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Muslim World League
The Constitution of the Muslim World League
Issued by the 37th Session of the Constituent Council convened in Makkah Al-Mukarramah Between 27-28 Muharram 1423H , corresponding to 10-11 April 2002
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Name of this constitution : (The constitution of the Muslim World League)
The following words, terms and expressions have in this constitution the meaning written against each of them:
Article (3) Inception and Definition of the League
The Muslim World League is an international Islamic popular and non-governmental organization, which was established on 14/12/1381 H, corresponding to 28/5/1962.
Article (4) Secretariat General, Offices & Affiliated Organizations:
1- The secretariat general of the League is situated in Makkah Al- Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia.
2- The League shall establish organizations affiliated to it, provided that their means of finance is clearly determined. It shall also open offices inside and outside the country where the League's seat is located, but in such cases the approval of the concerned host country must be duly and properly obtained.
Objectives and Means of the League
Article (5) Objectives:
These comprise the following:
Article 6- Means:
For achieving its goals and objectives, the League shall employ all legitimate means, the following are some of them:
Organization and Administration
Article (7)-Organizational Structure:
The organizational structure of the League is composed of:
The General Conference
Technical and administrative apparatus.
Article (8) General Conference:
The General Conference comprises the senior scholars (Ulama) and Islamic preachers, who are selected by the League from among the leaders of organizations and associations working for the spreading of Islam, and calling people to embrace and serve it in the different countries.
Article (9) Functions of the General Conference:
These are as follows:
Article (10) Meetings of the General Conference
The General Conference is convened under the chairmanship of the chairman of the Constituent Council once every five years at the invitation of the Secretary General. However, if necessity arises, the secretary general shall extend an invitation for holding an extraordinary session, before the end of the five- year term, to the selected members, who shall be provided with the agenda at least three months before the proposed convention date.
Article (11) The Constituent Council:
The composition of the Constitution Council
1-The Constituent Council consists of the following:
• General Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, (Chairman)
• Secretary General (Member)
• Assistant secretaries (Members)
• Secretaries of the affiliated organizations of League (Members)
• Sixty persons, each one of them to be appointed per the resolution of the Constituent Council on the proposal of the Secretary General (Members)
2- In the appointment of the members of the Constituent Council, all regional Islamic communities must be represented, and no more than two members from the same country shall be appointed at a single time.
3- The member of the Constituent Council shall be one of the Ulama or one of those who have vast experience and remarkable effort in serving Islamic Dawah.
4- The duration of membership of the Constituent Council is five renewable years by a resolution from the Constituent Council on a proposal by the Secretary General.
5- The members of the Constituent Council present at the adoption of this constitution are members in the said Council, and the duration of their membership begins on the date this constitution comes into force.
6- The member of the Council is considered disqualified in one of the following cases:
A- When he tenders his resignation.
B- When he is dead.
C- When he is absent from the meetings of the Constituent Council for three consecutive sessions without good reasons.
D-When quarter of the members of the Constituent Council signs a written request for removal of the member who has committed a crime pertaining to honour, honesty or Islamic conduct, provided that three quarters of those present at the Constituent Council’s meeting agree to his disqualification.
7-When the seat of a member becomes vacant, the Constituent Council shall appoint a person to replace him as a member on the proposal of the secretary general.
Article (12) Functions of the Constituent Council:
These include the following:
A- To draw policies of the League and direct them in a manner that secures the achieving of objectives for which the League has been established.
B- To present advice, recommendation and consultation to the groups and states, which need them.
C- To appoint the Secretary General and determine the conditions of his Service.
D- To ratify and amend constitution.
E- To study the various reports submitted by the secretary general.
F- To endorse the inception of organizations affiliated to the League or the amalgamation of others into the League, together with ratification of their respective constitutions and regulations .
G - To review the annual budget of the League.
H- To approve the closing annual accounts of the League. Furthermore, the Constituent Council shall form sub- committees for the study of the issues I feels deserving; and delegate some of its authorities to such committees.
Article (13) The procedures of the Constituent Council:
Article (14) Work at the Constituent Council
Work at the Constituent Council is voluntary and members of the said Council receive neither salaries nor honorariums.
Article (15) Chairmanship of the Constituent Council
By virtue of his post, His Eminence the General Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President of Grand Ulama Board, shall be the chairman of the Constituent Council, and if he is unable to assume the post the secretary general shall act on his behalf.
Article (16) Executive Committee
The Constituent Council shall set up an executive committee under the chairmanship of the secretary general and membership of the assistant secretaries and five members of the Council to review the concluding accounting statements of the League, the annual report of the secretary general , assignments given to it by the Council, as well as reports and issues referred to it by the secretary general. The executive committee, which has the right to take action on any of the responsibilities of the Council, meets at the invitation of its chairman and submits its resolutions to the Council’s subsequent meeting.
Article (17) Secretary General:
1- The Constituent Council shall elect the secretary general with majority of members present.
2- The election of the secretary general will be for a renewable five- year term. However, if his term expires before the convention of the Constituent Council, he continues his work at the secretariat general till the said Council is convened.
3- The secretary general shall meet the following criteria:
A- Be a citizen from the seat country.
B- Have remarkable efforts in serving Islamic causes.
C- Enjoy a great deal of respect and reverence.
