Speechs in the year
Tarikh/Date	:	16/10/2003
Versi 		:	ENGLISH
Penyampai	:  	PM

  Alhamdulillah,  All Praise be to Allah,  by  whose  Grace
   and  Blessings  we,  the leaders of the  Organisation  of
   Islamic  Conference countries are gathered here today  to
   confer  and hopefully to plot a course for the future  of
   Islam and the Muslim ummah worldwide.
   2.  On  behalf of the Government and the people  of  many
   races  and  religions of Malaysia, may I  extend  a  warm
   welcome to all and everyone to this Tenth Session of  the
   Islamic   Summit  Conference  in  Putrajaya,   Malaysia's
   administrative capital.
   3.  It is indeed a great honour for Malaysia to host this
   Session   and   to   assume  the  Chairmanship   of   the
   Organisation  of the Islamic Conference  (OIC).  I  thank
   the   members   for   their  confidence   in   Malaysia's
   4.  May  I  also take this opportunity to pay  a  special
   tribute  to  the  State  of  Qatar,  in  particular   His
   Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa AI-Thani, the  Emir  of
   the  State  of Qatar, for his outstanding stewardship  of
   our Organisation over the past three years.
   5.  As  host, Malaysia is gratified at the high level  of
   participation   from  member  countries.   This   clearly
   demonstrates  our  continued and abiding  faith  in,  and
   commitment  to  our Organisation and our collective  wish
   and  determination to strengthen our role for the dignity
   and benefit of the ummah.
   6.   I  would  also  like  to  welcome  the  leaders  and
   representatives of the many countries who wish to  become
   observers  at  this meeting because of their  substantial
   Muslim  population.  Whether they  are  Muslims  or  not,
   their  presence at this meeting will help towards greater
   understanding of Islam and the Muslims, thus  helping  to
   disprove  the  perception  of  Islam  as  a  religion  of
   backwardness and terror.
   7.  The  whole  world  is looking at  us.  Certainly  1.3
   billion Muslims, one-sixth of the world's population  are
   placing  their hopes in us, in this meeting, even  though
   they  may be cynical about our will and capacity to  even
   decide  to  restore the honour of Islam and the  Muslims,
   much  less  to free their brothers and sisters  from  the
   oppression and humiliation from which they suffer today.
   8.  I will not enumerate the instances of our humiliation
   and  oppression,  nor  will  I  once  again  condemn  our
   detractors  and  oppressors. It would be an  exercise  in
   futility  because  they  are not going  to  change  their
   attitudes  just because we condemn them.  If  we  are  to
   recover  our dignity and that of Islam, our religion,  it
   is we who must decide, it is we who must act.
   9.  To  begin  with, the Governments of  all  the  Muslim
   countries can close ranks and have a common stand if  not
   on  all issues, at least on some major ones, such  as  on
   Palestine.  We are all Muslims. We are all oppressed.  We
   are all being humiliated. But we who have been raised  by
   Allah  above  our  fellow Muslims to rule  our  countries
   have  never  really tried to act in concert in  order  to
   exhibit  at  our  level the brotherhood  and  unity  that
   Islam enjoins upon us.
   10.  But not only are our Governments divided, the Muslim
   ummah is also divided, and divided again and again.  Over
   the  last  1400  years  the interpreters  of  Islam,  the
   learned   ones,   the   ulamas   have   interpreted   and
   reinterpreted  the  single Islamic  religion  brought  by
   Prophet  Muhammad S.A.W, so differently that now we  have
   a  thousand  religions which are often so  much  at  odds
   with  one  another  that we often  fight  and  kill  each
   11.  From  being a single ummah we have allowed ourselves
   to  be divided into numerous sects, mazhabs and tarikats,
   each  more  concerned with claiming to be the true  Islam
   than  our oneness as the Islamic ummah. We fail to notice
   that  our  detractors and enemies do not care whether  we
   are  true  Muslims  or not. To them we are  all  Muslims,
   followers  of a religion and a Prophet whom they  declare
   promotes  terrorism, and we are all their sworn  enemies.
   They  will  attack and kill us, invade our  lands,  bring
   down  our  Governments whether we are Sunnis  or  Syiahs,
   Alawait  or Druze or whatever. And we aid and  abet  them
   by  attacking and weakening each other, and sometimes  by
   doing  their bidding, acting as their proxies  to  attack
   fellow  Muslims.  We  try to bring down  our  Governments
   through  violence,  succeeding to weaken  and  impoverish
   our countries.
