2000 Public Statement

Communiqué of MWL Council's 36th session
The Constitutional Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) held its 36th session in Makkah from October 31 to November 2, 2000.

Stressing the importance of applying Shariah [Islamic Law] in all Muslim countries, and praising the adherence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Shariah in all fields, the thirty-sixth session of the Constitutional Council of the Muslim World League, held in Makkah from October 31 to November 2, 2000, issued a communiqué calling on Muslim countries to introduce Islamic education in all academic curricula and to endeavor to endow Chairs of Shariah at universities worldwide. It called for the use of the modern facilities of international media in explaining the advantages and privileges of Shariah and in encouraging Muslims to apply it, declaring that the future of the Muslim World cannot evolve until Shariah is applied. The communiqué went on to pay tribute to a number of Islamic states in the Nigerian Federation for their call for application of Shariah.

The communiqué declared that Al-Quds [Jerusalem] remains the foremost Islamic issue, emphasizing that Jerusalem must be the capital of the State of Palestine, and expressed profound thanks to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Crown Prince Abdullah for establishing and supporting the [two] funds for Palestinian victims and for the preservation of Jerusalem. It called for support of the Palestinian jihad and urged the Secretariat-General of the Muslim World League to coordinate with Islamic organizations and governments to work towards uncovering the tragedies resulting from Israel's flagrant attacks against unarmed Palestinians, and to support the call to send Jewish war criminals to trial for committing brutal crimes including the killing of women and children and demolishing their homes and places of worship. The communiqué further denounced criticism of the Jerusalem intifada by the United States House of Representatives.
The communiqué urged all Islamic and international organizations to intensify humanitarian relief work for the victims of the continuing Israeli attacks and appealed to the media to highlight the issue of Jerusalem and the cause of Palestine, revealing Zionist conspiracies, recommending that the MWL and other Islamic organizations convoke more symposia and conferences and hold exhibitions on the issue of Al-Quds [Jerusalem], and advising institutions of public education to adopt academic curricula on that issue.
The communiqué called on the Chairman of the Jerusalem Committee, member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and other Islamic and international commissions to take the necessary measures to put pressure on the Zionists to halt the judaization of Jerusalem, prevent the occurrence of any geographical or demographic change, remove all Jewish settlements from the occupied territories, and activate the UN resolutions nullifying the Israeli actions. The communiqué appealed to the Kings, Heads of states and Emirs of Islamic countries to make the issue of restoring Jerusalem and the Islamic places in Palestine as their first priority during their forthcoming Islamic Summit in Doha, Qatar.
The communiqué also urged international as well as Islamic countries and organizations to avail themselves of their diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation to mount political pressure on Moscow to withdraw its aggressive army from the territories of Chechnya and provide every assistance to support the Chechen fighters in their legitimate demand; and called on the Government of Russia to allow access for relief and donations to the people of Chechnya.
The communiqué urged OIC member states to exert efforts to help the Muslims in Kosovo to gain their right for self-determination and establish their independent state, and to seek to put pressure on the Serbs to recognize that demand and provide all assistance to the Kosovan Muslims. It praised the efforts being exerted by the Saudi Joint Committee for the Relief of the People of Kosovo in the rehabilitation of the war-stricken country and relief of Muslims. The MWL Secretariat-General recommended that work be intensified to create an international legal defense panel to demand that the governments of Yugoslavia and Russia and others pay compensation for Muslims badly affected by the atrocities, wars and killing operations, including compensation for their lost homes and mosques demolished by the aggressors.
The communiqué called on all Islamic and international governments and organizations to put pressure on the government of India to stop its violations of human rights in Kashmir, solve this issue according to UN resolutions, provide all assistance to the people of Kashmir, and support its steadfast struggle.
The communiqué denounced the intervention of certain countries in the internal affairs of Afghanistan by supplying its warring factions with weapons, resulting in the killing of Muslims and the subversion of the country's infrastructure. The Council urges the people of Afghanistan to work towards stopping the bloodshed and desisting from fighting.
The Council paid tribute to President Ali Ezetbegovic for his jihad and struggle that led to the recognition of the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina, demanding that governments, economic and financial institutions and companies, and Islamic businessmen, show interest and support to the economy of the Muslims in that country. They expressed thanks to the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz for its vast assistance to the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina, praising the efforts being exerted by Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, who is Chairman of the Higher Saudi Commission for the Relief of the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The council also praised the role of President Ismail Omer Guelleh and the Government of the Republic of Djibouti for realizing political reconciliation in Somalia and called on all leaders of the Somali factions to respond to the calls for stopping bloodshed and sparing the souls of Muslims in Somalia.
The council urged Islamic governments and organizations to authorize their embassies and political, cultural, and economic missions to show interest in visiting Muslim communities in China and urged the OIC to invest its diplomatic relations with China to demand that its government grant all Muslims there freedom of worship and travel to perform hajj and umrah.
The council also reiterated its former decision to send a delegation to the Republic of Tajikstan and recommended that the MWL Secretariat-General and other Islamic organizations consolidate ties with Islamic religious departments in the Central Asian Republics and also provide assistance for refugees in Bangladesh and Thailand.
The communiqué denounced the abduction of civilians and tourists by certain factions who claim to be Muslims and confirmed that such behavior is not Islamic. The council called on Muslim factions in the Philippines to put aside differences and confront such anti-Islamic practices.
The council called on the OIC member states to take greater care of the issues of Muslim minorities and provide support for Islamic societies and centers, including overseas scholarships.
The communiqué stressed that the model for human rights is the same as that professed by Islam fourteen centuries ago.
The council decided to authorize MWL's Secretary-General to form a committee to reconsider the proposed amendments of its regulations and establish specialized Islamic panels in the field of call, education, information, Qur'an, new converts, and Al-Aqsa.