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 06, 14382017-06-01

It was in the month of Ramadan that the first few ayat of the majestic Qur’an were revealed to the noble Messenger (saws). Muslims must engage the divine Book in earnest. The Ascendant Qur’an by Imam Muhammad al Asi enables them to do so.

Main Stories

Donald of Arabia!

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 06, 14382017-06-01

The Najdi Bedouins paid $400 billion—yes, that is billions with a ‘b’—to the American extortionist as protection money to save their illegitimate hold on power.

Special Reports

Tanzania at the crossroads

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 06, 14382017-06-01

Tanzania has a rich Islamic history. Made up of the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar—hence the name Tanzania—it has still not shaken off the colonial legacy after more than 50 years of independence.

Opinion

O'Reilly gets the boot!

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 04, 14382017-05-01

The nastiest television talk-show host, exposed as a sexual predator, has been knocked off his perched.

Editorials

The crumbling facade of Western democracy

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 04, 14382017-05-01

Elites in Western societies are in panic. Elections are no longer yielding the results they had hoped for.

Editorials

Bani Saud and Bani Israel

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 04, 14382017-05-01

Two alien regimes, in occupation of holy lands, are forced by circumstances to declare their unholy alliance.

News & Analysis

Candidates, issues in Iran's presidential election

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 04, 14382017-05-01

Islamic Iran is heading for its 12th presidential election since the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979. Six candidates have been approved for the May 19 poll.

Islamic Movement

Iqbal's message of Dignity and Hope

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 04, 14382017-04-01

Among his many great contributions, Allama Muhammad Iqbal will be remembered most for making Muslims realize their distinct Islamic identity and instilling a sense of self-respect and dignity in them.

Reflections

In the age of lies and disinformation

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 04, 14382017-04-01

Western officials and the corporate media have made lies and disinformation a part of normal existence. What is worse, they even insist people must accept their lies as truth.

Editorials

Canadian Islamophobes

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 02, 14382017-03-01

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Quebec City mosque in which six Muslims were murdered in cold blood, it was expected that the right-wing bigots and their bootlickers would tone down their anti-Islamic rhetoric. Instead they have intensified their attacks.

Main Stories

Reasons for Trump’s anti-Iran animus

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 02, 14382017-03-01

At the root of the US’ unremitting hostility towards the Islamic Republic of Iran is the success of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, its ability to withstand a raft of sanctions and now, its decision to abandon the dollar.

Special Reports

Pakistan: the landof contrasts

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 02, 14382017-03-01

Despite its immense potential, corruption, environmental pollution and religious divisions are tearing the country’s social and political fabric.

Editorials

Handful of rich, billions of poor in the world

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 04, 14382017-02-01

Capitalism has resulted in accumulating wealth in the hands of a few people while impoverishing the overwhelming majority of people in the world. Today 62 richest people have as much wealth as the bottom half of 3.6 billion people. This is beyond obscene.

Editorials

Gazans at risk for lack of drinking water

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 04, 14382017-02-01

The 1.8 million people of Gaza are already starved, now they face an acute shortage of water as well. At least 90% of water in Gaza is unfit for drinking posing a serious risk to their health.

Opinion

The West’s coercive tools

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 04, 14382017-02-01

Among the vast arsenal of weapons the West uses, two institutions are paramount: the UN and Nato. If the former is used for diplomatic cover, the latter is used as a blunt instrument to achieve the West’s aggressive agenda.

Special Reports

Pakistan-India relations: socioeconomic and security implications

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 04, 14382017-02-01

India’s unrelenting hostility to Pakistan has led to precious resources being diverted to weapons and defence, holding back development in other vital fields. But now the China Pakistan Economic Corridor will prove a game changer for the region putting Pakistan at the centre of this economic transformation.

Opinion

The Afghans’ unending agony

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 03, 14382017-01-01

The people of Afghanistan face another grim anniversary as their rulers—all puppets of the West—continue to enjoy the perks of office. Their days, however, appear numbered.

Editorials

Aleppo’s liberation victory for Resistance front

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 03, 14382017-01-01

While the Syrian government and army can rightly claim credit for the liberation of Aleppo, it did not come about without the sacrifices of Hizbullah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Editorials

Rising tide of Islamophobia in the West

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 03, 14382017-01-01

Islamophobia has not only become official with the election of Donald Trump in the US, it is spreading like a virus throughout Europe as well.

Opinion

The Trumpalization of America!

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 01, 14382016-12-01

Defying all predictions, Donald Trump won the US presidential elections against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. He has exposed the US establishment and what it stands for.

Editorials

India’s dangerous escalation in Kashmir

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 01, 14382016-12-01

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing the region towards nuclear conflict that will cost the Hindu state dearly.

Editorials

Nigerian army attacks IMN, again

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 01, 14382016-12-01

Nigerian army’s sole purpose of existence seems to be to attack and kill as many members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as it possibly can. Following the army’s massacre of 1,000 members of IMN last December, it embarked on another bloodbath last month.

Islamic Movement

The transformative power of the Sirah of the noble Messenger (pbuh)

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 01, 14382016-12-01

The noble Messenger (saws) was sent not only to inform but also to transform humanity by bringing it out of darkness and into light. Muslims ought to pay attention to this aspect of the Sirah in this month of Rabi al Awwal.

Video

Tribute To Allamah Iqbal (Urdu)

Zafar Bangash

Safar 11, 14382016-11-11

Opinion

US elections and media circus

Zafar Bangash

Safar 01, 14382016-11-01

One of the remarkable aspects of the American system is that people actually believe they have a say in how their president is elected. The media plays its role in pushing the establishment’s agenda to perpetuate the myth.

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Editorials

Kashmir and Palestine: two locales, one struggle

Zafar Bangash

Safar 01, 14382016-11-01

Both the Kashmiris and Palestinians are suffering the brutal occupation of their land by alien invaders. Both occupations are the direct result of British colonial intrigue.

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Editorials

Egypt to cooperate with Syria against terrorists

Zafar Bangash

Safar 01, 14382016-11-01

A common threat from the takfiri terrorists has forced the two regimes in Egypt and Syria to cooperate with each other. This is a blow to Saudi machinations in the region.

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Special Reports

Desirable and undesirable change in the Ummah - II

Zafar Bangash

Safar 01, 14382016-11-01

This is the second part of Zafar Bangash’s article on “change”; the first part was published in the October 2016 issue of Crescent International, concluding with outlining some of the qualities of muttaqi leadership.

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Special Reports

Desirable and undesirable change in the Ummah - I

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 29, 14372016-10-01

Change is a constant in human life. How change is managed, shaped and directed ultimately determines the way people govern their lives.

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Editorials

Libya comes full circle in five years

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 29, 14372016-10-01

Five years after Colonel Muammar Qaddafi was publicly lynched, the people of Libya are again turning to the Qaddafi family to save them from the mayhem that has engulfed the country.

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Editorials

Outcome of the Islamic conference in Grozny

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 29, 14372016-10-01

It would have been far better for the nearly 200 Islamic scholars gathered in Grozny to avoid hurling labels of takfir at those they disagree with. Instead, they should have condemned their actions.

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Opinion

Needed: paradigm shift in Muslim thought

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 29, 14372016-10-01

Muslims must break the habit of thinking inside the box. There needs to be a paradigm shift in their thought process to bring about the desired change in their societies.

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News & Analysis

Who establishes Hajj rules: Allah or Bani Saud?

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 29, 14372016-10-01

Since the Bani Saud occupied the Arabian Peninsula nearly 100 years ago, they have imposed rules that run contrary to the teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. They should not be allowed to get away with this.

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Editorials

Understanding Hajj beyond rituals

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 29, 14372016-09-01

Despites its being one of the most important pillars of Islam, most Muslims know little understanding about it beyond rituals. Hajj’s most important function—declaring dissociation from the mushrikeen—is seldom mentioned. It must be understood and revived.

Editorials

Judicious use of $11.5 trillion Muslim wealth

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 29, 14372016-09-01

Muslims have enormous wealth at their disposal: $11.5 trillion almost equal to the US GDP of $17 trillion. How Muslim wealth is utilized will have enormous implications for their future well-being.

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Opinion

Hijab, burkini, and Islamophobia

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 29, 14372016-09-01

Led by the French, most Western officials seems to have taken leave of their senses. How else can one explain the ludicrous ban on burkini—the full body swimwear used by some Muslim women—under the guise of protecting women’s freedoms?

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Special Reports

Islamic Iran’s and Hizbullah’s heroic resistance

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 29, 14372016-09-01

The months of August and September highlight two anniversaries: the first, Hizbullah’s valiant resistance to Zionist aggression against Lebanon in 2006 and the second Islamic Iran’s eight year long epic defence of the Islamic State against the combined might of kufr emanating through Ba‘thist Iraq.

Daily News Analysis

Why Muslims end up in confusion about Eid almost every year?

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 26, 14372016-08-29

Muslims, especially those residing in non-Muslim majority countries, suffer endless confusion about important dates in the Islamic calendar such as the start and end of Ramadan and celebration of Eid al Adha because they do not pay adequate attention to the Qur'an and the Prophetic Sunnah.

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Opinion

India’s caste system: religious apartheid

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 27, 14372016-08-01

Hinduism’s Caste system is a blot on the world’s conscience. It provides religious sanction to a system in which some human beings are condemned to a life of permanent slavery and degradation. It needs to be exposed to the world.

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Editorials

Brexit and the failed Turkish coup

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 27, 14372016-08-01

Britons voted to leave the European Union. Coupled with Turkey’s failed coup, it has changed the global situation radically. There will now be new political realignments in the region.

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Editorials

Effective strategy needed for Kashmir

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 27, 14372016-08-01

While the Kashmiris valiantly resist the brutal Indian occupation, their friends around the world need to develop a coherent strategy to help them overcome one of the most brutal militaries in the world.

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Main Stories

Turkey’s coup attempt exposes many unsavoury creatures

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 27, 14372016-08-01

Last month’s failed coup attempt in Turkey has exposed the alternate State that exists in the shadows. It has shown how deeply unsavory characters have penetrated the various institutions of state.

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Opinion

The West’s democratic deficit

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 26, 14372016-07-01

The elite and media outlets never tire of proclaiming the virtues of freedom and democracy in the West. They denigrate others that do not conform to their way of life. How much freedom and democracy are there in the West and what is the nature of these notions? We look deeper.

Editorials

Al-Masjid al-Haram and al-Masjid al Aqsa

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 26, 14372016-07-01

Muslims know that Masjid al-Aqsa is under illegal Zionist occupation but most Muslims have failed to understand that Masjid al-Haram in Makkah is as much under occupation, albeit under that of people with Muslim names. Unless both are liberated from the clutches of these tyrants, Muslims will achieve little progress in the world.

Editorials

Crimes of the Bahraini regime

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 26, 14372016-07-01

All regimes in the Muslim East (aka the Middle East) are dictatorships regardless of the label they carry. The Bahraini regime is made up of the minority al-Khalifa family that is brutally suppressing the majority Shia population. The regime’s decision to strip a respected alim, Shaikh Issa Qassem of his citizenship is likely to short-circuit the miserable existence of this pathetic regime.

Islamic Movement

Reviving Islamic vocabulary for socio-political discourse

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 26, 14372016-07-01

Colonialism has had a profoundly negative impact on Muslim societies. Physical occupation was but a minor manifestation of this phenomenon. More serious was the mental subjugation that continues long after direct colonialism has ended. We point out some steps on the way to breaking out of this mental slavery.

Opinion

Muslim world plagued by strongmen

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14372016-06-01

Why does every ruler in the Muslim world feel the urge to present himself/herself ‘strong’? The answer lies in the fact that most lack legitimacy and therefore must project the image of power to appear strong.

Editorials

Dealing with the problem of Bani Saud

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14372016-06-01

Muslims must understand that Bani Saud are a colonial creation that are serving the interests of imperialism and Zionism. Under their control, historical sites have been destroyed and Hajj reduced to mere rituals.

Editorials

Dangerous escalation in Syria

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14372016-06-01

Peace eludes war-torn Syria because external powers want the war to continue. The latest escalation was the provocative visit of General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, to northern Syria without the permission of the Syrian government.

Islamic Movement

Why Islam prohibits riba (usury) and encourages sadaqah

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14372016-06-01

Riba (usury) has taken hold of global finance. Its purpose is to enrich the rich and impoverish the poor. This grand larceny, given legal cover, needs to be understood if humanity is to break free from modern-day slavery.

Islamic Movement

Ramadan and the building of taqwa

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14372016-06-01

Ramadan must mean more than going hungry or thirsty for 15-17 hours a day. Muslims must strive to build taqwa, the real purpose of Ramadan. Understanding the true meaning of taqwa is the first step.

Editorials

Zionist threats to al-Masjid al-Aqsa

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14372016-06-01

Zionists encroachments and attacks on Masjid al-Aqsa and indeed the entire Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem have become more frequent. Muslims cannot remain indifferent to this threat to the Muslims’ first qibla and third holiest site.

Opinion

Significance of the Isra’ and Mi‘raj

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 24, 14372016-05-01

Isra wal mi‘raj is an important event in Prophetic history. Muslims must study the events leading to the mi‘raj and what lessons they can derive from them today.

Editorials

Why peace eludes Syria and Yemen

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 24, 14372016-05-01

The people of Syria and Yemen would want nothing better than peace but foreign powers are determined to continue the mayhem with tragic loss of life.

Editorials

Panama papers and the thieving rich

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 24, 14372016-05-01

The world is held hostage by oligarchs whose sole purpose in life is to further enrich themselves, as the Panama papers once again reveal. The big question is what can the rest of us do.

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Islamic Movement

In memory of Dr. Kalim Siddiqui

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 24, 14372016-05-01

Dr. Kalim Siddiqui, the great Islamic scholar, visionary and, activist, joined heavenly company on April 18, 1996. This is an abridged version of the welcoming address delivered by ICIT Director Zafar Bangash at the Memorial Conference held for the late scholar in Toronto on April 23.

Opinion

The language of imperialism - II

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14372016-04-01

There are two wars going on simultaneously against Muslims: the military war and propaganda war. The imperialists and Zionists not only occupy Muslim lands but they also want to control their minds by manipulating the use of language.

Editorials

Reclaiming Islam from the fanatics

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14372016-04-01

Fanatics come in all shapes and sizes. There are religious fanatics and then there are secular fanatics. Neither is acceptable. Since Islam has been hijacked by both, it is time for committed Muslims to reclaim it from their clutches.

Editorials

Palestinians betrayed by their own leaders

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14372016-04-01

There is hardly any sincere person in the world—Muslim or non-Muslim—that does not sympathize with the plight of the long-suffering Palestinians. Their tragedy is that their own leaders have let them down repeatedly.

Main Stories

Dr. Kalim Siddiqui: Muslim intellectual and visionary

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14372016-04-01

April 18 marks the twentieth anniversary of Dr Kalim Siddiqui’s passing away. He was one of the leading intellectuals of the last century blending intellectualism with political activism that created a unique personality.

Special Reports

New global architecture emerges out of ME chaos

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14372016-04-01

Major changes are underway in global politics as the US-led unipolar world comes to an end. A multipolar world is emerging in which new more robust players are active. Islamic Iran is a central component of this new arrangement.

Opinion

The age of ignorance

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 21, 14372016-03-01

Ignorance is deliberately bred by ruling elites in order to manipulate people’s emotions. This is especially true in countries that never tire of drum beating about free speech, democracy and the rule of law.

Editorials

March — a month of grim anniversaries

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 21, 14372016-03-01

While associated with renewal and growth, the month of March brings grim reminder of how terribly movements for change in the Muslim world have been subverted. Leaders of Islamic movements need to pay close attention to their modus operandi.

Editorials

Syria’s five-year-long agony to end?

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 21, 14372016-03-01

Will the February 22 agreement between Russia and the US outlining terms for cessation of hostilities bring peace to Syria? It offers a glimmer of hope but many uncertainties remain.

News & Analysis

Subverting Muslim aspirations through terror groups

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 21, 14372016-03-01

The noble concept of the Khilafah (the Islamic State) has been besmirched at the hands of terrorists and head choppers. This is part of a plan to undermine the aspirations of Muslims for legitimacy, justice and peace.

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Opinion

Dangers of sectarianism

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 22, 14372016-02-01

As if bad governance, gross inequalities and mismanagement were not enough, there are some regimes that are deliberately promoting sectarianism to divide the Muslims.

Editorials

Hamas’ dilemma: resistance or surrender?

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 22, 14372016-02-01

Islamic resistance movements operate under very difficult conditions but they must be careful about who they choose as “friends”. Hamas seems to be drifting toward the Saudis that will certainly result in disaster.

Editorials

OIC: an irrelevant laughing stock

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 22, 14372016-02-01

Much of the Muslim world is mired in serious problems. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is an accurate reflection of the pathetic state of the Ummah as was evident from an “emergency” meeting it held on January 21 at the behest of the Saudis.

Main Stories

The dying gasps of Bani Saud

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 22, 14372016-02-01

Like Lemmings, the Bani Saud are rushing headlong into the sea toward collective suicide. Few would miss these savages from the desert caves of Najd.

Islamic Movement

Problems and inequities now besetting the performance of Hajj

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 22, 14372016-02-01

Later this month, the Ummah will gather at the Haram to perform the Hajj. ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, discusses the greatest of journeys a Muslim can undertake.

Daily News Analysis

Bani Saud dig own grave by executing Sheikh Nimr

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 21, 14372016-01-02

By executing the respected scholar and human rights activist, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the Saudi regime has added to its long list of crimes. This one, however, may prove its undoing. Sheikh Nimr's execution reflects the regime's failures both internally and externally and will only hasten its downfall. The world would be a far better place without this bunch of savages from the backwaters of Najd.

Opinion

Alarming rise in Islamophobia

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14372016-01-01

Attacks on Muslims and their institutions have risen alarmingly worldwide, especially in the US. Leading politicians and the media are front and centre of this vicious campaign.

Editorials

Beginning of the end of war on Syria?

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14372016-01-01

Have the warmongers realized that their plot to overthrow Bashar al Asad by military means is untenable especially in the wake of Russia’s bombing campaign? A series of meetings on Syria’s future give rise to some hope for peace.

Editorials

US duplicity over Iran nuclear deal

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14372016-01-01

As the Iran nuclear deal reaches implementation stage, the US Congress has introduced new disruptive measures, such as the Visa Waiver Program to frustrate completion of the deal. Can the US be trusted?

Islamic Movement

Gazing into the Crescent crystal ball for 2016

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14372016-01-01

What socio-political issues are likely to dominate the year 2016? ICIT director provides some pointers and food for thought.

Opinion

Muslim unity and Unity Week

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14372015-12-01

The Prophet’s (pbuh) Sunnah and Sirah are the two fundamental reference points after the noble Qur’an on which all Muslims agree. He is the best of exemplars (33:21) and obedience to him alongside that of Allah (swt) is obligatory upon every Muslim. It is for this reason that Muslims organize elaborate programs to celebrate the birthday of the noble Messenger (pbuh) that falls in the month of Rabi‘ al-Awwal.

Editorials

Turkey: terrorists’ air force and oil terminal

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14372015-12-01

By its own actions, Turkey stands exposed as the terrorists’ air force and conduit for shipping their oil to the international market.

Editorials

Paris, Saudi camel, and the Zionist monkey!

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14372015-12-01

Amid all the hype, tough talk and name calling following the Paris attacks, two names are conspicuous by their absence: Wahhabi Arabia and Zionist Israel. The role these two entities play is worth a closer look.

Islamic Movement

The Apostle’s (pbuh) message and his method

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14372015-12-01

The Qur’an is not a biography of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), but Allah (swt) describes His beloved Messenger (pbuh) in the most beautiful terms in the noble Book. He is the “best of exemplars” (33:21), with “the most lofty character” (68:04), and a “mercy to all the worlds” (21:107). He is the one who has “brought glad tidings inviting people to Allah” (33:45) “to bring them out of darkness and into light” (65:11).

Opinion

Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Bani Saud

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 19, 14372015-11-01

The Zionists’ intensified attacks against innocent Palestinians at a time when Bani Saud are doing the same in Syria and Yemen should not surprise us. Palestinians have endured Zionist occupation for nearly 70 years.

Editorials

Bani Saud and Bani Isra’il: colonial creations

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 19, 14372015-11-01

The British colonialists have inflicted immense damage on the world of Islam. Nothing, however, compares in destructiveness to the imposition of the two illegiti-mate entities on the holiest places of Islam: the Najdi Bedouins (aka Bani Saud or the House of Saud) in the Arabian Peninsula, especially the Hijaz, and the Zionists in Palestine.

Editorials

The nature of Western democracy

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 19, 14372015-11-01

After each election in the West — Barack Obama’s first election as president of the US in 2008, Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of the British Labour Party in Au-gust and the recent election of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada — much euphoria is generated.

News & Analysis

US backdoor attempts to sneak into Iran

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 19, 14372015-11-01

The US and its allies in the P5+1 group of countries appear to be dragging their feet in fulfilling their part of the bargain while demanding Iran comply with all its conditions in the nuclear deal. On October 21, the Rahbar, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei sent a letter to President Hassan Rouhani pointing this out saying the Islamic Republic’s concessions on the nuclear file were conditional on the other side, especially the US, lifting all sanctions.

Video

Wahabism Exposed

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 11, 14372015-10-24

Attempts to take down Assad are all about weakening Iran

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 21, 14362015-10-05

In a reply to Abdul Latif Halimi’s recent article on 5Pillars, Zafar Bangash argues that Muslims need to stop deluding themselves and realise that the Syrian conflict is nothing more than an imperial war to take down the Resistance Axis.

Main Stories

Hujjaj deaths due to Saudi incompetence

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 17, 14362015-10-01

The Bani Saud have once again shown they are totally incompetent and callous. The horrific deaths of 4,173 pilgrims in Mina on September 24 is proof of their crimes. They should be put on trial for crimes against humanity...

Main Stories

Hajj disasters under Saudi occupation

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 17, 14362015-10-01

The Mina deaths were not the first even if the present tragedy surpassed all previous totals. There is a long list of disasters that have befallen the pilgrims under Saudi-controlled Hajj...

Editorials

From Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa…

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 17, 14362015-10-01

Two sacred mosques in Islam—Masjid al Haram in Makkah and Masjid al-Aqsa in al-Quds (Jerusalem)—are under threat. The global Muslim Ummah must take serious note of these challenges and take appropriate steps...

Opinion

Wars on Syria and Yemen

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 17, 14362015-10-01

With the Muslim world in turmoil, it is easy to forget the wars on Syria and Yemen. The Bani Saud footprint is writ large in both locales...

Opinion

Bani Saud unfit to manage Hajj affairs

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 17, 14362015-10-01

The Saudis cannot be left to manage the affairs of Hajj. They are unfit physically and mentally to discharge this great responsibility. It should be taken over by a group of learned scholars backed by properly trained professionals.

Opinion

Terrorists, warmongers, and mules

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 17, 14362015-09-01

The takfiri terrorists rampaging through the Muslim East (aka the Middle East) and the neocon/Zionist warmongers are two faces of the same coin. They are in fact one and the same entity, only using different labels. True, the takfiris are junior partners in this unholy alliance and are used to provide justification for the warmongers’ end-less wars and mayhem.

Editorials

Hajj according to the Qur’an and the Sunnah

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 17, 14362015-09-01

An estimated two million Muslims from all over the world will perform the annual pilgrimage of Hajj this year. The most challenging of all the ‘ibadat, the Muslims’ ordeal begins before they set foot in Makkah. Allah (swt) says in the noble Qur’an, “Pilgrimage to Allah’s House is a duty unto mankind, for those who have the means [physical and financial] to undertake the journey” (3:97).

Editorials

Lies the American establishment tells

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 17, 14362015-09-01

Americans are so used to being lied to that when they are told the truth, they refuse to believe it. For more than three decades, the US establishment has been harping about Iran’s non-existent nuclear bomb. Now that the people are told that there is no such thing, most Americans find it hard to believe it. Perhaps, they can be forgiven. The dumbing down of America is so thorough that 38% of college students believe France shares a border with America. An equal number believes Uganda is a plant or an animal.

Special Reports

The Iran nuclear file: perspectives from Tehran

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 17, 14362015-09-01

When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the Islamic Re-public and the P5+1 group of countries (the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) was agreed in Vienna on July 14, Western media outlets immediately re-ported that there were “celebrations” in Tehran. The BBC as usual led the pack. Conversely, opponents of the deal were dubbed as “hardliners” whose personal in-terests would be affected if it was approved and implemented.

Opinion

Posts, power, and legitimacy

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 15, 14362015-08-01

There is a common misconception among people that leads them to assume that just because a person holds a certain position of authority or office, that he/she automatically has legitimacy.

Editorials

Implications of the Iran nuclear deal

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 15, 14362015-08-01

It has been described as “breathtaking,” “game changer,” and a “new chapter in in-ternational relations.” It is all these and more. Some comments about the process and content of the agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries are in order before we discuss its implementation procedure and the broader implications.

Editorials

Zionist crimes against Palestinian children

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 15, 14362015-08-01

The moment Zionist crimes against the Palestinians are mentioned, their apologists immediately trot out the anti-Semitism charge. It has become tedious to argue that it is not anti-Semitism but a reflection of the grim reality the Palestinians face on a daily basis.

News & Analysis

The odd couple: Erdogan and Najdi Bedouins

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 15, 14362015-08-01

Politics makes for strange bedfellows but the alliance between Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and the Najdi Bedouins occupying the Arabian Peninsula is even stranger than fiction. Here is a quick checklist of facts.

