Crescent International Vol. 33, No. 2

Newsmagazine of the Islamic movement

Iqbal Siddiqui

Safar, 1425 2004-04


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Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Editor

Safar 11, 1425

Editorials

Even by modern standards, the last month has been spectacularly bloody in the scale of the political violence seen. It opened with the Ashura killings in Iraq and Pakistan, in which several hundred Shi’a were slaughtered...

Developing Just Leadership

Iqbal Siddiqui

Safar 11, 1425

Occupied Arab World

The assassination of Shaikh Ahmed Yassin as he returned to his home after fajr prayers on March 22, 2004 (Safar 1, 1425) was a shock but not a surprise. Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon had declared him to be at the top of the list for assassination, and he had survived an attempt on his life in September last year, when Israeli fighter aircraft fired several missiles at the building in which he was staying...

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

M.S. Ahmed

Safar 11, 1425

Occupied Arab World

The recent flare-up of ethnic violence involving Syria’s Kurdish minority (apparently inspired by the constitutional gains made by the Kurds in Iraq) and the growing US pressure on Damascus to sign a peace deal with Israel and "end its occupation" of Lebanon, indicate the increasing threats to the stability of a country that is already undermined by the enduring alliance between the ruling Asad dynasty and the Ba’ath party...

Developing Just Leadership

Abu Dharr

Safar 11, 1425

Guest Editorial

One of the first messages to have been proclaimed by the Islamic Revolution and the line of the Imam was that the Islamic Revolution in Iran is neither of eastern nor of western affiliation...

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Zawahir Siddique

Safar 11, 1425

Book Review

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (30th anniversary edition). Pub: Continuum International, New York, 2003. Pp: 183. Pbk: $15.95.

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Editor

Safar 11, 1425

Editorials

José María Aznar, the right wing prime minister of Spain who was the only European leader to join George Bush and Tony Blair in their invasion of Iraq, paid the price for his defiance of Spanish public opinion on March 14, when the Spanish electorate voted him out of office...

Developing Just Leadership

Editor

Safar 11, 1425

Editorials

Production of this issue of Crescent International has been considerably hampered by the fact that it has coincided with the series of one-day cricket matches between Pakistan and India at the beginning of the Indian team’s first tour of Pakistan since 1989...

An increasing proportion of popular entertainment in Muslim countries now comes from the West, particularly the US. YUSUF KHABBAZ discusses whether such entertainment is proper for Muslim families and societies.

Developing Just Leadership

Ayesha Khan

Safar 11, 1425

Islamic Movement

Among the many functions around the world celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution was one in Toronto, Canada.

Developing Just Leadership

Muzaffar Iqbal

Safar 11, 1425

Islamic Movement

The history of movements and societies is widely understood to move through phases. The history of the Islamic movement is no exception. MUZAFFAR IQBAL considers the phases of the Islamic movement, and its current situation.

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Mohamed Yehia

Safar 11, 1425

Occupied Arab World

In the first week of March the scene in Egypt could well have come out of a black comedy. The General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood launched an initiative for reform in Egypt in a press conference held at the Press Association...

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Ahmad Musa

Safar 11, 1425

Occupied Arab World

Considering the fact that divisions inherent in Iraqi society are supposed to be the greatest problem facing Iraq as it seeks a new future following the American occupation, there seemed to be remarkable consensus among Iraqis of most communities following the signing of the American-dictated interim constitution on March 8, 2004...

Developing Just Leadership

Zafar Bangash

Safar 11, 1425

Reflections

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala says that the Messenger, upon whom be peace, was sent with clear signs and guidance in order to bring those who commit themselves to Allah, and undertake the tasks commanded by Him to maintain peace, justice and balance in society, out of darkness and into light (65:11)...

Developing Just Leadership

Abdar Rahman Koya

Safar 11, 1425

South-East Asia

The results of the general elections held on March 21 in Malaysia were as expected (see Crescent, March 2004): a return to the pre-Anwar-Ibrahim saga situation...

Developing Just Leadership

Muzaffar Iqbal

Safar 11, 1425

Special Reports

​The promotion of democracy in the Middle East remains a prominent part of American political rhetoric. But what are the US’s real motives? And what is at stake for Muslims...

Two-and-a-half years after occupying Afghanistan, ostensibly to bring peace to the warn-torn country, the Americans are no closer to achieving their objectives than they were when they attacked in October 2001...

It is not as unfair as it might sound to describe the management of Kosova’s affairs (mismanagement, according to many analysts) by the UN and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as meddling...

It was supposed to be a mopping-up operation, with a number of al-Qa’ida and Taliban suspects being arrested and presented as trophies to Colin Powell, the visiting US secretary of state...

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