New wave of Islamophobia, Palestine, Kashmir,
Iraq, Syria and Iran situation discussed
Motamar asks world leadership to condemn blasphemous cartoons, calls for
religions harmony, common code of ethnics
By TMW Report
Islamabad: Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami (World Muslim Congress)
has urged upon the world leadership to condemn the sacrilegions act of
publication of blasphemous cartoons by a number of western papers and
evolve a common code of ethics against blasphemy of any prophet in the
interest of religious harmony and peaceful co-existence.
A resolution adopted at the Executive Council Meeting of the Motamar held
at Islamabad on March 10-11, 2006 said the publication of the sacrilegious
cartoons by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten had hurt the feelings
of Muslim all over the world. The Muslims hold all prophets of God in
the highest esteem and believe that blasphemy against any of the prophets
is reprehensible. Hence such publications under the pretext of freedom
of the press cannot be justified.
The meeting also considered the situation arising out of the new wave
of Islamophobia, the latest developments in Palestine, the situations
regarding Kashmir, Iraq, Syria and Iran besides other pressing matters
affecting the Muslims everywhere in the world.
The Executive Council Meeting was attended by the following:
1. Mr. Abdullah Omer Nasseef, - Saudi Arabia
President, World Muslim Congress.
2. Mr. Mohamed Haniffa Mohamed - Sri Lanka
Vice President, WMC.
3. Field Marshal Abdul Rehman Al-Dahab - Sudan
Vice President, WMC.
4. Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, - Pakistan
Secretary General, WMC.
5. Dr. Sayed Kamil Sharif - Jordan
6. Sheikh Ahmed Lemu - Nigeria
7. Mr. Shafiq Abdullah - Australia
8. Mr. Roble Usman Yousaf - Somalia
9. Sheikh Mohamed Rukara - Brundi
10. Malik S. Khan - USA
11. Mir Nawaz Khan Marwat - Karachi
The following attended the council as observers:
i) Mr. Qutubuddin Aziz
ii) Dr. Basharat Jazbi
iii) Justice Mr. Mohammad Khurshid
iv) Raja Mohammad Ali, MPA.
v) Malik Shuja ur Rahman
vi) Mr. Abdul Qayyum Rathore
vii) Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary
Following was the Agenda of the Meeting:
i) New wave of Islamophobia, its implications.
ii) Latest developments in the Middle East (Palestine).
iii) New pressures on Muslim States.
iv) Situations regarding Kashmir, Iraq, Syria and Iran.
v) Issue of Muslim minorities.
vi) Future programme of action.
vii) Any other issue with permission of the Chair.
At the start of the meeting, Qari Syed Bazurg Shah recited
verses from the Holy Qur’an. After that, the Secretary General Raja
Mohammad Zafar ul Haq requested the President Mr. Abdullah Omer Nasseef,
for his opening remarks in which he welcomed the delegates and drew their
attention to various issues facing the Muslim world and the responsibility
of World Muslim Congress to these issues and the manner in which we can
perform our duties in the best interests of the Ummah.
The Secretary General then explained the agenda. The programme of the
two days meeting and the absence of some of the members of the council;
giving the reasons of their inability to attend the meeting. Then the
Agenda items were taken up one by one.
The first item i.e. New wave of Islamophobia, its implications, was discussed.
It was observed that relationship between adherents of different religions
should be based on mutual respect and cooperation and all efforts should
be made to avoid expressions which in any way injure the feelings of others
especially about the Holy Prophets and the Revealed Books.
The participants observed recent crude attempts at blasphemy by a Danish
newspaper, had saddened and angered the Muslims through out the world.
These condemnable attempts by one newspaper, reproduced by several others,
is not only uncivilized and unethical behavior, but it is also a crime
against humanity. It has seriously jeopardized the relationship between
Muslim community and some of the Western Governments which have taken
a stance of supporting this serious misconduct which aggravated the crime.
The World Muslim Congress decided to go for an intellectual approach to
meet the new wave of Islamophobia and its fall out. Peace, justice and
ethical behaviour, shall always remain the objectives of Muslim community
against all provocative actions. The action of boycott of goods from blasphemer
countries is totally justified.
The meeting said that dialogue is an expression of confidence and should
continue with improved mechanism. Humanity has always benefited from constructive
dialogue. A resolution was proposed by Mr. Nawaz Khan Marwat on this issue,
which was adopted with some amendments.