Main Stories

Personal interests invariably trump principles

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 14, 14362015-07-01

Almost all people claim to follow some principles but when it comes to their personal interests, principles are often quickly abandoned.

Editorials

Emergence of the neo-Ahzab

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 14, 14362015-07-01

History is repeating itself. The enemies of Allah and of the committed Muslims are once again getting together to destroy the Islamic State. Like the Prophet’s (saws) time, the neo-Ahzab fail.

Editorials

Time to end dollar’s hegemony

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 14, 14362015-07-01

The US has maintained its dominance of global affairs through militarism and the dollar. If the dollar were retired as a global currency, US militarism and aggression would be dealt a severe blow.

Opinion

Who’s backing the takfiris?

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 14, 14362015-07-01

The takfiris did not emerge in a vacuum. They have been financed, trained and armed by a number of countries for their nefarious designs. We expose the conspirators.

Editorials

International bodies as tools of imperialism

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 14, 14362015-06-01

There is nothing “international” about bodies like the UN, World Bank, IMF, IAEA etc. These are all tools in the hands of imperialist powers.

Editorials

OIC summit: theatre of the absurd

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 14, 14362015-06-01

The OIC is the butt of many jokes but it surpassed even its own absurd existence when the Kuwaitis host called for confronting the threat of terrorism and extremism while financing both in conjunction with their Bedouin cousins from Najd.

Opinion

Engaging the noble Book in Ramadan

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 14, 14362015-06-01

Muslims prepare to welcome Ramadan and engage the noble Qur’an. The ICIT offers a meaningful engagement through its Digital Library: www:icit-digital.org

Islamic Movement

The Imam’s impact on global politics

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 14, 14362015-06-01

Imam Khomeini, who left this earthly abode and joined heavenly company on June 3, 1989, has had a profound impact on global politics. The Islamic Republic’s success in withstanding the global conspiracy of kufr and nifaq for more than 36 years is testimony to its strong Islamic roots.

Editorials

The axis of US, Banu Saud and Banu Isra’il

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 12, 14362015-05-01

The real axis of evil comprises the trio the US, Bani Saud and Bani Isra’il. In this caste pyramid, the Bani Isra’il sit on top, the US in the middle while the Bani Saud, as slaves, are at the bottom.

Editorials

Disappointing conduct of the Ikhwan and Hamas

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 12, 14362015-05-01

Both the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon in Egypt and Hamas in Palestine have suffered greatly but they continue to consort with unsavory characters tarnishing their own reputation.

Opinion

Bani Saud’s crusade

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 12, 14362015-05-01

A thousand years ago, the pope diverted the energies of warring princes in Europe against the Muslims in Palestine. In March the Bani Saud launched their aggression against Yemen. Like the Crusaders of old, the Bani Saud will also fail.

Main Stories

The Iran-P5+1 “framework” for agreement

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 12, 14362015-04-01

The allegation about Iran building a bomb is utterly false. The US and its allies know it, so what is their real motive in exerting pressure on Iran? We look at the hidden reasons.

Editorials

Of terrorists, nutcases and Islamophobes

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 12, 14362015-04-01

If a Muslim perpetrates a crime, it is considered “terrorism;” if a non-Muslim is involved, no matter how heinous, he/she is only a ‘nutcase’. There is a deliberate policy behind the demonization of Muslims.

Editorials

The Najdi bedouins’ aggression in Yemen

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 12, 14362015-04-01

Has the Bani Saud made one mistake too many by attacking Yemen? If the conflict drags on, it is likely to bring down the Najdi Bedouins’ sand castles.

Opinion

Spreading fitnah!

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 12, 14362015-04-01

The only game the Najdi Bedouins know is to spread sectarian fitnah. Would they succeed in Yemen where not only the Shia Houthis but also several Sunni groups are also opposed to the Najdis’ favourite tyrant.

The Doomed Kingdom of The House of Saud

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 12, 14362015-04-01

This book entitled The Doomed Kingdom of the House of Saud is a welcome contribution to the empty shelves — or virtually empty shelves — in libraries and bookstores about the 21st-century throwback tribal state called “Saudi Arabia.” Don’t misread me; there are some books about Saudi-controlled Arabia in libraries and bookstores, but they don’t have the intellectual courage to undisguise the clannish ruling class in Arabia. The average consumer of mainstream information, who has little behind-the-scenes knowledge, is unaware of the fact that such books are for the most part circulated by publishers that know the chosen class of rulers in Arabia are functionaries of the American imperium and camouflaged clients of the Zionist interest. The world is long overdue for a serious and honest deconstruction of the colonialist love child and imperialist darling otherwise known as Saudi Arabia.

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Leader's Letter Warns about Rise of Extremism in Name of Islam

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 15, 14362015-03-06

Zafar Bangash, Director of Contemporary Islamic Thought Institute, says Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, adopts a light and kind tone in his letter to the youth in the West with the aim of promoting the Islamic moderation and warning against the rise of extremism in the name of Islam.

Opinion

The language of imperialism

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 10, 14362015-03-01

Imperialism uses a large number of tools to maintain its hegemony over the rest of the world. None is more powerful than language and the mind of the colonized people. Freedom cannot be achieved without decolonizing the mind.

Editorials

The Muslim world: challenges and prospects

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 10, 14362015-03-01

The Muslim world is beset by numerous problems and some countries may even undergo further disintegration but the silver lining is the Islamic Republic of Iran. The resistance front is getting stronger. This should give hope to oppressed Muslims everywhere.

Editorials

Capital crimes of capitalism

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 10, 14362015-03-01

If capitalism is such a great system why is there such widespread poverty in the world? Capitalism is run by vultures that prey on the innocent and the weak creating gross inequalities between and within societies.

Special Reports

ISIS takfiris: McCain-Obama’s offspring

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 10, 14362015-03-01

Despite propaganda, the ISIS-takfiris are being supported, trained and armed by the US and its regional puppets. Washington just signed an agreement with Turkey to train “moderate” rebels to fight in Syria. Isn’t this what the US has been doing in Jordan for more than two year?

Main Stories

Charlie Hebdo and the West’s cultural war on Islam

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 11, 14362015-02-01

The west’s claim that freedom of expression is absolute contradicts its practices. Even the pro-Zionist Islamophobic magazine, Charlie Hebdo, does not believe in absolute freedom as evident from its own selective practices.

Opinion

Mercy to humanity

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 11, 14362015-02-01

The west’s vile propaganda against the Messenger of Allah (saws) cannot do any damage to his noble personality who was sent as a mercy to all the worlds. Muslims will continue to love him more than their own selves.

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Editorials

Islamic revolution at 36

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 11, 14362015-02-01

How the Islamic revolution in Iran has survived for 36 years despite unrelenting aggression from imperialist and Zionist powers is inspirational. It is the commitment of the people of Iran to Islam and the taqwa of its muttaqi leadership.

Editorials

Shelf life of the Bani Saud expires?

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 11, 14362015-02-01

While no individual is indispensable, the Saudi regime is facing serious internal and external challenges that point toward its demise sooner rather than later.

Opinion

The takfiris’ allure

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 10, 14362015-01-01

The ISIS takfiris use Islamic rhetoric to attract gullible and frustrated Muslim youth to their ranks. Their fraud must be exposed to deal with them effectively.

Editorials

December 16: from Dhaka to Peshawar

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 10, 14362015-01-01

Brute force is not the answer to every problem even if the temptation to use force has gained currency in Pakistan in the aftermath of the Peshawar school massacre. Lessons must be learned from the past in order not to repeat them.

Editorials

Islam’s view on slaying of innocents

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 10, 14362015-01-01

Slaying innocent non-combatants violates every tenet of Islam. Those that indulge in such conduct are going against the teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the noble Messenger (saws).

Special Reports

China’s Silk Road to riches, for many…

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 10, 14362015-01-01

China is reviving the old Silk Road idea that will integrate Central Asia, Russia and Europe in the west and, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia in the east into its rapidly growing economy.

Daily News Analysis

Charlie Hebdo, Islamophobia and ‘freedom of speech’

Crescent International, Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 10, 14362015-01-01

The murderous attack on the Islamophobic French magazine Charlie Hebdo is being used to whip up anti-Muslim hysteria and make fascism respectable. Pity the marginalized Muslims of France, indeed anywhere else in the Western world.

Opinion

The new emerging multi-polar world

Zafar Bangash

Safar 08, 14362014-12-01

The US-led ‘unipolar’ world is dead. A multi-polar world is emerging but what role will Muslims play in it?

Editorials

From al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al-Aqsa…

Zafar Bangash

Safar 08, 14362014-12-01

The occupiers of the two Harams appear determined to destroy both for their nefarious agendas. The House of Saud and the Zionists are two faces of the same coin.

Editorials

What ails the Muslim world?

Zafar Bangash

Safar 08, 14362014-12-01

Muslim countries may have achieved nominal independence but they continue to suffer from the debilitating legacy of the colonial imposed order in their societies.

Islamic Movement

Islamic Awakening movements four years later

Zafar Bangash

Safar 08, 14362014-12-01

Islamic Awakening movements have been undermined by the corrupt regimes subverting the will of the people. Much greater effort based on clarity of thought will be needed to consign these oppressive regimes into the dustbin of history.

Main Stories

Takfiris, Saudis and the struggle for the soul of Islam

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 08, 14362014-11-01

Despite the hype about fighting them, the US and its allies have nurtured the takfiris for nearly a decade to be used for the broader plan to dominate the Middle East.

Opinion

Malala and the inferiority complex syndrome

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 08, 14362014-11-01

Malala Yusufzai’s Nobel Prize has got the westoxicated Pakistani elite into a tizzy. Suffering from acute inferiority complex, they find solace in acceptance by the west.

Editorials

Iran’s nuclear talks with P5+1

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 08, 14362014-11-01

Demands of the P5+1, led by the US of the Islamic Republic in the nuclear talks are so outlandish that they may derail the entire process.

Editorials

Lessons from the tragedy of Karbala

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 08, 14362014-11-01

The tragedy of Karbala must rank as one of the greatest setbacks in Islamic history. Are Muslims—Sunnis and Shi‘is—prepared to draw the right lessons from it or continue to turn this into a partisan issue?

Editor's Desk

Modi’s provocations in Kashmir, Siachen

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 08, 14362014-11-01

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is living up to his reputation as a Hindu fascist. He has escalated conflict with Pakistan in Kashmir and Siachen. He is clearly itching for a war.

Editorials

US, Israel addicted to perpetual war

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 06, 14352014-10-01

Imperialist and Zionist warlords are addicted to war. Endless wars mean not only expansion but also huge profits at the expense of the world’s poor.

Editorials

Pakistan’s dysfunctional political system

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 06, 14352014-10-01

The political impasse in Islamabad has revealed those with vested interests to protect a system that does not serve the overwhelming majority in Pakistan.

Opinion

“Five Star” Hajj

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 06, 14352014-10-01

Hajj is supposed to remove all distinctions of wealth, class, position or authority but the Saudis have reduced it to a purely commercial enterprise devoid of its Qur’anic content and Prophetic sunnah.

Opinion

Saudi plan to destroy the Prophet’s tomb

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 06, 14352014-10-01

The Saudis have repeatedly brought up the subject of destroying the Green Dome over the Prophet’s (saws) tomb and relocate his body from there. How diabolical can they get?

Special Reports

History of Masjid al-Nabawi and the Green Dome

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 06, 14352014-10-01

Understanding the history of expansion of Masjid al-Nabawi and how the Green Dome over the Prophet’s (saws) tomb was erected will enable Muslims to understand its true significance.

Peace Must be More Than a Slogan

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 26, 14352014-09-21

The Islamic World Peace Forum take an exclusive interview with Zafar Bangash, Islamic movement journalist and commentator in Toronto, Canada and the Director of the The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), to ask about some concepts considered as the keywords and basic ideas in this regard...

Main Stories

Saudi regime’s hatred of Islamic movements

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 06, 14352014-09-01

While claiming to be carrying the banner of ‘Sunni’ Islam, the Saudi regime has visceral hatred for any genuine expression of Islam. We examine why.

Editorials

War on Gaza: winners and losers

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 06, 14352014-09-01

Zionist Israel may have killed thousands of civilians in Gaza but it has failed to achieve any of its military objectives.

Editorials

Questions about 9/11 even after 13 years

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 06, 14352014-09-01

Even 13 years after 911, most Americans refuse to accept the official version of the events. Architects, structural engineers and academics continue to raise pertinent questions that the Washington warlords refuse to answer.

Opinion

Palestinians and the ICC

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 06, 14352014-09-01

Is it a good idea for the Palestinians to take their case to the International Criminal Court? We look at the conduct of such institutions.

Absent Resistance, Zionists Would Have Usurped Entire Palestine

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 12, 14352014-08-09

Without Palestinian resistance, the Zionists would have usurped the entire land of Palestine and stubbornly maintained that Palestinians are quite happy under Zionist occupation. Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), and the author of Diplomacy and Just Peace in the Seerah of the Great Messenger that translated by IWPF, a suburb of Toronto, made the remark in an interview with IQNA on the Zionist regime's offensives against the oppressed Palestinians.

Main Stories

Western regimes complicit in Zionist war crimes

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 04, 14352014-08-01

The Zionist regime would not be able to carry out its crimes against the hapless people of Gaza with such impunity were it not for direct support of western regimes. They are all complicit in Zionist war crimes.

Editorials

Quds Day massacre in Nigeria

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 04, 14352014-08-01

The Nigerian regime of Goodluck Jonathan is not only corrupt but also completely subservient to the zionists. To prove loyalty to his masters, his army perpetrated a bloodbath of peaceful participants in the Quds day rally.

Editorials

Israel’s war on Gaza

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 04, 14352014-08-01

Israel cannot win the war on Gaza because Hamas and Islamic Jihad refuse to surrender. The zionists are digging their own grave.

Opinion

Zionist crimes in Gaza

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 04, 14352014-08-01

The zionists are bombing homes, schools, hospitals and even centres for the disabled in Gaza. These constitute war crimes.

Special Reports

End of Sykes-Picot will not usher a new ME

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 04, 14352014-08-01

The ISIS takfiris may have ripped the Sykes-Picot agreement of a century ago but what they plan to replace it with is hardly what Muslims are looking for.

Editorials

Significance of Quds Day rallies

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 03, 14352014-07-01

Every year, al-Quds rallies are held worldwide on the last Friday of Ramadan. They are important because they remind the Muslims as well as non-Muslims that the first qibla of Muslims remains under alien occupation. Its liberation is the responsibility of every Muslim.

Editorials

Iran-West nuclear talks

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 03, 14352014-07-01

Iran is about to start a fresh round of talks with Western powers. What are the prospects of finalizing a deal? It will depend on how far Western powers are able to adopt a realistic attitude toward Iran’s peaceful nuclear program rather than living with illusions.

Opinion

How to establish the Khilafah

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 03, 14352014-07-01

With the bursting of the takfiri group, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on the scene and their declaration of the Khilafah, it is important to understand this phenomenon through the Seerah of the noble Messenger (saws).

News & Analysis

ISIS: have guns will fight, even in Saudi Arabia?

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 03, 14352014-07-01

The Saudis may have created a monster that is likely to bite them as well. Should the ISIS invade Saudi Arabia, it will be a fight of a lifetime. Muslims will have a ringside view of a blood-curdling duel between ideological twins.

Islamic Movement

Masjid al-Aqsa in Islamic history

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 03, 14352014-07-01

Masjid al-Aqsa has a rich history. It is intimately linked with Prophetic history, not of one but numerous prophets. It was first built by the Prophet Ibrahim (as) years after he built the Ka‘aba with his first son Ismail (as). Muslims have always been its true custodians despite illegal Zionist encroachments

Occasional Paper

The Prophetic model for change

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 19, 14352014-06-17

The Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah and Seerah are the fundamental sources of knowledge for all Muslims. The Qur’an is the eternal source of guidance revealed to the noble messenger of Allah (saws) who then demonstrated it by his practical example. Thus the Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah and Seerah form an integrated model for Muslims to emulate in life.

Opinion

Living Ramadan

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 03, 14352014-06-01

Ramadan must mean more than merely abstaining from food and drinks for a specified number of hours even if this would be arduous in the summer months. Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an and Muslims must engage the noble Book for true guidance.

Editorials

Imam Khomeini’s inspiring leadership

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 03, 14352014-06-01

Given the paucity of good leaders in the Muslim world, Imam Khomeini, who joined heavenly company in June 1989, offers an example of great leadership.

Editorials

The emerging, new Muslim East

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 02, 14352014-05-01

The emerging, new Muslim East (aka the Middle East) is not the one Condoleezza Rice had envisioned; it is more confident and assertive and pursuing an agenda to serve the interests of the people rather than imperialist/Zionist powers.

Editorials

The greenback heads south

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 02, 14352014-05-01

The US dollar is losing its shine as rivals emerge to stake a claim. It is not only the euro but also the Chinese currency, the yuan that are challenging dollar’s supremacy in global finance.

Opinion

Challenging Aal Saud

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 02, 14352014-05-01

The Saud regime’s oppressive decree banning calls for reform, exposure of corruption or withdrawing allegiance from the king has had exactly the opposite effect. People are openly challenging the regime on YouTube and Facebook.

Main Stories

Saudi regime goes berserk over reform calls

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 01, 14352014-04-01

Calling for reforms is “terrorism,” withdrawing your allegiance to the monarchy is “treason” and contacting international news organizations about human rights violations in the kingdom will land you in prison. Welcome to the Saudi kingdom!

Editorials

Egyptian-Saudi war on the Ikhwan

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 01, 14352014-04-01

The combined assault by the Egyptian military and the Saudi regime on the Ikhwan and its supporters has exposed the unholy alliance of tyrannical regimes in the Muslim East.

Editorials

Takfiris in Syrian on the run

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 01, 14352014-04-01

The Syrian army is making steady progress against the takfiris, thanks to the support of Hizbullah as well as infighting between the cannibals and mercenaries that have flooded into the Levant.

Opinion

Iran-Hamas relations

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 01, 14352014-04-01

Relations between Islamic Iran and Hamas are back on track after a hiatus caused by Hamas’ rash decision to burn its bridges with Damascus following eruption of the imperialist-zionist-Wahhabi inspired conspiracy in Syria.

Editorials

Muslims between unity and disunity

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 29, 14352014-03-01

At a time when takfirism deliberately promoted by the Saudi regime and its henchmen, is grabbing headlines, sincere Muslims of all schools of thought in Islam are working for unity. This reflects the view of a clear majority of Muslims worldwide.

Editorials

Surreal nature of government-TTP talks

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 29, 14352014-03-01

While talk is better than war, the two sides—the government of Pakistan, and the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), appear to be talking past each other. Neither side appears to realize the gravity of the situation caused by continued mayhem and fighting.

Opinion

State of the Ummah

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 29, 14352014-03-01

Muslims must use their proximity to the Qur’an and the Sunnah/Sirah of the noble Messenger (saws) as a standard to determine their standing in the world.

Special Reports

Israeli apartheid through the South African lens

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 29, 14352014-03-01

In their book, Why Israel?, Suraya Dadoo and Firoz Osman compare Israeli apartheid with that practiced by the apartheid regime in South Africa and not only find striking parallels but also the extreme form Zionist apartheid has taken. The result is an exciting and informative book.

Main Stories

Unity among Muslims a top priority

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 01, 14352014-02-01

While the overwhelming majority of Muslims (67 percent) want unity in the Ummah, a small disruptive minority is determined to create chaos. To confront such divisive tactics, Iran’s Majma at-Taqrib organized an international Conference in Tehran to bring ulama of all Schools of Thought onto a common platform to strive for unity.

Editorials

General el-Sisi wants to be Egypt’s president

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 01, 14352014-02-01

How quickly has the Egyptian military led by the arch Zionist General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi exposed its hand? Sisi wants to be president of Egypt after claiming to eschew any such desire.

Editorials

Saudis want Takfiristan in Syria and Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 01, 14352014-02-01

With Saudi-backed takfiris controlling Iraq’s Anbar province and the adjoining areas in Syria, it has become clear that their medieval sponsors want to create Takfiristan in this region.

Opinion

Iran’s confident mood

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 01, 14352014-02-01

Businessmen, diplomats and politicians are making a beeline to Tehran with proposals and offers reflecting Iran’s position as the most important regional player and the place to be.

Special Reports

Aal Saud: From British to American lap

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 01, 14352014-02-01

Always on the lookout for foreign protection, the illegitimate House of Saud rule in the Arabian Peninsula eagerly embraced Uncle Sam once he emerged as a global cop after the Second World War.

Main Stories

The phenomenon and politics of sectarianism

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 01, 14352014-01-02

Sectarianism is projected in some quarters as the greatest challenge facing Muslims when the vast majority of Muslims want unity in the Ummah. Who is stoking the flames of sectarianism?

Opinion

The Prophet (saws) and Muslim unity

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 01, 14352014-01-02

Merely verbalizing love for the noble Messenger (saws) will not bring glory to Muslims; emulating his noble example in practice will. A pre-requisite is to understand the Sirah in its totality, not through anecdotal episodes.

Opinion

Experience of apartheid

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 01, 14352014-01-02

Apartheid had a devastating impact not only on the blacks but anyone classified as “non-white” in South Africa. The tiny white minority usurped the bulk of the country’s resources and exploited the rest for its own selfish ends.

Special Reports

Aal Saud become British agents

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 01, 14352014-01-02

Abdul Aziz ibn Saud understood the utility of being a British puppet early on. By surrendering to the British, he secured vital support that brought the entire Arabian Peninsula under his family’s control.

Editorials

Hopeful changes in Turkish policy

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 27, 14352013-12-01

After experiencing repeated failures in its policies, especially in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, Turkey has embarked on a course correction in foreign policy. One hopes these are sincere and that Ankara would work for peace and justice rather than disunity in the region.

Editorials

How money works and talks

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 27, 14352013-12-01

The American political system is hostage to money. Lobbies rule the roost. The US, however, is not the only country where money talks. Other countries also use money to buy influence or favour. The Saudis use money to create fitna in the Ummah.

Opinion

Dealing with sectarianism

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 27, 14352013-12-01

In Islam difference of opinion is permitted but in a respectful manner. Sectarianism is a deliberately propagated ideology of hate in which one group of Muslims denounces another as ‘kafirs’ and even resorts to killing. Such hate ideology must be exposed and confronted.

Special Reports

Genesis of the Kashmir dispute

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 27, 14352013-12-01

Contrary to popular misunderstanding, Kashmir is not a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan but about the right of the Kashmiris to determine their own future. This has been recognized under International law and enshrined in several United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Special Reports

Aal Saud: The primitive clan from Dar‘iyyah

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 27, 14352013-12-01

The Muslim world is in so much turmoil because Muslims have allowed the two holiest cities of Islam—Makkah and Madinah—to fall into the hands of primitive savages from the darkest crevices of the desert in Nejd, Central Arabia. It is important to know where the House of Saud emerged from.

Editorials

Droning innocent people to death

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14342013-11-01

Drones have become the weapon of choice for the US because no American casualties are involved. If innocents are killed, that is just “collateral damage”.

Editorials

Libya destroyed beyond repair

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14342013-11-01

Following its “liberation” by the West, Libya has descended into absolute chaos. To the grim reality of life for people must now be added the distinct possibility of Libya breaking up along tribal lines.

Opinion

Changed global environment

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14342013-11-01

The limits of US power have been shown by events, particularly the ongoing tragedy in Syria. The world’s principal troublemakers, the Saudis and the Zionists, are most upset since their nefarious agendas no longer work.

News & Analysis

Iran, P5+1 to resume nuclear talks in Geneva

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14342013-11-01

Representatives from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 group of countries are to resume discussions in Geneva on November 7. The follow up meeting within three weeks of the first round is seen as a good sign.

Opinion

Is the US sincere in dealing with Iran?

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 25, 14342013-10-01

Despite much media generated excitement, it would be prudent to wait and see what the US is willing to do in order to ease tensions with the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially relating to the illegally-imposed sanctions.

Opinion

Time to end Israel’s nuclear weapons

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 25, 14342013-10-01

With Syria having signed on the Chemical Weapons Ban Treaty, it is time to divest the Zionist entity of its massive arsenal of nuclear weapons as well to make the Middle East region a nuclear weapons-free zone.

Opinion

The Qur’anic basis of Hajj

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 25, 14342013-10-01

The manner in which Hajj has been emptied out of its Qur’anic basis and turned into mere ritual by the Saudis poses a major challenge to the Ummah. Getting rid of the Saudi occupiers of the Haramayn is the most pressing problem facing the Islamic movement.

Opinion

Naked power grab by Egyptian generals II

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 25, 14342013-10-01

As early as July 2012, Crescent International had warned about the evil plans of the Egyptian military. Sadly, every one of our warnings came true a year later.

Special Reports

Competing visions of memory in the Ummah

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 25, 14342013-10-01

The subversion of Khilafah by the Ummayyad dynasty has led to two divergent memories in the Ummah. The Muslim masses yearn for memory based on Prophetic and Khilafah history while the ruling elites continue to push the memory of mulukiyya.

Main Stories

Why the Saudis are financing the coup in Egypt

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 24, 14342013-09-01

The Saudis have adopted an uncharacteristic position over the coup in Egypt. King Abdullah was the first foreign ruler to welcome it and immediately arranged for a $12 billion aid package for the mass murderers to continue their rampage unencumbered by financial woes.

