Introduction to Muslim World League
The Muslim World League is an international nongovernmental Islamic organization based in the Holy City of Makkah. It is engaged in propagating the religion of Islam, elucidating its principles and tenets, refuting suspicious and false allegations made against the religion. The League also strives to persuade people to abide by the commandments of their Lord, and to keep away from prohibited deeds. The League is also ready to help Muslims solve problems facing them anywhere in the world, and carry out their projects in the sphere of Da’wah, education and culture. The League, which employs all means that are not at variance with the Sharia (Islamic law) to further its aims, is well known for rejecting all acts of violence and promoting dialogue with the people of other cultures.
The Muslim World League was founded in accordance with a resolution adopted during the meeting of the General Islamic Conference, which was held in Holy Makkah on the 14th of Dhul Hijjah 1381 Hijra corresponding to the 18th May 1962.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the leading contributor member of the Muslim countries funding the Muslim World League (MWL-League-Rabita). Along with other member states, those in charge of MWL seek to establish a brand of Islam that adheres to the precepts of God (Allah) and the tradition of the Prophet Mohammad. Their quest is to steer this Muslim organization away from the “fundamentalism” preached and followed by some. The Muslim World League’s work, which stems from the Quran, was launched from Makkah, the cradle of revelation, the beginning of the Message of Islam and the seat of the organization. It’s necessary for the MWL to use these basic texts of the true Islam to reach people. It is these authentic texts that the Rabita needed to propagate and call people to tolerance, harmony and peaceful coexistence. The League is relentlessly pursuing the establishment of a human society based on the principles of genuine faith. It teaches people to keep away from violence, terrorism and extremism. In addition, the preachers (Da’eya- sing, Da’e) working with the Rabita are sent to Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Latin America to teach the real Islam. These educate people about the right way to live according to their religion. Books of renowned scholars are used as reference to instill the proper concept of Islam in the people's minds. Islam is after all a moralistic religion that preaches moderation, tolerance and coexistence between humans. Like any other organization, the Muslim World League has also contributed to building mosques, schools and cultural and women's centers in many parts of the world where they are needed. Today, the Muslim World League is still doing all it can to improve the status of Muslims at all education and social levels.
Following a meeting of 22 prominent Muslim religious figures held in 1962, the Muslim World League saw the light. The then Crown Prince Faisal Bin Abdul-Aziz was seen as the founder figure. Since its inception, the Rabita has been working on promoting the adherence to a clear teaching of Islam. It encouraged the moderate stance that the Prophet Mohammad preached. It is noteworthy that Dr. Said Ramadan was banned from coming to Saudi Arabia to participate in any of the Rabita’s activities. Hence, he wasn’t a founder member of the Muslim World League as it is stated.
- The United Nations Organization: Observer in consultative status with the ECOSOC.
- Organization of the Islamic Conference: Observe status in attendance at all meetings and conferences.
- ISESCO: Member
- UNICEF: Member
We the members of the Muslim World League, representing it religiously, hereby undertake before God, Almighty to:
· Discharge our obligation towards God, by conveying and proclaiming His Message all over the world. We also reaffirm our belief that there shall be no peace in the world without the application of the principles of Islam.
· Invite all communities to vie with one another for the common good and happiness of mankind, establish social justice and a better human society.
· Call upon God to bear witness that we do not intend to undermine, dominate or practice hegemony over anyone else. Hence, in order to further these goals, we intend to:
· Unite the ranks of the Muslims, and remove all divisive forces from the midst of the Muslim communities around the world.
· Remove obstacles in the way of establishing the Muslim world union.
· Support all advocates of charitable deeds.
· Utilize our spiritual as well as material and moral potentialities in furthering the aims of this charter.
· Unify efforts in order to achieve these purposes in a positive and practical way.
· Reject all the pretenses of ancient as well as contemporary Jahiliah (attitudes of the pre-Islamic era).
· Always reaffirm the fact that Islam has no place for either regionalism or racism.
Means of Furthering our Goals
– Calling on individuals, communities and state entities to abide by the rules of the Sharia (Islamic law).
- Coordinating the activities of Islamic activists in the world.
- Enhancing the methods of Islamic propagation in conformity with the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah.
- Raising the standard and productivity of Muslims in the fields of media, education, Da’wah and culture.
- Organizing seminars and refresher courses.
- Taking advantage of the Hajj seasons to bring Muslim intellectuals together, and encourage the exchange of views among them.
- Supervising the activities of the Fiqh Council.
- Supporting efforts to promote and raise the standard of the Arabic language.
- Establishing Islamic bureau and centers to further Islamic purposes.
- Providing people affected by war and natural disasters with emergency relief.
