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Jumada' al-Ula', 14372016-03-01

Crescent International Vol. 45, No. 1

Editor's Desk

Crescent reaches 45 in the age of the internet


With this issue Crescent International enters its 45th year of publication. It has not been an easy journey by any stretch. That we have survived so long is due to the mercy of Allah and the support of our readers for which we are extremely grateful.


The age of ignorance

Zafar Bangash

Ignorance is deliberately bred by ruling elites in order to manipulate people’s emotions. This is especially true in countries that never tire of drum beating about free speech, democracy and the rule of law.


Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy

Abu Dharr

For decades, the Bani Saud claimed to be leaders of the Muslim world. Now they claim to be leading the ‘Sunni’ world against the ‘Shias’. They are nothing but agents of imperialism and Zionism and stand exposed because of their own policies and actions.


March — a month of grim anniversaries

Zafar Bangash

While associated with renewal and growth, the month of March brings grim reminder of how terribly movements for change in the Muslim world have been subverted. Leaders of Islamic movements need to pay close attention to their modus operandi.


Syria’s five-year-long agony to end?

Zafar Bangash

Will the February 22 agreement between Russia and the US outlining terms for cessation of hostilities bring peace to Syria? It offers a glimmer of hope but many uncertainties remain.

Main Stories

Desert storm engulfs Bani Saud

Tahir Mustafa

The first requirement for getting out of a hole is to stop digging. The Bani Saud appear not to have heard this. They are digging themselves deeper into a hole. As the desert sand pours in, they will be buried under it.

News & Analysis

Subverting Muslim aspirations through terror groups

Zafar Bangash

The noble concept of the Khilafah (the Islamic State) has been besmirched at the hands of terrorists and head choppers. This is part of a plan to undermine the aspirations of Muslims for legitimacy, justice and peace.

News & Analysis

Erdogan, Bani Saud dig own graves in Syria

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

Even while most of the world has realized that foreign mercenaries cannot overthrow the government of President Bashar al Asad, Erdogan and Bani Saud continue to harbor the illusion, with disastrous consequences for both.

News & Analysis

Erdogan compounds dilemma in Syria

Ahmet Aslan

By his ill-conceived policies, Turkish President Recep Tayip Erogan has brought the war on Syria into his own country. The Turks will pay a heavy price for such foolishness, not to mention illegality.

News & Analysis

Nigeria: killing Muslims, appeasing Christians

Tahir Mahmoud

On December 12 and 13, 2015, the Nigerian army slaughtered more than 1,000 members of the Islamic movement allegedly for blocking the road on which the army chief was traveling. On February 14, 2016, a Church group blocked a road in Abuja but the army chief took a detour instead of attacking the Christians. Why the different treatment?

News & Analysis

Extremism in Britain, and how to tackle it

Harun Yahya

There has been an alarming rise in anti-Muslim sentiments and attacks throughout Europe and North America. While there are Muslim extremists as well, attacks against Muslims go largely unreported and unpunished.

News & Analysis

Philosophy of electoral system in Islamic Iran

Waseem Shehzad

No political system is entirely free. In the West, elections are bought as we witness in the US. Yet Islamic Iran’s electoral system is ridiculed because it wants to protect the achievements of the Islamic revolution.

Islamic Movement

Needed: Islamic Movement’s own economic model

Nasser Hameed

Muslim scholars have written extensively on the political and social theories of Islam but there isn’t enough material on the principles of economics. The few attempts at Shariah-compliant activities are mere window dressing and do not meet the requirements of Islamic law.

Islamic Movement

Malcolm X’s experiences at Hajj

Raziuddin Syed

One of the most remarkable transformations in the life of Malcolm X occurred during Hajj. Some of these experiences are narrated here that were published posthumously.

Book Review

Tiptoeing over some crucial details about ISIS

Dmitry Shlapentokh

The takfiri groun Daesh that also goes by the name ISIS or ISIL is much in the news. This book by Andrew Hosken sheds some light on the group but skips crucial details. Dmitry Shlapentokh reviews Andrew Hosken’s Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State (Oneworld, London, UK, 2015; 304 pages).

Letters To The Editor

What future for Hamas’ struggle

Samih Abu Zekri

Islamic resistance movements face many challenges, none more critical than the kind of friends they keep. Hamas faces this dilemma most acutely.

Letters To The Editor

The forgotten people of Afghanistan

Mehran Gul Watanyar

With so many wars raging in the Muslim world, it is easy to forget the long-suffering people of Afghanistan. They have not been well- served by successive rulers.

Letters To The Editor

Quiz about Saudi princes

Mohammed H. Siddiq

A reader ridicules the lifestyle of the hordes of Saudi princes whose extravagance has caused immense suffering to the people.

Letters To The Editor

Malcolm X

Askia Wejd

This long-time reader thanks us for not forgetting the life and struggle of Malcolm X (El Haj Malik el Shabazz), the most outstanding leader of the African-American community in the last century.

Letters To The Editor

The Ikhwan

Seyfeddine Ahmed

All parts of the Islamic movement should learn from the experiences and mistakes of the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon in Egypt.

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