Editorials

Operation disruption: Libya, Syria, Egypt…

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 24, 14342013-09-01

Islamic Awakening movements (also described by some as the “Arab Spring”) are being subverted through a combination of brute force and vile propaganda. The subversion started in tiny Bahrain, moved to Libya and then engulfed Syria where it is still raging. Egypt has become its latest casualty.

Editorials

Obama regime silences Bradley Manning

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 24, 14342013-09-01

Instead of going after the torturers and mass murderers, President Barack Obama has targeted the whistleblowers. Bradley Manning has become its latest victim. He is not the first and will not be the last. Obama has exposed himself as a hypocrite-in-chief.

Opinion

Islamic revolution: the only solution

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 24, 14342013-09-01

The overthrow of an elected government in Egypt within a year has made it painfully clear to struggling Muslims that an Islamic State cannot be established through the ballot box. Islamic revolution is the only solution.

Editorials

Hamas in a bind after Mursi’s ouster

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 23, 14342013-08-01

The Palestinians have often been let down by their own leadership. Even Hamas, the Islamic movement, finds itself in difficulties once again because of the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi from power in Egypt.

Editorials

Unforgivable Saudi crimes

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 23, 14342013-08-01

The House of Saud continues to cause immense damage to the Ummah. Their wrath is especially reserved for women and expatriate workers. They do not want women to be seen, only used by lecherous Saudi men.

Opinion

Egypt and Iran: why different outcomes?

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 23, 14342013-08-01

In Egypt the Ikhwan failed within one year while in Iran, the Islamic movement has established a government that is still in place and going strong. Why? The Ikhwan made the mistake of working within the system while Imam Khomeini understood that the existing system had to be demolished.

Special Reports

The Muslim world’s meddlesome militaries

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 23, 14342013-08-01

Far from fulfilling their responsibility to defend the state’s borders against external enemies, Muslim militaries have perfected the art of conquering their own people. This is what has just happened in Egypt, as in numerous other countries before.

Special Reports

Sayyid Qutb on the jahili system

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 23, 14342013-08-01

Sayyid Qutb’s martyrdom anniversary falls on August 29 but how many Muslims—even committed ones—are aware of this? Should this great scholar of Islam not be remembered for his immense contributions?

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Editorials

Intensifying the proxy war in Syria

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 22, 14342013-07-01

With the takfiri mercenaries suffering repeated military defeats in recent weeks (they never had any mass support), they and their foreign sponsors have resorted to the most vicious form of sectarian hatred in Syria.

Editorials

Significance of al-Quds rallies

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 22, 14342013-07-01

With so much mayhem in the Muslim world, it is important that we do not lose sight of the continued Zionist occupation of al-Quds (Jerusalem). The last Friday of Ramadan has been designated as the Day of Quds and Muslims would do well to remember it and join it.

Editorials

The Ummah’s tragedy: court ulama

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 22, 14342013-07-01

The ulama are supposed to be inheritors of the Prophets but only if they adhere to the divine commands. When they fall for worldly temptations, they become a curse. This is what appears to have happened to Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a well-known alim, who has now joined the hate-spewing Saudis in spreading sectarianism.

News & Analysis

Reflecting on Iran’s presidential elections

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 22, 14342013-07-01

With his convincing first round victory in Iran’s 11th presidential election, Dr Hassan Rohani has exposed the west’s negative propaganda that had dismissed the elections as “irrelevant”. The Iranian people have also shown their support for the Islamic system by participating in record numbers.

Special Reports

Ramadan: building taqwa by caring and sharing

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 22, 14342013-07-01

Allah (swt) has linked fasting in the month of Ramadan with the building of taqwa—the active self-consciousness of Allah’s (swt) power presence in our lives. This can only be achieved by caring and sharing with those that are less fortunate than us in the world.

Muslim Thinker Blames US for Continuing Blind Support for Israel

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14342013-06-08

TEHRAN (FNA)- Prominent Muslim thinker, Zafar Bangash, lashed out at the US for continuing its dishonest and dual-track approach towards Muslims and pursuing a completely biased position on Israel's large-scale invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Main Stories

Pakistan elections: change or change of faces?

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 22, 14342013-06-01

Electing the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz faction) has simply brought the same old party that had twice before failed to deliver. Amid growing allegations of vote rigging, Pakistanis seem to have opted for merely change of faces.

Editorials

Syria, Iraq and the politics of sectarianism

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 22, 14342013-06-01

Failure of the western-backed rebels in Syria has resulted in increased sectarian tensions in Iraq from where the bulk of the mercenaries flooded into Syria. Many have returned and sectarianism is the tool used to divide Muslims by playing on their emotions.

Editorials

Election season in the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 22, 14342013-06-01

Two Muslim countries—Malaysia and Pakistan—have held elections. People in the third, Islamic Iran, will go to the polls on June 14. There have been complaints of rigging in the first two; only in Islamic Iran are elections held in an organized and proper manner highlighting the difference between a secular system and that based on Islamic values.

Opinion

Respecting differences

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 22, 14342013-06-01

The tendency among some Muslims to insist that their particular understanding of Islam is the only correct way has caused numerous problems. These are compounded by rigidity leading to unnecessary conflict when Muslims should be tolerant of different approaches.

Special Reports

Reflecting on the state of the Ummah (Part 2)

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 22, 14342013-06-01

In the second part of this essay, Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) discusses the political culture of Islam and how its revival is essential for the Ummah.

(دیپلماسی صلح عادلانه در سیره پیامبر اعظم(ص Power Manifestations of the Sirah (Persian)

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 27, 14342013-05-08

در کل، به نظر می رسد که هنوز سطح مطالعات مربوط به شناخت پیامبر اکرم(ص) در وضعیت مناسب نبوده و در این زمینه کاستی های زیادی وجود دارد، به طالعاتی که با تمرکز بر سیره پیامبر، به مسائل روز جهان اسلام و جهان بشری تمرکز نموده و برای پرسش های کنونی پاسخ مناسب، معتبر و تطبیقی از سیره ایشان استخراج نماید. به تعبیر مقام معظم رهبری، هنوز اقدامات صورت گرفته در این زمینه، پاسخگوی نیازی که جامعه بشری به آگاهی از این پیامبر جهانی و پیامی که ایشان برای بشریت دارند، نیستند. ضمن اینکه این کمبود آگاهی یا درک نادرست از سیره ایشان، به ویژه در فضائی که دشمنان اسلام به صورت ساختگی و جعلی ایجاد نموده و به تحریف رسالت یا محورهای عملکرد ایشان پرداخت هاند، موجب گردیده جریانی در غرب علیه اسلام و این پیامبر معظم پدید آید و به توهین و دیگر اقدامات ضدالهی در چارچوبی کلان از «اسلام ستیزی » منجر گردد.

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Islamic World Peace Forum Exclusive Interview with Dr. Zafar Bangash

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 26, 14342013-05-07

The Islamic World Peace Forum holds " International Symposium on Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Seerah of the Prophet " In this regard IWPF has had an interview with Dr. Zafar Bangash, Islamic movement journalist and commentator in Toronto, Canada and the Director of the The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), to ask about some concepts considered as the keywords and basic ideas in this regard...

Main Stories

Pakistan under siege from within and abroad

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 20, 14342013-05-01

As Pakistanis go to the polls, there are far more serious issues facing the country, not least a grand foreign conspiracy to break it up.

Editorials

Time to liberate the Arabian Peninsula

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 20, 14342013-05-01

Control of the Arabian Peninsula and within it the two holy cities of Makkah and al-Madinah by the House of Saud have cause havoc in the Ummah. It is time to liberate the Arabian Peninsula.

Opinion

Dr. Kalim Siddiqui’s thought

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 20, 14342013-05-01

Dr Kalim Siddiqui has left a huge legacy of intellectual output on Muslim political thought. We consider only a few aspects from his great contribution.

Special Reports

The Ummah: its role and responsibilities, Part 1

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 20, 14342013-05-01

What or who constitutes the Ummah and how should we define progress? Zafar Bangash examines these concepts and sheds light from the Islamic perspective challenging some long-held but erroneous beliefs.

Opinion

Saudis, Qataris preying on Syrian girls

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 20, 14342013-04-01

The suffering of the Syrian people is bad enough; they are now faced with a new, more sordid dilemma. Young Syrian girls from Jordan’s refugee camp are being purchased by rich Saudis and Qataris, some in their sixties and seventies.

Editorials

Now Lankan Buddhists target Muslims

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 20, 14342013-04-01

Muslims are being attacked everywhere. Even the non-violent, peace-loving Buddhists have got in on the act as the Muslims of Sri Lanka have found to their cost.

Opinion

Dr Kalim Siddiqui’s legacy

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 20, 14342013-04-01

This month marks the seventeenth anniversary of Dr Kalim Siddiqui’s demise. His deep understanding and penetrating analysis of global events are sorely missed at this critical juncture.

Editorials

Bitter legacy of US “liberation” of Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 19, 14342013-03-01

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the US-allied invasion and occupation of Iraq. The attack was launched on a complete lie. While the Americans have gone, the legacy of toxic weapons they used is affecting Iraqi civilians in horrible ways.

Editorials

Destabilizing Mursi’s government in Egypt

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 19, 14342013-03-01

Even though Mohamed Mursi won the presidential elections fair and square, the losing candidates and remnants of the old regime are not willing to give up so easily. In cahoots with their foreign masters, they are busy destabilizing Egypt.

Opinion

Prerequisite for US-Iran talks

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 19, 14342013-03-01

American officials lack even basic table manners for talks. While offering to talk to the Islamic Republic, they slap additional illegal sanctions. The revolutionary leadership in Iran has made clear there will be no talks until the Americans improve their manners.

News & Analysis

Syria in the US-Saudi-Israeli prism

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 19, 14342013-03-01

Events in Syria are not entirely based on domestic factors. There are three other conflicts underway that are all being played out through the struggle in Syria.

Opinion

The Afghan endgame

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

Americans have lost the war in Afghanistan but Washington warriors are still looking for ways to maintain troops there after the 2014 deadline.

Editorials

Obama’s second chance to get real

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

Obama has always been long on rhetoric and short on substance. But he has another opportunity to prove he can deliver the change he has so often touted. His real test will be whether he is willing to deal on the basis of mutual respect with Islamic Iran.

Editorials

Will there be Zionist Israel in 2020?

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

Afflicted by widespread racism and inner contradictions, the Zionist state may not last until 2020.

News & Analysis

End of the sole superpower’s unipolar world

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

America’s role as the sole superpower is not only over but it is becoming the pauper power with thousands of factory closings, jobs shipped overseas, its debt reaching the sky and its military having been thoroughly defeated. America’s dream has become a nightmare for most people.

Special Reports

Islamic Iran and the oppressive global order

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

Despite decades of sanctions, internal sabotage and external invasion, the Islamic Republic continues to take major strides in most fields because of the sincerity of its leadership and support of its masses.

Islamic Movement

Power dimensions in the Sirah of the noble Messenger (saws)

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

How the Prophet (saws) acquired and exercise power is an aspect of the Sirah that has not been properly studied by Muslims. There is need to look at both the soft and hard power dimensions of the Sirah. Muslims celebrate the birthday of the noble Messenger of Allah (pbuh) in the month of Rabi‘ al-Awwal. These often include na‘at and nasheed recitals. Lectures, if included, narrate the miracles he performed. There is, however, seldom any discussion of the power dimensions in the Sirah as part of his life-struggle. Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, discusses some of these issues.

Editor's Desk

Saudi torture chambers overflowing with prisoners

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

Since Saudi Arabia acts as America’s and indeed of the west’s cash cow, its crimes are habitually glossed over. The recent case of two university professors, imprisoned for merely asking that people’s human rights be respected, illustrates the point.

அண்ணல் நபிகளாரின் வாழ்வில் அதிகாரப் பரிமாணங்கள் Power dimensions in the Sirah of the noble Messenger (saws) (Tamil)

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

(நபிகளார் எவ்வாறு அதிகாரத்தைக் கைப்பற்றினார்கள், எவ்வாறு அதைப் பிரயோகித்தார்கள் என்பது சீறாவைப் பொறுத்தவரை முஸ்லிம்களால் முறையாக ஆய்வுசெய்யப்படாத ஒரு அம்சமாகவே எஞ்சியிருக்கிறது. சீறாவின் மென்னதிகாரம் (Soft-power), வல்லதிகாரம் (Hard-power) இரண்டு பற்றியும் நாமொரு பார்வை செலுத்த வேண்டியுள்ளது.

Main Stories

Muslim confusion over the crisis in Syria

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14342013-01-01

Those opposed to Bashar al-Asad’s regime in Syria are prepared to strike a deal with the devil. This will cost the Syrian people dearly if such a diabolical plot succeeds.

Editorials

Egyptians approve new constitution

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14342013-01-01

Long line up characterized the two rounds of referendum to approve Egypt’s new constitution. The overall approval rate was 64% despite attempts by the opposition to disrupt the vote.

Editorials

Canada’s ruling on niqab

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14342013-01-01

Given the widespread environment of Islamophobia in the west, the ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court to allow niqab in courts while women testify is a landmark decision with far-reaching implications.

Opinion

Clarity of thought essential for the Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14342013-01-01

As Muslims struggle to change the imposed political systems in their societies, it is important to understand current ground realities, where they want to go and who is going to lead them.

Editor's Desk

Rape crimes on the increase in India

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14342013-01-01

The December 16 gang-rape by six men and the subsequent death of a 23-year-old student has once again put the spotlight on this serious crime in India. Each year some 24,000 women are raped—a figure considered grossly under-reported because of the stigma attached with it—the issue has aroused the general public.

Main Stories

Propaganda, the one war Israel always wins

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 17, 14342012-12-01

Zionist Israel can always count on its drumbeaters ensconced in western governments and the media to project it as ‘victim’ even when it kills Palestinian civilians with unrelenting ferocity.

Editorials

Israel loses the war on Gaza, again

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 17, 14342012-12-01

Killing a large number of people is not the only factor that determines the outcome of wars. Zionist Israel murdered 32 times more Palestinians than the latter did to the Israelis yet the Zionists failed in their objectives in Gaza.

Editorials

US duplicity on Afghan withdrawal

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 17, 14342012-12-01

The US has no intention of leaving Afghanistan even if President Barack Obama loudly proclaims that all combat troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. American officials are negotiating with the Afghans to keep US troops in the country permanently.

Opinion

Zionist Israel crimes in Gaza

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 17, 14342012-12-01

Zionist Israel is definitely guilty of war crimes but do not expect its political and military rulers to be brought to justice anytime soon. The political dynamics, however, are changing and the Zionists may soon find themselves at the end of the line.

Main Stories

Was Malala Yousafzai used for a larger US plan?

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14332012-11-01

The attack on Malala Yousafzai last month has evoked worldwide condemnation. From US President Barack Obama to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, all condemned the attack. The question is: why is Malala given so much prominence when other attacks on girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan go virtually unnoticed?

Editorials

Controlled US presidential elections

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14332012-11-01

Presidential elections in the US are a hugely expensive farce. It matters not who occupies the White House since every candidate is a slave of corporate elites and the Zionists, the true masters of America.

Editorials

Iraq war’s poisoned legacy

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14332012-11-01

The wars unleashed by the US and its allies on Iraq have caused immense damage. By using depleted uranium shells and other munitions, Iraqi soil, air, and water and have been poisoned leading to very high incidents of cancer, the birth of grotesquely deformed babies and other ailments.

Opinion

Qatari Emir in Gaza

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14332012-11-01

The visit of the Emir of Qatar to besieged Gaza Strip has led to much discussion. Was it merely to express solidarity with the Palestinians or there was a broader political objective?

Editorials

Is freedom of speech absolute?

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 14, 14332012-10-01

While the west claims free speech is absolute, there is prohibition on anti-Semitism. There is also systemic targeting of Muslims in the US on mere “suspicion” that they might be “thinking” to harm Americans. Why the double standard?

Editorials

Annual ritual at the UN II

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 14, 14332012-10-01

The UN has become virtually irrelevant to the affairs of the world since it is in the grip of western powers that refuse to allow justice or fairness to prevail.

Opinion

The Purpose of Hajj

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 14, 14332012-10-01

The House of Saud is determined to empty Hajj of its Qur’anic and Prophetic content. Will the Ummah remain a silent spectator in this gross deviation from the message of the Qur’an and Hajj?

Main Stories

NAM summit confirms Iran’s global stature

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 14, 14332012-09-01

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran shows that it is not Islamic Iran, but the US and Israel, that are isolated globally.

Editorials

If Israel blunders into attacking Iran

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 14, 14332012-09-01

Will Israel make the mistake of attacking Iran? Should it become victim of its own hubris, the consequences would be devastating for the Zionist war-criminals.

Editorials

The other consequence of Syrian crisis: refugees

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 14, 14332012-09-01

Innocent people are always the victims of wars over which they have no control and towards which they did not contribute. The plight of Syrian refugees once again highlights this reality.

Opinion

Egypt’s rightful place

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 14, 14332012-09-01

In the past, Egypt’s important role in the Muslim East (aka Middle East) was stymied because of its rulers’ subservience to imperialism and zionism. This may be changing amid renewed hopes.

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Al Quds Day on Ramadhan Journey Part 26 with Imam Muhammad Al Asi on ITV 2012

Muhammad H. al-'Asi, Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 26, 14332012-08-15

Assalaamualaykum I'm ZafarBangash. Welcome to Ramadhan journey- a program that has been looking at the various dimensions of the month of Ramadhan, the month of fasting as well as the noble Qur’an which is intimately linked with the month of Ramadhan. Of course we know from our history of revelation that the first few ayaat of the noble Qur’an were revealed to the noble Messenger of Allah in the solitude of the cave of Hira’ and thereafter over a period of twenty three years. Ramadhan is also linked with building our taqwa. There were such important events such as the battle of Badr as well as the liberation of Makkah but what we really need to do in this month is to engage the noble book of Allah in a more profound way than we have perhaps been doing so far. In order to help and guide us along this path we have with us Imam Muhammad Al Asi who is a fellow in the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, a scholar,

Background

Living the purpose of Ramadan by building taqwa

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 12, 14332012-08-01

The principal philosophy behind fasting in Ramadan is to build taqwa. What does it mean? Zafar Bangash explains.

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Editorials

How to deal with the fitnah of Al Saud

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 12, 14332012-08-01

Muslims worldwide must develop a better understanding of the true nature of Al Saud and not fall for their poisonous propaganda

Editorials

The grim plight of Rohingya Muslims

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 12, 14332012-08-01

The news from Myanmar is as grim as it can get. Not only have tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims been driven from their homes, their homes and villages have been torched by criminal gangs, aided and abetted by Myanmar security forces.

Opinion

US bully tactics

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 12, 14332012-08-01

US provocations in the Persian Gulf by amassing warships, planes and missiles could easily trigger a war with Islamic Iran

Special Reports

Thoughts on Pakistan’s 65th independence anniversary

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 12, 14332012-08-01

This year, August 14 — Pakistan’s Independence Day — marks a historic moment. In 1947, when Pakistan gained independence from British colonial rule in India, it was the month of Ramadan.

Editorials

Naked power grab by Egyptian generals I

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 11, 14332012-07-01

It was unrealistic to expect that the military in Egypt would simply roll over and hand power to the elected representatives of the people.

Editorials

Turkish provocations against Syria

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 11, 14332012-07-01

Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish fighter jet on June 22 reflects the deep Turkish involvement in the internal affairs of its neighbor and how far relations have nosedived between the two.

Editorials

Pakistan’s tragedy

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 11, 14332012-07-01

Pakistan is once again gripped by political and social upheavals. With rapidly deteriorating economic and law and order situations, there is real danger of an implosion.

Editorials

Palestinian hunger strikers unmask Zionist crimes

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 11, 14332012-06-01

The unprecedented hunger strike by nearly 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails not only galvanized the entire Palestinian population but also exposed yet again Zionism’s true nature as an ideology of indescribable cruelty, illegal arrests, and indefinite detention and torture.

Editorials

“Non-violent” Buddhist monks attack Sri Lanka masjid

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 11, 14332012-06-01

Buddhists are supposed to be non-violent and peaceful people. Many no doubt are. Their monks dress in simple clothes and lead a frugal existence spending most of their time in chants and meditation.

Opinion

Merchants of death

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 11, 14332012-06-01

On a visit to a Muslim country in 1990, a young journalist called me in my hotel room. Excited about the end of the Cold War and the peace dividend that was about to break out, he wanted my opinion on the subject.

News & Analysis

West’s duplicity sabotaged Iran nuclear talks

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 11, 14332012-06-01

Hopes aroused for a mutually acceptable approach to breaking the deadlock in Iran-P5+1 talks in Baghdad on May 23 and 24 were dashed because of Western duplicity.

Special Reports

Impediments to development in the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 11, 14332012-06-01

Muslims occupy a vast swathe of the earth’s surface. From Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the southeast, Muslims reside in a part of the globe that acts as a bridge between Europe and the vast archipelago of Southeast Asia.

Editorials

The US retreats on all fronts

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 09, 14332012-05-01

It is always difficult to reconcile with decline in one’s power and clout. This is as true of individuals in old age as it is of societies and empires in their twilight years.

Opinion

Understanding democracy

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 09, 14332012-05-01

Democracy is a much used and abused term. It is essentially a tool in the hands of the rich and powerful to legitimize their ill-gotten gains.

News & Analysis

Imran Khan: the last great hope for Pakistan?

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 09, 14332012-05-01

Imran Khan, cricket-star-turned-social worker-turned politician, is riding high in public opinion polls in Pakistan.

Special Reports

Iran’s principled stand vindicated in nuclear talks

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 09, 14332012-05-01

The latest round of talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) held in Istanbul on April 14 ended with all sides proclaiming success.

Main Stories

Choices facing the Ikhwan in Egypt

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 09, 14332012-04-01

No change occurs in a vacuum. If change appears to occur suddenly this is largely the result of lack of awareness of underlying developments that lead to an explosion in society. In the physical world, this can best be explained by volcanic eruption.

Editorials

America’s Afghan quandary

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 09, 14332012-04-01

It requires no great imagination to figure out that in order to get out of a hole, one must first stop digging. This should be obvious even to the most simple-minded people but American policy-makers, it seems, refuse to learn.

Editorials

How the wheel of history has turned

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 09, 14332012-04-01

It was the beginning of the seventh year of the Hijrah. Only a few weeks earlier, the noble Messenger (pbuh) had concluded the Treaty of Hudaybiyah with the chiefs of Makkah.

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Opinion

Of dictators and liberators

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 09, 14332012-04-01

With notable exceptions, dictators rule much of the Muslim world. They carry many fancy titles: kings, amirs, presidents, prime ministers and, of course generals and colonels. What is common between them is that they are all subservient to the West even while they terrorize their own people.

Special Reports

Heart-breaking story of the rape and murder of 8-year-old Canadian girl

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 09, 14332012-04-01

(Warning: Disturbing Content) The heart-wrenching story of an eight-year-old girl who was abducted outside her school on 4-8-2009, raped and then brutally murdered occupied much media attention last month. The story of Victoria (Tori) Stafford would send shudders down the spine of every human being, especially parents, and make them wonder what kind of beasts would do such terrible things to an innocent child.

Reflections

Israeli-firsters’ hysterical lies

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 08, 14332012-03-01

The Zionists are compulsive liars. From the myth that God “promised” them the Holy Land to the claim that Palestine was a “land without a people” given to “a people without a land”, they have peddled these lies endlessly. Anyone that dares oppose their inhuman and barbaric practices is immediately subjected to vicious distortions and lies.

Special Reports

Iran’s nuclear program: between myth and reality

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 08, 14332012-03-01

In recent weeks, propaganda against Iran’s nuclear program has gone hysterical, pushed no doubt by the Zionist warmongers that are prepared to fight to the last American. Amid US-Zionist threats to attack Iran to prevent it from “acquiring” nuclear weapons — using nuclear missiles, no less — war psychosis has gripped much of the Western world and its Arabian clients!

Reflections

‘Ulama’ in the service of taghut

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 09, 14332012-02-01

In his masterpiece, Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali offers the following advice to Muslims: shun those ‘ulama’ that stand as supplicants at the ruler’s door. Instead, seek guidance of those that are visited by the rulers. Imam Ghazali was writing at a time when the rulers were Muslims.

Main Stories

Major players rebuff US on Iran sanctions

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 09, 14332012-02-01

Can US leaders — in the executive as well as congressional branches — be considered rational? Almost daily, they threaten to bomb Iran, not to mention the imposed raft of sanctions aimed at undermining the Islamic Republic. The latest round of sanctions was slipped through the inappropriately named National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA). US President Barack Obama signed the NDAA on the last day of 2011 when most people were engrossed in New Year festivities to take much notice.

Main Stories

Will the Egyptian women launch the second revolution?

Zafar Bangash

Safar 07, 14332012-01-01

The degeneration of Muslim societies has gone so far that nothing is considered sacred any more, not even the honour of Muslim women. On December 17, when six soldiers attacked and wrestled a young girl to the ground in Cairo, ripping her ‘abayah and exposing her body, it sent shock waves throughout Egypt as well as the broader Muslim world.

Editorials

US takes its Afghan war into Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Safar 07, 14332012-01-01

How long this standoff will continue is debatable but what we need to consider is how this situation has deteriorated to a point that the US feels it can attack and kill Pakistanis at will.

Editorials

Iran’s cyber attack brings down US “stealth” drone

Zafar Bangash

Safar 07, 14332012-01-01

American hubris is predicated primarily on its claim to technological superiority. This is best reflected in the radar-evading stealth technology used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) called drones. To be sure, these are deadly weapons.

