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Ramadan, 14252004-11-01

Crescent International Vol. 33, No. 9

Guest Editorial

The importance of recognising and identifying the enemies of Islam and Muslims

Abu Dharr

That the Islamic movement has venomous and ruthless enemies appears to be among the most difficult lessons for Muslims to learn. In all the Islamic movement literature that we are familiar with, from that of the docile tablighis to that of the revolutionary jihadis, we have never seen a book (or even a booklet) called “Know Your Enemy”...

Book Review

Explaining the history of the Qur’anic text

Muzaffar Iqbal

The History of the Qur’anic Text from Revelation to Compilation: A Comparative Study with the Old and the New Testament by M. M. Al-A’zami. Pub. UK Islamic Academy, Leicester, UK, 2003. Pp: xxii + 376. ISBN 1872531660. Pbk: £18.95.

Editorials

Sharon’s plan to ‘withdraw’ from Ghazzah both a victory for the intifada and a self-serving ploy

Editor

Ariel Sharon, the ‘Butcher of Beirut’ and the man whose desecration of the Haram al-Sharif in September 2000 sparked the al-Aqsa Intifada and helped him to be elected prime minister of Israel the following year, was hailed as a peace-maker last month when the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) voted to approve his plan for Israel’s so-called ‘withdrawal’ from Ghazzah...

Editorials

Recognising al-democratiyya al-shakliyya (facade democracy) in America

Editor

Americans like to see themselves as the models and champions of democracy in the world. Every four years the US presidential elections are hailed as proving the strength, vibrancy and success of democracy in America...

Editorials

Falluja facing another major attack because of its importance as a symbol of Iraqi resistance

Editor

Until some months ago, few in the world had heard of Falluja, the main city of the Iraqi province of Anbar, even though it was famous as a city of minarets and a summer resort for Iraqis.

Features

Remembering the first Ramadan as a month of fasting

Muzaffar Iqbal

Ramadan is undoubtedly the most special time of the year for Muslims all over the world, a time of prayers, reflection and collective reassertion of our faith and commitment to Islam. MUZAFFAR IQBAL looks back at the details of the first month of fasting in the early history of Islam.

Islamic Movement

The intellectual challenge facing the Islamic movement: decolonizing the Muslim mind

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz

Few Muslims doubt that one of the major tasks facing us is the reversal of the impact of colonialism on our societies. However, the extent of this impact is seldom noticed. YUSUF AL-KHABBAZ discusses the need to decolonize our minds...

Occupied Arab World

Massive suffering and destruction in Ghazzah as Sharon rallies support for 'withdrawal'

Ahmad Musa

Although Ariel Sharon’s plan for the withdrawal of Israeli settlements from Ghazzah, and the redeployment of troops in the area, is part of a larger plan to secure Israel’s control over Palestine as a whole...

Occupied Arab World

Pressure on Syria designed to force change of policy, not to threaten the Assad regime

M.S. Ahmed

The stage now appears to be set for the growing US and European pressure on Syria to come to fruit. Applied directly but also through the UN, the EU and Arab leaders such as president Husni Mubarak of Egypt...

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Reflections

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

Zafar Bangash

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...

South-East Asia

Increasing drug and social abuse among Muslim youth in Malaysia

Abdar Rahman Koya

Malaysia often claims to be a well-developed Muslim country, with its skycrapers and well-organised city gracing postcards and tourist brochures. Some of this is not propaganda...

Special Reports

Iraqi experience demonstrates the solidity of the institutions of traditional society

Mustafa Jalal

After the fall of Baghdad and occupation of Iraq by the Anglo-American forces, Iraq was exposed to an unprecedented state of chaos, looting and lack of security...

Special Reports

The achievement of the al-Aqsa Intifada: an answer to those who call it a mistake

Mustafa Jalal

As the al-Aqsa Intifada in Palestine enters its fifth year, debate has been renewed about the Oslo Accord and its subsequent negotiations that eventually failed in Camp David-2 and in Taba (Egypt) in 2000...

World

East Turkestan’s Muslims reject US-sponsored representatives in favour of Islam

Our East Turkestan Correspondent

On September 14, the establishment of a “Government of the Republic of East Turkestan in Exile” was declared in Washington DC by the East Turkestan National Freedom Centre (ETNFC), an Uigurexile group based in Washington...

World

Pakistan continuing its war against its own people in Waziristan

Zia Sarhadi

What fate awaits a government that wages war on its own people as the regime of general Pervez Musharraf is doing in Pakistan? Having experienced the tragedy of East Pakistan, most Pakistanis know the answer, but appear not to have grasped the gravity of the current crisis...

World

Sudan forced to accept ‘federal solution’ to Darfur conflict

Our Own Correspondent

What do Sudan and Syria have in common apart from being two Muslim countries that are also members of the Arab League? Each is the victim of mounting and relentless pressure from the West and their Arab allies, the UN and the international media, over their internal and regional policies, which they are required to abandon in the interests of those targeting them...

World

Controversy sure to follow flawed US presidential elections

Zafar Bangash

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...

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