Muslim World League (MWL)

Muslim World League (MWL)

General information:

       Muslim World League (MWL), or Rabita in Arabic, is one of the largest Islamic international non-governmental organizations. The MWL, located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was founded on May 18, 1962 by the Government of Saudi Arabia for His Majesty the King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud’s jubilee on the matter of religion spreading, humanitarian operations and public affairs, particularly assistance of the Muslims who are in trouble around the world. The League is defined as the organization of religion and culture without the political involvement. In addition, not only refuses the use of force and violence, but the League also promotes the Dialogue among Civilizations. Besides, the MWL is the observer organization of the ECOSOC, UNESCO, OIC and UNICEF.


       1. The General Islamic Conference is the principle organ with superior authority of the MWL which consists of scholars and clergymen around the world from various fields, both private and public sectors. It has the major roles to judge and to interpret on the matter of religion concerning and contradictory points of view about religious issues. Also, it has responsibility to nominate the candidates to be the members of the Constituent Council.

       2. The Constituent Council is the superior authority organ on the policies of the League, which consists of sixty members from the Islamic states and Islamic communities within. Each member is whether the religious scholars, active citizens of that social and political activities or leaders of that Islamic communities. There is Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh from Saudi Arabia, the Mufti--the judge in religious issues, as the head of the Council. In Thailand, Mr. Wan Mohamad Noor Matha and Dr. Ismail Lutfi Japakiya, President of Yala Islamic University, are members of the council since 1997.

       3. The Secretariat General, the administrative organ of the MWL, is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The current Secretary-General is Dr. Abdullah Abdul Muhsin Al-Turki from Saudi Arabia taking office in 2000.

Bodies of the MWL:

       1. World Supreme Council Mosques hold the objectives to promote the activities of mosques in all Islamic states and communities along with roles to preserve, to protect and to support the budget of mosques’ construction and renovation, including to foster and to protect freedom to spread the religion.

       2. The Fiqh Council has the roles to examine, to judge and to recommend the contemporary issues about the Islam, including to distribute the documents about the Islamic Laws.

       3. The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) is a public organization to promote and encourage the education, hospitals and school constructions. In addition, the IIRO provides humanitarian aid for the natural disasters, for example, the case of Tsunami in Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives in 2004, including the case of the earthquake in Pakistan in 2005, with 120 branches around the world.

       4. The Commission on Scientific Signs in the Quran and Sunnah is bound to research and study any knowledge from the Quran and the Sunnah.

Middle East Division, December 2013