Opinion

Are majority Muslim countries truly independent?

Zafar Bangash

Safar 07, 14332012-01-01

We must define the term “independence” accurately to fully grasp the Muslim world’s current situation. Possessing territory, having a government, army, etc, do not necessarily mean independence.

Reflections

Islamic concept of legitimacy

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 06, 14332011-12-01

As mass popular movements sweep the Muslim East (aka Middle East) predatory Western powers and their local satraps are involved in desperate attempts to hijack them. They are offering the same failed systems in a new garb. Since the overwhelming majority in the region is Muslim, it is natural that they would want a social order connected to Islamic principles that represent and ennoble their unique identity.

Editorials

End of the era of US exceptionalism

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 06, 14332011-12-01

In contemporary global politics, two ingredients are considered essential to project power: wealth and military might. The two are inter-related. Obviously, without wealth, military hardware cannot be acquired and without military might, wealth can neither be protected nor additional amounts accumulated. There is also a third factor: the power of iman (faith-commitment).

News & Analysis

Lies and innuendos fill IAEA report on Iran

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 06, 14332011-12-01

Weeks before the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report was released on November 8, Western media outlets had already worked themselves into frenzy, drum-beating about how Iran would be found in “violation” of its nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) obligations by secretly diverting material to make the bomb.

Main Stories

Occupy Wall Street Movement and US oligarchy

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14322011-11-01

It is an open question whether the Occupy Wall Street Movement will achieve its objectives. Launched on September 17, it has not only lasted much longer than most observers had anticipated, it has also gone global. On October 15, there were rallies in 82 countries worldwide from east to west and north to south.

Editorials

The Bahrainis’ unending agony

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14322011-11-01

News of Shaikh Hassan’s deteriorating health came from a government appointed prison physician who said his cancer had returned.

Editorials

Hamas’ brilliant victory in prisoner deal

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14322011-11-01

Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement that heads the government in Ghazzah, has scored a stunning victory over the Zionist State of Israel. It is not merely the numbers: 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier.

Opinion

Debate within the Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14322011-11-01

With prospects of assuming power looking brighter in the aftermath of the Islamic Awakening sweeping the region, Islamic activists are engaged in a debate about the future political order in the Muslim East. There is near consensus that Islamic parties enjoy broad support, are well organized and will do well whenever elections are held.

Special Reports

Islamic awakening to usher in a new Muslim East order

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14322011-11-01

One thing has become clear as a result of the movements for dignity and freedom sweeping the Muslim East (aka the Middle East): the old order has been permanently and irrevocably altered.

Main Stories

Tehran conference puts people’s uprisings in proper Islamic context

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 03, 14322011-10-01

The First International Conference on Islamic Awakening held in Tehran on September 17 and 18 was a grand affair. There were more than 700 delegates from 84 countries representing all shades of opinion and thought in the Ummah.

Editorials

The judicial lynching of Troy Davis

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 03, 14322011-10-01

Troy Davis was executed on the night of September 21, 2011 as hundreds of people maintained vigil outside the Jackson, Georgia prison hoping the Supreme Court would grant a stay of execution. It was all very civilized; he was killed by a large dose of lethal injection administered at 7pm.

Editorials

Taking ownership of Islamic Awakening in the ME

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 03, 14322011-10-01

The uprisings in the Muslim East (Middle East) took virtually everyone by surprise including those in the forefront of these movements. They could hardly believe, especially in Tunisia and the sleepy backwaters of North Africa.

Opinion

Rabbani’s assassination and Afghan peace

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 03, 14322011-10-01

ReflectionsThe day Burhanuddin Rabbani was to leave Tehran on September 19 after attending the First International Islamic Awakening Conference (September 17–18), I had briefly chatted with him about prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

Editorials

The West’s own Christian-Zionist terrorists

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 03, 14322011-09-01

“All Muslims are not terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims” is an oft-repeated mantra in the West. This is even repeated by carpetbagger Muslims that should more accurately be described as Muslim-Zionists. What is the truth behind the assertion about all terrorists being Muslim?

Editorials

Muslims and the free falling US economy

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 03, 14322011-09-01

As for the US economy, despite optimistic statements by President Barack Obama that it is on the mend — what else can he say? — statistics paint a very different picture.

Opinion

Riots provide a glimpse of Britain’s under-class and a challenge for British Muslims

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 03, 14322011-09-01

The riots in London and other British cities that briefly captured world headlines last month were not unexpected. Ever since the economic downturn began to bite, and particularly since the election last year of a right-wing government dogmatically committed to cutting the benefits of the poorest and the taxes of the wealthiest, social commentators have been warning of the possible reactions to such measures.

Opinion

The unending exploitation of 9/11 attacks

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 03, 14322011-09-01

It would be reasonable to assume that most normal people would overcome their anger after a decade. Not so the Americans, and now the Europeans as well. Since the attacks of 9/11, the world has been turned upside down.

Special Reports

Benard’s project: “reform” Islam from within using moderate Muslims

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 03, 14322011-09-01

After distorting the teachings of their own religion, Christianity, and then abandoning it all together, the Western world is now busy trying to give the same treatment to Islam in order to subvert it.

Main Stories

US defeat in Afghanistan spurs new regional alliances

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 01, 14322011-08-01

With America’s departure from Afghanistan now almost certain, new alignments are beginning to emerge among regional players aimed at securing the most favorable outcome for each country. Islamic Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan are in the forefront of this effort but Russia, China and the Central Asian republics are not far behind either.

Opinion

Time for radical change in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 01, 14322011-08-01

On its 64th birthday Pakistan has a unique opportunity to change policies that have been little short of disastrous so far. Such change will depend on several factors.

The Covenant of Madinah and the Inclusivist Islamic State

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14322011-07-01

The Covenant of Madinah has been rightly described as the first written constitution in world history. Never before had humankind been given such rights enshrined in written form. Hitherto, every society — big or small — was governed by the whim of the rich and powerful whose interests were considered paramount. Often, the king or tribal leader’s word was the law. The poor naturally suffered in such an environment. Today, this is still the case in many parts of the world. Not so in Madinah at the time of the Prophet (SAW) more than 1,400 years ago. When he migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the noble Messenger (SAW) established a society based on the rule of law in which the rights and obligations of all its inhabitants were fully recognized and respected. Given its importance, both historical and religious, the Covenant of Madinah is being presented here in book form with detailed analysis. It is taken from a chapter in the author’s most recent book, Power Manifestations of the Sirah.

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Opinion

Struggle for the soul of Egypt

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14322011-07-01

The struggle underway to influence and control the course of events in Egypt reflects Cairo’s importance not only for the Muslim East but also global politics. The most populous country in the region, Egypt sits at the crossroads of two continents.

Imam Khomeini and Centrality of Leadership in the Islamic Movement

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 28, 14322011-06-01

The task of the Islamic Ummah is to render all forms of injustice and God-denial powerless. This is at once a regional as well as global responsibility; and thus removing injustice cannot be the task of individuals. Just as the penetration of injustice into the minutest aspects of the lives of ordinary people requires institutions and rationalizing arguments that come from the coordinated activities of hundreds and thousands, perhaps millions of people, the removal of it must come from the concentrated force that multiplies through the aggregate exertions of Muslims in the service of Allah (SWT). At the center of these coordinated activities by Muslims is the imam. He is the embodiment of the Qur’anic furqan and the prophetic reference point; from him comes the direction, inspiration, and motivation. He makes the life-changing decisions. His ummah is accountable to him when he is accountable to Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (SAW).

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Power Manifestations of the Sirah

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 28, 14322011-06-01

Power Manifestations of the Sirah examines the just exercise of soft and hard power by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the form of letters, treaties, the development of new social conventions, and warfare in order to consolidate the first Islamic State in Madinah. The author, Zafar Bangash, examines the norms of the society, contrasting the historical conditions in Makkah and Madinah, in which the Prophet (pbuh) conducted his numerous correspondences and treaty obligations. In particular the book looks at the Prophet's (pbuh) power prerogatives as they pertain to the Muslim migration to Abyssinia; the significance of the Pacts of Aqabah; the Covenant of Madinah; treaties with Arabian tribes outside of Madinah; the Treaty of Hudaybiyah; letters to rulers, kings, and governors outside of Arabia; and the Farewell Khutbah at Mt. Arafat.

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Islamic Movement

Imam Khomeini and the centrality of leadership in the Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 28, 14322011-06-01

Every June, ceremonies are held to commemorate the passing away of Imam Khomeini in 1989. This year, these ceremonies gain added significance in view of the uprisings underway in the Muslim East. Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, compares the Imam’s leadership with the near-leaderless movements in the Muslim East. 

Main Stories

Dealing with fallout from the US attack on Abbottabad

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 28, 14322011-06-01

The negative fallout from the Osama bin Laden episode is only slowly trickling out into the public domain but Pakistani officials are already scurrying to find support elsewhere as they desperately try to present a brave face over the whole affair. The Pakistani public is shell-shocked, unable to fathom how the Americans could mount an operation deep inside Pakistani territory, in a supposedly secure military base, that lasted 40 minutes without being challenged by the military. It should now be clear even to the most dim-witted that Pakistan’s relations with the US, strained at the best of times, have undergone a sea change. Further, the US is no friend of Pakistan — never has been and never will be.

Editorials

Has the Arab Spring wilted before its blossom?

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 28, 14322011-06-01

Expectations for rapid change in the Muslim East have not materialized despite two long-entrenched dictators in Tunisia and Egypt respectively being driven from power in quick succession.

Opinion

Israeli monkey manipulates the American elephant

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 28, 14322011-06-01

US President Barack Obama was immediately de-nounced by pro-Israeli groups when he spoke about the creation of a Palestinian state last month. He said that “…the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states” (emphasis added). The Zionists are not prepared to vacate territory occupied through wars of aggression; they talk about new “ground realities” meaning illegal Jewish squatter colonies will not be removed. Even with 1967 borders, the Palestinians will get a mere 22% of the original land of Palestine while illegal immigrants from Europe, Russia and North America are free to occupy every inch of the holy land.

Editor's Desk

Turkish American’s father sues Israel in US court…

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 28, 14322011-06-01

The father of Furkan Dogan — a Turkish-American who was shot and killed by Israeli commandos when they attacked the aid ship Mavi Marmara on 5-31-2010 — has filed a case against the Israeli government in a US court. His lawyer Ramazan Ariturk said on May 24, “We will open a compensation case against Israel and we’ll declare this at a press conference in front of the US Capitol.” The Mavi Marmara was part of an aid flotilla organized by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation, AHH, to deliver food and medicines to the besieged people of Gaza.

Main Stories

Acts of sacrilege, rape, torture and murder in Bahrain

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 27, 14322011-05-01

Bahraini security forces backed by Saudi troops and their masters in Washington have and continue to perpetrate indescribable crimes against innocent civilians in Bahrain. Those targeted include not only peaceful protesters, but also doctors and nurses treating the injured in hospitals.

Opinion

US to escalate war in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 27, 14322011-05-01

Since he entered the White House in January 2009, Barack Obama has made war on Pakistan the most important policy of his presidency even while he has maintained a broad grin on his face. the presidential campaign: speak softly but carry a big stick.

Main Stories

A new Western crusade: this time against Libya

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 27, 14322011-04-01

The West’s attack on Libya is yet another crusade launched against a Muslim country on the pretext of protecting its people. Pope Urban II would be pleased to learn that his disciples are still marching on as good “Christian soldiers” against another group of “heathens” in the Muslim world nearly a thousand years after his sermon on Mount Clermont.

Editorials

Neo-McCarthyism rears its ugly head in the US

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 27, 14322011-04-01

There is a frightening tendency in the US to target vulnerable minorities for cheap political gain and quick fame. American politicians of various stripes also use scare tactics to target vulnerable groups to achieve their nefarious designs.

Editorials

Closer look at the uprisings in the Islamic East

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 27, 14322011-04-01

Since the first stirrings of revolt erupted in Tunisia on December 17, 2010, the entire Islamic East has been engulfed in civil uprisings. Two tyrants — General Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and General Hosni Mubarak — have been swept from power.

Opinion

Libya and Bahrain: contrasting Western attitudes

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 27, 14322011-04-01

The West’s hypocrisy stands exposed yet again in the contrasting policies toward uprisings in Libya and Bahrain. The US and allies Britain and France pressed the UN Security Council on March 17 to impose a no-fly zone on Libya.

Main Stories

Can al-Nahda rise from the ashes in Tunisia?

Zafar Bangash

Safar 27, 14322011-02-01

General Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s ouster from power has opened Tunisia’s political landscape somewhat. Political parties and various groups, such as trade unions and lawyers’ associations, are jostling to secure an advantageous position in the uncertain political climate that currently reflects Tunisian society. Political parties that existed legally were obviously tainted by cooperation with the regime.

Editorials

PA’s betrayal of Palestinian rights

Zafar Bangash

Safar 27, 14322011-02-01

The release of more than 1,600 secret documents by al-Jazeera TV on January 23 pertaining to complete surrender by the Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiators has confirmed what people have known all along.

Editorials

How not to misread the Tunisian uprising

Zafar Bangash

Safar 27, 14322011-02-01

The Tunisian dictator, General Zine el-Abidin Ben Ali has been driven from power. The leaderless uprising that forced his departure has been dubbed a “revolution” and Ben Ali’s flight has aroused hopes among people in the Middle East that they too can get rid of their dictators, most of them aging and in power for far too long.

Opinion

Blessed are the revolutionaries (for they are the peacemakers)

Zafar Bangash

Safar 27, 14322011-02-01

This solar month — the Persian Bahman and the Gregorian February — marks 32 years since the culmination of the Islamic spirit of change that swept away the decrepit regime of the great grandson of Cyrus the great, his majesty, the now six-foot under.

Opinion

Hizbullah outwits rivals in Lebanon

Zafar Bangash

Safar 27, 14322011-02-01

After two weeks of political uncertainty, the situation in Lebanon began to stabilize on January 25 when the Hizbullah-led alliance secured the support of 68 parliamentarians compared to 60 for the ousted Prime Minister Saad Hariri. President Michel Suleiman asked Najib Mikati, another former prime minister, to form the new government.

Islamic Movement

Studying the Sirah from a different perspective

Zafar Bangash

Safar 27, 14322011-02-01

In the month of Rabi‘ al-Awwal, Muslims worldwide celebrate the birthday of the noble Messenger of Allah (pbuh). Lectures are delivered highlighting aspects of his great personality and the miracles he performed. Would it not be more appropriate to express our love for him by reviewing his life-struggle and the pain he endured in order to achieve the supremacy of Islam by establishing the Islamic State? Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Islamic Thought, discusses some of these issues.

Main Stories

End of the US-led unipolar world

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 26, 14322011-01-01

The global political scene is not only changing, it has changed quite dramatically over the last decade or so. The pompous notion of a unipolar world in which the self-proclaimed “sole superpower” maintains perpetual full-spectrum dominance a la Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is no longer tenable.

Editorials

Turbulent times ahead for the Middle East

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 26, 14322011-01-01

Egypt is in even greater trouble. Hosni Mubarak, 82, is also suffering from cancer. The men around Mubarak have honed their murderous skills by terrorizing opposition groups like the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon and others that dared stand against Mubarak or his party henchmen in manipulated elections

Editorials

Will Holbrooke’s death usher peace in Afghanistan?

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 26, 14322011-01-01

As he was wheeled into the operation theatre at a Washington hospital, Richard Holbrooke, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, must have prayed the Pakistani surgeon tending to him would successfully stitch his torn aorta to save his life so he could “save” Afghanistan.

Opinion

Looking at the future through the past

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 26, 14322011-01-01

Journalists, it is said, write the first draft of history. Given the manner in which the once honourable profession of journalism has been subverted into a propaganda tool of the Western corporate elite, it is a totally undeserved compliment.

Main Stories

Kashmiris remain defiant despite Indian brutality

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 24, 14312010-11-01

Beyond the clichéd-ridden rhetoric on Kashmir, real people — men, women and children — are getting killed and maimed by one of the most ruthless military machines in the world: India’s 1.2 million-strong army, of whom 700,000 are deployed in Kashmir.

Editorials

Challenges facing the intifadah in Kashmir

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 24, 14312010-11-01

Guns and bullets cannot extinguish the spark of freedom that is lit in the hearts of people. Both Palestine and Kashmir represent this reality although the struggle of the Palestinian people is far better known — and now increasingly supported — worldwide while the suffering of the Kashmiris barely registers anywhere.

Opinion

Afghan impostor fools US generals

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 24, 14312010-11-01

The chest thumping at the NATO Lisbon conference (November 19-20) did not impress the Taliban much. Instead, they were chuckling at how easily the Americans can be duped into believing they are negotiating with the Taliban.

Globalization and Islamic Movement

Muhammad H. al-'Asi, Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14312010-10-20

In an interview by the Turkish based World Bulletin with, North America's two leading Muslim thinkers, Contemporary Islamic Thought Institute President Mohammed al-'Asi and Crescent magazine Editor in Chief Zafar Bangash, two thinkers talked about the understanding of the Islamic movement and the need for creating a new language without using western concepts, as well as al-'Asi's 30 volume first English commentary of the Qur'an.

Editorials

The Rahbar’s fatwa of respect, and unity

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

Early last month, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Rahbar (Leader) of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, issued a fatwa of far-reaching importance for the unity and solidarity of the Ummah. It was immediately welcomed by leading scholars in the Muslim world.

Editorials

Time to liberate Makkah, again

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

"Only they shall tend to the masjids of Allah that make a firm commitment to Him..." (9:18–19) Pondering over the above ayaat, it appears as if they were revealed specifically to describe the behaviour of the present rulers in the Arabian Peninsula.

Editorials

Turkey’s bold political moves

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

Turkey has always been an important player in the Muslim world. During Ottoman rule, it was the leading edge of the Islamic world. Its armies marched triumphantly into Europe reaching the gates of Vienna in 1683.

Editorials

Afghanistan: nine years after US invasion

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 18, 14312010-10-01

It was exactly nine years ago that US-led western forces invaded and occupied Afghanistan. The ostensible reason was to avenge the attacks of 9/11.

Opinion

The Qur’anic view of Hajj

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

There are two aspects to every act of ‘ibadah in Islam: its physical (ritualistic) form, and its higher spiritual, communal, social, and moral purpose. The salah, for instance, is performed in a certain way but its true import lies in the fact that it is our direct link (sila) with Allah (swt).

Opinion

Annual ritual at the UN I

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

Each new session of the United General Assembly in September opens with much fanfare. Not much is achieved at the UN except that leaders of different countries get an opportunity to talk about their pet subject. Few people, whether inside or outside the assembly chambers, pay the slightest attention.

News & Analysis

Israel “executed” Turkish peace activists at point-blank range, says UN report

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

On September 22, the UN Fact-Finding Mission finally released its report about Israel’s May 31 attack on the peaceful Turkish aid flotilla bound for Gaza. The report confirmed that the Israelis had “executed” Turkish peace activists

Special Reports

Aal Saud: jahili roots, destructive role

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

Tribal roots, obscurantist ideology The Aal Sauds from Dar’iyyah, a backward tribal outpost north of Riyadh, were one of many clans that dotted the desert landscape.

Editorials

The Ummah and al-Quds

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 22, 14312010-09-01

There was a time when every Muslim student instinctively knew about the significance of Masjid al-Aqsa (al-Quds), the first qiblah of Muslims. It was from there that the noble Messenger (pbuh) went on his mi‘raj in the twelfth year of his prophetic mission

Editorials

Consequences of Pakistan’s devastating floods

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 22, 14312010-09-01

To understand the floods’ impact on Pakistan’s economy, let us look at some statistics. Even before the floods, 40% of Pakistan’s population lived below the poverty line

Opinion

Impact of 9/11 on Muslims

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 22, 14312010-09-01

Fear and paranoia have become the new parameters for every policy. While the attacks occurred in the US, other western countries also immediately passed repressive laws that were essentially aimed at targeting Muslims

Special Reports

Why poor countries repeatedly fail

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 22, 14312010-09-01

Imperialists, Zionists, capitalists, and their enabling analogs in the poor countries of the world run around and tear up the lives of ordinary people, cause havoc in global markets, run down the environment and everything else in their path, leading to all manner of human suffering.

Main Stories

Pakistan: death of a dream and an ideal

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14312010-07-01

Pakistan turns 63 this month but it would be difficult to say a great deal positive about its style of governance or development in all these years. True, its birth was marred by great suffering and bloodshed, not in a formal war but during the migration of millions of people that were uprooted from their homes in India in August 1947.

Main Stories

Neocons beat drums of war against Islamic Iran

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 18, 14312010-07-01

The drums of war are once again getting louder in Washington. Led by the Zionist cabal and its neocon allies, American warmongers are itching for another war, this time against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Not satisfied with the blood-letting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Editorials

How free is the West’s “free” media?

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 18, 14312010-07-01

The same right, however, does not extend to those criticizing the crimes perpetrated by the Zionist State. Any criticism of Israel is immediately denounced as anti-semitism

Editorials

Total failure of the Pakistani elites

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 18, 14312010-07-01

The issue, however, is not merely about death; everyone will die one day. It has to do with the sense of hopelessness that has sapped the people’s will to live, leading them to despair and suicide.

Opinion

The noble Qur’an and Ramadan

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14312010-07-01

There is a close relationship between the noble Qur’an and Ramadan. It was in this month in the fortieth year of his life in Makkah that Muhammad (pbuh) had a dramatic encounter in the Cave of Hira’ with the archangel, Gabriel (a).

Imam Khomeini: A Leader of Principle and Purpose

Afeef Khan, Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14312010-06-01

It is a humble attempt by a number of dedicated writers in the global Islamic movement to pay tribute to the late Imam Khomeini who passed away 21 years ago (6-3-1989). This booklet is not a comparative study of the reasons for Iran’s success and others’ failures but we can say with confidence that both the Ikhwan and the Jamaat were endowed with the same quality of charismatic leaders as Iran, although they did not achieve the stature of Imam Khomeini. The Ikhwan and the Jamaat also had well-thought-out programs but because they did not adhere to their stated objectives fully and frequently made erroneous assumptions, success eluded them and continues to do so today. It is not an academic work; rather, it reflects the views of the contributors focusing on certain specific aspects. We hope others will take up the challenge and do much more because a great deal more is needed.

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Editorials

The new, emerging global order

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14312010-06-01

Nature abhors a vacuum, especially a political vacuum. New players emerge to fill it in. The global order established by the victors of the Second World War is not only crumbling, it is almost dead; only its last rites need to be performed...

Opinion

Is Turkey the Trojan Horse, or is it the Saudi Islamists?

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14312010-06-01

The flotilla of humanitarian aid sponsored by the government of Turkey was attacked in international waters by Israeli pirates equipped with the latest technology Washington can offer to its sea wolf client in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea...

Editorials

Role of international institutions

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 16, 14312010-05-01

There is a plethora of institutions masquerading as global do-gooders. Some of them might even be doing some good work but that is incidental to the overall objectives for which they were created.

News & Analysis

Reviewing the NPT review conference

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 16, 14312010-05-01

By the middle of last month, frustration was growing among non-nuclear states over the nuclear weapons states’ foot-dragging on important aspects of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)...

Main Stories

Zionist Israel: a colonial settler-squatter entity

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14312010-04-01

It is important to clarify at the outset what Zionism, or to call it by its correct name, political Zionism is not...

Main Stories

Democracy between myth and reality

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14312010-04-01

Delivering democracy has become the all-purpose justification for every crime perpetrated by Western governments against other people...

Opinion

Obama’s nuclear hypocrisy exposed

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 24, 14312010-04-01

The publicly-stated objective of the Washington conference was to collect all loose nuclear material from around the world, and to prevent such material from falling into the hands of “terrorists”.

Opinion

The Afghans’ long agony and resistance

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14312010-04-01

The following day while driving back from Islamabad to Peshawar, the news on the car radio startled me: in a communist-led military coup, Sardar Daoud and his entire family had been murdered in Afghanistan...

Reflections

Colonization of the Muslim mind

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 15, 14312010-03-01

In the rest of the Muslim world, barring Islamic Iran, the ruling elites have accepted defeat and humiliation as their permanent condition. One can find striking lessons of such behaviour related to Bani Israel described in the noble Qur’an.

Book Review

Thoughtful reflections on the Glorious Qur’an

Zafar Bangash

Safar 16, 14312010-02-01

Zafar Bangah, director of the ICIT, reviews Saeed Malik’s A Perspective on the Signs of Al-Qur’an: Through the Prism of the Heart, 278 pages, Pbk: $18.99, (published in 2009 and available at www.amazon.com and www.booksurge.com).

Main Stories

Analysis of Iran’s political dynamics over 31 years

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 15, 14312010-01-01

But it would appear that both the criminal elements in Iran and their Western backers have overplayed their hand...

Editorials

Iran’s Islamic Revolution turns 31

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 15, 14312010-01-01

The present political architecture of the world was cobbled together by the victors of the Second World War...

Opinion

The enduring utility of labels

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 15, 14312010-01-01

Concepts are useful tools that aid our understanding. Children learn new concepts through association with things familiar; adults learn through experiment and experience. Just as children learn not to put their hand in the fire because it burns...

Opinion

Death of the unipolar world

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 14, 14302009-12-01

This, however, is a superficial look at global reality. After all, the Soviet Union was also a superpower armed with nuclear weapons and had the largest air force in the world when it invaded Afghanistan on December 27, 1979...

