Muslim World League

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Muslim World League
Abbreviation MWL
Formation 1962 18
Type NGO
Legal status foundation
Headquarters Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Leader Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki

-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

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).[1] 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.”[1]


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.[2][3] Then Saudi Crown Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz is seen as its founding figure.[2] 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.[3][4]


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.[5][6] 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.

The League has eight different bodies with various functions;[5][7][1]


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.[4]

In a rare decision on orthodox Muslim faith the Muslim World League declared in April 1974 (by fatwa) that followers of the Ahmadiyyah movement are to be considered "non-Muslims“.[9]

Federal agents raided the U.S. offices of the Muslim World League after the attacks of 9/11. Abdurahman Alamoudi, who worked for the League, was convicted for sending funds to terrorist groups.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Muslim World League
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Simon (10 September 2003). "Institutionalized Islam: Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Policies and The Threat They Pose" (Testimony). London: Islam Daily. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Martin Kramer, "Muslim Congresses", The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
  4. ^ a b "Muslim World League and World Assembly of Muslim Youth". Pew Research. Sep 15, 2010. Retrieved Aug 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b About Muslim World League]| Hindu Currents
  6. ^ Dore Gold (April 6, 2003). "Reining in Riyadh". Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Muslim World League Islamic Focus
  8. ^ Holy Qur’an Memorization International sees more than 40,000 Qur’an students| Arab News| 1 December 2012
  9. ^ Yohanan Friedmann. Prophecy Continuous. Aspects of Ahmadi Religious Thought and Its Medieval Background. Oxford University Press, New Delhi. p. 44. 
  10. ^ Paul Sperry. Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington. Thomas Nelson. p. 80,106,212. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Johannes Grundmann: Islamische Internationalisten - Strukturen und Aktivitäten der Muslimbruderschaft und der Islamischen Weltliga. Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2005, ISBN 3-89500-447-2 (Review by I. Küpeli)
  • Dore Gold: Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism, pages 74–78, ISBN 978-0895260611, Regnery Publishing, 2004

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