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Rabi' al-Awwal, 14312010-03-01

Crescent International Vol. 39, No. 1

Main Stories

Canadian government deprives own citizen, Omar Khadr, of basic rights

Tahir Mahmoud

Nicholson, however, refused to ask Washington to return Khadr to his country of birth, Canada, despite the Supreme Court ruling that Ottawa had violated his Charter rights...

Main Stories

Selling the daughter of the Ummah to predators

Fahad Ansari

“We have captured 689 and handed over 369 to the United States. We have earned bounties totalling millions of dollars. Those who habitually accuse us of ‘not doing enough’ in the war on terror should simply ask the CIA how much prize money it has paid to the government of Pakistan.”


Lessons for the Islamic movement seven years after the invasion of Iraq

Iqbal Siddiqui

This month marks the seventh anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. The invasion was no surprise of course; it was preceded by months of international politicking as the neo-con Bush administration tried to build international consensus for the war...


Allah exposes the munafiqs and fifth columnists in the ranks of Muslims

Abu Dharr

Allah (swt), however, works in His own mysterious ways. Regardless of what the condition of Muslims may be at any given time, there is always something positive in it for them...

News & Analysis

Tiny Qatar trying to act big on the global stage

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

Even US President Barack Obama piped in with a video message telling the assembled crowd that he was serious about “engaging” the Muslim world, whatever that may mean...

News & Analysis

Historical prophet-killers strike again: assassinate Hamas commander in Dubai

Gamal Moheddin

Israeli Mossad agents were involved in the January 20 assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Hamas’s top military commander, who was visiting Dubai. Al-Mabhouh was assassinated in Al-Bostan Rotana Hotel. Dubai police released photos of 11 people, six of them carrying British passports, three Irish passports, one German and one French that were involved in the assassination.

News & Analysis

Contours of the US-Taliban peace deal

Zia Sarhadi

Regardless of US spin, the endgame in Afghanistan has begun. Aware that they cannot defeat the Taliban militarily, the Americans have changed tune...

News & Analysis

Will the West ever accept the concept of Islamic human rights activist?

Fahad Ansari

Will the concept of an Islamic human rights activist ever be fully acceptable in Western society? During my many years working at the Islamic Human Rights Commission, several valuable minutes were wasted every morning deleting hate mail which often described the organisation as an oxymoron or a contradiction in terms before descending into a volley of Islamophobic and racist abuse...

News & Analysis

Gitmo thrives despite Obama’s much-trumpeted promise

Zia Sarhadi

No less serious is the refusal of Congress to authorise funding for the prison or prisons on US mainland where detainees are to be transferred or even the authority to transfer those to be held indefinitely.

Special Reports

Israel behind anti-Islamic campaign in Azerbaijan

Haji Ramin Bayramov

Haji Ramin: In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Mercy-Giving. People would discreetly organize Islamic gatherings at home or in their basements and they would especially organize these gatherings during important dates in accordance with the Islamic calendar...

Special Reports

Zionist encroachments in Central Asia

Waseem Shehzad

It must also be noted that dictatorial regimes in Central Asia and Azerbaijan are not typical examples of authoritarian regimes driven by some sort of “big evil idea...

Special Reports

Internal enemies of the Ummah

Tahir Mustafa

The historic roots of the alliance between Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab and the House of Saud in 1746 will not be analysed here. A brief reference to it, however, is necessary to understand its contemporary repercussions...

Special Reports

The plight of Colombo Muslims and national political parties in Sri Lanka

M. I. M. Mohideen

Muslims have always been loyal to the country and were in the forefront of the struggle — resisting foreign invaders, winning back the lost freedom and consolidating the freedom won...

Special Reports

Iran-Russia relations in historical perspective

Maksud Djavadov

Many observers find it difficult to get an accurate fix on Iran-Russia relations. At times it appears as if Russia and Iran are strategic partners while at others they appear to be at odds. The confusion stems from a lack of proper understanding of either party...


Colonization of the Muslim mind

Zafar Bangash

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.


Anniversaries a grim reminder of Ummah’s plight


Several anniversaries fall in the month of March, both local and international but it is difficult to say anything positive about them. Let us review them. In March 1924, Mustafa Kemal abolished the khilafah, breaking the last organic link with the Islamic State established by the noble Messenger of Allah (s) in Madinah nearly 1,400 years ago.


Worried about Egypt’s old Pharaoh


There is much concern in Western capitals about what would happen in Egypt when the aging Pharaoh, Husni Mubarak dies. He is in his mid-eighties and not in good health. He has ruled Egypt with an iron fist since he became president in October 1981 after his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, was executed by his own soldiers during a military parade. Mubarak has ruled Egypt through a state of emergency that is renewed every six months.

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