News & Analysis

Iran protests: the view from Tehran

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 14, 14302009-12-01

I must admit even a seasoned observer like myself had started to wonder whether there was some truth to the allegations of widespread anger against the Islamic system in Iran following last June’s presidential elections...

Special Reports

Roots and results of George W. Bush’s aggressive unilateralism

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

If paranoia has become the official dogma of US domestic policy, militant unilateralism and hegemonic tendencies born of a sense of raw power have taken hold of Washington’s foreign policies...

Special Reports

US government struggling to explain emerging details of its knowledge of 911 attacks

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

Questions about the US’s knowledge of the attacks of September 11 were raised even before the dust had settled in New York. Now details are emerging. Officials in the Bush administration are struggling to explain embarrassing revelations...

News & Analysis

West’s destabilization plan fails in Iran

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 10, 14302009-08-01

The security forces, contrary to the West’s expectations, acted with great restraint and successfully handled the situation...

Islamic Movement

Ideological basis of the Islamic movement:Sirah as the divine instrument of liberation

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 10, 14302009-08-01

Muslim political thought needs to be realigned to the Sunnah and Sirah of the Prophet (s). In Part II of his essay, Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, looks at the consolidation of the Islamic power base in Madinah and the ideological, socio-political, and economic challenges it had to survive and ultimately overcome...

Editor's Desk

US, Zionist threats against Iran escalate

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 10, 14302009-08-01

Both the US and its Zionist protege have increased the intensity of their rhetorical attacks against Islamic Iran. Last month, nuclear-armed Israeli submarines sailed through the Suez Canal, followed ten days later by Israeli warships crossing it into the Red Sea...

Islamic Movement

Ideological basis of the Islamic movement: Sirah as the model for change

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 08, 14302009-07-01

Muslim political thought seems to have drifted from the teachings of the Qur’an, and the Sunnah and Sirah of the noble Messenger of Allah (s). In Part I of this essay, Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Isla-mic Thought, places it back in the Sirah to enable the Islamic movement to transform wayward Muslim societies.

Main Stories

Analysing Iran’s Elections

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 08, 14302009-06-01

Iran’s June 12 presidential elections in which the incumbent, President Mah-moud Ahmedinejad, retained his post by a wide margin over his nearest rival Mir Hussain Mousavi has provided the Muslim-hating West another opportunity to spout its anti-Islamic venom. Through its media mouthpieces, they had already declared Mousavi the winner even before the people of Iran had had an opportunity to cast their vote. When the result turned out against their wishes, it was immediately denounced as “rigged”. It seems even Mousavi had fallen for this propaganda because he, too, prior to polls closing, told a Tehran press conference that he had “won”.

Islamic Movement

Clarity of thought vital for the Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 08, 14302009-06-01

Muslim scholars, Islamic movement activists and even ordinary Muslims agree that the only natural habitat for Muslims is the Islamic State.Warning about the pitfalls of operating in a secular imposed order, Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, argues that the Islamic movement must be clear about its goals as well as methods in bringing about change in Muslim societies.

Special Reports

Understanding the root causes of problems in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 08, 14302009-06-01

For a state and society to function smoothly, some basic services must be provided to its citizens: security, decent education, access to healthcare, prospects of a reasonable job and sound economy. Participation in the political process as well as justice are other important considerations for peace and tranquility.

Reflections

Piracy in the real world

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 06, 14302009-05-01

In the introduction to his 1985 book, Of Emperors and Pirates, the American professor, Noam Chomsky quotes St. Augustine narrating a dialogue between Alexander the Great and a pirate. “How dare you molest the seas?” demands Alexander. “How dare you molest the world?” replies the pirate. “Just because I do it with a little boat, I am called a pirate and you do it with a huge ship and you are called an emperor!”

World

Understanding the reality of the Taliban

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 06, 14302009-05-01

The Taliban’s ascendance in Swat and their brief foray into the town of Buner to the south sent leaders of the self-proclaimed superpower in Washington into panic that surpassed even that displayed by officials in Islamabad. US media reports repeatedly mentioned that Swat is barely 100 kilometres from the Pakistani capital.

Islamic Movement

Reflecting on the state of the Ummah - Part II

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 06, 14302009-05-01

There is also another definition of the Ummah: that of the aggregate power of the political culture of Islam. Today this is virtually non-existent because Muslims are not in control of their destiny. At this level, we cannot speak of the Muslim Ummah per se because its power is fragmented into nation-states ruled by elites and political systems that are the product of colonialism.

Reflections

US to shift Afghan war to Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 05, 14302009-04-01

April marks a grim milestone in Afghanistan’s tortuous history. On April 27, 1978 the country was plunged into crisis following a Marxist-led military coup in which President Sardar Daud and virtually his entire family was killed. An internal uprising followed leading to the Soviet invasion of December 27, 1979.

Islamic Movement

Reflecting on the state of the Ummah - Part I

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 05, 14302009-04-01

What or who constitutes the Muslim Ummah and what problems does it face? In Part I, ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, offers some reflections on the issue.

Reflections

What future for Pakistan?

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 04, 14302009-03-01

March 23 is an important landmark in Pakistan’s history. It was on this date in 1940 that the All-India Muslim League passed a resolution in Lahore demanding a separate homeland for the Muslims of India. Within seven years Pakistan emerged on the world map as an independent state.

Reflections

Obama: A black man in the White House?

Zafar Bangash

Safar 05, 14302009-02-01

Barack Obama’s election on November 4th and his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States on January 20th have led to misplaced optimism even among those who should know better. Obama’s claims to America’s “greatness” because it afforded him — son of a cattle-herder from Africa — the opportunity to rise to the highest office in the land should not mislead anyone.

Occupied Arab World

Palestine and the problem of Arabian regimes

Zafar Bangash

Safar 05, 14302009-02-01

History has a habit of returning with a vengeance to reveal the behavior of unsavory characters. The Israeli onslaught on Ghazzah launched on December 27 that resulted in the cold-blooded murder of thousands of Palestinians is not the first dastardly crime perpetrated by the zionists.

Main Stories

Hundreds killed as Israel launches massive airstrikes on Ghazzah Strip

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 04, 14302009-01-01

Even by the murderous standards of Zionist Israel, the relentless aerial attacks on Ghazzah rank among the most criminal it has ever perpetrated against Palestinian civilians. At least 30 separate locations in the narrow strip were attacked simultaneously on December 27 as waves of US-supplied F16 planes and Apache helicopters dropped more than 100 tons of bombs.

Reflections

Resistance and suffering in Ghazzah

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 04, 14302009-01-01

Ever since the Palestinian Islamic resistance group, Hamas, won the January 2006 elections, Ghazzah has been turned into a concentration camp. Western countries immediately withdrew financial support once Hamas took full control in Ghazzah in June 2007. The aim was to strangle the Hamas-led government; so much for the West’s respect for democracy.

Main Stories

The Hajj: Time to move beyond empty rituals and consumerism

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 03, 14292008-12-01

An estimated two million Muslims from around the world will converge on Makkah this month for the annual pilgrimage of Hajj. There are many dimensions to this most challenging of ‘ibadaat. ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought sheds light on some aspects that have been virtually forgotten as part of a deliberate policy to ritualize and therefore, trivialize Hajj.

Reflections

Obama’s victory brings no change

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 03, 14292008-12-01

Two narratives have dominated news about Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential elections. The first is the corporate media’s hype that democracy in America is vibrant because even an African-American can be elected president. The second is the global euphoria over Obama’s “historic” victory carrying the implication that a similarly “historic” shift is about to occur in US policies.

Special Reports

Devising a creative foreign policy for the Islamic State

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 03, 14292008-12-01

As an Islamic state, Iran’s policies — both domestic and foreign — are based on certain fundamental principles. The guidelines for these policies were laid down by Imam Khomeini during his lifetime. After he passed away in June 1989, his successor, the Rahbar Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei has adhered to these policies closely.

Reflections

The US economic meltdown

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14292008-11-01

By the time these lines are read, the US presidential election would be over. Current trends suggest Barack Obama would be the next president unless some unforeseen catastrophe or electoral fraud like those in 2000 and 2004 occur. Obama will inherit the biggest economic mess in US history since the 1930s depression. How did the US, the largest economy in the world, come to such a sorry state?

Main Stories

Frustrated US threatens to spread its war from Afghanistan into Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 01, 14292008-10-01

Unable to contain (much less defeat) the resistance that has spread to most parts of Afghanistan in the last two years, the US has decided to bomb its way to “victory” by attacking Pakistan on the spurious pretext that it is going after insurgent sanctuaries across the border.

Reflections

Dawn of a new era in global politics

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 01, 14292008-10-01

Within a period of less than 30 years, Muslims have consigned one superpower—the Soviet Union—to the dustbin of history and are about to deliver the other—the US—to the same fate, together with its regional surrogate, Israel. The achievements against the US are particularly remarkable because the mujahideen have had little or no external help.

Islamic Movement

Hamas: Islamic resistance movement and political party

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 01, 14292008-10-01

To mark the cccasion of Yaum al-Quds this year, Crescent International in South Africa published a booklet analysing the rise of Hamas and the current state of the Palestinian struggle. Here we publish an abridged version of this booklet. The full version is available on the website of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought.

Reflections

Taking The Ascendant Qur’an to South Africa

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 01, 14292008-09-01

That the first volume of The Ascendant Qur'an, Imam Muhammad al-Asi's new tafseer of the Qur’an, would be well received inSouth Africa was never in doubt, given his great popularity within the Muslim community; what was unclear was the degree of support it would receive.

World

Kashmir Muslims take to the streets yet again to protest against Indian rule

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 01, 14292008-09-01

The desire for freedom that glows in people’s hearts cannot be put out, though it occasionally flickers low. It is sustained by the justice of the cause and nurtured by sweat and blood; hurdles and difficulties only strengthen a people’s resolve.

Manifestations Of Shirk In The Modern World

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 01, 14292008-08-03

Most Muslims know that shirk—associating partners with Allah—is the greatest sin one can commit. There are numerous ayaat in the Qur’an (2:165, 4:48, 6:22, 6:137, 6:151, 31:13 and many others) that attest to this. What is less well understood is that there are different forms of shirk. Idol-worship is only one form; Hindus and Buddhists apart, few people now indulge in idolatry, but shirk is widely practised, even among Muslims, without many being aware of it. We need to identify these forms at both the individual and societal levels.

Reflections

Taking Imam al-Asi’s tafseer to South Africa

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14292008-08-01

Two months may be too short a time to present an accurate assessment of the impact of Imam Muhammad al-Asi’s tafseer, The Ascendant Qur’an, but the contours of its reception are already clear. Most people have been impressed by its fine production quality, contrasting it with the poor quality of Islamic literature often produced elsewhere in the Muslim world.

World

Iran steadfast as domestic opposition to military action forces US to change tack

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14292008-08-01

Speculation abounds about why, after years of threatening to attack Iran, the US suddenly decided to send William J. Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs, the third-highest-ranking US state department official, to Geneva to attend a meeting with Iran over its nuclear program.

Islamic Movement

Desirable and undesirable change in the contemporary Ummah

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14292008-08-01

The last few years have been a period of exceptional turbulence in the Muslim world, even by the standards of an Ummah that has become accustomed to the buffets of history during the period of colonialist imperialism. In this extended essay, ZAFAR BANGASH, the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), reflects upon the nature of social change and lessons for Muslims today.

இஸ்லாத்தின் வரலாற்றுத் தலங்களை அழிக்கும் சவூதி நடவடிக்கை The Saudis’ relentless drive to destroy the historic sites of Islam (Tamil)

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 27, 14292008-07-01

முஸ்லிம்கள் இன்று ஏறத்தாழ எல்லா முனைகளிலும் தாக்குதலுக்கு ஆளாகிவருகின்றனர் —இராணுவம், கலாச்சாரம் மற்றும் இடைப்பட்ட சகல முனைகளிலும் தாக்கப்படுகின்றனர். ஈராக், ஆஃப்கானிஸ்தான், பாலஸ்தீன், செச்சன்யா போன்ற நாடுகளில் அந்நியப் படைகளால் அவர்கள் ஆயிரக்கணக்கில் பலிகொடுக்கப்படுவது மட்டுமின்றி, முஸ்லிம் நாடுகள் பலவற்றின் சொந்த இராணுவங்களே கூட முஸ்லிம்களைத் தாக்கி வருகின்றன —எடுத்துக் காட்டு: பாகிஸ்தான், எகிப்து, அல்ஜீரியா, துனீஷியா, மொராக்கோ. இந்த இராணுவத் தாக்குதல்கள் போதாதென்று மேற்குலகின் கலாச்சாரத் தாக்குதல்கள் வேறு. எனினும், சவூதிகள் புனித மக்கா-மதீனா நகரங்களில் —முஸ்லிம்கள் இவையிரண்டையும் சேர்த்து ஹரமைன் என்றழைக்கும் அந்நகரங்களில்— எடுக்கும் நடவடிக்கையோடு ஒப்பிடும்போது, மேற்கண்ட கொடூரமான யதார்த்தம் கூட முக்கியத்துவமற்றதாகத் தெரிகிறது. பேராசையும் வஹாபிஸ ஆர்வ வெறியும் நச்சுக்கலவையாக சேர்ந்துகொண்டு இஸ்லாமிய நினைவுச் சின்னங்களின் அழிப்புக்கு வழிவகுத்துள்ளது. இவை, துவக்ககால இஸ்லாத்தின் செழிப்பான வரலாற்றுப் பாரம்பரியத்தை இன்னும் சில வருடங்களில் நிரந்தரமாகத் துடைத்தழித்துவிடும் எனத் தெரிகிறது.

Reflections

Barack Obama: a reality check

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 27, 14292008-07-01

The great political circus otherwise known as the US presidential election campaign is an expensive affair. It will cost nearly $1 billion—no mean sum in a country with 45 million people without health insurance and another 40 million living in absolute poverty, even if it boasts the largest economy in the world.

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The Saudis’ relentless drive to destroy the historic sites of Islam

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 27, 14292008-07-01

While Muslims everywhere are concerned with the attacks on Islam and Muslims by our external enemies, particularly the US and its allies, far less attention is paid to the fact that Islamic history and culture are under attack from those who claim to be their guardians. ZAFAR BANGASH, the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), discusses the Saudi authorities’ destruction of historical sites in the Hijaz.

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Reflections

Understanding the Western media

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 27, 14292008-06-01

One of the most enduring myths about the Western media is their supposed objectivity. The grossly ill-informed and gullible Americans apart, the Muslims are its biggest victims. Muslims often ask why the Western media do not give their side of the story in such trouble-spots as Palestine, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Reflections

A world without Superpowers

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 25, 14292008-05-01

No one could have expected that, less than two decades after the demise of the Soviet Union, the world’s “sole superpower”, the US, would also be close to collapse. This is the result of “imperial overstretch”, extravagant spending and grand larceny by a small coterie within the ruling elites at home. Soon after the Soviet Union disintegrated, a group of rightwing zealots—the neo-conservatives—started talking about “full-spectrum dominance” and preventing any rival power from emerging to challenge the US’s hegemony.

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Historical moment: launch of the first-ever tafseer of the noble Qur'an in English

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 25, 14292008-05-01

Over the last few years, Crescent International has serialised a new tafseer of the Qur’an by Imam Mohammad al-Asi. The first volume of this tafseer is now being published by the Institute ofContemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), as the ICIT’s Director ZAFAR BANGASH explains.

Reflections

The duty of amr bil ma‘roof wal nahy ‘anil munkar

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14292008-04-01

Commanding the collective good and forbidding evil must rank as the most important obligation of Muslims, the Islamic movement and the Islamic state. The Qur'anic ayah, “amr bilma‘roof wal nahy ‘anil munkar” (3:104 and 110) is often mistranslated as “enjoining good and forbidding evil”, minimising its forcefulness and giving it a pacifist twist.

World

Yet another successful round of elections in Iran silences Western critics

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14292008-04-01

On March 14 Iranians in overwhelming numbers participated in the country’s 28th elections since the Islamic Revolution (1979) to elect members of the eighth Majlis (parliament). At least 25 million people, constituting more than 60 percent of the electorate, cast their ballots to choose 290 members from a field of 4,225 candidates.

Reflections

Manifestions of shirk in the modern world

Zafar Bangash

Safar 23, 14292008-03-01

Most Muslims know that shirk—associating partners with Allah—is the greatest sin one can commit. There are numerous ayaat in the Qur’an (2:165, 4:48, 6:22, 6:137, 6:151, 31:13 and many others) that attest to this. What is less well understood is that there are different forms of shirk.

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Zafar Bangash on rethinking Muslim attitudes to the Seerah

Zafar Bangash

Safar 23, 14292008-03-01

This month, Muslims all over the world will mark the birth anniversary of the Prophet (saw) with elaborate functions involving na’at recitals and nasheeds. Zafar Bangash, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) asks why Muslims ignore so much of the Seerah.

Reflections

The real choice facing the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 23, 14292008-02-01

Muslims today find themselves facing a curious paradox. While some Muslims are involved in intense struggles to throw off the yoke of foreign domination and oppression - in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan, for instance -others in these very societies and elsewhere are busy facilitating the re-colonization of the Muslim world.

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Zafar Bangash on the achievement of the Islamic Revolution in Iran

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 23, 14292008-02-01

This month Muslims around the world will mark the 29th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, which shook the world and has dominated international affairs ever since. ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, discusses its success.

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Pakistan facing uncertainty and disorder after assassination of Benazir Bhutto

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 10, 14362008-01-01

Never stable in its entire 60-year history, Pakistan has been plunged into one of its worst crises as a result of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on December 27. Soon after her death, General (retired) Pervez Musharraf and his minions made vacuous statements about “extremists” – naturally “enlightened moderates” like Musharraf could not have done it, could they? – threatening the “security and stability” of the country and vowed to redouble their efforts to deal with them even as enraged mobs went on a rampage.

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The influence of external powers in Pakistani politics

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 22, 14282008-01-01

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination has revealed a facet of Pakistani politics that is not generally known to people in the West: the extent to which Pakistani politicians act as agents of the West. Tens of thousands of Muslims are killed in political violence each year, most of of it sponsored by the West. Few are mourned as deeply as Benazir. Her assassination has been condemned by US President George Bush, the UN Security Council and a long list of other western leaders. Why should the death of one Pakistani draw so much attention in the West, when those of other – such as the girls killed in the Lal Masjid in July – are regarded with disdain?

Reflections

The many fronts of the West’s war on Islam

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 22, 14282008-01-01

The West’s all-out assault on Islam and Muslims–from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine to the political and military occupation of Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia by the US–has murdered or maimed millions. Muslims living in the West were spared such assaults in the past, but no more. One only has to glance through Western newspapers, magazines or television programmes to feel the intensity of hatred directed at Muslims. While the West has always been intolerant of ‘Others’, since 9/11 the mask of civility has come off, and there is barely the pretence of respecting human rights and the rule of law.

Main Stories

Popular protests make nonsense of Musharraf’s resort to martial law

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14282007-12-01

Three weeks after General Pervez Musharraf hit Pakistan's crumbling political system on November 3 by declaring a “state of emergency”, the Supreme Court, stacked with loyalist judges, handed him the verdict he wanted. His questionable “election” as president on October 6 was declared valid on November 22: the judges simply dismissed the last of six petitions challenging its legality.

Reflections

The West’s language of imperialism

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14282007-12-01

Western imperialists have a number of strategies that they use to impose their will on others. Brute military force is one such weapon, of course, but the language used to justify it is just as important; in fact, often more important, if the victims of imperialism can be persuaded to consent to their own exploitation. The resort to force is often a tacit admission that the moral argument has been lost.

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Bhutto’s return causes turmoil in Pakistan while raising hopes in the West

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 20, 14282007-11-01

Returning to Pakistan on October 18, Benazir Bhutto discovered how radically the country has changed in the eight years she was away “languishing” in self-imposed exile. Heading a political procession—in reality a circus of rented crowds—from the airport to the mausoleum of the country’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Benazir’s procession was attacked by two suicide-bombers who left 140 people dead and more than 500 injured.

Reflections

The demonization of President Ahmadinejad

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 20, 14282007-11-01

Since Israel is the new temple and zionism the new religion of the West, any mention of eliminating zionism or the zionist regime inPalestine is immediately branded as anti-Semitism and a threat to world peace. This is especially true of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, whose speech on October 26, 2005, has been so widely misquoted that promoting the lies has effectively become official policy in many Western countries. Even the United Nations Security Council was duped into issuing a statement condemning Iran for calling for Israel’s “destruction”.

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court gives Musharraf a boost as politicians still struggle for power

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 19, 14282007-10-01

The Supreme Court verdict on September 28, dismissing several petitions challenging General Musharraf’s attempt to contest presidential polls while retaining his army post, has dealt a severe blow to the opposition’s hopes of preventing him from continuing his rule. There was an immediate adverse reaction on the streets; the police resorted to their customary brutality, attacking lawyers, political opponents and journalists, and a number of cameras were smashed. Protests continued as Crescent International went to press, amid signs that though the verdict might have brought some respite to Musharraf, Pakistan’s troubles are far from over.

Reflections

Islamic identity in the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 19, 14282007-10-01

There are more than 56 Muslim nation-States in the world today, yet few would register on an informed Muslim’s radar screen as being particularly significant. What determines a country’s importance relative to others? Before answering this question, let us first list those that would probably make the top grade without assigning any specific order to them: Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia and Lebanon.

Reflections

The new threat to Masjid al-Aqsa

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 19, 14282007-09-01

The month of August included the anniversaries of three important events in Islamic history, two reflecting Islam’s glory and the third the Muslims’ current impotence.

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Lessons of the Lal Masjid affair for Pakistan’s Islamic leaders and movement

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 19, 14282007-09-01

Some weeks after the tragedy of the Lal Masjid in Islamabad, there remains widespread anger with the government of Pervez Musharraf, and disappointment with the failure of Islamic groups to offer effective opposition to it. ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) considers some of the lessons of the episode for the country’s Islamic movement.

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Lal Masjid affair increases anger with Musharraf and exposes weakness of Pakistan’s Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

After years of precariously trying to balance the conflicting political demands of his American masters and Pakistan’s Muslim people, events in the last month appear to have pushed Pakistani dictator General Perwez Musharraf (pic) to the verge of being toppled. On July 26, news emerged that fellow generals had advised Musharraf to make a “graceful exit” from power.

Reflections

Political uncertainty as Pakistan turns sixty

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

Pakistan will turn sixty on August 14, but one would be hard-pressed to detect any sign of maturity in its political or social dealings. Successive rulers—civilian and military—have stunted its growth like a slave permanently shackled in a cage. All have also faithfully served foreign masters, while lining their own pockets at the expense of the country’s impoverished masses.

Features

Putin’s mockery confirms decline of the sole superpower

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

Perhaps never before in history has a self-declared superpower fallen from glory as precipitously as has the US. In less than 20 years it has gone from a hyperpower to being a spent force unable to deal even with such backward societies as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Reflections

The barbarians of modern civilization

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 16, 14282007-07-01

That the world is a nasty place is not in doubt; what is seldom admitted is the depth of the plight of the oppressed, especially Muslims, and the level of hypocrisy that passes for the rule of law and international order. The militarily powerful oppress and terrorize the weak under the guise of fighting “terrorism”, while the rich exploit the poor in the name of progress.

Reflections

Are Muslim armies relevant?

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 15, 14282007-06-01

This month marks a painful anniversary in modern Muslim history: the defeat of the Arab states by Israel in 1967, and the loss of al-Quds and the Masjid al-Aqsa, Islam’s third holiest site. In the subsequent four decades, not one Muslim army has successfully defended its country’s borders or the honour of its people. Instead, all they have achieved, with ruthless efficiency, is to attack the parapets of power in their own countries, banish civilian rulers, and seize control for themselves.

Reflections

Turkey’s glorious past, uncertain future

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-05-01

If a country’s architecture can be taken as indicating its status in the world, that of Istanbul reflects fairly accurately both Turkey’s past and its present. While the grandeur of its historic buildings are vivid reminders of past glories, the blandness of its contemporary buildings–concrete and glass boxes–reflects the disrupting influence and ultimate vacuousness of its Westernization.

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Islamic Iran leading global movement against sectarianism and for unity

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-05-01

On the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet (saw) last month, the Islamic State organized a number of unity conferences on the Seerah. ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, attended conferences in Tehran and Istanbul.

Reflections

The Prophetic model for Islamic societies

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 13, 14282007-04-01

That the Muslim world is engulfed in numerous crises is not in doubt; what is debated is who is responsible for this state of affairs and how to rectify it. There are some—Muslims and non-Muslims—who put all the blame on the Muslims; others say it is the direct result of colonialism and continued foreign interference in the internal affairs of Muslims

World

Dismissal of chief justice causes political crisis in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 13, 14282007-04-01

Already beset by numerous problems, both domestic and international, Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf has shot himself in the foot again by taking on the country's judiciary as well. Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was sent home for allegedly "abusing his authority", and placed under virtual house arrest.

Main Stories

Bush presses on with war plans despite increasing opposition

Zafar Bangash

Safar 11, 14282007-03-01

While members of the UN Security Council were preparing to meet in London on February 26 to discuss what further steps they could take against Iran after the expiry of the UN’s illegal demand for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, Western diplomats in Vienna revealed on February 22 that US intelligence about Iran’s nuclear facilities had turned out to be false.

