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Sha'ban, 14342013-07-01

Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 5

Main Stories

Mursi joins the US-zionist-Saudi crusade in Syria

Ayman Ahmed

President Mursi has succumbed to US-Saudi-zionist pressure and joined the crusade in Syria. Since becoming president, he has badly mishandled Egypt’s affairs and with a bankrupt economy, he has embarked on a policy that will have serious repercussions for the country’s future.


Intensifying the proxy war in Syria

Zafar Bangash

With the takfiri mercenaries suffering repeated military defeats in recent weeks (they never had any mass support), they and their foreign sponsors have resorted to the most vicious form of sectarian hatred in Syria.


Significance of al-Quds rallies

Zafar Bangash

With so much mayhem in the Muslim world, it is important that we do not lose sight of the continued Zionist occupation of al-Quds (Jerusalem). The last Friday of Ramadan has been designated as the Day of Quds and Muslims would do well to remember it and join it.


The Ummah’s tragedy: court ulama

Zafar Bangash

The ulama are supposed to be inheritors of the Prophets but only if they adhere to the divine commands. When they fall for worldly temptations, they become a curse. This is what appears to have happened to Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a well-known alim, who has now joined the hate-spewing Saudis in spreading sectarianism.


Saint abroad, a devil at home

Abu Dharr

Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has a long list of accomplishments as scholar, speaker and struggler but his recent position has stunned many in the Ummah. How could he, of all people, be advocating civil war among Muslims?


The scholarly social contract with oppression

Afeef Khan

We live in strange times. There are Muslim scholars that quote the Qur’an, Hadith and the Sahaba liberally yet in their behaviour they are far removed from justice. On the other hand, we have people who have never read the Qur’an but are willing to sacrifice the comforts of life to uphold truth and justice.

News & Analysis

Taksim protests expose Turkey’s “role model” claim

Ahmet Aslan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s heavy-handed response to Taksim Square protesters has exposed his intolerant streak. Turkey’s claim to being a “role model” for other Muslims has become untenable.

News & Analysis

Reflecting on Iran’s presidential elections

Zafar Bangash

With his convincing first round victory in Iran’s 11th presidential election, Dr Hassan Rohani has exposed the west’s negative propaganda that had dismissed the elections as “irrelevant”. The Iranian people have also shown their support for the Islamic system by participating in record numbers.

News & Analysis

IAEA reform is long overdue

Dr Yousuf Butt

The IAEA has lost its credibility by becoming a tool in the hands of western intelligence agencies. Its role as an apolitical technical agency has been subverted by powerful players to be used for their nefarious agendas.

News & Analysis

Karzai wants a role in US-Taliban talks

Zia Sarhadi

With the opening of the Taliban office in Doha, Qatar, Hamid Karzai feels he will be left to hang high and dry if the Americans strike a deal with the resistance group. He has hit his now-familiar tantrum to be noticed. Will he get anywhere with it?

Special Reports

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Ayesha Alam

Based on Mohsin Hamid’s widely acclaimed novel, Ayesha Alam reviews the movie that has electrified the post-911 narrative by offering a compelling critique through the experience of a young Pakistani who finds his liberal-capitalist dreams unravel under the War on Terror.

Special Reports

Violence against women, an epidemic

Khadijah Ali

The physically weak have always been at the receiving end of violence. Their weakness is seen as an invitation to violence and aggression against them. This is most clearly visible among beasts.

Special Reports

Ramadan: building taqwa by caring and sharing

Zafar Bangash

Allah (swt) has linked fasting in the month of Ramadan with the building of taqwa—the active self-consciousness of Allah’s (swt) power presence in our lives. This can only be achieved by caring and sharing with those that are less fortunate than us in the world.

Special Reports

Best deed in Ramadan

Salina Khan

Ramadan should mean more than simply going hungry. There must be the wholehearted obedience to Allah’s (swt) commands in order to achieve the true purpose for which we fast: upholding truth and justice even though the challenges may be huge.

Editor's Desk

Nelson Mandela’s life-struggle and legacy


Nelson Mandela will no doubt go down in history as one of the towering figures of the 20th century. Looking at the situation in South Africa, some observers ask whether apartheid has truly ended since social and economic apartheid is still in place even if the Black majority has gained the right to vote.

Letters To The Editor

Jordan treachery

Abdullah al-Maliki

The kingdom of Jordan is an artificial entity created by the British colonialists. It continues to serve the purpose as an agent of imperialism and Zionism.

Letters To The Editor

Turkey’s protests

Fahad Ali

Protests in Turkey do not deserve the kind of coverage we have given, says a reader. The government has ended the sale of alcoholic drinks and should be supported rather than opposed!

Letters To The Editor

Pak elections

Azam Chaudhry

While complaining about the never-ending problems they face, the people of Pakistan have once again elected the same corrupt politicians they have tried twice before. How can they hope for change?

Letters To The Editor

Libya’s NATO-created turmoil

Omar al-Omran

The people of Libya have experienced no peace since the western-backed campaign to oust him from power was launched in April 2011. Colonel Muammar Qaddafi was murdered in cold blood but ruthless criminals have taken over killing innocent people.

Letters To The Editor

King Abdullah, quit now!

Mohammed H. Siddiq

The aging and ailing King Abdullah has been asked to quit because he has no capacity to govern. Poor health, lack of education and of course old age make him unfit to rule. Besides, hereditary kingship has no place in Islam.

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