D- Not to be associated with any work that might distract him from discharging his duties at the League, hence deprive him of devoting much time to the achievement of the League’s objectives.
Article (18) Functions of Secretary General:
These comprise the following:
1- The Secretary General is the chief administrative executive in the League, and discharges running and administration of work at the League in a manner that guarantees achieving the league’s goals and abiding by its constitution and regulations.
2- Without prejudice to the generality of sub- section (1) of this article, the secretary general assumes the following responsibilities:
A- To supervise work at the secretariat general, the League’s offices and affiliated organizations.
B- To appoint and terminate services of the League’s employees according to its regulations.
C-To endorse policies, strategies and plans that regulate the work of the League, its
offices and affiliated organizations.
D- To approve the annual budget of the League and appoint an external auditor.
E- To submit the League’s final balance sheet and income and expenditure statement to the Constituent Council for necessary endorsement.
F- To extend invitation for the meetings of the General Conference, the Constituent Council and other councils of the League’s affiliated organizations.
G- To prepare the provisional agenda of both the General Conference and the Constituent Council, publish their relevant resolutions and follow up their implementation.
H- To make necessary arrangements for the convention of the General Conference, prepare relevant documents for the meetings of the
Constituent Council, including the topics to be tackled by the General Conference and the proposals of the Council’s members.
I - To follow up the Islamic issues that crop up from time to time.
J- To execute contracts with individuals and establishments to undertake work that is needed by the League, pay them their due sums, reward staff whose performance is distinctive.
K- To render aid, financial reward and bonus to individuals, institutions, schools, associations and Islamic centres as per the League’s regulations. L- To seek to promote the League’s resources and invest its properties.
M- To follow up the implementation of the general policy of the League, which has been drawn up by the Constituent Council.
N- To issue regulations that secure running and directing the works of the League, including the League’s rules and regulations on employment and those on financial affairs.
3- The secretary general is the legal representative of the League.
Article (19) Assistant secretaries:
The secretary general shall appoint an assistant secretary or more assistant secretaries, whose work, responsibilities and term of reference are determined by the secretary general. Moreover, the service of assistant secretaries is terminated by decrees to be issued by the secretary general as per the League’s regulations.
Article (20)- Technical and Administrative Apparatus
The secretary general shall appoint the staff of the technical and administrative apparatus required for the smooth running of work at the League, through securing the employment of technically, academically and administratively qualified personnel as per the League’s regulations.
Article (21) The League’s Offices
1- The secretariat general shall open offices outside the seat country as necessity of work arises, and secure for them the required budgets.
2- The League’s offices are considered the administrative apparatus that helps the secretary general in discharging his functions outside the secretariat general.
3- The secretary general shall appoint the staff of the league’s offices and that the staff of such offices are responsible for their work to the secretary general.
4- In the appointment of the staff of the League’s offices, it must be observed that they fulfil the following conditions:
A- To know the languages of the countries they work in, besides their fluency in Arabic.
B- To be well known for their concern with the dissemination of Islamic faith and Dawah.
C- Not to have been convicted by a law court in any case relating to honour or morality.
D- To enjoy a great degree of respect and reverence in the countries where they represent the League.
5- The following are the responsibilities of the League’s Offices:
A- To implement the resolutions of the League in the countries where they represent it, and work with possible means to achieve the League’s objectives.
B- To meet Muslims in the countries where they represent the League, review their situations, solve their problems, unify their ranks, through advising and encouraging them to follow the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet (May Allah’s blessing and peace be upon Him)
C- To suggest construction and assistance in building of mosques, establish public libraries, and provide them with reference books dealing with religious, mundane, cultural and social matters.
D- To organize lectures and symposia for intellectuals of the countries they represent the League in or for intellectuals visiting such countries.
E- To submit quarterly reports about their activities to the secretary general including the information they have on the conditions of Muslims in the countries in which they follow the affairs of Muslims, as well as other reports and assignments required from them.
F- To seek to impart Islamic education and disseminate Arabic language, and arrange for its teaching to people besides other subjects of preliminary educational stage.
The Right of Ownership and Financial Resources
The League shall have the right to possess properties by purchasing, investment or exchange and dispose of them by selling or otherwise according to its constitution and regulations.
Financial resources of the League consist of the following:
The League shall receive Alms ( ZAKAT) and distribute them according to the directives of Qur’an.
Chapter Five Conclusion
Article (25) General Provisions:
1- Employees of the League whether at the secretariat general or at its offices and those working at such offices and premises of secretariat general shall not take a side with a particular party in any political, tribal or sectarian dispute ; and that no employee in any
of the League’s internal apparatus or offices abroad shall interfere in the internal political affairs of the countries they work in.
2- All internal laws and executive regulations of the secretariat general and affiliated organizations shall be amended accordingly in order to conform to the articles of this constitution.
3- The Constituent Council shall amend this constitution at any of its session or meeting on a proposal by the secretary general, provided that such an amendment is made by two thirds majority of members present at such session or meeting.
4- Unless the Constituent Council determines otherwise, this constitution is put into effect from the date it is ratified by the said Council. Hence, it replaces from ratification date the constitution of the League issued by the said Council at its 4th Session convened in (Rajab 1383H, corresponding to December 1963).
Allah grants success