Reflections

The US’s demonization of Islamic Iran

Zafar Bangash

Safar 11, 14282007-03-01

Muslims struggling for peace and justice will continue to face many challenges, but perhaps none more difficult than the propaganda against them in the West. Even as the lies spun by the Western media, in cooperation with their governments, about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in 2002-2003 have been exposed, more lies are churned out against Iran

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Ignoring the US’s Iraq fiasco, Bush signals the start of open warfare against Islamic Iran

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 13, 14282007-02-01

People all over the world have long been aware of the stark gap between the reality of American policy around the world, dictated by the drive to achieve “full spectrum dominance” at any cost, and the claims of its leaders to represent enlightenment and freedom for all people. One effect of the disaster in Iraq has been to make even Americans – notoriously ignorant of world affairs – aware of their leaders’ apparent disconnection from reality.

Reflections

Muslim sectarianism a part of the US agenda

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 13, 14282007-02-01

It is difficult to say which is worse: nationalism or sectarianism in the Ummah. The ruling elites in the Muslim world exploit both these weaknesses to advance their own nefarious agendas. Just as nationalism is alien to the political culture of Islam, so sectarianism is the very antithesis of Muslim unity.

Reflections

Defeat in Iraq leads to ‘civil war’ in the US

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 11, 14272007-01-01

America’s defeat in Iraq is resulting in unforeseen consequences that will affect global politics in profound ways. Virtual civil wars have erupted both in Washington and in Riyadh among the hordes of Saudi “royals”. Fought only rhetorically, the war in Washington is more serious as it involves two powerful groups within the establishment: the oil lobby and the zionist lobby.

World

Iran unfazed by UN resolution imposing sanctions over nuclear programme

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 11, 14272007-01-01

In what may be one of the UN’s most hypocritical moves ever, the Security Council imposed nonmilitary sanctions on Iran on December 23 for its peaceful nuclear-power programme. That the resolution went through several drafts over the course of two months reflected deep divisions among Council members, but its final passage reconfirmed that the UN does not live up to its high-sounding principles or care about the rights of others

Reflections

The US defeat: a chance for change in the Middle East

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 10, 14272006-12-01

Visiting Vietnam last month, US president George Bush tried to put a positive spin on the US’s defeat in Iraq by comparing it with the US experience in that country. The truth, however, is that the US defeat in Iraq surpasses the humiliation it suffered in Vietnamin terms of its political implications.

Special Reports

A visit to Islamic Iran, nearly three decades after the Islamic Revolution

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 10, 14272006-12-01

ZAFAR BANGASH, the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought in Toronto, visited Iran in August,for the 19th Islamic Unity Conference. He reflects on developments there, and the renewed confidence and sense of progress that he discovered there.

Reflections

Bush administration faces the defeat of its agenda

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 09, 14272006-11-01

Every US president enters the twilight zone of his presidency with trepidation. Given the enormous power and prestige of this office, seeing it slip from one’s grasp must be a particularly painful experience. For George Bush it is even worse, as he has presided over a series of disasters regarded as largely of his own making.

Special Reports

Zafar Bangash on how to solve the annual confusion over Ramadan and Eid dates

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 09, 14272006-11-01

Every year there is confusion in the Ummah over the correct days for marking the beginning and end of Ramadan. ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, and a community leader in Toronto, Canada, explains how the issue could be resolved.

Reflections

The contrast between events in Iraq and Lebanon

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 08, 14272006-10-01

At the same time that Muslims are elated at Hizbullah's brilliant victory over Israel's war machine, they are deeply troubled by the mayhem in Iraq. Although much of the trouble is Iraq is foreign-instigated, the Iraqis themselves are not above blame. The two countries offer stunning contrasts in acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, and important lessons for the global Islamic movement. In Lebanon, Hizbullah has achieved with a few thousand fighters armed with iman triumphs that have eluded hundreds of thousands of heavily armed Arab soldiers fighting under the banner of nationalism. In Iraq, what seemed to be and opportunity for the Islamic movement has become a disastrous mess.

Reflections

The real “new Middle East” in the making

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 08, 14272006-09-01

Hizbullah's stunning victory over Israel has boosted many people's morale, especially Muslims who are struggling for peace and justice all over the world. By defeating the most powerful military machine in the Middle East, Hizbullah has not only demolished the myth of Israel's invincibility but also shaken the Arab potentates in their huge palaces to their boots.

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19th Islamic Unity Conference celebrates Hizbullah victory but mourns sectarianism in Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 08, 14272006-09-01

The unity of the Ummah has been a major theme of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. The Majma-e Taqrib Bain al-Madhahib al-Islami (Organization for Convergence between Schools of Thought in Islam) convenes an annual Unity Conference to discuss themes of relevance to all Muslims. This year’s conference took place from August 20-22. ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), was there.

World

Iran stand firm as US again increases diplomatic pressure on nuclear issue

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 08, 14272006-09-01

Four days after Iran sent a 21-page response to the Security Council about its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad inaugurated a heavy-water plant at Arak on August 26. The following day, Dr Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, was quoted by the Islamic Students News Agency (ISNA) as saying that Iran would not abandon its right to enrich uranium as article 4 of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) allows it to do so.

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Hundreds dying in Lebanon as Israel seeks to destroy the country and Hizbullah

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 07, 14272006-08-01

Since launching its murderous assault on Lebanon on July 12, Israel has destroyed 55 bridges, ripped up almost all the major roads in Lebanon, blasted scores of apartment buildings, and bombed Beirut's brand-new $600-million international airport, a power plant, milk factories, grain warehouses and hundreds of homes of the Lebanese: all ostensibly to "expel" Hizbullah, the Islamic resistance movement, from Southern Lebanon.

Reflections

Responses to Israel’s war expose Arab regimes

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 07, 14272006-08-01

Crises bring out the best and worst in people. While Muslims everywhere have rallied in support of the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples facing the Israeli onslaught, the Arab regimes have joined the West's propaganda campaign against the Islamic resistance movement, Hizbullah.

Reflections

Limits of tolerance in liberal democracies

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 05, 14272006-07-01

The West's commitment to liberalism and democracy has always been a convenient façade that falls apart at times of crisis. People have freedom so long as they do not need it; the West is tolerant only to the point that people conform to its prevailing values and policies.

World

Shanghai summit demonstrates Eurasian wariness at US power

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 05, 14272006-07-01

Even before the annual meeting of heads of member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) opened on June 15, officials in Washington were pulling their hair at what they perceived as a challenge to US hegemony in the vital Eurasian region.

World

Canadian Muslims shaken by arrests of alleged “terrorists” in Toronto

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 05, 14272006-07-01

Muslims in Canada were startled by the arrest on June 3 of 15 individuals, all of them Muslims, on charges related to terrorism. Two other alleged suspects were already in jail for gun-smuggling. Five of the 17 are under 18 years of age, so their names cannot be divulged, but that has not prevented the police or intelligence agencies from leaking damaging information about them.

Reflections

Will the US survive its ordeal in Iraq?

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 05, 14272006-06-01

There are basically two reasons why countries go to war: for self-defence, or for pillage and plunder. No country ever admits to indulging in such imperialist adventures; it is always done ostensibly in the name of some higher purpose.

Reflections

US should be aware of the risks of Bush’s war talk

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 03, 14272006-05-01

Why is US President George Bush threatening to go to war against Iran over its civilian nuclear program at a time when American forces are bogged down in Iraq and US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld is facing a virtual insurrection against his disastrous handling of the war by retired American military generals?

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Islamic Revolution: a model for political and social change

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 03, 14272006-05-01

The second paper at the ICIT’s Kalim Siddiqui Memorial Conference on April 23 was given by ICIT Director ZAFAR BANGASH, on a theme central to Dr Kalim’s understanding of the task facing the Islamic movement: the revolutionary method of change for Islamic societies.

Reflections

Dr Kalim’s unique understanding of Muslim history

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 03, 14272006-04-01

An essential pre-requisite for the proper cure of a disease is its correct diagnosis. This is true of social ills as well as individual illnesses. Although modern science provides many tools to determine an individual’s ailment, it is much more difficult to diagnose the problems of society.

Reflections

Still waiting for Dr Kalim’s intellectual revolution

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 03, 14272006-04-01

The diversity of the human condition and experience is one of the most wonderful elements of the world that Allah subhahanu wa ta‘ala has created for us. The evolution of human societies over time, and the need for people to learn from the experiences of earlier generations, is one of the major themes of the Qur’an.

World

US ratchets pressure on Iran to a new level

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 03, 14272006-04-01

America’s anti-Iran rhetoric, already intense, has gone into overdrive since the release on March 16 of US President George Bush’s second report on national security strategy. It reads more like an anti-Iran diatribe than a serious analysis of the US’s situation under Bush.

Reflections

Broader implications of the caricatures of the Prophet

Zafar Bangash

Safar 01, 14272006-03-01

It would be naïve to miss the significance of the successive attacks on Islam and its sacred symbols: last year there were revelations about the desecration of the Qur'an at GuantanamoBay; then came the insulting caricatures of the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace. While the cartoon controversy still rages, we witness the deliberate destruction of the ImamAskari Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, taking the country even closer to sectarian warfare.

World

Cartoon protests continue around the world as boycott of Danish good begins to bite

Zafar Bangash

Safar 01, 14272006-03-01

The controversy surrounding Denmark’s offensive cartoons refuses to die down. Demonstrations and protest rallies continue in various parts of the world, including Europe and North America, where Muslims reside as minorities. Some of the largest rallies took place in Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan.

Reflections

Islamic Iran: a model for Muslims everywhere

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 02, 14272006-02-01

The celebration of Islamic festivals such as Eid al-Adha and the annual Hajj last month — both connected to Prophet Ibrahim's (as) willingness to sacrifice in fulfillment of Allah's command — is meant to revive the spirit and purpose of the Ummah.

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World

Iran refuses to be cowed by US and Western pressure and resumes nuclear research

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 02, 14272006-02-01

The West, led by the US and Britain, has worked itself into a lather over Iran's removal of seals from centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility to enrich uranium by turning it into a gas (uranium hexafluoride) as part of its civilian nuclear-research programme.

Reflections

Planning for a post-US world order

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 03, 14272006-01-01

America has been so decisively defeated in Iraq that no amount of verbal sophistry by US president George Bush or his neocon allies can hoodwink the American people into believing otherwise. The cabal operating as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which led the chorus for “perpetual war” and “full-spectrum dominance”, appears to have gone into permanent hibernation.

Special Reports

OIC’s Makkah Declaration suggests an end to Saudi-sponsored sectarianism in the Ummah

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 01, 14262006-01-01

Last month, the Organization of the Islamic Conference held an Extraordinary Summit in Makkah to discuss urgent issues facing the Ummah. Unlikely though it may seem, ZAFAR BANGASH, the director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, hopes that some good may come of it...

Reflections

Following the Prophetic model of jihad

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 28, 14262005-12-01

All creatures learn by example. Although this is a natural process, it can also have negative consequences. There is a well-known hadith of the noble Prophet of Allah, upon whom be peace, to the effect that a person adopts the character of the company he keeps for 40 days.

Islamic Movement

The centrality of al-Quds and the insight of Imam Khomeini

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 28, 14262005-11-01

As part of the commemoration of Yaum al-Quds last month, Crescent International (South Africa) published a booklet called The Struggle for al-Quds. Here we reprint the foreword of that book, written by ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) in Toronto, Canada...

Reflections

Are international institutions relevant?

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 21, 14372005-11-01

Contrary to widespread belief, international institutions such as the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) etc., were not created to bring peace and prosperity to the world, but to serve the interests of the West. It is distressing to note, however, that the very victims of these institutions seem totally mesmerized by the high-sounding rhetoric of these organisations, and act as if their survival depends on them.

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World

Earthquake disaster exposes failures of government and deep divides in Pakistani society

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 28, 14262005-11-01

Disasters, whether natural or manmade, bring out both the best and worst in people. The earthquake that rocked Northern Pakistan and Azad Kashmir on October 8 has brought out the generous spirit of Pakistan's people and exposed the ineptitude of Pakistan's government.

World

Musharraf’s growing contacts with Israel a reflection of his American mindset

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 27, 14262005-10-01

That Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, shook hands with a war criminal like Ariel Sharon of Israel—better known as the Butcher of Beirut—was bad enough; it was even worse that he chose to do so on the twenty-third anniversary of the Sabra and Shatilla massacres (September 14-16).

Reflections

The trouble with the West

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 27, 14262005-09-01

That there is a serious disconnect between Islam and the West is not in doubt; what is hotly contested is whose fault it is. Each side blames the other but, given that the Western media dominate almost all discourse, Islam and Muslims are blamed for everything that goes wrong in the world.

World

Pakistan’s rulers still fail to understand regional geopolitical realities

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 27, 14262005-09-01

Even the elaborate Independence Day celebrations on August 14 could not conceal the panic that has gripped Pakistan’s ruling elites since America’s military and nuclear agreements withIndia in June and July respectively.

Reflections

US and Muslims both facing crises in Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 25, 14262005-08-01

America’s humiliation in Iraq has led some observers to describe it as another Vietnam. This is not quite accurate; the US’s Iraqi experience is much closer to the Russians’ in Afghanistan, with very similar outcomes, both positive and negative. Should the US military stay in Iraq extend for a decade or more, as did the Red Army’s in Afghanistan, there will perhaps be noUnited States left to return to, at least as far as its superpower pretensions are concerned.

Special Reports

Iran facing increasing threat from the US after election of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 25, 14262005-08-01

The election of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad as president of Iran in June shocked Western governments, apparently misled by their own propaganda that suggested that Iranians had turned against the Islamic State. ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, explains why Iranians elected him, and the threats Iran now faces.

Reflections

Islamic movements and the need for total change

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 24, 14262005-07-01

There are two distinct but diametrically opposite views competing for dominance in the Muslim world today. The ruling elites, totally subservient to the West, while paying lip service to Islam for fear of their people, promote secularism and the Westernization of society; the Islamic movement insists on the establishment of Islamic values and principles.

World

US continuing to exploit Darfur tragedy for its own ends

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 24, 14262005-07-01

Anti-Sudan propaganda in the West has reached such a pitch that even a movie, Hotel Rwanda, a fictional account of the Rwandan genocide, is being used to create the impression that a similar genocide is being perpetrated in Darfur.

Islamic Movement

Lessons of faith and optimism in the Seerah of the Prophet

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14262005-06-01

Such are the problems and crises facing Muslims in the world today that many Muslims become deeply pessimistic, even hopeless, about the future of the Ummah. In his talk at a Milad Conference in Pretoria last month, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, highlighted the centrality of optimism in the Seerah.

Reflections

The impressive strength of South African Muslims

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14262005-06-01

Few Muslim communities in a minority situation have given more support to fellow Muslims around the world than the small but dynamic Muslim community in South Africa. Whether it is victims of the tsunami or the endless wars to which Muslims are subjected in different parts of the world, the South African Muslims stand out for their compassion and generosity.

Islamic Movement

The centrality of the Prophet’s use of power in the method of the Seerah

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14262005-05-01

This month - Rabi al-Awwal in the Hijri calendar - sees celebrations of the birth of the Prophet (saw) all over the Muslim world. In this article, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), discusses some key elements of the Seerah.

Reflections

Touch the great shaytan and you can’t let go...

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14262005-05-01

Can the US be a friend of the Muslims? This is not a rhetorical question; Muslims must consider it seriously because it has enormous implications for their future. First, a clarification is in order: when one talks about “the US”, one does not mean the American people but the government, although it could be argued that the 51 percent of Americans who voted for George Bush should bear some responsibility for the crimes perpetrated in their name.

Reflections

The modern Brown Sahibs

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 20, 14262005-04-01

Lord Macaulay could not have imagined that his Minute on Education, written for the British Colonial Administration in 1835, would still be valid 170 years later. His idea to create “Brown Englishmen” in India is alive and well, but with an important difference: the brown sahibs have now arrived in Europe and North America as well, and are hard at work to please their masters.

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Islamic Movement

ICIT conference on the Islamic Revolution looks forward to “a new civilization of Islam”

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 20, 14262005-03-01

On February 12 the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) and the Islamic Society of York Region convened a conference in Toronto to mark the 26th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Here we publish a report on the conference.

Reflections

The limits of US power

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 20, 14262005-03-01

Writers are prisoners of the language they use, particulary if they wish to express ideas that run contrary to the way in which words are commonly used. There are idioms, expressions and even names that convey certain meanings and impressions, when the reality to which they are applied is very different.

Islamic Movement

The assault on Falluja and lessons for the Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 21, 14252005-02-01

The heavy American assault on Falluja in November ranks among the worst crimes ever committed against Muslims. ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, answers two key questions that it raises.

Reflections

The politics of disaster

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 21, 14252005-02-01

The world rediscovered a largely forgotten word as the new year rolled in: tsunami. The tragedy wrought on the countries of the Indian Ocean brought out both the best and worst in human beings. Ordinary individuals all over the world opened their hearts to help the victims of this tragedy; governments first downplayed it, then discovered it as an opportunity for self-promotion.

Reflections

The utter futility of Musharraf’s betrayal of Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14252005-01-01

To gauge the true depth of moral and intellectual decline of the ruling elites in the Ummah, one has only to see their reactions to the plight of the Muslims in Iraq and Palestine under their occupiers. With the exception of the Rahbar of Islamic Iran, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei, not one Muslim ruler has uttered a word against the brutalities being inflicted on these hapless peoples, much less done anything to help them.

Special Reports

The real warlords of the modern, West-dominated world

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14252005-01-01

So powerful is the West’s propaganda that mere mention of the word “warlord” immediately conjures up images of a bearded thug terrorizing hapless civilians in Afghanistan. Just as terrorism has been made synonymous with Muslim activism, so warlordism has become the exclusive preserve of the Afghans.

Reflections

The importance and objectives of achieving power for Islam

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14372004-12-01

Muslims can take comfort in the fact that their present state of powerlessness is not a permanent condition; circumstances can and do change...

Reflections

The lessons Muslims must learn from the experiences of the Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 18, 14252004-11-01

The world of Islam has witnessed great changes over the last two decades. From the Islamic Revolution in Iran to the victories of the mujahideen in Afghanistan and the Hizbullah over the zionist invaders of Lebanon, the Islamic movement has achieved significant victories against its enemies...

World

Controversy sure to follow flawed US presidential elections

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 18, 14252004-11-01

As the date (November 2) for the US presidential election draws near, the deep divisions in American society, exacerbated by George Bush’s policies, are becoming more pronounced. The two main political parties—Republican and Democratic—have marshalled more than 10,000 lawyers to fight legal battles in what is believed will be a closely contested race that is wide open to manipulation and fraud...

Reflections

Ramadan: the month of jihad in all its manifestations

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 16, 14252004-10-01

A number of important landmarks in Islamic history are associated with the month of Ramadan. In the second year of the Hijra, the nascent Muslim community was tested by the Battle of Badr during this month..

Special Reports

Role of western mercenaries highlighted in Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 18, 14252004-10-01

Three groups of people have always operated in tandem with the crusading policies of Western governments: Churches, so-called aid-workers, and soldiers of fortune, the last more aptly described as criminals and terrorists doing their governments’ dirty work...

Reflections

The importance of re-examining the Seerah of the Prophet

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 16, 14252004-09-01

Muslims need to study the Seerah from its proper perspective: as a guide for us to plan our lives, both collectively and individually, especially by which to acquire power and the ability to do and achieve in the world.

Reflections

The success of the Islamic movement depends on realizing unity of Ummah

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14252004-08-01

It is tempting to blame the kuffar for the disintegration of the Ummah, but the fact is that the Muslims' own weaknesses enabled others to subjugate them, and then to impose alien systems on them...

World

Canadian government uses Kazemi case to attack Iran

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14252004-08-01

Canadian officials, egged on by virulently anti-Muslim media and secular Muslims, are in a lather about the case of one Zahra Kazemi, who died in a hospital in Tehran last year...

Book Review

Transnational Political Islam: Religion, Ideology and Power

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14252004-07-01

On reconsideration, however, the realization emerged that the book is not actually as useless as it first appears, provided one is not misguided by what it says on the cover or, for that matter, what the editor writes in his introduction…

Reflections

Anger mounting as Musharraf leads Pakistan to the brink of disaster

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 14, 14362004-07-01

Throughout its tortuous history, Pakistan has staggered from one crisis to another; but general Pervez Musharraf has brought it to the brink of unprecedented disaster...

Islamic Movement

Iran conference discusses the intellectual contribution of Imam Khomeini

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14252004-07-01

Hundreds of Islamic movement scholars and activists gathered in Iran last month for a conference marking the anniversary of the death of Imam Khomeini...

Reflections

Implications for Muslims of the US's humiliating defeat in Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 13, 14252004-06-01

America has undoubtedly suffered a humiliating defeat in Iraq, even if no US soldier has yet actually left the country. It is enough that America has become the most hated country in the world today...

Special Reports

Abu Ghraib: details of torture emerging despite massive campaign of damage limitation

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 13, 14252004-06-01

Images of American troops committing appalling atrocities against Iraqi captives at the Abu Ghraib have causes outrage around the world and sparked a massive damage limitation campaign in Washington. ZAFAR BANGASH discusses the implications of the revelations...

Book Review

Outlining proposals for how the US can distort Islam for its own interests

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 11, 14252004-05-01

Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources and Strategies by Cheryl Benard. Pub: Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2004. Pp: 118. Pbk: $20. (Also available on-line to download.)

Reflections

Brave Iraqi resistance helps expose the folly of the enemies of Islam

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 11, 14252004-05-01

US president George Bush had hoped that by April 2004 American casualties in Iraq would be so low that he could present this success as his personal triumph in transforming Iraq from a tyranny into a democracy...

Special Reports

Challenges facing Islamic Iran’s new Majlis

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 11, 14252004-05-01

The results of the Iranian Majlis elections in February silenced many who had expected them to produce a massive popular rejection of the Islamic system. But in Islamic Iran people are looking ahead, not back. ZAFAR BANGASH looks forward...

Reflections

The importance of understanding the Seerah of the Prophet

Zafar Bangash

Safar 11, 14252004-04-01

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala says that the Messenger, upon whom be peace, was sent with clear signs and guidance in order to bring those who commit themselves to Allah, and undertake the tasks commanded by Him to maintain peace, justice and balance in society, out of darkness and into light (65:11)...

Reflections

The Saudis’ long record of subservience to the enemies of the Ummah

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 10, 14252004-03-01

The Saudis' subservience to the US, and the fact that they exploit their position as rulers of the Holy Lands of Islam, is well established...

Special Reports

Iran’s Islamic system and its parliamentary elections: an alternative perspective

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 10, 14252004-03-01

​Over the last few weeks, the Western media has watched keenly as Iran went to the polls to elect a new Majlis (parliament), highlighting every perceived shortcoming in the electoral procedure and hoping that the elections would prompt a crisis in Iran’s Islamic system of government...

World

Humiliation of Abdul Qadeer Khan masks an even darker agenda

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 10, 14252004-03-01

The public humiliation of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, had a far deeper purpose than was apparent at first sight: it was meant not only to deflect attention from the military’s role in nuclear proliferation...

Islamic Movement

The choice facing the global Ummah: whether or not to follow the example of Ibrahim

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 10, 14242004-02-01

As this issue of Crescent International goes to press, some two million Muslims are gathered to perform the Hajj, and the entire Ummah is preparing to mark Eid al-Adha...

Reflections

The key lesson Islamic movements must learn from Iran’s Revolution

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 10, 14242004-02-01

Three distinct Muslim responses to the abolition of the khilafah (Islamic State) in Turkey in 1924 can be identified: the emergence of the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon in Egypt, founded by Hassan al-Banna in 1928...

Reflections

Post-colonial imperialism and the role of the military in Muslim countries

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14242004-01-01

The fragmentation of the Muslim world into nation-states is the most obvious direct result of Western colonialism and its hegemony over the lands of Islam. Almost all Muslims now recognize the need to replace these states with Islamic states, and to re-draw the political map of the Muslim world...

World

Afghans still dying as US uses Loya Jirga to legitimise its plans for the country

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14242004-01-01

Afghanistan’s US-imposed and supported "president", Hamid Karzai, said on December 24 that he expected the country’s tribal Loya Jirga (grand assembly) to complete its work within a week (after Crescent press time) and that he was confident that it would agree to his preferred presidential model for a new constitution...

Reflections

The need to reassert true Islamic political culture and values

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 07, 14242003-12-01

Two ideas have dominated American thinking for the last decade: Francis Fukuyama's ‘End of History’ and Samuel Huntington's ‘Clash of Civilizations.’ They provide alternative understandings of contemporary history, Fukuyama proclaiming the triumph of the West...

World

Cracks appearing in Pakistan’s military regime as people demand democracy and Islam

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 07, 14242003-12-01

Oscillating between comedy and farce, the Pakistani political scene has never been dull, but has resulted in terrible consequences for the hapless Pakistanis. An assorted array of charlatans and crooks, claiming to be on a messianic mission to usher in prosperity, have driven the masses into ever-deeper despair.

Reflections

Far too late now to avert a clash of civilizations

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 29, 14232003-11-01

Is a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West inevitable? Those Muslims desperately trying to avert one miss a crucial and obvious point: a full-scale war against Islam and Muslims...

Special Reports

Bush’s neo-con regime facing domestic crisis as US is caught between Iraq and a hard place

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 06, 14242003-11-01

Thanks to his rightwing advisors (better known as ‘neo-conservatives’ or ‘neo-cons’), US president George Bush has been trapped between Iraq and a hard place; in fact several hard places – Afghanistan, the US economy and a public that are at last beginning to realize that they have been lied to in a big way.

