The 10th Session Of The Islamic Summit Conference
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The Tenth OIC Summit Background
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an
international organization grouping 57 States which have decided to
pool their resources together, combine their efforts and speak with
one voice to safeguard the interested and secure the progress and
well-being of their peoples and all Muslims in the world.
The Organization was established in Rabat, Kingdom of
Morocco, on 12 Rajab 1389H (25 September 1969) when the first meeting
of the leaders of the Islamic world was held in the wake of the
criminal Zionist attempt to burn down the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque on
21st August 1969 in the occupied city of Al-Quds.
Six months after the historical event, i.e. in
Muharram 1390H (march 1970), the First Islamic Conference of Foreign
Ministers was held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during which the
OIC General Secretariat was established to ensure coordination among
Member States. The Conference appointed a Secretary General for the
Organization and chose Jeddah as the city to house its temporary
Headquarters pending the liberation of Al-Quds Al Sharif to which the
General Secretariat will then be transferred, as the Permanent seat of
In order to coordinate and boost its action, align its
stand, and achieve concrete results in various fields of
cooperation, politics, economy, culture, social, spiritual and science
among Member States, the Islamic Summit Conference, which is the
supreme policy and decision making body of the OIC, convened for the
first time in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 22-25 September 1969.
Science that historic date, the Islamic Summit Conference has convened
for nine times with the last (the ninth) conference held in Doha,
Qatar on 12-13 November 2000. Putrajaya, Malaysia has been chosen as
the venue for the Tenth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference to be
held on 11-18 October 2003.
The theme for the Tenth Session of the Islamic Summit
Conference is "Knowledge And Morality For The Progress Of Ummah". The
theme stresses on two key objectives: knowledge and morality. Today,
millions of Muslims are living in poverty and n primitive conditions.
The failure to acquire new forms of knowledge and an aversion to the
culture of learning are some of the reasons that can be cited for this
sorry state of affairs. A look into Islam's glorious past, especially
during the Abbasid Caliphate, will reveal a time where learning and
the acquisition of knowledge were given much emphasis. During this
period, a highly centralized and professional bureaucracy was created.
Abbasid scholars discovered how to manufacture paper and this
increased the rate of manuscript production throughout the Islamic
world. All of this and many other achievements were possible through
The second keyword of the theme focuses on morality.
Morality is those restraints we apply to our natures for the benefit
of others; we suffer so the community prospers, and consequently the
individual prospers. But if we discard these limits and indulge our
desires, while the individual enjoys an immediate release the
community suffers, and inevitably, the individual suffers. This lack
of understanding of the role of morality is just part of the common
ignorance about the nature of society. Mastery of knowledge in the
absence of a strong sense of morality will not bring the ummah the
desired result. A strong sense of morality is needed to ensure the
ummah will progress and develop in a balanced and equitable manner.
This is in line with Islam's requirement and emphasis on moderation as
a way of life.
Aims and Objective
It is with this two noble aims in mind that Malaysia,
as the host for the Tenth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference,
aspires to become the Centre of Excellence in the field of knowledge
and learning. At the same time, Malaysia aspires to become a model
country in the effort to create a society based on the principles of
morality and wisdom. The Tenth Session of the Islamic Summit
Conference would serve as an opportunity for the member states to
reason and chart ways in order to achieve the two aims embodied in the
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