The juridically recognized domains of Islam are considered to be held as a waqf, or scared trust, by the entire Ummah. These waqf territories include not only current Muslim-majority nations and previously conquered lands, but also the buildings and grounds of mosques and madrassas, Muslim cemeteries, and even the homes and community buildings where Muslims live and congregate.
Bear all this in mind when you read the following press release from the OIC. The European ethnic groups that Mr. Ihsanoglu mentions are considered part of “Europe’s Muslim identity” because they were originally conquered and converted to Islam by the sword.
It’s also notable that dhimmi-wannabes like Prince Charles are doing immense damage to the defense of indigenous European culture with their fawning attitudes towards Islam:
The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, delivered a speech at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in the United Kingdom on Monday 28 April 2008 in which he tackled a number of crucial issues.- - - - - - - - -
One of these issues was the identities of entities and groups which have been, according to Ihsanoglu, “affected by the vicissitude of times and the changeable fortunes of peoples”. He talked about injustices suffered by the peoples of Bosnia and Kosovo, and questioned the motives behind wars and difficulties in which these two European nations, for instance, have gone through.
Ihsanoglu stated that it is appropriate to tackle these injustices from cultural and intellectual perspectives and not only from a political perspective. Furthermore, he raised a number of questions about the identity of Europe and whether or not Europe does have a Muslim identity in addition to its Christian identity. In this context, he quoted Prince Charles, who praised the contribution of the Islamic Civilization and great Muslim scientists to Europe over 800 years of Muslims presence in Spain.
Moreover, he stressed that Muslims of European ethnicities such as Albanians, Bosnians, Torbich and Romans are all ethnicities of indigenous European origin, in addition to the millions of Muslims who have immigrated to Europe. As such, he stated, our present-day civilization which have strong Muslim roots, would qualify to be labeled a “Muslim-Christian” Civilization. He asked whether it would be right to admit that Islam and Muslims constitute one of the key components of the European Continent?
In addition to the above, Ihsanoglu discussed how the way the OIC views the future and Islamic solidarity. He noted that during the last decade, the OIC Member States started to sense the need to revitalize the Organization and close ranks with a view to breaking free from the state of despondency and lack of action after a series of setbacks. He stressed that the deterioration of the socio-economic situation in most of the OIC Member States, coupled with rampant poverty, unchecked illiteracy and uncertain future, have compelled these countries to seek remedies for these impediments through joint actions.
The Secretary General also elaborated on the importance of the Ten-Year Programme of Action Document adopted by Mecca Summit in 2005 in dealing with the most pressing challenges facing the Muslim world today. He stated that this Document has constituted a paradigm-shift with a practical and realist timetable to ensure achieving the requested goals of the OIC. The Document has also enabled the OIC to come up with an amended Charter for the OIC which was endorsed by the 11th OIC Summit in Dakar in March 2008.
Ihsanoglu demonstrated the role of the OIC in the cultural, educational, scientific and economic fields. For example, he stated that the OIC Member States are working to promote cooperation to achieve sustainable development and strengthen intra-OIC economic and trade cooperation with a view to establishing a Muslim Common Market.
The Secretary General concluded by stressing on the OIC’s move, at the international level, to disseminate the true and correct teaching of Islam. He reiterated his call for the need to increase emphasis on dialogue and for historical reconciliation between Islam and the West.
Hat tip: TB.