2003 News Story

MWL urges Muslim solidarity and an end to war against Iraq

The Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) issued a statement today urging vigilance, caution, and cooperation in the Islamic world in order to face the current challenges, and denouncing the ongoing devastating war in Iraq. The statement called for an immediate halt to the hostilities and a return to reason, wisdom and the United Nations in order to find a peaceful solution to the Iraqi crisis; and for the Muslim world to unify its ranks in adherence to the Holy Qur'an, noting that differences of position can drive a wedge among them, and that dispute is the result of non-compliance with the orders of God Almighty. It warned against provocation that aims at confrontation with other forces and urged the Ulema (Muslim scholars) to first consolidate their ranks, lead the people to do what pleases God, and respond to the devastating rumors which abound during times of strife and uncertainty. Rulers of Muslim countries, it said, are obligated to enforce Shariah [Islamic Law], defend Islam, and unify their own positions against the dangers engulfing the Islamic community.