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Crescent International Vol. 39, No. 8

Main Stories

Ahmadinejad comes “home” to a hero’s welcome

Afeef Khan

One ordinary spectator said, “I just came today to say welcome to our home… Iran helped to rebuild Lebanon, and most of all, they helped in building a strong resistance, the first to defeat Israel, the strongest army in the region.”

Main Stories

Murder of Afghan civilians by coalition forces

Fahad Ansari

“The baskets of severed hands, set down at the feet of the European post commanders, became the symbol of the Congo Free State… The collection of hands became an end in itself. Force Publique soldiers brought them to the stations in place of rubber.

Main Stories

US looking for a way out of Afghanistan?

Zia Sarhadi

True, there is no shortage of armchair warriors in Washington insisting that the US cannot cut and run, or that President Barack Obama does not have the spine for a fight.

Editorials

The Rahbar’s fatwa of respect, and unity

Zafar Bangash

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

"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

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

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 problem of the diminishing position of Hajj in modern Muslim societies

Iqbal Siddiqui

This writer has never had the privilege of performing Hajj. It may be many years before I am able to do so, although I hope and pray to have the opportunity before the end of my time on this earth, insha’allah.

Opinion

Arabian rulers align themselves with Zionism and imperialism against Islamic Iran

Abu Dharr

Muslim public opinion in general and Arabian public opinion in particular is at a loss to properly understand the Islamic Republic of Iran. Many people have an intuitive feeling that the Islamic orientation in Iran is for the long-term benefit of Muslims worldwide.

Opinion

The Qur’anic view of Hajj

Zafar Bangash

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

The Saudi record of violence against the historical heritage of Islam

Iqbal Siddiqui

The city of Istanbul is among the world’s most popular destinations among Muslims, largely because of the legacy of the Ottoman period and the numerous mosques and other monuments that survive there, through which Muslims can relate to a golden period of Islamic culture.

Opinion

The two opposite poles of the global Islamic movement

Abu Dharr

Deep down inside the recesses of the Islamic movement there is what one may call a dichotomy — two mutually exclusive subclasses of the worldwide Islamic movement. One of them is centered on Islamic Iran and the other around what is today called “Saudi” Arabia.

Opinion

Annual ritual at the UN I

Zafar Bangash

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

The unreported massacre and rape of Muslims in Guinea

Fahad Ansari

There is no clearer example of this than the deafening silence and paralysis inflicting the Muslims of the world when it comes to defending oppressed Muslims of Africa, and in particular Sub-Saharan Africa, or “Black Africa”.

News & Analysis

Egregious assault on human rights in the US

Ahmet Aslan

A Palestinian-American, Ghassan Elashi was one of the founders and then chairman of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF)

News & Analysis

Return of Musharraf, and Pakistan’s balkanization

Zainab Cheema

A fresh development in this schizophrenic saga is the return of Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf to the political arena

News & Analysis

Pakistan burning at both ends

Waseem Shehzad

At the other end of the country, violence has periodically erupted between different ethnic and political groups in Karachi

News & Analysis

US clutching at straws in Afghanistan

Zia Sarhadi

Nine years and tens of thousands of deaths later, it is the Americans that are begging the Taliban for talks

News & Analysis

France targets activists calling for boycott of Israeli goods

Waseem Shehzad

True to their aggressive nature, the Zionists resumed illegal construction on Palestinian lands as soon as their own declared deadline of September 26 expired. Israeli Prime Minister Ben-jamin Netanyahu had the temerity to say that

News & Analysis

Aafia Siddiqui’s sentence exposes gross US injustice

Tahir Mahmoud

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the frail neuroscientist kidnapped in Pakistan and tortured and brutalized for many years in Kabul’s notorious Bagram prison, was sentenced to 86 years by a US court in New York on September 23.

News & Analysis

Ambitious Bandar overplayed his hand in the Kingdom

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

This theatrical palace drama started when Bandar accompanied by a number of hangers-on went to Syria last year. He traveled under an assumed name using a false passport and carrying millions of dollars in cash, arrived in Damascus

News & Analysis

Islamic stirrings in Tajikistan and Azerbaijan

Maksud Djavadov

No matter what the exact outcome of recent events in Tajikistan and Azerbaijan, one thing is clear: Islamic revival in the former Soviet Union is gaining momentum.

News & Analysis

Divisions in the North Caucasus spell trouble

Maksud Djavadov

Publicly acknowledged divisions by pro-independence forces in the North Caucasus may completely bury the last remaining traces of the movement once known as the Chechen resistance.

News & Analysis

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

Zafar Bangash

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

News & Analysis

Hopeful changes on the Turkish political landscape

Ahmet Aslan

There was a crucial National Security Council meeting due to take place in Ankara that day. When he was informed about the incident, Mr. He collected some of the fragments while listening to testimonies from people in the mosque

Special Reports

Islamic revival in Bosnia: a closer look

Maksud Djavadov

Maksud Djavadov, researcher and analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), visited Sarajevo in August 2010 to conduct field research and examine the current situation of Islamic revival there.

Special Reports

Saudi Arabia’s war of steel and concrete on Islam

Zainab Cheema

The garbage of history is a term used for painfully reconstructing the past through the remnants and remains — but this sheds a neon-colored light on how history itself can be rendered as garbage.

Special Reports

Aal Saud: jahili roots, destructive role

Zafar Bangash

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.

Special Reports

America: no stranger to genocidal war crimes

Afeef Khan

“To fight and kill is worth three months without sex. Maybe it sounds idiotic but it is better than sex… When you are on the field it is you or the enemy. And when you see the ‘red mist’ [blood spurt from the sniper victim]… it is indescribable.

Special Reports

Understanding emerging political divisions between Europe and the US

Zainab Cheema

In President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad’s recent visit to the United Nations in late September, he easily became the most-watched head of state. In his various speeches, he took the UN and US to task for presiding over the wars on Afghanistan

Special Reports

Investigating the global mystery: who is Feisal Abdul Rauf?

Zainab Cheema

Who exactly is Feisal Abdul Rauf? This is the question countless people are asking themselves, in the wake of the Park 51 founder’s skyrocketing national profile. The din over the Ground Zero Mosque has somewhat subsided but the Islamophobic hysteria that it produced remains radioactive.

Editor's Desk

Omar Khadr gets kangaroo court justice at US gulag

Editor

Tortured endlessly, deprived of sleep for 21 days, attacked by dogs and threatened with rape, Omar Khadr, now 24, was handed one last piece of vigilante justice: guilty plea to all charges because confessions extracted under torture

Editor's Desk

Commonwealth games: India not in big league…

Editor

Sport has become a popular means to project a country’s image. Wannabes are quick to jump on the opportunity. India is one of the emerging wannabes but as its lack of preparation for the Commonwealth games shows, it does not belong in the big leagues.

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