The Eleventh General Conference: Towards a Civilized Project for the
Renaissance of the Muslim
In The Name of Allah the Most Merciful and Compassionate
In this decisive phase of Islamic and Arab Umma history where the universe is
step ping in a new century full of scientific changes and technology, the Supreme
Council for Islamic Affairs responds to gather this elite and pioneer of religious
scholars and intellectuals in the Islamic world.
This gathering is to study the current situation of the Islamic Umma and find
out how this Islamic Umma can firmly step in the new century side by side with the
whole world by concluding their debates in this regard in the 11th Islamic Congress.
Egypt's concept as defined in President's Mubarak speech delivered to the
participant delegations coming from more than 70 Islamic states and Islamic
organizations, urges the attention to some vital important issues to specify what
Islamic Umma may act in this critical phase when studying its cultural project for
First: Muslims must be aware that they are not secluded islands from the
world they live within, but they influence on one hand and are affected on the other,
by this world directly and indirectly.
Second: Globalization era is the age of economic blocs, and for Muslims there
is no escape to face this fact and adopt what suits them to meet this challenge.
Third: The similarity of conditions in the Islamic world ensures that the
comprehensive development materially and spiritually is the sole way for Muslims to
come out of the critical situation they are living in.
The President's speech raised a group of questions from participant delegates
and characterized debates among participants as well as papers and researches
represented to the Conference.
The most striking questions were
First: Are Muslims in our contemporary era less in capacities and talents, and
what is the cause of their inability and backwardness?
Second: Is there a vital role for Muslims to perform for themselves and the
world today ? Does their actual performance now match with their material, human
resources and intellectual abilities?
Third: If Muslims had in their glorious past many of great achievement and
great scientific and cultural contributions, then, why did they degrade themselves to
such rate of inability and backwardness?
What is the safe way to come out of this corner and to bridge this long distance
between Muslims and the other world? And what procedures to be taken to
rearrange the Islamic home in a manner that may achieve the goals and targets of
Umma, which meet our belief and glorious history?
In an aware spirit full of hope and firm trend to seek an outlet, the serious
discussions in the Conference have taken place between participant delegates and
scholars expressing their feeling of responsibility to surpass the current crisis in the
These fruitful discussions embodied the deep belief to reach salvation which was
reflected in the congress recommendations concluded to serve the renaissance of the
The following are the most important points unanimously approved by the
First: The necessity to regain awareness of Allah's laws in terms of the reason for
the rise and fall, progress and decadence of civilizations in order to compare this with
Islamic reality and modify its course and correct its mistakes.
Second: There was consensus on the necessity to strive for restoring the Umma's
unity and solidarity and surmounting the obstacles that have undermined it, wasted
its potential and prompted its foes to regard it with greed.
This consensus expressed the feelings of the Islamic Umma with respect to the
threats that produced disunity and differences and resulted in its impotence,
weakness and backwardness, and the hope that its rulers will eliminate them.
Third: Indication of the clear vision which heralded the possibility of achieving
the hopes for renaissance as manifested in the papers presented to the Conference;
the interventions throughout the sessions, such elevation above regional disputes and
local narrow minded views, and glancing at future horizons, Muslims may recapture
the status of their Umma during its unity, its glory and its victories.
The former ten conferences held by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
have discussed issues which have affected the message of Islam and its civilized
contribution, and sought to emphasize the contributions of religions in the service of
mankind as an assertion of the role which religion has produced to protect man from
himself; from his weakness, and to protect all humanity from the danger of rushing
behind materialistic thinking which invites violence, egotism and desire for
superiority, domination and tyranny. These Conferences also addressed, to a large
extent, ideological and intellectual issues and dialogues between religions and
civilizations. The Eleventh Conference this year was directed towards Islamic reality
in a pragmatic approach where steps were taken to extract it from its crisis by
implementable recommendations and practical resolutions. Hence, this is the first
stride towards an authentic renaissance for our Islamic world so that it may occupy a
befitting position in the world in the new millenium. Consequently, the Islamic world
will also be ready to play an effective role that will contribute to shaping a secure
future for mankind where peace and security prevail.
Finally, it is our duty as human beings to announce this new course towards
realism in our actions, away from resounding slogans and empty words that do not
produce good nor ward off evil.
Therefore, we urge the mass media to focus on the context of these
recommendations and convey them to the public by all ways and means so that they
may become a way of life for the Umma and its various institutions. Furthermore, we
request scholars, thinkers and leaders in all positions in our Islamic world to reaffirm
this new course for addressing the Ummas issues realistically so that it may be
perceived as a general cultural trend for Islamic peoples. This way we can be certain
that the efforts exerted by the conferences in this Conference and their ideas have
become a mode of behaviour and applied to matters in life.
There is great hope that the Umma will rise to the responsibility of assuming
its role to realize comprehensive development in its land and participate effectively in
achieving security, peace and stability in our contemporary world.