- If Islam in its contemporary history has titles, your MWL is a broad title in our glorious Islamic record
- MWL presence in forums of Islamic and humanitarian concern is balanced and influential
- MWL has undertaken pivotal tasks in the history of the contemporary Islamic presence
- MWL Initiatives around the world bridged the relationship between nations and peoples and removed artificial and psychological barriers to prove that Islam welcomes dialogue, understanding and cooperation
Yesterday morning, the works of the Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) kicked off in the presence of its members of their eminence, and excellency, in its 45th session to discuss a number of topics on its agenda.
The Council’s works opened with a speech by His Eminence Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in which he emphasized the bond of faith that unites Muslims regardless of their different colors, races, tribes and languages, and the diversity of their customs, cultures and countries.
He noted the prestigious position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Islamic world, as it is the birthplace of revelation and the starting point for the final message, with the Two Holy Mosques as the convergence of hearts and daily destination of Muslims in their prayers, stressing that it has shouldered a heavy responsibility towards Islam and Muslims, by taking care of their affairs and paying attention to their issues, bearing their concerns, seeking to address their problems, extending a helping hand, assistance and relief to them, standing with them in their crises and suffering, and defending them in regional and international forums.
His Eminence pointed out that the Supreme Council of the MWL seeks to achieve a number of noble goals regionally and globally, including at the Islamic level: achieving unity among Muslims, calling them to cooperate and stand together, raising their awareness and alerting them to the dangers of conflict and division among them, spreading sound moderate thought among Muslims, protecting them from the ideas of extremism and terrorism, as well as achieving the message of Islam in spreading peace and justice, liberating man from slavery to other than Allah Almighty, and developing acquaintance and cooperation among peoples in what brings them good and achieves their common interests, in addition to participating in relief, pastoral and development efforts around the world for Muslims and non-Muslims, in order to fulfill the human message of Islam, where Allah Almighty sent His Prophet – peace and blessings be upon him - as a mercy to the worlds.
Then, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary-General of the Muslim World League and Chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars, delivered a speech in which he stressed the MWL General Secretariat's pride in the great contribution of the members of the Supreme Council in supporting its blessed march, the march that focused on clarifying the truth of Islam to the worlds, especially with regard to combating the concepts of extremism and terrorism and promoting awareness in the Islamic interior.
He said: "The MWL General Secretariat is pleased with you in this honorable meeting, this gathering that always enhances everything that would support the MWL's objectives devoted to the service of Islam and Muslims and mercy to all people, based on the universality of the message of our Noble Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, who was sent by Allah Almighty as mercy to the worlds."
His Excellency stressed that "Islam is a luminous book, open to everyone, there are no secrets in it. Its message is clearer than the daylight, with no mysteries or complications. Rather, the problem lies in the one who does not read this great book, and if they read, they do not read well, but rather go too far in the paths of misguidance, and the reason for this (mostly) is due to lack of awareness or its shallowness."
Dr. Al-Issa stressed that the MWL took it upon itself to spread this awareness of wisdom and good advice, whether inside or outside the Islamic world, helped by its distinguished relations with all spectrums around the world, where it was welcomed by all countries and peoples. He added, "MWL shoulders the responsibility of the great trust entrusted to it, so it could, by the grace of Allah Almighty, explain the truth with its evidence, and bring back a good number of people to their senses, whether it was out of conviction or understanding and prudence, and if we do not win the first, we do not lack the second, and it is sufficient to ward off harm from Islam and Muslims, and first of all, to bring every Muslim who lost their way to the path of righteousness."
His Excellency pointed out that every true Muslim believes in the Sunnah of Allah Almighty in the difference and diversity among people, whether in their sects or cultures, and deals with that with the wisdom of this divine Sunnah.
His Excellency continued: "In the context of all of this, we have to explain the reality of our religion to everyone and that it seeks the good of all people because it is a mercy to the worlds. Islam is an advocate of truth, peace and justice. We do not say that empty-handed or improvised. Rather, we support it with clear proofs, as well as with the work presented by its living witness to the reality of our Islamic values that call for the good of humanity."
He explained that the MWL is a blessed gift from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Islamic world, stressing that its constant and pillar of lineage go back to the first League of Islam, where the blessed message was. Today, however, it is given modern form according to an administrative structure on the path of the modern system of management.
