The Revival World News - August 2000

Sajid Iqbal

By The Revival Foreign Correspondent Team. A look back at the main events in the world over the last month or so… from a Muslim viewpoint for a change.

SYRIA: Hafiz al Assad passes away

Known as the ‘Lion’ of the Middle East (probably by his mate Clinton), Hafiz al Assad passed away rocking the peace process further and putting in doubt Israel’s eventual return of the Golan Heights. We hope that President Bashar follows the policy of being harsh on the Muslims enemies and soft on his people unlike his predecessors. But for some reason that isn’t gonna happen is it?

The Day That Changed My Life... Forever!

Sister Khadijah

Unbeknown to me 1996 was a year in which my life would change dramatically.

I was in the second year of my post-qualifying job and generally speaking my life was relatively okay. I had many plans for my future - of travelling the world and earning lots of money.

However my plans did not seem to correspond with what Allah (swt) had planned for me. And much to the shock and horror of my family and friends I embraced Islam at Regents Park Mosque, London.

Prior to embracing Islam I had never had any contact with Muslims and I literally did not know anything about Islam except what I had seen on TV. Moving from a rural area to a city to study was to lead to my first encounter with the Muslim community.

Man Of All Time!

Sajid Iqbal

There is no other man who has influenced life for all times. There is no other man who is a perfect role model for all humans for all times. There is no other man who has given rights to people of every society for all times.

So who is it then? Einstein, Darwin, Marx, Socrates, Newton, Plato, Freud… (who?).

OK, is it Jesus, Moses, Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Gandhi, Guru Nanak, Hari Krishna, Buddha, Hitler, Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin, Churchill, Martin Luther King, Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln…. Or even (God forbid) Ali G, Tu Pac, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Princess Diana, David Beckam or Pele?

If you think it’s any of the above then you’re either not sober(too many pints, if you know what I’m saying) or you simply don’t know your history.

Turkey of the Month - April 2000

Sajid Iqbal

Who do you think has been a complete idiot over the last month or so?

Who’s insulted Islam and the Muslims? Who’s hit the headlines for the wrong reason? The Revival has nominated:

Vladimir Putin, Acting President of Russia.

A nutcase who’s only aim is to destroy Islam and the Muslims in Chechnya. He is responsible for the genocide, mass rape and torture of innocent Muslims.

Who d’you think deserves to be the ‘TURKEY OF THE MONTH’ ?

What's Goin on?

Sajid Iqbal

Compiled by The Revival’s Foreign Correspondent Team. This is our new regular news feature to digest with your tea and cookies!

Chechnya: Slaughter of the Lambs

Media reports have proven that Russia has committed crimes against humanity. In a report by a British news group, a film was shot of Russian soldiers covering a mass grave. It has also been reported that all Chechan males fleeing Grozny aged between 16 and 60 were detained by Russian troops.

British Muslims supporting the Chechen Mujahideen pose a threat to Russia serious enough to warrant regular intelligence gathering on their activities, the Russian Ambassador to London claimed according to one British newspaper.

Nightmare On Homo Street

Sajid Iqbal

Forget about Freddie Krueger and Nightmare on Elm Street, today we have the greatest nightmare that you could ever imagine facing us in the very near future.

No, its not that Man City might get promoted or that Pakistan keep on getting battered by Australia in cricket, or even Dr. Shipman escaping from prison or that Bill Clinton has found his other brain cell… .No…it’s much worse than that; it’s the biggest attack, the biggest threat and the biggest insult facing the Muslims in particular and humanity at large.

What is it then? It is what is called in the modern world as the abolishment of SECTION 28.

Property of Allah

Sajid Iqbal

Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Mike Tyson, Chris Eubank, Niel Armstrong, Nicolas Anelka, Hakeem Olajuwon, Jemima Khan, Yusuf Islam… and the list is endless.

These are just some of the famous personalities who had all the money, power, luxuries, enjoyment and fame you could ever imagine but they only found real happiness and inner peace once they embraced Islam and gave up everything for the sake of their Creator.

Now you could be thinking whilst scratching your head and with your mouth wide open, what made these extremely rich and famous individuals embrace Islam?

Editorial: Xmas or Ramadan?

Sajid Iqbal

Yes, it’s that time again when there are many special dishes on the table, loads of movies on the telly, the hype of the end of the year and a big celebration at the end of it all.... yep, it’s Ramadan slap-bang in the middle of the X-mas celebrations!

To make it worse, this year you’ve got the Millennium Madness Disease spreading everywhere.

This is the month when we’re supposed to be doing extra worship, becoming pious, wipe the slate clean and try to attain Taqwa, understand Islam properly and become a practising Muslim.

Well if you thought it was difficult last time round then by-heck have we got a hell of a challenge this year.


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