(This article was prepare before MAkka Confrence. NEcessary figures may be updated by some one)
Own words on the lines of enlightened moderation
Events Leading to the Birth of Idea
1. President Pervez Musharraf said during his address to OIC head of state meeting in Malaysia that a restructuring of the OIC was necessary to "evolve a strategy to secure justice" for Muslim nations. He further added that the Ummah could boast of a combined GNP of $1400 billion while Japan alone had a GNP of $4500 billion; the Ummah had only 500 universities and produced 1000 PhDs a year while Japan had more than 9000 universities and tiny England produced 2000 PhDs annually. The idea was supported by Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who told that the Islamic world needed to reassess its priorities and embark on "concrete action." Malaysia’s outgoing Prime Minister added in the same meeting that Muslims built a great civilization but halfway through "came new interpreters of Islam who taught that acquisition of knowledge by the Muslims meant only the study of Islamic theology. The study of science, medicine etc. was discouraged. Intellectually the Muslims began to regress". 2. Reasons for Reform
a. The remarks by the two leaders should be seen against the tragedies faced by the Muslim world. These include the Anglo-American attack on Iraq without UN authorization and the continued persecution of Muslim peoples in Kashmir and Palestine. b. Going back a bit further, one can recall such horrors as the anti-Muslim ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo, and last year's officially inspired pogrom in India's Gujarat state. To these tragedies the OIC's response has been conspicuous by its absence. c. In the case of Gujarat, several European diplomats visited the riot-hit areas, and their governments later released reports highly critical of the Gujarat government. As against this, not a single Muslim diplomat...
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