says the Organization of the Islamic
Cooperation/Conference (OIC) is a religious
and political organization. Close to the Muslim World League of
the Muslim Brotherhood, it shares the Brotherhood's strategic and
cultural vision: that of a universal religious community, the Ummah,
based upon the Koran, the Sunna, and the canonical orthodoxy of shari'a.
The OIC represents 56 countries and the Palestinian Authority
(considered a state), the whole constituting the universal Ummah with a
community of more than one billion three to six hundred million Muslims.
The OIC has a unique structure among nations and human societies.
The Vatican and the various churches are de facto devoid of political
power, even if they take part in politics, because in Christianity, as
in Judaism, the religious and political functions have to be separated.
Asian religions, too, do not represent systems that bring together
religion, strategy, politics, and law within a single organizational
Not only does the OIC enjoy unlimited power through
the union and cohesion of all its bodies, but also to this it adds the
infallibility conferred by religion. Bringing together 56
countries, including some of the richest in the world, it controls the
lion's share of global energy resources. The European Union (EU),
far from anticipating the problems caused by such a concentration of
power and investing in the diversification and autonomy of energy
sources since 1973, acted to weaken America internationally in order to
substitute for it the U.N., the OIC's docile agent. In the hope of
garnering a few crumbs of influence, the EU privileged a massive Muslim
immigration into Europe, paid billions to the Mediterranean Union and
Palestinian Authority, weakened the European states, undermined their
unity, and wrapped itself in the flag of Palestinian justice, as though
this would supply some protective system against the global jihad, which
it endeavored to focus on Israel.
Religion as the main aspect of
the OIC emerges from its language and its targets. It seems that
the OIC is restoring in the 21st century the Caliphate, the supreme
controlling body for all Muslims. In their Charter (2008), Member
States confirm that their union and solidarity are inspired by Islamic
values. They affirm their aim to reinforce within the
international arena their shared interests and the promotion of Islamic
values. They commit themselves to revitalizing the pioneering role
of Islam in the world, increasing the prosperity of the member states,
and -- in contrast to to the European states -- to ensure the defense of
their national sovereignty and territorial integrity. They
proclaim their support for Palestine with al-Quds Al Sharif, the
Arabized name for Jerusalem, as its capital, and exhort each other to
promote human rights, basic freedoms, the state of law (shari'a), and
democracy according to their constitutional and legal system -- in other
words, compliance with shari'a.
They also undertake to stimulate
noble Muslim values, to preserve their symbols and their shared
heritage, and to defend the universality of the Islamic religion --
simply put, the universal propagation of Islam (da'wa). They state
that they are promoting women's rights and encourage their active
participation in all walks of life, in accordance with the laws of the
Member States. They agree to inculcate Muslim children with
Islamic values and to support Muslim minorities and communities outside
the Member States in order to preserve their dignity and their cultural
and religious identity.
The Charter's strategic targets seek
"[t]o ensure active participation of the Member States [of the OIC] in
the global political, economic and social decision-making processes to
secure their common interests" (I-5) and "[t]o promote and defend
unified position on issues of common interest in international forums"
Among its targets, the OIC Charter specifies the
propagation, promotion, and preservation of Islamic teachings and
values, the spread of Islamic culture, and the preservation of the
Islamic heritage (I-11). Article I-12 promotes the protection and
defense of the true image of Islam, the fight against its defamation,
and the encouragement of dialogue between civilizations and religions.
The other objectives deal with protecting inherent Islamic family values
(I-14) and the preservation of rights, dignity, and religious and
cultural identity of the Muslim communities and minorities in non-Member
States (I-16). This issue points to the OIC authority over
immigrants abroad and its pressure on the governments of the non-Muslim
host countries through the channel of dialogue, including the Alliance
of Civilizations, whose Report backs OIC programs, and interfaith and
The OIC supports all the jihadist
movements considered to be resisting "foreign occupation," including
those in "occupied" Indian Kashmir, and condemns the "humiliation and
oppression" of Muslims in India.
The Charter stipulates that the
International Islamic Court of Justice shall become the Organization's
main legal body (Chap. X, Art. 14) and that "[t]he Independent Permanent
Commission on Human Rights shall promote the civil, political, social
and economic rights enshrined in the organization's [OIC] covenants and
declarations and in universally agreed human rights instruments, in
conformity with Islamic values" (Art. 15). It implies that the
covenants which do not conform with Islamic values will not be followed.
One can note that Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, accused
(according to Western criteria of justice) of genocide committed in
southern Sudan and Darfur, has not been troubled by the Islamic Court of
Justice. His colleagues at the OIC do not consider him in any way
a criminal and receive him with great respect, as does Turkish PM
The Islamic Court of Justice has an international
mandate and could try foreigners, both Muslims and non-Muslims
(blasphemers, apostates, resisters to jihad) who have broken the laws of
shari'a anywhere. Moreover, the claim by the OIC to be the
guardian and protector of Muslim immigrants living in all countries that
are not members of the OIC implies an extension of its jurisdiction and
political influence over all the Muslims of Europe, North and South
America, and the other non-Member States. This situation
exacerbates the danger incurred by non-religious European Muslims,
whether atheists, apostates, or free thinkers.
organization, the Charter presents characteristics similar to those of
the EU; however, in terms of its spirit, functions, principles, and
objectives, it is the EU's very antithesis. Even if it employs the
language of international organizations, the meaning of the words is
different by their being rooted in the conceptual world of the Koran,
which contradicts the basis of secular Western thought. Thus,
Article 32-2 states, "The Council of Foreign Ministers [of OIC
countries] shall recommend the rules of procedures of the Islamic
Summit." This implies an Islamic view and understanding on policy.
Such a combined political and religious institution is at the very
outer rim of Western thinking, anchored as it is in the separation
between politics and religion. Even if interference between the
two fields has persisted, the principle of such separation has
facilitated emancipation in the intellectual and political arenas from
religious authority and the development of critical thought.
Present-day aspiration of the Ummah to submit to a caliphate which
embodies a combined political-religious institution can only surprise
the Westerner and highlight the gap that separates the two. Rooted
in individualism, Europeans cultivate the search for happiness and
cherish freedom of thought and of rational, scientific exploration,
which are perceived as a human being's greatest privilege and finest
Conversely, aspiring to the Caliphate indicates the
longing for a supreme authority owing its infallibility to Allah and his
human intermediary, Mohammed. According to Ibn Khaldoun, this
institution placing politics at the service of worldwide, religious
expansionism was created as instrument for the mandatory
Islamization of mankind.
Faced today with this political archaism, a divided and broken West
seeks refuge in denial and grasps at the demise of tiny Israel as though
at a lifebelt. Taking in water from every side, this West that
abandons its own identity for multilateralism and multiculturalism and
ruins its citizenry by buying security has little chance of survival.