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Crescent International Vol. 30, No. 6

Book Review

A rare examination of the history and role of the Tablighi Jama’at

Abdar Rahman Koya

Mention of the Tablighi Jama’at often conjures up images of ascetic Muslims with long beards and loose dresses. Such steoreotyping is not always inaccurate.


Leaders and misleaders of the Ummah


The issue of Palestine is central to the Islamic movement. Obviously, the occupation of Islam’s third holy city by the greatest enemies of Islam and the greatest powers of kufr that history has ever known is a situation that Muslims can never accept. But the experience of opposing that occupation is proving a severe testing-ground for the Ummah.


Press Freedom Day shows limitations to the West’s commitment to free speech

Zafar Bangash

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.

Islamic Movement

Hamas leader Khalid Misha’al: “Let the arms enter Palestine”

Crescent International

Khalid Misha’al is Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, the main Palestinian Islamic movement. He represented Hamas at the International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada in Tehran last month as Hamas leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin was unable to travel to Iran from Occupied Ghazzah. Here we present an excerpt of his address to the conference.

Islamic Movement

The Leader of the Islamic State on the intifada in Palestine

Crescent International

The International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran from April 24-25 was opened by the Rahber of Islamic Iran, Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamenei. Here we present an abridged translation of his speech.

Occupied Arab World

Algeria fighting Berber nationalism as well as Islam, its only unifying factor

M.S. Ahmed

Algeria does not need a fresh eruption of Berber nationalism after a debilitating decade-long ‘civil’ war waged by the secular establishment, dominated by the military, against the country’s Islamic movements.

Occupied Arab World

Arafat turns on Islamic movement as Iran conference supports jihad

Iqbal Siddiqui

Palestinian ‘president’ Yasser Arafat launched his expected crackdown on popular movements sustaining the Al-Aqsa Intifada last month. Dr Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi, the Hamas spokesman in Ghazzah, was arrested on April 28, reportedly for making ‘inflammatory’ statements.

Occupied Arab World

Anger in Sudan as Bush sides openly with ‘Christian’ rebels

M.A. Shaikh

The Sudanese government, which has been wooing Washington for months to escape US sanctions and diplomatic isolation, is now furious with the Bush administration because it has revealed its position on the civil war, siding completely and unequivocally with the spectacularly misnamed the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).


Welcome spring, the season for jihad in Caucasia and Central Asia

Crescent International

When Moscow celebrated the 56th anniversary of the Allied victory over Germany in the second world war on May 9, there was no mention of its latest military challenge, the fighting in Chechnya, stepped up by the Chechen mujahideen on the arrival of spring...


US steps up campaign against Iran as Khatami confirms candidacy

Laila Juma

Iran’s presidential elections, due to be held on June 8, were all but decided on May 4, when president Muhammad Khatami confirmed that he would stand for re-election.


Now Sri Lankan Muslims under attack from Sinhalese nationalists

A Special Correspondent in Colombo

Muslims in the Sri Lankan town of Mawanella suffered damage to their businesses and property estimated at R2.100 million ($1.2 million) earlier this month, when mobs attacked Muslim-owned businesses and shops, destroying 18 vehicles, 20 houses, 140 shops, two garment-factories and a rubber factory on May 2.


British Muslims planning electoral coups

Faisal Bodi

Britain’s long-expected general election will take place on June 7. British Muslim community groups, meanwhile, have already started campaigns against Islamophobic and pro-zionist MPs. At least three MPs representing the ruling Labour Party in London are in danger of losing their seats.


US anger as it is voted off UN human rights body

Waseem Shehzad

Americans are furious after the US was expelled from the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) earlier this month.

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