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Rabi' al-Thani, 14242003-06-16

Crescent International Vol. 32, No. 8

Islamic Movement

Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei: the principles governing the work of Imam Khomeini

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

The most important work that our exalted Imam did in the world of Islam was that he revived the political and social dimensions of Islam. He held up the banner of the justice-seeking aspect of Islam. The Imam rediscovered Islam’s hatred of discrimination, class differences and arrogance.

Islamic Movement

Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamanei’s message to the hujjaj

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Following the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (ra) began the practice of issuing an annual message to the hujjaj. It has been continued by his successor, AYATULLAH SAYYID ALI KHAMENEI. This is a translation of his message to this year’s hujjaj.

Islamic Movement

Imam Khomeini in history, by history, for history

Kalim Siddiqui

June 4, 2003, was the 14th anniversary of the death of Imam Khomeini rahmat-Allah alaihi, the founder of the Islamic State of Iran. To mark the occasion, we here reprint an article written by the late DR KALIM SIDDIQUI on the first anniversary of the Imam’s death. Below we also publish an extract of a speech given by the current Leader of the Islamic Republic, Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei, in Tehran on June 4 this year.

Islamic Movement

Dr Kalim Siddiqui on the intellectual potential of the Seerah

Kalim Siddiqui

​DR KALIM SIDDIQUI, Director of the Muslim Institute, London, and founder of Crescent International, was one of the greatest Islamic movement intellectuals of the twentieth century. This month marks the seventh anniversary of his death in South Africa on April 18, 1996. To mark this occasion, we are reprinting an abridged extract from his final book, Stages of Islamic Revolution (1996).

Islamic Movement

The Prophet’s Seerah and the contemporary state of the Ummah

Muzaffar Iqbal

The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought convened a conference on the Seerah in Toronto last month, in association with Crescent International. Here we print the paper presented by DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL

Occupied Arab World

Palestinians show anger at Aqaba sell-out as Israel steps up attacks

Ahmad Musa

The two summit meetings at Sharm al-Shaikh on June 3, attended by US president George W. Bush, Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas, and the leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain, and at the royal palace at Aqaba, Jordan...

Special Reports

The Nazarbayev kleptocracy’s grip on Kazakhstan

S. Janomohamed

Since its independence from the Soviet monolith (1991), Kazakhstan has been mired in a succession of political crises. Kazakhstan has been the scene of serious human-rights abuses and the denial of fundamental freedoms.

Special Reports

Hard realities behind the US’s determination to assert its global power

Zafar Bangash

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.

Special Reports

US evangelists’ bid to convert Muslims worldwide: the WMD that no one is discussing

M.A. Shaikh

Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussain by the western coalition, there has been much debate about the weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that were used as a pretext to launch the war, but which have not been found.

World

Chechen realities disprove Putin’s claims

Crescent International

The "suicide bombing" by two young women (both apparently Chechens) on July 5, which killed 14 people at an open-air rock festival on the outskirts of Moscow, has proven to be a blow to president Vladimir Putin’s efforts to convince the Russian people that the war is over, and has been won.

World

India threatening to take US’s Iraq war as a model for action against Pakistan

Tahir Mahmoud

Yashwant Sinha, India’s external affairs minister, has joined the fire-breathing Indian home minister L K Advani in threatening a "pre-emptive strike" against Pakistan over Kashmir. In an interview published in the Hindustan Times on April 6, Sinha repeated the threat which had first been carried by the French news agency, Agence France Presse (AFP), three days earlier.

World

NWFP Shari’ah Bill causes consternation in Pakistan

Zia Sarhadi

That the unanimous approval of the Shari’ah Bill by the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) assembly on June 2 should send the secular elites into a frenzy is a telling sign of the true state of affairs in the "Islamic Republic" of Pakistan.

World

US government report highlights abuse of Muslims since September 11

Waseem Shehzad

US attorney general John Ashcroft remains unrepentant despite a stinging rebuke by Glenn A. Fine, his department’s own inspector general, confirming enormous abuses of detainees since September 2001. In a report released on June 3, Fine highlights the mistreatment of 762 persons, some of them held by the government for as long as eight months without charge.

World

Bush facing growing concerns about US economy

Waseem Shehzad

During his African tour this month, there were both questions about the invasion of Iraq and jokes about president Bush, especially relating to the growing US budget deficit. On Iraq he was asked about Iraq’s alleged purchase of uranium from Niger.

World

Repression of Muslims continuing in Uzbekistan

Crescent International

President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan is one of Central Asian’s most repressive rulers. Yet the US, which claims to be the world’s main protector of human rights, has made him its ‘best friend’ in the region since September 2001.

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