Special Reports

Western media manipulation ensures the irrelevance of public opinion

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 06, 14242003-11-01

The Western world has seldom seen public demonstrations on the scale that occurred during the weeks preceding the invasion of Iraq earlier this year. Millions of men, women and children marched in the streets of London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC, in the hope that this public outcry would stop the impending attack

Special Reports

Two years after the US invasion, Afghanis facing unprecedented terror and abuse

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 05, 14242003-10-01

Even two years after the Taliban’s removal from power, the hapless Afghans continue to suffer under a reign of terror; the perpetrators are none other than the US-backed warlords ensconced as ministers or wearing pompous titles such as commander. Rape, robbery, and murder and the bloody-mindedness of the US occupation forces have turned almost every Afghan into an anti-American fighter.

Islamic Movement

Mixed messages characterise Iraqi ulama’s response to their greatest challenge

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 04, 14242003-09-01

ZAFAR BANGASH , director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), discusses the challenges facing Iraqi ulama under American occupation and their responses to those challenges.

Special Reports

Remembering the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatilla 21 years ago this month

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 04, 14242003-09-01

While Americans mark the second anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Muslims will be marking another tragedy. ZAFAR BANGASH remembers the massacres of Sabra and Shatilla.

Occupied Arab World

Israel’s apartheid wall just another of Sharon’s ploys to dispossess Palestinians

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14242003-08-16

The zionists continue to build a wall cutting off Palestinian villages and towns from each other under the excuse of "security." The same excuse has been advanced in the past for Jewish settlements...

World

Warmongers Bush and Blair caught in their own web of lies over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 03, 14242003-08-01

Two of the world’s three top warmongers – US president George Bush and British prime minister Tony Blair (the third being Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon) – have been caught in a web of lies they spun to justify an illegal war against Iraq.

World

Musharraf demonstrates his subservience to US by calling for ‘normalisation’ of relations with Israel

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 16, 14242003-07-16

General Pervez Musharraf’s call for the recognition of zionist Israel, made during his visit to the US last month, hit the people of Pakistan like a bombshell. During a television interview on June 29, he called for an open debate in the media.

World

Student protests provide the West with another opportunity to attack Iran

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 26, 14372003-07-01

Last month’s student protests in Tehran have once again demonstrated the West’s animosity to Islam and the Islamic Republic. Despite the miniscule size of the protest group–a few hundred at most–it was immediately projected in the Western media and by American officials as reflecting the "unpopularity" of the Islamic government.

Special Reports

Hard realities behind the US’s determination to assert its global power

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14242003-06-16

The US has become a menace to the world. This is not merely the opinion of Muslims, but also of its traditional allies. At the G8 summit in France earlier this month, Bush told the Europeans, especially the French, bluntly that they must tailor their policies to America’s interests.

World

Now American hawks increase political pressure on Islamic Iran

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 01, 14242003-06-01

Emboldened by the relative ease with which Saddam’s regime was overthrown, American hawks and neo-conservatives are now pushing for "regime change" in Tehran as well. Pro-monarchist groups, led by Reza Pahlavi, son of the late ex-Shah...

Occupied Arab World

Mixed feelings in Saudi regime on US transfer of forces to Qatar

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 14, 14242003-05-16

The announcement on April 29 by US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld that American troops and aircraft would be moved out of Saudi Arabia by the end of the summer does not mean the end of trouble for the ruling al-Saud family.

Occupied Arab World

Iraqi Muslims facing grim future, as US joins long line of invaders to have raped Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Safar 29, 14242003-05-01

America’s superhawks, also known as "neocons" (neo-conservatives), are ecstatic about the turn of events in Iraq, especially the lack of any effective resistance to the military takeover of Baghdad.

Special Reports

Reasons for the inability of Arab states to protect Iraq from US invasion

Zafar Bangash

Safar 14, 14242003-04-16

Even as Iraq is bombed into submission, Arab rulers continue to cooperate with the US while mouthing slogans to give the impression that they oppose the war. The "Arab street" will not tolerate these attacks, they say, yet their security forces feel no compunction about attacking anti-war protesters in Cairo, Amman, Sana and other capitals.

Occupied Arab World

US/UK spin the war as missiles, bombs and troops ‘liberate’ Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 29, 14242003-04-01

Iraq was supposed to be a walk-over: its oppressed people were going to greet American soldiers as "liberators," in the manner of the Kuwaitis in 1991, welcoming them with garlands. This was the rosy picture painted by Richard Perle, the superhawk in US president George W. Bush’s government who, together with fellow zionist Paul Wolfowitz...

World

Questions surround arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as Pakistan claims credit for helping the US

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 13, 14242003-03-16

Pakistan has been afflicted by two curses since the beginning of its existence: one a quirk of geography and the other of choice. At its birth Pakistan was saddled with an enemy, India, many times its size; and its ruling elites’ desire to pursue "friendship" with America is the second, warping its policies in the process.

Features

Too many Yazids and no Imam Husain in the Ummah today

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14232003-03-01

​In this month of Muharram, as Muslims all over the world remember and mark the martyrdom of Imam Husain (ra) at Karbala, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, relates those events to our current situation

World

Islamic Iran concerned for security as US prepares to occupy Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14232003-03-01

Of all the countries that will be affected by the war on Iraq, Islamic Iran probably has the most to worry about. Neither US officials nor their zionist colleagues have made any secret of their real intentions: Iraq is merely the first step along the way to destroying Iran’s Islamic government.

Special Reports

US implementing new regional plan for the Middle East

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 14, 14232003-02-16

​George Bush senior, father of the US president, attacked Iraq in 1991 because Saddam Husain had dared to disrupt the order imposed on the Middle East (by the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916) by invading and occupying Kuwait.

Occupied Arab World

Palestinians still dying in droves as world builds up to Iraq war

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 29, 14232003-02-01

With the world’s attention focused on Iraq, thanks to president George Bush and his gang of warriors, the zionists are getting away with murder in Palestine. This is not chance; Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has always wanted to divert the world’s attention from his policies against the Palestinians.

Special Reports

Strategic reasoning behind US’s apparently irrational determination to go to war against Iraq

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 13, 14232003-01-16

Iraqi president Saddam Hussain must be wondering what more he can do to get off George Bush’s list of “evildoers” who are marked for destruction. He has allowed unimpeded access, even to his palaces, to the UN weapons-inspectors, who have found nothing suspicious so far, although that is unlikely to prevent an American attack.

World

ISNA announces Eid dates in accordance with Saudis rather than Islam

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 13, 14232003-01-16

The Fiqh Council of North America, which is linked to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), has issued an astonishing statement regarding the date of Eid al-Adha, which amounts to a recommendation that Muslims ignore the commandments of Allah.

Special Reports

Political crisis threatens to weaken Iran at a crucial time

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 27, 14232003-01-01

The current crisis in Iran arising from a court verdict against Hashemi Aghajari, a professor at Tehran University, is clearly a case of an unnecessary self-inflicted wound. As Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Rahbar, pointed out after several days of demonstrations by students...

Islamic Movement

Islamic movements’ different approaches to common problems in Muslim countries

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 11, 14232002-12-16

With virulent anti-Islamic fervour gripping policy-makers in the West, it is not surprising that the Islamic movement is also coming under intense pressure. ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, discusses some of the approaches Islamic movements are taking to find a way forward.

Occupied Arab World

International and oil politics behind America’s plans for Iraq and the region

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 26, 14232002-12-01

A lethal brew of raw imperial ambition and personal greed, not the claims of US president George Bush that he intends to eliminate Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, is behind the drive for a renewed onslaught on Iraq...

Islamic Movement

History of Jama’at-e Islami suggests that election success will lead to little progress

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 11, 14232002-11-16

Although the Muttahida Majlis-e Amal (MMA), a coalition of six Islamic parties, did unexpectedly well in Pakistan’s elections last month, the role of its component parties has not been widely discussed.

Features

Power: the neglected dimension of the Seerah Part 2

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14232002-11-01

The ICIT held a second International Seerah Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last month. Here we publish the second section of an abridged version of the keynote paper, presented by Zafar Bangash, Director of the ICIT.

World

Pakistani voters turn to Islamic parties as alternative to Musharraf’s pro-American stance

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14232002-11-01

Muslims are so short of success stories these days that they are willing to clutch at any straw to beguile themselves. Take, for instance, the elections in Pakistan on October 10, in which an alliance of six “Islamic” parties surpassed even their own highest expectations.

World

Musharraf brings electoral politicking to Pakistan again

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 24, 14232002-10-01

Pakistan is again in the grip of election fever as people prepare for polls on October 10. With the leaders of the two main political parties, Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League, barred from participation because of corruption charges, the election has become a localized affair.

Editorials

Mourning the deaths of innocents

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 09, 14232002-09-16

Americans marked the first anniversary of the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon on September 11. While the Americans and their allies were suitably solemn, there was also surprise that in many places, such as Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the anniversary was virtually unnoticed, except for the ceremonies that governments felt obliged to put on and the disruption caused by increased security for Westerners.

Occupied Arab World

Agreements between Israel and Palestinian Authority make no difference for ordinary Palestinians

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14232002-09-01

The ink on the agreement signed by Israeli defence minister Benny Ben-Eliezer with the Palestinian Authority (PA) was not even dry when the agreement was sabotaged. Ben-Eliezer said that it would be put on hold for several weeks because there was still a “potential” for Palestinian violence in the West Bank. ..

World

Continuing instability in Afghanistan threatening US plans for the region

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14232002-09-01

Events in Afghanistan are not going according to America’s script, despite tall claims of having routed the Taliban and al-Qa’ida. It is not just attacks on American and other so-called coalition forces, which are now becoming more frequent, but also the continuing factional fighting, especially between forces loyal to defence minister Mohammed Fahim and forces loyal to president Hamid Karzai...

Features

Power: the neglected dimension of the Seerah

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 07, 14232002-08-16

​The ICIT held a second International Seerah Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, earlier this month. Here we publish the first section of an abridged version of the keynote paper, presented by Zafar Bangash, Director of the ICIT.

World

Now even Canadian Muslims subject to US’s arbitrary arrest and imprisonment

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 07, 14232002-08-16

The US’s disregard for law, even its own, since September 11 is now being emulated by others. The story of Mohammed Mansour Jabarah, 20, a Canadian citizen, was told on July 30 by Thomas Walkom of the Toronto Star, who related how he had been arrested and “kidnapped” to the US.

World

India trying to legitimise its rule in Kashmir by ‘democratic’ poll

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 11, 14232002-08-16

Displaying supreme arrogance, India’s chief election commissioner on August 2 dismissed calls for international observers to monitor forthcoming elections in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Islamic Movement

Reflecting on ICIT/Crescent International conferences on the Seerah

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 22, 14232002-08-01

Last month, the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) announced that it is to hold an International Seerah Conference in Sri Lanka in October, two years after a similar conference in June 2000.

Occupied Arab World

Nature of zionists revealed by F-16 missile attack on apartment blocks

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 22, 14232002-08-01

In an act of characteristic barbarity, the Zionists killed 15 Palestinian civilians in a missile attack on an apartment building in Ghazzah late on July 22. Among the dead were nine children ranging in age from two months to 15 years...

World

Musharraf’s political acrobatics and flawed plans likely to achieve little in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 22, 14232002-08-01

General Pervez Musharraf is not the first Pakistani ruler to believe that he has a divine right, not only to rule, but also to rearrange the political system because he alone knows what is best for the country.

World

Abdul Qadir’s assassination increases Pashtun fears and Karzai’s problems

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 06, 14232002-07-16

The US-imposed Afghan government has begun to unravel. Public works minister Haji Abdul-Qadir, who was also one of three vice presidents, was gunned down in broad daylight in Kabul on July 6.

Islamic Movement

Iran conference speaks for the Ummah in supporting the Palestinian intifada

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 20, 14232002-07-01

In our last issue we published Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamenei’s speech at the annual conference in Iran to mark the death anniversary of Imam Khomeini, which was dedicated to the Palestinian struggle. ZAFAR BANGASH was there.

World

Debates in Iran taking place under pressure of global political realities

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 20, 14232002-07-01

Twenty-three years after the Islamic Revolution, Iranians continue to debate vigorously several issues that have important implications for the future of the Islamic Republic. Heading their agenda is the question of relations with the US, which were severed by Washington in early 1980. The country’s economy and the roles of the press and judiciary are also debated with great passion.

World

Loya Jirga unlikely to solve any problems as war continues to rage in Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 19, 14232002-06-01

The mother of all Jirgas, touted as the panacea for all of Afghanistan’s problems, is turning into a grand farce. Amid allegations that tribal elders have been offered bribes of up to US$1,000 by various warlords in Paktia province to elect them to the Loya Jirga...

Islamic Movement

Adopting lessons from the Seerah: a radically new way of marking the Prophet’s birthday

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 03, 14232002-05-16

ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, suggests another way to mark the birthday in this Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal of the Last and Seal of all Allah’s Messengers (as).

Islamic Movement

The South African Muslim community’s contribution to the global Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Safar 18, 14232002-05-01

ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, discusses the example South African Muslims set the rest of the Ummah

Islamic Movement

Fundamental historical realities explain Muslims’ present plight and the way forward

Zafar Bangash

Safar 03, 14232002-04-16

​At a time when Muslims are reeling from the cumulative effects of numerous attacks, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) puts our plight and struggle in historical perspective

Occupied Arab World

Courage of the Palestinian people and mujahideen shames Arab leaders and West alike

Zafar Bangash

Safar 03, 14232002-04-16

Israel’s murderous attacks on Palestinian towns and refugee-camps, which intensified on March 29 and were continuing at Crescent International press time (April 9), have set the Muslim masses on fire. Massive demonstrations have been held in such places as Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Rabat and Jakarta.

Occupied Arab World

Palestinians keep up resistance as Arab states plan another sell-out

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 18, 14232002-04-01

The second intifada has developed a life of its own, as the blows delivered by Palestinian mujahideen on two consecutive days (March 20 and 21) showed, even as frantic efforts were under way to save the zionist occupiers by an American-brokered ceasefire.

World

Thousands dead and more trouble feared as Hindus rampage in India

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 02, 14232002-03-16

A week of mayhem by Hindu terrorists that erupted on February 27 left at least 700 people officially dead, most of them Muslims, in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Eyewitnesses, including western journalists, have put the death toll at three times this figure, with many deaths from remote villages not being recorded at all.

Occupied Arab World

Saudis push for deal with Zionists while Palestinians maintain intifada

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14222002-03-01

The middle of last month saw yet another upsurge in the intensity of the violence in Palestine. From February 14 to February 20 at least 60 people were killed, two-thirds of them Palestinians. At the same time, the West found yet another approach to trying to disarm the Palestinians politically, with a new peace proposal from Saudi crown prince Abdullah.

Features

US, Israel, India: the real axis of evil threatening the world

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 03, 14222002-02-16

Under George Bush the US is well on its way to establishing a commonwealth of social and moral lepers whose members include such outcasts as the zionist state of Israel and Hindu-ruled India.

Special Reports

Musharraf singing from Western hymn-book in trying to marginalise Islam in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 18, 14222002-02-01

General Pervez Musharraf won widespread praise for his speech of January 12, attacking Pakistan’s Islamic institutions, not only from the West but from other established enemies of Islam such as Indian home affairs minister L. K. Advani and Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres.

Special Reports

The ruthless method behind America’s apparent madness

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14222002-01-16

America’s policy vis-a-vis its declared enemies — real or imagined — is clear: first demonize, and then attack and destroy them. Interestingly, even those who are considered “friends” for a while are not spared...

World

Pakistan under pressure to suppress Kashmiri jihad movements

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14222002-01-16

India has moved quickly to cash in on the anti-terrorism frenzy sweeping the world by branding the struggle in Kashmir as terrorism.

World

The West’s man in Kabul likely to achieve little more than Moscow’s men did

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 17, 14222002-01-01

On December 22, almost exactly 22 years after the Soviets installed a puppet government (on December 27, 1979, headed by Babrak Karmal) in Kabul, the Americans repeated the feat. Hamid Karzai was “sworn in” as prime minister with British troops guarding the interior ministry building where the ceremony took place...

World

Pakistan facing attack as India joins global anti-Muslim coalition

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 17, 14222002-01-01

Thirteen Pakistani troops were reported killed on December 26, as a result of Indian shelling across the Line of Control dividing Kashmir.

Islamic Movement

Reflections on the Taliban’s performance as an Islamic movement

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 01, 14222001-12-16

In the two-month period from October 7 to December 7, the Taliban’s world has been turned upside down; from controlling more than 90 percent of Afghanistan’s territory they were forced to surrender their last stronghold of Qandahar to tribal elders on December 7.

World

Bonn Accord lays out West’s plans for government of Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 01, 14222001-12-16

The ink had not even dried on the interim accord signed in Bonn on December 5 when various Afghan factions had denounced it as a foreign imposition that could not bring lasting peace to Afghanistan.

World

Musharraf wrong-footed by American duplicity over Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 16, 14222001-12-01

General Pervez Musharraf must feel that he has shot himself in the foot. His decision to join America’s war on Afghanistan and ditch the Taliban, because of George W. Bush’s infamous threat...

World

Taliban defiant as West plans future government of Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 16, 14222001-12-01

The United Nations conference on Afghanistan, scheduled for November 24 in Berlin, has been postponed until November 27 and the venue shifted to Bonn without explanation.

Islamic Movement

The failure of Pakistan's Islamic movements to challenge the country's secular establishment

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 01, 14222001-11-16

It is often alleged, both in Pakistan and in the west, that “Islamic fundamentalists” wield too much influence, grossly out of proportion to their actual support in Pakistan. It is further alleged that the ‘virus’ of fundamentalism has even infected the military in Pakistan.

Special Reports

Central Asian oil and gas: the real reason for the US’s war on Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 01, 14222001-11-16

While America has couched its ‘war’ on Afghanistan in the language of morality, more sinister motives are at work: desire to control the Caspian Sea’s oil and gas, as well as the destruction or removal (‘neutralisation’) of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

Occupied Arab World

Saudis’ reluctance to support US over Afghanistan shows their worry about domestic opposition

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 15, 14222001-11-01

Whether the US-led war on Afghanistan will overthrow the Taliban is a moot point, but it has already caused tremors in Saudi Arabia. Not because the House of Saud is concerned about what happens to the Taliban or the Afghans...

World

Bombardment and suffering fail to break defiant Afghans’ spirits

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 15, 14222001-11-01

The US-British assault on the Taliban and Usama bin Ladin in Afghanistan does not appear to be going well, despite the use of ground troops on October 20 after two weeks of aerial attacks.

Features

The Prophet’s use of statecraft to defeat and win over the Quraish

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14222001-10-16

If life in Makkah was characterized by passive resistance, in Madinah it entered a more active phase with the Prophet himself initiating many of the moves.

Special Reports

Futures of Afghanistan and Pakistan at the whim of a self-serving and unreliable ‘friend’

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14222001-10-16

As the US war on Afghanistan intensifies, a motley collection of warlords and bureaucrats is being assembled to take over from the Taliban.

World

Hundreds dying as US missiles and bombs hit Afghan cities and villages

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 29, 14222001-10-16

he beginning of US assaults on Afghanistan on October 7, killing scores of people, may have little to do directly with the attacks on September 11 in New York and Washington, despite claims to the contrary.

Features

Challenges posed by the Prophet (saw) to the jahiliyyah society of Makkah

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 14, 14222001-10-01

Clashes occur within or between societies when ideological differences emerge. The pre-Islamic Makkan society was based on idol-worship; into this environment was introduced the message of tawheed, the Oneness of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, embodied in the kalimah.

World

Afghanistan and the world await the US’s response to aircraft attacks

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 14, 14222001-10-01

Afghanistan once again finds itself threatened with war and destruction, this time by the Americans. For nearly 25 years its people have known nothing but suffering.

World

Musharraf’s indecent haste to surrender to US pressure bodes ill for Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 14, 14222001-10-01

The indecent haste with which the rulers of Pakistan have surrendered to US demands in the new crusade against Islam reflects the deep divide between the rulers and the Pakistani masses.

Occupied Arab World

Israel feeling the pressure as world shows its support for the intifada

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 18, 14382001-09-16

While protests against Israel and zionism were dominating the UN’s World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, little was changing for Palestinians under Israeli rule, with the zionist army continuing its brutal crackdown.

Islamic Movement

Discussing the Seerah of the Prophet (saw) and Islam in the modern world

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 26, 14222001-08-16

Two months before the International Seerah conference to be held by the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) in South Africa (September 21-23, 2001), a major conference on the Seerah took place in Ottawa, Canada. ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the ICIT, was there.

Occupied Arab World

Palestinian deaths mount as Israelis given freedom to commit atrocities

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 26, 14222001-08-16

With Ariel Sharon, the butcher of Beirut, at the helm, the “only democracy in the Middle East” has gone berserk. It is using US-supplied Apache helicopters against Palestinian activists, in complete disregard of human life. Amer Hudeiri, a Hamas activist, was martyred on August 5 when Israel fired two missiles at his car in the West Bank town of Tulkerm...

World

Musharraf surprises everyone by showing backbone based on nuclear parity with India

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 11, 14222001-08-01

Perhaps for the first time in history, a Pakistani ruler has stood his ground against India on an issue that is vital to his country’s survival. Previous Pakistani rulers often camouflaged their sell-out to India by citing external pressures or difficult circumstances.

World

Anticipating the broad themes of Musharraf’s summit meeting with Vajpayee

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14222001-07-16

As Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf headed for Agra for another summit-meeting with Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the divergent expectations of the two countries became clear in the manner in which they formulated their respective approaches.

Islamic Movement

The movement’s post-revolutionary experiences show the necessity for struggle and sacrifice

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 09, 14222001-07-01

The Islamic Revolution in Iran inspired and raised expectations among Muslims all over the world. Over 20 years later, it has not been followed by Islamic Revolutions in other Muslim countries. ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, considers the experience and progress of the global Islamic movement during this period.

World

Canadian Muslims challenging Jewish lobby over the style of anti-racism in the school curriculum

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 09, 14222001-07-01

A vigorous debate is underway in York Region (the site of Crescent’s Canada office), on the question of racism, or more precisely how to address the issue of racism in the school curriculum.

Islamic Movement

Who speaks for the Islamic movement? – making sense of the multiplicity of voices

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14222001-06-16

The Islamic movement is a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional entity, as broad and as varied as the Ummah itself. Most Muslims instinctively recognise which groups are part of the movement, and which are not, but the multiplicity of voices, within the movement can be bewildering.

World

Ubiquity of racism facing immigrants and refugees in Canada

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14222001-06-16

For nearly a decade Canada has been regarded by the United Nations as the best country in the world to live in; this may be true, but there are persistent problems reflected in statements of officials and organizations that mar this image. The most obvious is racism, an attitude almost universal in European and North American societies.

World

Vajpayee’s proposal of peace talks with Pakistan immediately proved hollow in Kashmir

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14222001-06-16

The excitement generated by Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s invitation last month to Pakistani chief executive general Pervez Musharraf, for peace talks in Delhi, quickly proved hollow when the very different positions of the two sides were made clear.

Islamic Movement

Eid Milad un-Nabi : an opportunity to broaden our perception of the Seerah

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 09, 14222001-06-01

As Muslims all over the world celebrate the birthday of the noble Prophet Muhammad sall’Allahu alaihi wa sallam, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), discusses the Prophet’s role in bringing about change in society.

Special Reports

Bush launches a new Asia strategy against power of China

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 09, 14222001-06-01

There appears to be no method in George W. Bush’s madness; since becoming president in a dubious presidential election, he has unleashed a flurry of policy statements and directives that have irked friend and foe alike.

Features

Press Freedom Day shows limitations to the West’s commitment to free speech

Zafar Bangash

Safar 22, 14222001-05-16

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists held its Press Freedom Day on May 3, issuing its list of countries and rulers where journalists are either being killed or incarcerated. Iran was blamed, as were China, Cuba, Malaysia and Tunisia.

Occupied Arab World

Israelis’ brutality reflects the extent that the intifada is damaging them

Zafar Bangash, Laila Juma

Safar 07, 14222001-05-01

Just weeks after the Arab governments humiliated themselves with their utter failure to support the Palestinian intifada at their Arab League meeting in Amman on March 28, Islamic Iran showed the way forward with the unqualified support offered to the Palestinians at the opening of its International Conference on the intifada and the zionist problem in Tehran on April 24.

Occupied Arab World

Israel increasing brutalities against Palestinians in bid to end intifada

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 22, 14222001-04-16

Living up to his reputation as the “Butcher of Beirut,” Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has unleashed still more assaults on the besieged Palestinian civilians with helicopter-gunships, mortars and artillery shells in the West Bank and Ghazzah over the last two weeks.

Special Reports

Pakistani secularists determined to abandon the Kashmiri struggle

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 22, 14222001-04-16

That oppressors everywhere try to maintain the status quo by trying to delegitimize the struggle of those whom they are oppressing is understandable.

Islamic Movement

Deaths at Jamarat only a part of the tragedy and travesty of Hajj

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 07, 14222001-04-01

Any Muslim considers Hajj to be a journey in repentance and submission, and hopes to return home cleansed of all sins, like a new-born baby. Hajj is an arduous undertaking beginning with the hijra (migration) of the Muslim from his or her place of abode to Makkah in preparation for the performance of various rites.

Islamic Movement

The Seerah as a model for the total transformation of society

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14212001-03-01

Last month, the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) announced that it will hold an International Seerah Conference in Pretoria, South Africa, in June this year. This follows similar conferences in Pakistan and Sri Lanka last year.