Text of the Resolution
“The publication of sacrilegious sketches of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
in a Danish Newspaper “JYLLANDS POSTEN” and reprint by certain
Newspapers of Europe has hurt the feelings of about one and a half billion
Muslims, all over the world. The Muslims love the Prophet more than themselves,
their parents, children and wealth. They cannot tolerate the blasphemy
of the Holy Prophets at any cost. The Muslims hold all Prophets of God
in the highest esteem and believe that blasphemy against any of the Prophets
in reprehensible. Hence we believe that such publications under the pretext
of freedom of press can not be justified. It is the collective responsibility
of the entire World Leadership to condemn this sacrilegious act, foster
understanding and bridge the gap created in the wake of sacrilegious cartoons.
It is the duty of all religious leaders of different faiths to promote
and project religious harmony, mutual respect and condemn acts of blasphemy
in all its forms. They should evolve a common code of ethics in the larger
interest of peaceful co-existence. It should be noted that sacrilegious
acts cause great blow to reconciliation and co-existence and result in
clash of civilizations. In order to stop the recurrence of such acts of
blasphemy, the UNO should pass enactment and make it a penal offence”.
Developments in Middle East
On the issue of latest developments in the Middle East, particularly Palestine,
the council declared that all Palestinians including HAMAS are an integral
part of Muslim Ummah and the recent far elections in Palestine, have given
them a valid mandate to establish their Government and their representatives
to negotiate on their behalf for the achievement of their national objectives.
The reservations being expressed about the legitimacy of HAMAS is a product
of ingrained hostility and refusal to enter into meaningful dialogue and
negotiations to implement resolutions of the United Nations by Israel
and some of its backers. This negative attitude would promote further
violence and loss of precious lives and would keep the whole region destabilized.
It was observed during discussions that Israeli demands from HAMAS now,
were all conceded by late President Yasser Arafat but still he was given
nothing in return and he passed away as a disappointed leader. “We
also appeal to all powers and international players to adopt a balanced
approach towards this issue and resolve the same on the basis of justice
and fairness. We appeal to Muslim Ummah to continue giving unflinching
support to the people of Palestine and their representatives, in their
heroic struggle, “The WMC Executive Council Meeting said.
The meeting also discussed in detail the pressures being brought against
Iran on the nuclear issue. “We feel that a consistent policy be
applied with regard to non-proliferation by not making exceptions in this
respect. We believe that any further aggression against another Muslim
country would be disastrous and would destabilize not only this region
but the entire humanity. Negotiations and dialogue on this issue, is the
The council expressed is solidarity with the people of Iraq and demanded
full territorial integrity of the State of Iraq and that the occupation
forces shared announce their withdrawal from Iraq and avoid continuing
bloodshed. We appreciate the efforts of the Iraqi political and religious
leadership in avoiding a civil war on the basis of sectarian and ethnic
divide. World Muslim Congress would make efforts to help them in this
The Executive Council reiterated “the principled stand of Motamar
on the Kashmir issue, Progress cannot be made towards the resolution of
this issue without implementing the resolutions of the United Nations.
The people of Kashmir are sole arbiters of their fate and future and they
should be provided an opportunity to take democratic decision. It is also
the responsibility of the international community to stop human rights
violations and continued killings of innocent people of the State of Jammu
and Kashmir,” the council meeting said.
The council also discussed the issue of Darfur (Sudan) and decided to
send a message of solidarity to the Government and the people of Sudan.
Any attempt to undermine the territorial integrity of Sudan, should be
resisted unitedly by the Muslim Umma. The task of maintenance of peace
in that region should be left to the troops contributed by the African
Union an none else,” it said.
Establishment of Human Rights Commission
The council also decided to establish a Human Rights Commission for the
promotion of universal human rights, educate masses and make concerted
efforts to prevent their violations.
The Executive Council observed that 40 percent of the total world Muslim
population lives as minorities in different parts of the world under non-Muslim
Governments. In some of the countries, the Muslim minorities are enjoying
full constitutional rights and economic and cultural development, but
unfortunately there are some countries where they are facing serious problems.
It has been decided to send letters of appreciation to the Governments
of Canada, Australia and South Africa for fair treatment of Muslim minorities
in the countries. The council appreciated the fair expressions of H.H.
Prince Charles about Islam and Muslims, regarding their contribution to
the world civilization and culture.
The council also decided to appeal to Muslim Umma to observe the month
of Rabi-ul-Awal, marking the birth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), as mercy
to the entire world, by educating different sections of the society by
making programmes for the dissemination of information about the consummate
example of the highest moral conduct, approach and practice of the Last
of the Prophets.
The council also decided to improve net-working amongst different Muslim
organizations for better results.