Organization of Islamic Cooperation

 

 

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)



OIC



It is defining moment for the Muslim Word. The 2.1 billion strong Muslim community in its fourteen hundred years history is confronted with toughest ever challenges. Many a Muslim countries with glorious history are war ravaged. Many tormented with violence. Poverty, famine, disease and illiteracy have sucked a substantial portion of the population. Schism and sectarianism has been sapping the energies of this community that has the potential of changing the word order and providing stronger...


OIC’s New Avatar


 

It is a big question if birth of OIC has caused assassination of two towering Muslim leaders. It was a popular belief and continues to be so that Faisal bin Abdul Al Saud King of Saudi Arabia and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were assassinated for founding the Organization of Islamic Conference. The two leaders were recognized as soul and spirit behind this organization that was seen as an important step towards renaissance of then a billion Muslims living around the globe.

Fasil bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud was one of the most popular kings of Saudi Arabia. He ruled from 1964 to 1975. He was known for his “pan-Islamism, anti-Communism and Pro-Palestine nationalism. Many contemporary historians see him as founder of modern Saudi Arabia ‘credited with giving financial stability to his country and implementing policies of modernization and reforms. He was assassinated in 1975, one year after the historic OIC meet in ancient city of Lahore.


OIC- A Talk Shop:




OIC’s response the conflicts of muslim nation



Transforming the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) from a fragmented talk shop, divided by narrow interests, into an effective political and economic forum is the most serious challenge for the leaders of the grouping at this critical juncture. The Muslim Ummah is facing a serious challenge from the western world and the 57-member forum is now at crossroads even as the Islamic world is being marginalized and targeted.
The dream of assassinated Saudi King Faisal and visionary Pakistani leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to unite Islamic nations under one banner to take on challenges of Zionism and imperialism have been shattered. Both these legendary figures were removed by agents of Islam for their zeal to use ‘’oil embargo" against those countries which supported Israel.


 

Organization of Islamic Conference: Conceptual Dimensions


Institutions are quite often products of evolving ideas. Ideas act as a source of inspiration and guidance” but they are rarely static and absolute in their manifestations. Therefore, one and the same idea can have different practical expressions in different places at different times and in relation to different socio-political realities. This is true of the idea of Muslim unity and brotherhood as well. This idea, even though integral to the socio-political philosophy of Islam and its histor...


 

The OIC : Revisiting its Identity and Promise


The standing of OIC from the perspective of its identity and mission as an international organization, based on religion, makes a thought-provoking study.  The phenomena of its birth and more curiously, its survival in the past more than three decades, has come about in the most secular century in known history of humankind. The organization though discussed more often for its failings than successes, has in fact steadily enlarged its organizational structure as well as membership. Looki...


 

OIC : " The successes and failures "


The idea of Muslim unity was born immediately after the defeat of  Arab Muslim Countries at the hands of Israel in 1967.It took concrete shape in a historical summit in Rabat(Morroco) in  1969 following a sacrilegious attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque. Originally named as organization of Islamic Conference , it has now been rechristened as Organisation of Islamic cooperation without disturbing the shorter version of its name OIC.

The Organization  is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. These member states  control almost  70% of world crude oil reserves & 50% of world’s natural gas reserves. The Organization is supposed to be the collective voice of  around one and a half billion  Muslims of the world and to safeguard  the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting inte...


 

OIC : Purpose, role with special emphasis on Palestine in historical perspective


That Islamic states need to have an organization to coordinate policies and frame responses to ever-changing global situation should never have been in doubt. That the needful did not happen even after Balafour declaration regarding Palestine in 1917   exhibited the desperate state of Islamic countries. That it took decades to get Islamic states to sign the charter setting up the ‘Organization of Islamic Conference’ in 1969 showed the apathy, the listlessness and failure to see a fo...


 

The Alternative Voice is not a Hostile Voice


(On 9 September 2005 a select group of scholars and intellectuals gathered in Makkah al-Mukarrammah (the full name of the holy city of Mecca) at the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. The objective of this “Preparatory Forum of Eminent Muslim Scholars” was clearly defined: to formulate, over three days of intense discussions in the shadow of the Kaabah Sharif,  a new vision for the Organisation of Islamic Conference, the world body...