Occupied Arab World

Sharon’s election a sign of desperation in the West’s last colony in the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14212001-03-01

The last colonial outpost in the heartland of Islam is crumbling under the power of the intifada. The overwhelming vote for war-criminal Ariel Sharon in the Israeli elections (February 6) is a sign of zionist desperation in the face of the Palestinians’ achievements.

Islamic Movement

Hajj: the grand annual assembly of the Ummah, not merely a personal religious ritual

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 07, 14212001-02-01

As Muslims from all over the world begin to travel to the Hijaz for Hajj, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), discusses the true nature of the annual pilgrimage.

World

Bush’s oil connections herald new interest in Caspian oil game

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 07, 14212001-02-01

Hopes of a less strident foreign policy from the new American president, George W. Bush, even in such areas as oil, especially vis-a-vis Iran, may be misplaced. While Bush and Dick Cheney, his vice-president, are beholden to oil interests, American officialdom has the tendency to act in incredibly stupid ways.

Special Reports

Newly-opened Pakistani archives cast further light on the real reasons for the loss of East Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 21, 14212001-01-16

The long-awaited Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report into the East Pakistan debacle of 1971 was finally released on December 30, 2000, although “sensitive” segments still remain out of the public eye. Even the 700 pages that have been released...

Features

Lessons from the Afghan imbroglio, 21 years after Russia’s invasion

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 06, 14212001-01-01

Muslims throughout the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on December 27, coinciding with a less pleasant event that has been virtually forgotten by most of us by now. On this date in 1979, tens of thousands of Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan, setting off alarm bells in world capitals, not least Washington, then a leading champion of the ‘cold war’ mentality.

Islamic Movement

The agenda for the Islamic movement in Palestine

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 06, 14212001-01-01

As the Al-Aqsa intifada in Palestine enters its fourth month, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), discusses the nature of the Israeli problem and the challenges facing the Islamic movement in Palestine in seeking to resolve it.

Occasional Paper

The concepts of leader and leadership in Islam

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 13, 14212000-06-16

This paper was presented by Zafar Bangash at the International Conference on 'The Seerah: A Power Perspective' convened by the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) and Crescent International in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 16-18, 2000. Zafar Bangash is Director of the ICIT. In this paper, he outlines his understanding of the nature of leadership in Islam, and practical aspects of a leader.

Book Review

Damning exposure of the real state of America and the West’s propaganda lies

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 22, 14381999-11-16

America’s greatest success lies not in the fact that it is able to project itself abroad as a society of vast opportunities, instant riches and absolute freedom; its real success lies in convincing millions of Americans at home of this fiction.

Book Review

Israeli writer uses Hebrew sources to expose the Zionists’ duplicitious and militaristic nature

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 30, 14201999-05-16

One of the most enduring myths of the contemporary era is the image of the Zionist State of Israel as a beleaguered entity. The presence of ‘Arab hordes’ surrounding ‘tiny Israel’ is constantly peddled and easily accepted by guilt-ridden governments in the west

Book Review

CIA peddles drugs while US media act as cheer leaders

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 28, 14191999-01-16

The US makes a big deal of its seriousness to fight drugs. It has a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) whose agents are stationed in at least 32 countries around the world.

Occupied Arab World

Clinton kills more Iraqi civilians in bid to escape impeachment vote

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 27, 14191998-12-16

In a desperate bid to save his own skin and displaying total contempt for Muslim lives, US president Bill Clinton, a self-confessed liar and philanderer, unleashed cruise missiles against Iraq on December 16.

South-East Asia

Anti-Mahathir campaign reaches Malay heartland

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 27, 14191998-12-16

Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed must be getting a sinking feeling that events are fast slipping out of his control. This is not to suggest that the Malaysian judiciary, press or the police have turned against him.

South-East Asia

America’s kiss of death and some crucial issues in the Islamic Movement

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 12, 14191998-12-01

So despised is Uncle Sam globally that too close an identification with him can spell the death-knell for any political figure, especially in the Muslim world.

World

Intellectual revolution a pre-requisite for meaningful change in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 26, 14191998-11-16

The socio-economic and political chaos that grips Pakistan today allows little room for serious intellectual debate or discussion. To the political confusion must be added the din made by various religious parties and groups who insist that their version of Islam is the only correct one and that everyone else is destined for Hell-fire.

World

Karachi groans under escalating violence

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 26, 14191998-11-16

Last month witnessed some highly unusual developments even by Pakistani standards where political events can take a sudden and unexpected turn.

Book Review

The question of Palestine in light of international law and conventions

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 11, 14191998-11-01

Debate about Palestine is often shrouded in the fog of individuals’ preferences. There is always a prior commitment to one side or the other and every piece of evidence is used merely to reinforce one’s own argument or debunk the other’s.

Book Review

The peace process without peace: the study of Israeli-Jordanian relations

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 25, 14191998-10-16

Since the signing of the peace accords between the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Israel four years ago in Washington, a whole industry has sprung up studying the peace process. There are departments, organisations and think-tanks all drum-beating about it.

South-East Asia

Wicked doctor’s dirty tricks backfire in Malaysia

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 25, 14191998-10-16

Amid uncharacteristically strong defiance, the people of Malaysia have kept the tempo of demonstrations despite the arrest of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim last month.

World

Women, children, elderly, victims of Serbs’ genocidal campaign in Kosova

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 25, 14191998-10-16

The demons of Serbian nationalism are on the loose again, this time in the overwhelmingly Muslim province of Kosova. With their blood lust not nearly satiated in Bosnia even after three years of macabre killing rituals, they have now turned their wrath against the defenceless people of Kosova.

South-East Asia

Lessons for the Islamic Movement from Anwar's episode

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 10, 14191998-10-01

Malaysia has been taken by storm since Anwar Ibrahim, the relatively youthful former deputy prime minister, was unceremoniously sacked on September 2.

World

Nuclear tests boost Kashmir dispute into prominence

Zafar Bangash

Safar 21, 14191998-09-16

India has had a rough couple of weeks as far as Kashmir is concerned. First it was president Nelson Mandela of South Africa who in his welcome address to the non-aligned movement (NAM) summit meeting in Durban on September 2, offered international mediation to resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.

World

Clinton’s scandals root cause of missile strikes at Sudan and Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 10, 14191998-09-01

The August 20 US missile strikes on a Pharmaceutical factory in Sudan and alleged camps of Islamic activists in Afghanistan have underscored one point clearly: Washington is an international outlaw.

World

Moscow continues its intrigues in Ichkeria

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 23, 14191998-08-16

The Kremlin rulers continue to speak with forked tongue when dealing with the Chechens. Russian prime minister Sergei Kiriyenko met president Aslan Maskhadov of Ichkeria on August 1 in Nazran, the Ingush capital, and promised to pay for rebuilding the devastated Caucasus republic.

Book Review

Beyond grief: a Hindu's continuing crusade against Islam

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 08, 14191998-08-01

The writer, V S Naipaul, like the apostate Salman Rushdie, is much revered in the west. Both are of Indian origin although Naipaul was born in Trinidad where his forefathers were taken as indentured labourers.

Features

Hidden meanings in western media’s language of discourse

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 08, 14191998-08-01

The Crescent International is often considered ‘blunt’ in its reporting of world events. We make no apologies for this. We tell the truth as we see it without mincing words. The western media, with minor exceptions, indulges in double-speak.

World

Canada’s never-ending debate about immigration

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 08, 14191998-08-01

As a country of immigrants, some Canadians act decidedly mean toward new immigrants. In the past, anti-immigrant feelings were passed off under the pretext of economic uncertainty. This excuse is no longer valid.

World

Threat to survival of Muslim minorities highlighted at Muslim Unity conference

Zafar Bangash, Iqbal Siddiqui

Rabi' al-Thani 08, 14191998-08-01

The importance of Muslim unity, preservation of the Ummah against international plots, support for the intifadah in Palestine and the Islamic resistance in Lebanon as well as condemnation of Zionist attempts to usurp the holy city of al-Quds were major themes discussed at the eleventh International Conference on Islamic Unity in Tehran

Book Review

Changing patterns of China's foreign policy in the Middle East

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14191998-07-16

China is an emerging superpower. For decades, the west viewed it as an enemy because of its radical ideology. Many American cold warriors still consider it so despite far reaching changes in China. These have of necessity affected its foreign policy preferences as well. Within China, old ideas have had to be discarded and new realities taken into account.

World

Indians speak from both sides of their mouth on Kashmir

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14191998-07-16

As Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif heads for Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, for his first face-to-face meeting with his Indian counterpart later this month, Kashmir will be high on his agenda.

Special Reports

Political fallout from Pakistan’s nuclear tests

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 07, 14191998-07-01

It was a foregone conclusion that there would be political as well as economic fallout from Pakistan’s nuclear explosions. Western governments had made clear that Islamabad would suffer terribly if it followed India down the nuclear path. Such pressure weighed heavily on Pakistani leaders before they took the plunge.

World

US, in grand retreat, launches charm offensive at Iran

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 07, 14191998-07-01

Compulsions of geography and economics have combined to frustrate America’s political designs in Central Asia, forcing Washington to revise its policy vis-a-vis Iran.

Special Reports

Pakistan's nuclear prowess boosts morale of Muslims worldwide

Zafar Bangash

Safar 21, 14191998-06-16

Muslim masses around the world greeted Pakistan’s nuclear tests with joy while the enemies of Islam were gripped by grief. Soon after Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif announced that five successful tests had been conducted on May 28...

Toronto Conference Remembers range and depth of Allamah Iqbal’s thought and understanding

Zafar Bangash

Safar 16, 14191998-06-11

Great men live in people’s consciousness long after they have left the physical world. Sayyid Jamaluddin Afghani (Asadabadi), Allamah Muhammad Iqbal, Syed Qutb, Imam Khomeini, Maulana Maudoodi and Dr. Kalim Siddiqui all come into this category. They were men of great ideas which have helped shape the destiny of millions in this century.

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Special Reports

50 years of zionist forgery and land grab

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 25, 14371998-06-01

One of the biggest injustices of the twentieth century - the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel - is being celebrated in a manner bordering on the scandalous. The implantation of the zionist entity in Palestine has been rightly described asal-Nakba (the catastrophe) by Palestinians.

World

India’s tritium route to the hydrogen bomb

Zafar Bangash

Safar 06, 14191998-06-01

Of the five explosions carried out on May 11 and 13, India said one was a hydorgen bomb (thermonuclear explosion). Evidence had emerged months prior to the explosions that India had indeed embarked on the fusion route and made some progress.

World

Pakistan out-bangs India in nuclear explosions

Zafar Bangash

Safar 06, 14191998-06-01

Within two weeks of India’s five nuclear explosions, Pakistan responded with five tests of its own on May 28 followed by one more on May 30. Not only did it out-bang India but also turned the near-gloom in Pakistan into euphoria.

Occupied Arab World

Lebanon’s three presidents and a godfather keep it on the confessional track

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 19, 14191998-05-16

Lebanon, it is commonly joked in Beirut, has three presidents: Elias Hrawi, Rafic Hariri and Nabih Berri. ‘What about Hafez al-Asad?’ asked a recent visitor to Beirut.

World

New mood of confidence among Mujahideen in Kashmir

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 19, 14191998-05-16

The struggle in Kashmir has undergone a major metamorphosis over the last 18 months, sending the Indian occupiers into a tail-spin. If the years 1995-1996 were characterised by extreme hardships for the mujahideen...

Occupied Arab World

Reflecting on the future of the resistance to Zionist occupation in Lebanon

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 04, 14191998-05-01

Lebanon’s political, religious and cultural diversity was reflected in a two-day seminar held in Beirut on April 14 and 15.

World

Picturesque Hangu valley turned into killing field

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 19, 14181998-04-16

The tragic sectarian clashes in Hangu and the surrounding areas in Pakistan’s Frontier Province last month that resulted in scores of deaths were entirely avoidable.

Book Review

Hizbullah: a more realistic assessment

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 04, 14181998-04-01

In western mythology, Lebanon is generally identified with mayhem, warfare, hostage-takers and hijackers. Similarly, the name Hizbullah conjures up images of gun-toting Muslim zealots out to get ‘peaceful’ westerners.

Special Reports

Struggle between Islam and secularism in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 04, 14181998-04-01

Since its creation more than 50 years ago, Pakistan has been trapped in a crisis of identity. For the ruling elite, it has meant the continuation of raj by other means with all the attendant pomp, ceremony and priveleges.

Book Review

Algeria's agony lost in the paucity of western scholarship

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 18, 14381998-03-16

THE AGONY OF ALGERIA By Martin Stone. Published by Columbia University Press, New York, NY, US. 1997. pp. 274. Pbk: US$16.50.

Special Reports

Pakistan caught in false debate between secularism and sectarianism

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 17, 14181998-03-16

Fifty years after its creation, Pakistan is still unsure of its identity. Notwithstanding the Zionist settler entity in Palestine, Pakistan is the only country in the world to have come into existence on the basis of religion - Islam - but it has yet to find its moorings.

World

Oil and turmoil: explosive mix in the Caucasus

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14181998-03-01

The Caucasus region has seldom had peace. It is becoming even more dangerous as a number of rulers in the area would testify. Sandwiched between two major seas...

World

Uzbekistan, too, discovers the bogey of fundamentalism

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14181998-03-01

The bogey of Islamic fundamentalism is so popular these days that even Uzbekistan seems to have discovered its utility. Last month, Uzbek foreign minister Abdulaziz Kamilov not only alleged that his government...

World

Garang and allies, not Khartoum guilty of slavery, says British peer

Mohammed Elamin, Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 19, 14181998-02-16

Among the numerous allegations levelled against the government of Sudan, that of slavery has perhaps had the greatest negative impact. How could slavery be allowed in this day and age, is a common refrain heard in the west.

Features

McDonaldization of culture: America's pervasive influence globally

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 04, 14381998-02-01

Globalization means not merely uniformity but also conformity to the dominant, primarily American culture. This applies as much to food as it does to music and clothes.

South-East Asia

IMF ‘help’ spells trouble for South East Asia

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 04, 14181998-02-01

Barely a month ago, pundits from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were proclaiming from every soapbox how Southeast Asian leaders had ignored their warnings about an economic meltdown before the house collapsed on them.

Features

Cheaply flows the blood of Muslims

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 17, 14181998-01-16

Not only Muslim blood but even Muslim honour is cheap. One only has to glance at the world from Indonesia to Morocco and all places in-between for confirmation. The death toll is so horrendous that it defies description.

World

US-Iran relations: why Uncle Sam is so eager to talk

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 21, 14381998-01-16

Change in relations between the US and Iran may be characterised by a supertanker on the high seas. Changing its direction takes a long time and it needs a lot of space.

Special Reports

Exporting ‘American democracy’ to Africa with guns

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 16, 14181997-12-16

The US has stepped up efforts to increase its influence in Africa, dubbed the ‘last frontier.’ Jesse Jackson, perhaps the best-known African-American today, embarked on a mission to two countries in Africa on December 1 to drum up support for political and trade links.

World

Pakistan’s constitutional nightmare over, but for how long?

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 16, 14181997-12-16

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif won the gladiatorial contest with the country’s president and the chief justice, banishing both into the political wilderness, but it was a gruelling experience for him.

Book Review

Symbiotic relationship between illegitimate Arab rulers and their western masters

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 15, 14181997-11-16

A BRUTAL FRIENDSHIP: THE WEST AND THE ARAB ELITE By Said K Aburish. Published by Victor Gollancz, London, UK. 1997. pp. 414. Hbk: UK20.00.

Special Reports

The comic tragedy of politics in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 15, 14181997-11-16

First there was the troika - the president, prime minister and army chief - that ruled Pakistan. Now it is a foursome, with the chief justice elbowing his way in. In a perverse sense, it could be called progress towards democracy by 25 percent.

Special Reports

Hizbullah, the Party of God, puts the fear of God in the followers of Satan

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14181997-10-16

Lebanon has become a graveyard for the Zionists. Thanks to the Hizbullah’s courageous resistance, the Zionist occupiers and their South Lebanese Army (SLA) surrogates have been dealt repeated blows sending them into panicked frenzy.

Book Review

China: from socialism to market economy and the quest for world status

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 29, 14181997-10-01

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to much drum-beating in western capitals about the victory of capitalism over communism. Western commentators, intoxicated by their belief in the 'effortless superiority' of the west, made dire predictions about the imminent collapse of the People's Republic of China as well. Where caution should have prevailed, the imagination was allowed to run wild.

Features

Was there a conspiracy to get rid of Diana?

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 29, 14181997-10-01

People, especially celebrities, assume a new life after death. And contrary to Mark Anthony’s claim in the play, Julius Caesar, the good that men do is not forgotten. A cynic might say that Anthony was only referring to men, not women. Perhaps.

Special Reports

New ‘last frontier’ for globe-trotting Yankees

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 29, 14181997-10-01

Africa has caught the attention of Uncle Sam which can mean only one thing: more trouble for the beleaguered continent. As if French and British ‘benevolence’ were not enough, the cigar-chewing Americans, notorious for leaving death and destruction in their wake, can only add to Africa’s woes.

Features

In conversation with Dr Masoomeh Ebtekar: Iran's first woman vice president

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 14, 14181997-09-16

The appointment last month of Dr Masoomeh Ebtekar as vice president in the cabinet of president Mohammad Khatami caused surprise among those unfamiliar with Iran.

Special Reports

Creaky India may not last another 50 years

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 14, 14181997-09-16

Mention India and it conjures up images of the Taj Mahal, sitar music and dope-smoking hippies tranced by gurus pontificating on the virtues of transcendental meditation.

South-East Asia

Lessons from Southeast Asian currency turmoil

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 28, 14181997-09-01

The turmoil that has hit Southeast Asian currencies should serve as a reminder to all those who move too fast in trying to catch up with the west or attempt improving their economies.

Special Reports

Contradictions abound in the land of the self-proclaimed superpower

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 12, 14181997-08-16

At US$7 trillion, America has the largest economy in the world (the world’s economy is put at $25 trillion). Currently the US also enjoys a robust job growth rate with unemployment put officially at a mere 5 percent, lowest of all the industrialised countries.

World

Pakistan’s 50 years: celebrations amid escalating economic, social uncertainties

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 12, 14181997-08-16

Pakistan launched its golden jubilee celebrations by a radio and television address by prime minister Nawaz Sharif at one minute past midnight on August 14. Then there was flag-hoisting ceremony at the parliament building attended by the country’s top brass while the people rejoiced in the streets waving flags and releasing thousands of balloons.

Book Review

The story of Mandela's struggle for freedom and justice

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 27, 14181997-08-01

The world's best known and longest-serving political prisoner's 27-year ordeal finally came to an end when shortly before 4 pm on February 11, 1990, Nelson R Mandela, accompanied by his wife Winnie, walked out of the Victor Verster prison in Cape Town. It may have been a few short steps to the prison gate, but it was a giant leap for Mandela and indeed the whole of South Africa.

Features

Understanding the nature of the enemy within Muslim societies

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 27, 14181997-08-01

Most Muslims mistakenly believe that the rulers or regimes in the Muslim world are their greatest enemies. This is not to suggest that they are friends of the Muslims but one must look at the issues more deeply.

World

Pakistan at 50 no cause for celebration

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 27, 14181997-08-01

Elaborate plans are underway for golden jubilee celebrations in both Pakistan and India. Pakistan had kicked off its celebrations last March with a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference and an impressive military parade on the main thoroughfare in Islamabad.

Features

External enemies inside the House of Islam

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Awwal 11, 14181997-07-16

The Global Islamic Movement does not have to contend only with the tyrants in the Muslim world. Their real struggle is in fact against the western backers of unrepresentative regimes. If left alone, these regimes would collapse like a pack of cards.

Features

Importance of mobilising resources for the Global Islamic Movement

Zafar Bangash

Safar 25, 14181997-07-01

While the secular regimes in the Muslim world have failed miserably in alleviating the problems of the masses, they continue to remain in power. What is the reason for this apparent paradox?

World

Africa to be further impoverished through Uncle Sam’s new initiative

Zafar Bangash

Safar 25, 14181997-07-01

With the Middle East now firmly in America’s grip, Uncle Sam has turned his attention to the plunder of Africa, which it calls the last frontier. Wherever the greedy uncle sets foot, trouble follows.

World

Christian ring of fire around Muslim Sudan with change of regime in Congo

Zafar Bangash

Safar 10, 14181997-06-16

An unholy alliance of Christian warlords backed by the United States and European powers has drawn the iron-curtain around Muslim Sudan.

Features

Options for bringing about change in the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 25, 14181997-06-01

Muslim activists are often engaged in heated debate about the model to follow to bring about change in Muslim societies. The best model is, of course, none other than that of the noble Messenger of God, upon whom be peace and blessings.

World

One dictator replaces another in palace reshuffle in Zaire

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 25, 14181997-06-01

Africa’s game of musical chairs produced another farcical comedy/tragedy when on the weekend of May 17-18, Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu waza Banga, the Zairean dictator, was flushed out of Kinshasa, the capital.

World

The scramble for Central Asia’s black gold

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 25, 14181997-06-01

There are more than 200 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and perhaps 50 trillion cubic metres of gas in Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Basin. Such riches could keep the lights burning in the west for a long time.

Features

Critical issues in the Islamic Movement

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 09, 14181997-05-16

History does not move in leaps and bounds. Most Muslims involved in Islamic activity, especially of the political party variety, want immediate results.

World

Thaw in frosty China-Russia relations sends chill down spines in Washington

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 09, 14181997-05-16

Following the April 23 treaty between Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Moscow, perhaps Harvard professor Samuel Huntington should go back to the drawing board and revise his ‘clash of civilizations’ theory.

Occupied Arab World

Another calamity strikes pilgrims at Hajj in occupied Saudi kingdom

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 23, 14171997-05-01

The Saudi assertion that only 343 pilgrims (pilgrims) died in Mina in the April 15 fire has been challenged by eyewitness accounts who put the death toll at nearly 4,000. More than 12,000 were injured, many of them in the stampede that followed as the fire spread.

World

Moscow, Central Asian warlords, use the bogey of Taliban to maintain grip on region’s resources

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 23, 14171997-05-01

Old habits dies hard. This time-worn refrain is as applicable to Russia today as it was when it existed in its communist mutation. Moscow has traditionally used the bogey of non-existent threats to maintain its grip on countries that it perceives as falling under its sphere of influence.

World

Food riots a prelude to more trouble ahead?

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 08, 14171997-04-16

Had Benazir Bhutto been the prime minister of Pakistan, she would surely have said, why don’t they eat cakes in response to people rioting in Peshawar for flour. Nawaz Sharif of course is no Marie Antoinette.

World

Resource-rich Uzbekistan struggling to overcome financial woes

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 23, 14171997-04-01

Like its neighbours Kazakhstan and Turkmenstan, Uzbekistan, too, hopes to kick-start its economy with the development of fuel and energy sectors.

Features

How Abdul Aziz proclaimed himself king of Najd and the Hijaz and renamed it 'Saudi Arabia'

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 07, 14171997-03-16

The Anglo-Saudi friendship treaty (December 1915) opened up vast new opportunities for Abdul Aziz ibn Saud. He became the recipient of British largesse - 80,000 annually (60,000 annually plus a lump sum payment of 20,000). His task was to harass Turkish allies in eastern Arabia and to disrupt their supply lines.

Features

Foreign hand behind the emergence of the Saud family

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 21, 14171997-03-01

Of all the calamities that have befallen the Muslims in the twentieth century - abolition of the khilafah, imposition of the nation-State structure, the loss of Palestine and Al-Quds to the zionists etc - the emergence of the House of Saud in the Arabian Peninsula is one of the most grievous.

Occasional Paper

Kalim Siddiqui’s conceptualization of the civilizational goals of Islam

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 21, 14171996-11-03

In this paper, Zafar Bangash highlights some key elements of Dr Kalim’s Siddiqui’s understanding of the contemporary historical situation, the role of the Islamic movement as in instrument for the ‘total transformation’ of the Ummah, and the challenges facing the Islamic movement in attempting to fulfill this role.

Book Review

Stretching the limits of credulity

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14161996-04-01

It is bad enough when Americans indulge in jingoism and proclaim the non-existent virtue of their country. It is infinitely worse when non-Americans start drum-beating about it. Perhaps it is then time for some serious reflection.

Special Reports

Occupation of the Arabian Peninsula by the Al-e Saud

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14161996-04-01

Zafar Bangash describes how from caravan robbers, the House of Saud occupied the Haramain.

World

Benazir’s Pakistan: lies and dirty games

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14161996-04-01

Pakistan appears to be repeating its three-year cycle of political instability. On July 21, Karachi, Lahore and a number of other cities were virtually paralyzed over a transport strike organised by the opposition parties protesting against massive taxes imposed in the June 13 budget.

The Makkah Massacre and Future of the Haramain

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 12, 14081988-04-29

This book not only provides a detailed account of last year's tragedy in Makkah but also examines the background to the emergence of the House of Saud. It was placed in control of the Haramain by the British in order to prevent the re-emergence of Islam in its dynamic, global role. Under the cover of’guardians of the Haramain', the House of Saud has served, first British, and now American, imperial designs to the detriment of Islam and the Muslims.

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Features

Failure of the political party approach evident from experience of the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Safar 27, 13971977-06-16

Muslims everywhere are impatient for change. Impatience itself is not bad. It shows that Muslims are alert and anxious to see change in their societies. This springs from the fact that they are dissatisfied with the status quo. This is also a positive sign.

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