- Helping activate the role and the maintenance of Mosques.
The Secretariat General
The Secretariat General of the Muslim World League is the executive wing of the organization. It supervises the day to day activities of the ‘League’, and implements the policies and resolutions adopted by the Constituent Council, under the direction of the Secretary General, the assistant secretaries and the general staff.
Headquarters: Makkah Al- Mukarramah – Om Al-Jood, Saudi Arabia.
Mailing address: P.O. Box, 357
Fax: 009662/5601267 -5601319
Telefax: 450390 – 540009
The General Islamic Conference
The General Islamic Conference is the highest policy making body that expresses the feelings and aspirations of Muslim peoples around the world. It is the source of the League’s legitimacy and capacity as the spokesman of Muslims world-wide. The GIC consists of leading Islamic preachers and activists who meet annually to review major issues facing Islam and Muslims and to find appropriate solutions for the realization of Muslim interests and aspirations.
The GIC has met on several occasions so far as follows:
- The General Islamic Conference, held its first meeting in the year 1381 Hijra (1962), and passed the resolution to establish the Muslim World League.
- The General Islamic Conference held its second meeting in the year 1381 Hijra (1965), and issued recommendations supporting the idea of the Islamic solidarity, removing from its path, obstacles such as lack of commitment to religious commandments, sectarian prejudice, and conflict of regional interests, foreign influence and alien thought.
- The General Islamic Conference held its third meeting in the year 1408 Hijra (1987) and adopted a significant recommendation on the need to believe in the sacredness of the two Holy Mosques, glorify Holy Makkah, the sacred months, Hajj rituals and the responsibility of the Muslim ruler of the two Holy Mosques to establish. security therein.
- The General Islamic Conference held its fourth meeting in the year 1423 Hijra (2002) and passed resolutions concerning the Ummah (world-wide Islamic community), Da’wa (Islamic propagation), globalization and other issues concerning Muslims. It also issued the Makkah charter for Islamic action, a statement on Palestine and a decision to for a higher body for coordination and an international forum for Muslim scholars and intellectuals.
The Constituent Council
The Constituent Council is the highest authority in the Muslim World League. The Council consists of about sixty (60) prominent Muslim scholars representing Muslim peoples and minorities. Members are appointed according to the decision of the Council. The Council endorses plans adopted by the Secretariat General. Membership: The prospective member of the Constituent Council must be active in the field of Islamic propagation.
The Constituent Council meets periodically to review research works and issues submitted either by the Secretariat General or by three members of the Council and to adopt appropriate resolutions. The Council may also provide governments and communities with advice and counseling in the service of Islam. Members function voluntarily. They receive neither salaries nor remunerations.
The World Supreme Council for Mosques
The WSCM has an independent legal personality. It aims at reactivating the mission of the Mosque as a vital focal point of the religious as well as the temporal life of the Muslim. Ultimately, the WSCM aims at restoring the Mosque’s role to what it was during the early days of Islam. It also strives to protect Mosques and Islamic trusts against assault, and to maintain the sanctity and purity of the Mosque. The WSCM was founded in compliance with a resolution adopted by the “Message of the Mosque” conference, which was held in Holy Makkah during the month of Ramadan 1395 (September 1975) under the auspices of the Muslim World League.
The WSCM consists of forty (40) members representing Muslim peoples and communities around the world. Members function voluntarily, without salary or remuneration.
- Formation of Islamic public opinion regarding the various issues of concern to Muslims, within the guidance of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah
- Combating ideological incursions and aberrant thought.
- Advocating the freedom of preaching to the path of God.
- Striving to protect Mosques and Mosque properties against attack.
- Preserving Islamic endowments.
- Defending the rights of the Muslim minorities.
- Laying down plans designed to revive the role of the Mosque in the fields of guidance, education, preaching and provision of social services.
- Publishing the ‘Message of the Mosque’ periodical, which deals with finding ways and means of raising the standard of the cultural as well as technical efficiency of the Imams and the Khateebs.
- Publishing Islamic books and pamphlets.
- Conducting a comprehensive survey of the world’s Mosques and publishing the information gathered in book form and in the shape of periodical bulletins.
- Selecting and posting groups of well qualified preachers on guidance missions throughout the Mosques of the world.
- Organizing local or regional refresher courses to enrich the culture of the Imams and the Khateebs and to raise the standard of their efficiency.
- Formation of board of directors to supervise the affairs of each and every Mosque at the national as well as the regional levels.
- Studying the ideas and patterns of behavior that contravene the teachings of Islam.
- Helping in rehabilitating and training Imams and Khateebs for posting to the various Muslim areas to lead Muslims in prayers, deliver sermons and guidance lessons.