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Month: April 2019

The ICIT’s international work

London, UK

London is a major base (along with Toronto) of the ICIT. London is a hub of international affairs of all kinds, and the global Islamic movement is no exception. The editorial offices of the Crescent International are now based in London, under Iqbal Siddiqui.

London is also a center for ICIT’s publications, through Crescent Publications (UK) Ltd., which also distributes Crescent, and for the ICIT’s seminars and conferences. Current and pending local activities include seminars, lectures, and teaching courses. The ICIT’s London operations are run by Iqbal Siddiqui and Dr. Maqsood Ali Siddiqi.

North America

Toronto, Canada, was the base of the Crescent International until 1999. It is also the base of Zafar Bangash, Director of the ICIT. Toronto is now one of the ICIT’s two major bases, and the ICIT’s publications and operations center for North America.

The USA is widely recognized today as the ‘sole superpower’ and the dominant force in the exploitative and decadent western civilization. As such, it is also the main enemy of Islam in the world. At the same time, it is home to a large Muslim community, both immigrant and indigenous, and representing every part and sector of the Ummah. This community is both under great threat in the US and has the potential to play a massive and unique role in the Islamic movement. The ICIT is committed to helping the Muslims in North America to survive in their hostile environment, to understand their position in the global Ummah and to contribute to bettering the conditions of their fellow-Muslims elsewhere in the world.

South Africa

The ICIT’s operations in South Africa are coordinated by the Crescent office in Pretoria. Muslims in South Africa are already well aware of the work of the global Islamic movement. They are well established and have a history of supporting Islamic causes.

The ICIT held a major conference there in August 1998 and February 2000. They follow conferences held by Crescent International in 1996 and 1997. Our publications are already widely distributed and read. Production and marketing of other products are planned.

Pakistan

The situation in Pakistan is critical. Pakistan has always been influenced by America, but its people have always been deeply committed to Islam. They have also been deeply moved and inspired by the example of the Revolution in Iran. It is now a battleground where the Americans, the Saudis and other enemies of the Islamic movement are fighting to limit the influence of the Islamic movement, even at the cost of the total disintegration of society. But Pakistan is also ripe for Islamic movement work.

ICIT has operation centers in Islamabad and Karachi. The Crescent is distributed there and is very influential among sections of the English-reading population, including sympathetic opinion-makers. Plans for producing the Crescent locally, in both English and Urdu, in order to communicate with more people, are under active consideration. So too are plans for distributing ICIT publications widely in English and Urdu.

A major conference, designed to plant our ideas deeper in the minds of local activists and intellectuals, was held in Islamabad in October 1998. This was followed by a lecture tour in Karachi. However, the need and potential for work in Pakistan are both immense. Further work will be launched with programs in Pakistan in the summer of 2000, insha’Allah.

Other countries

In other countries, our presence is mainly informal. However, Crescent is widely read, our publications are available and distributed, and we have important contacts who contribute to our work internationally and promote our ideas in their own areas. The potential for expansion in some areas, such as Malaysia, Australia, and India, is huge, once ICIT operations are better established in its main bases.…

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ICIT Publications

The ICIT’s main publication is the twice-monthly Crescent International Newsmagazine. This presents an Islamic movement perspective on current affairs, as well as discussing issues concerning the contemporary Islamic movement. (For more information, see section 4 above.)

The ICIT is also committed to publishing academic and other literature which develops and promotes the Islamic movement and the Islamic world view. Since its formation, the ICIT has published three major papers. These are:

  • Political Dimensions of the Seerah
    by Dr. Kalim Siddiqui (1998).This was Dr. Siddiqui’s final paper, written shortly before his death. It outlines his understanding of the need for a reinterpretation of the Seerah ‘from a power perspective’ in order to draw lessons for the contemporary Islamic movement and the present situation facing the Ummah.

    In it, Dr. Siddiqui suggested that a major research program into the Seerah was required, which would involve work in many areas by scholars all over the world over a number of years, at least. The ICIT plans to work extensively in this area in the future, insha’Allah.

  • The Seerah: A Power Perspective
    papers by Muhammad Al-Asi and Zafar Bangash (2000).This volume, the first of the ICIT’s ‘Papers on the Seerah’ series, consists of papers which seek to develop the ideas presented by Kalim Siddiqui in his Political Dimensions of the Seerah. Imam Al-Asi’s paper, The Prophet (p) and Power, examines the theoretical basis for legitimacy, authority, and power in Islam. Zafar Bangash’s paper, Power in the Framework of the Seerah, traces the Prophet’s acquisition of power through the various stages of his Prophethood.
  • The Rise and Decline of the Arab-Islamic Reform Movement
    by Basheer M. Nafi (2000).This paper, in the ICIT ‘Papers on Muslim Political Thought’ series, aims to construct a historical and conceptual framework for understanding recent Islamic reform movements in Arab countries and elsewhere in the Muslim world.

More papers are due for publications in the near future. Most of these will be new papers, although some will be papers which have previously been published but are little known, even among Islamic movement thinkers and activists.

The ICIT and Crescent Publications (UK) Ltd., its main publishing partner, which is based in London, also plan to re-issue and promote writings of Dr. Kalim Siddiqui and other major Islamic movement intellectuals of the recent past whose work can contribute to the contemporary Islamic movement.

The ICIT is also aware that there is a great demand for material on Islamic movement affairs which can go into greater depth than is possible in Crescent International but is not as heavy as books and academic papers. To fill this gap, the ICIT is planning a quarterly journal of Islamic news and political thought, to be launched sometime in 2000-01, insha’Allah.

The global Islamic movement is more than a movement of individuals — it is a movement of history. The task of establishing Islamic order, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala’s prescription for good living in this world, all over the Muslim world, is massive and wide-ranging.

The Islamic Revolution in Iran, at the dawn of the fifteenth-century Hijri, has given the Islamic movement a boost which may prove the beginning of its rise to global success, insha’Allah. But the task of consolidating the Revolution, and repeating its success in other Muslim countries, may take the rest of the century or longer.

Few individuals play crucial roles in the turning of history. Rather, it is the collective effort of all Muslims each doing his/her part. All any individual can do is find one or more parts of the work to which he/she can contribute, and doing so to the best of his/her ability. The success of the movement of the whole will then depend on the will of Allah.

The task the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought has set out to do is just one part of the work required by the Islamic movement if it is to succeed. But we believe it is an important, indeed essential, part of the work. All we hope to achieve to have played our role in the future success of the Islamic movement and to have served the pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in the process.…

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