He affirmed that the MWL went on its auspicious path until it became a major international organization, starting based on carrying out great tasks, based on its values and vision, passing through its mission, and reaching its goals through several means.
His Excellency addressed the members of the Supreme Council, saying: "You, by your auspicious gathering, have been the pillar of the MWL since it was founded, providing every support to help the MWL go on firmly with its covenant and promise, defending Islam against the distortions, misinterpretations and falsehood. If Islam in its contemporary history has titles, your MWL is a broad title in our glorious Islamic record."
He noted the balanced and influential presence of the MWL in forums of Islamic and humanitarian concern, pointing out that it has undertaken pivotal tasks in the history of the contemporary Islamic presence and its initiatives around the world bridged the relationship between nations and peoples and removed artificial and psychological barriers to prove that Islam welcomes dialogue, understanding, cooperation and coexistence.
He added: "In the context of this Islamic work, we appreciate the blessed, sponsoring and supportive efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Highness the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, may Allah protect them and reward them for what they have been doing for Islam, Muslims and humanity as a whole."
This was followed by a speech by His Eminence Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Chairman of the UAE Fatwa Council, Chairman of the Forum for Promoting Peace for Muslim Communities, member of the Supreme Council of the Muslim World League, in which he expressed his appreciation for the great efforts made by the MWL.
He stressed that the MWL makes great efforts in makes great efforts in very important circles. In the Islamic circle, it works to deepen brotherhood ties between peoples, calling on them to transcend sectarian or narrow populist calls and enter the moderate and tolerant Islamic tent, as well as in the humanitarian circle by adopting high-level qualitative initiatives that seek to build bridges between peoples, and search for the wise from, regardless of their different religions and sects, as it spreads peace at a time when the voices of strife are rising, stemming from the teachings of our true religion, which urges cooperation in goodness and reform between peoples.
He said: "The past years witnessed the issuance of the "Makkah Al-Mukarramah Declaration", which carried in its sponsor the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, place and time of its honorable issuance, its issuers and its content, great symbolic dimensions that led to its acceptance around the world by Muslims and others because it is the fruit of sincere effort and superior thought."
His Excellency praised the international campaign to combat (hate speech) launched by His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Al-Issa, which was crowned with success and met with great interaction. He added: "I also commend the role of the Association of Muslim Scholars headed by His Excellency Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, for its care for the legal scholars and religious leaders who have the responsibility to explain and clarify, and to spread the correct interpretation and the correct narration of this true religion. In the UAE Fatwa Council UAE Fatwa Council, we had the honor of partnering with the MWL in the (Emergency Jurisprudence) conference, which dealt with very serious and important topics related to the legitimate dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic."
He noted that the MWL's efforts go beyond the important scientific intellectual effort to relief efforts, and support education and development, which benefited various countries, Islamic sects and human races without discrimination or restriction.
For his part, Prof. Dr. Shawki Allam, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, member of the Supreme Council of the Muslim World League, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Highness the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may Allah protect them, for the good efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the benefit of the Arab and Islamic nation.
He said: "One of the most important factors in addressing the risks we face is to support the development efforts made by governments and countries to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development and achieve the economic growth required to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of peoples for a dignified life, and push everyone to join hands in order to catch up with civilization, progress and development. There is no doubt that scholars play a prominent role in spreading awareness and correct thought. Our battle in the first place is the battle of awareness, and our message that we need cooperation and interdependence for is the message of spreading correct awareness and straight thought. The Islamic nation, after its peoples rejected extremist groups at the ideological, political and preaching levels, pin great and wide hopes on its distinguished scholars and on the leaders of opinion and thought in the Islamic world in order to take the Islamic nation to broader horizons to restore its rightful place with solid knowledge, hard work, technical development and fruitful production."
He added: "This requires us to open up to the whole world, to live in our reality with its changes and data, and to be serious participants in all constructive fields. The world now does not give much weight to slogans and rhetoric, and there is no place in the civilized world for the lazy or the dependent. As we take our Islamic nation on this path towards achieving prosperity and progress, we must liberate thoughts and minds from negativity, laziness and dependence, and revive in souls the values of knowledge, work, justice, determination, cooperation, respect for time and order, and also to revive the concept of respect for the state’s system and to stay away from everything that leads to chaos and disorder. We all hope that MWL will contribute, as always, with good luck, in spreading and supporting these constructive values."
