World Muslim Congress

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Not to be confused with the World Islamic Congress.

The World Muslim Congress (Motamar al-Alam al-Islami) (Arabic: مؤتمر العالم الإسلامي) is an Islamic organization based in Karachi. Its co-founder and Secretary-General for over four decades was Inamullah Khan. It was the recipient of the 1987 Niwano Peace Prize,[1] and Khan was the recipient of the 1988 Templeton Prize.[2] It has general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Critics charge that it promotes antisemitism.[3][2] The WMC has been cited by the Southern Poverty Law Center for supporting Holocaust denial.[4]

The Congress was founded at the 1949 World Muslim Conference in Karachi, following the creation of Pakistan in 1947. Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who presided over the Conference, was elected President of the Congress.[5] Its co-founder and Secretary-General for over four decades was Inamullah Khan.[6]

Although formally founded in 1949, the Congress traces its roots to a Congress hosted in Mecca in 1926 hosted by Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia shortly after his occupation of Mecca and Medina; he "hoped [it] would confer Islamic sanction upon his administration of the holy cities, instead [it] leveled many criticisms, and he did not reconvene it."[7] Mohammad Amin al-Husayni had also been a leading figure at this Congress.[6]

According to Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan's US ambassador, the Congress "has ... played a crucial role in building up the feeling of Muslim victimization that has subsequently fed the global Islamist movement."[5]

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  1. ^ Niwano Peace Foundation, The World Muslim Congress
  2. ^ a b New York Times, 19 April 1988, Anti-Semitism Charges Lead To Delay on Religion Prize
  3. ^ "Jewish Leaders Protest Award to Muslim". Los Angeles Times. Mar 5, 1988. Retrieved Aug 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Martin A. Lee (Spring 2002). "Holocaust Deniers Unite". Southern Poverty Law Center. 
  5. ^ a b Husain Haqqani (2005), May 19, 2005, The Ideologies of South Asian Jihadi Groups, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, vol. 1
  6. ^ a b World Muslim Congress, History
  7. ^ Martin Kramer, "Muslim Congresses", The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World

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