Muslim World League
|Headquarters||Makkah, Saudi Arabia|
|Leader||Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki|
-The United Nations Organization: Observer in consultative status with the ECOSOC.
The Muslim World League (MWL, or Rabita from Arabic: رابطة العالم الإسلامي) ( Rabita al-Alam al-Islami) is a group of Islamic non-governmental organizations. One of the largest Islamic nongovernmental organizations, it has 36 satellite offices on five continents (including offices in New York, the District of Columbia, and London, as well as ten "external centers" in Europe, and ten "external offices" in Africa and the Middle East). Among the League's goals in its charter are spreading the message of Islam, uniting "the ranks of the Muslims", and calling “on individuals, communities and state entities to abide by the rules of the Sharia.”
Muslim religious figures from 22 states founded the League in Makkah in 1962. It was established as a counter-initiative to more secular the Arab nationalism of the then Egyptian leader, Gamal Abdul Nasser. Then Saudi Crown Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz is seen as its founding figure. The League is widely regarded as promoting the strict Wahhabi brand of Islam but broadens its reach by teaming up with other Islamic movements, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood.
The current Secretary General is Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki. According to various sources, the MWL is financed by various Muslim countries but major funding comes from the Saudi-Arabian government. It is managed by two major offices: the office of the Secretary General and The Constituent Council. The council has 60 members, with each country represented by two members; membership is voluntary.
- Holy Quran Memorization International Organization
- International Islamic Organization for Education
- Makkah Al-Mukarramah Charity Foundation for Orphans
- Al Haramain & Al-Aqsa Mosque Foundation
- The International Islamic Relief Organization
- Commission on Scientific Signs in the Quran and Sunnah
- The World Supreme Council for Mosques
- The Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Council.
The League states its functions and objectives to be the following: advocating the application of the rules of the Shariah either by individuals, groups, or states; coordinating the efforts of Islamic preachers the world over; developing methods for the propagation of Islam, peacefully in accord with the Qur'an and the Sunnah; education and culture; holding symposia, rehabilitation, and refresher courses; bringing intellectuals and opinion leaders together during the pilgrimage season with the aim of fostering closer relations among them and urging them to develop practical methods of raising the standard of Muslims in the world; overseeing the activities of the Fiqh Council and lending it the support it needs to find Islamic solutions to contemporary problems; promoting activities that aim at spreading the Arabic language and raising the standard of teaching to both Arabs and non-Arabs; setting up branch offices as well as Islamic centers to serve the purpose of Islam; extending urgent relief to Muslims affected by war and natural disasters; and making the activities and construction of mosques more effective.
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