For his part, His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Gomaa, Minister of Awqaf in the Arab Republic of Egypt, member of the Supreme Council of the Muslim World League, thanked and appreciated the MWL for its efforts in serving the issues of Islamic thought and correcting concepts, stressing that one of the most important roles of the MWL is to take care of Muslim issues and contribute to the unity of their ranks, on one hand, and drawing the frameworks and features of the relationship between them and others in an effort to consolidate the foundations of coexistence on the other hand, which is what the MWL has been doing successfully.
He stressed the urgent need for constructive cooperation and intensification of rehabilitation and training programs, to raise the level of imams, preachers, researchers in religious affair and those who speak on behalf of it or in various countries of the Islamic world, to be at the level of what our global discourse requires today, based on the need for those who speak in public religious affair or address it to be aware of our contemporary reality, not only at the local level, but at the level of challenges, variables, international developments, requirements, agreements, charters and balances, and at the same time aware of the jurisprudence of purposes, the jurisprudence of goals and purposes, the jurisprudence of priorities, the jurisprudence of reality, the jurisprudence of available, and the jurisprudence of balances.
His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, member of the Supreme Council of the Muslim World League, praised the MWL’s efforts in achieving its Islamic and global message, praising its impressive movement in international forums to promote peace and tolerance, reject conflict and hatred, combat Islamophobia and promote the values of dialogue between followers of cultures and civilizations.
His Eminence Sheikh Mustafa Ibrahim Tesirch, member of the Supreme Council of the Muslim World League, praised the sincere efforts made by the MWL to unite the Islamic ranks towards peaceful coexistence in the world.
He praised the achievements made by the Makkah Al-Mukarramah Declaration for Islam and Muslims, and in mitigating the attack and hostility against their religion and culture due to the misguided extremist groups.
He stressed that the Makkah Al-Mukarramah Declaration casts a shadow over the good of humanity, expressing the lofty horizon of Islam and its enlightened view of human diversity, and its call for dialogue and civilized communication, in the face of evil, ideas of extremism, hatred and civilized clash. He noted that Muslims today are in dire need of the MWL to remove the number of suspicions raised on many Islamic and human issues , and also to correct the illusion in understanding and address fallacies, by scholars and preachers who understand the spirit of time and place, and who are responsible before Allah and before the Islamic nation by their understanding of the difference between the text and its application , as there are those who are under the illusion that correct understanding requires correct application, adding, "I truly believe that the MWL, under the management of His Excellency Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, is qualified for this historic mission towards improving the image of Islam and Muslims in the world."
Many other speeches were delivered by a number of their eminence and excellency members of the Council, followed by a review of the meeting’s agenda, in the light of which the Council issued a number of decisions and recommendations.
Then, at the conclusion of the Council's work, the following statement was issued:
The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League expressed its aspiration for peace and harmony to prevail in all parts of the globe, and for Muslims to be inspired by the principles of their true religion, which calls for unity of the ranks, reunification, adherence to the firmest bond and overcoming differences and schisms that only increase the Muslim nation’s weakness and humiliation, and even distract it from its supreme goal of spreading the values of love, affection and striving in constructing the universe and pleasing all humanity according to what Allah Almighty wills.
The Council valued the efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Highness the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may Allah Almighty protect them, calling for the unity of Islamic conscience and spreading the spirit of cooperation and solidarity among Muslims.
The Council thanked the continuous projects undertaken by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques, the development of their architecture, the service of the holy sites and the provision of the finest services to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and visitors, sensing the great responsibility and honor that Allah Almighty bestowed on the country of the Two Holy Mosques, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its guardians - may Allah Almighty bless them.
They appreciated the efforts made by the General Secretariat of the Muslim World League to serve Islam and Muslims, including the Islamic Unity Conference, the Makkah Al-Mukarramah Declaration Conference, the dissemination of the biography of our Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, according to the best modern means, bringing Islamic references together under the umbrella of the Muslim World League, and spreading awareness among Muslim youth to enlighten them about their religion and immunize them against evil. We ask Allah Almighty to grant us success.