   12.  We  ignore  entirely and we continue to  ignore  the
   Islamic  injunction to unite and to be brothers  to  each
   other,  we  the Governments of the Islamic countries  and
   the ummah.
   13.  But  this  is  not  all that  we  ignore  about  the
   teachings  of Islam. We are enjoined to Read, Iqraq  i.e.
   to  acquire  knowledge. The early Muslims  took  this  to
   mean  translating and studying the works  of  the  Greeks
   and   other  scholars  before  Islam.  And  these  Muslim
   scholars  added  to the body of knowledge  through  their
   own studies.
   14.  The early Muslims produced great mathematicians  and
   scientists,  scholars, physicians  and  astronomers  etc.
   and  they  excelled  in all the fields  of  knowledge  of
   their  times, besides studying and practising  their  own
   religion of Islam. As a result the Muslims were  able  to
   develop  and extract wealth from their lands and  through
   their  world  trade, able to strengthen  their  defences,
   protect  their  people and give them the Islamic  way  of
   life,  Addin,  as prescribed by Islam. At  the  time  the
   Europeans  of  the  Middle Ages were still  superstitious
   and  backward, the enlightened Muslims had already  built
   a  great  Muslim  civilisation, respected  and  powerful,
   more than able to compete with the rest of the world  and
   able  to  protect the ummah from foreign aggression.  The
   Europeans had to kneel at the feet of Muslim scholars  in
   order to access their own scholastic heritage.
   15.  The  Muslims were lead by great leaders  like  Abdul
   Rahman  III, AI-Mansur, Salah El Din AI Ayubi and  others
   who  took to the battlefields at the head of their forces
   to protect Muslim land and the ummah.
   16.  But  halfway  through  the  building  of  the  great
   Islamic  civilisation came new interpreters of Islam  who
   taught  that  acquisition of knowledge by  Muslims  meant
   only  the  study  of  Islamic  theology.  The  study   of
   science, medicine etc. was discouraged.
   17.  Intellectually the Muslims began  to  regress.  With
   intellectual  regression  the great  Muslim  civilisation
   began to falter and wither. But for the emergence of  the
   Ottoman   warriors,   Muslim  civilisation   would   have
   disappeared with the fall of Granada in 1492.
   18.   The  early  successes  of  the  Ottomans  were  not
   accompanied by an intellectual renaissance. Instead  they
   became  more and more preoccupied with minor issues  such
   as  whether  tight trousers and peak caps  were  Islamic,
   whether   printing   machines  should   be   allowed   or
   electricity   used  to  light  mosques.  The   Industrial
   Revolution  was  totally missed by the Muslims.  And  the
   regression   continued  until  the  British  and   French
   instigated  rebellion against Turkish rule brought  about
   the  downfall  of  the Ottomans, the  last  Muslim  world
   power  and  replaced it with European  colonies  and  not
   independent  states as promised. It was only after  World
   War II that these colonies became independent.
   19.  Apart  from the new nation-states we  also  accepted
   the  western  democratic system.  This  also  divided  us
   because  of  the  political parties and  groups  that  we
   form,  some  of which claim Islam for themselves,  reject
   the  Islam  of  other parties and refuse  to  accept  the
   results  of  the practice of democracy if  they  fail  to
   gain  power for themselves. They resort to violence, thus
   destabilising and weakening Muslim countries.
   20.  With  all these developments over the centuries  the
   ummah and the Muslim civilisation became so weak that  at
   one  time there was not a single Muslim country which was
   not  colonised  or  hegemonised  by  the  Europeans.  But
   regaining  independence did not help  to  strengthen  the
   Muslims.  Their states were weak and badly  administered,
   constantly in a state of turmoil. The Europeans could  do
   what  they  liked  with  Muslim territories.  It  is  not
   surprising that they should excise Muslim land to  create
   the  state  of  Israel  to solve  their  Jewish  problem.
   Divided, the Muslims could do nothing effective  to  stop
   the Balfour and Zionist transgression.
   21.  Some would have us believe that, despite all  these,
   our  life  is  better than that of our  detractors.  Some
   believe  that  poverty is Islamic, sufferings  and  being
   oppressed  are Islamic. This world is not  for  us.  Ours
   are  the  joys of heaven in the afterlife.  All  that  we
   have  to  do is to perform certain rituals, wear  certain
   garments  and put up a certain appearance. Our  weakness,
   our  backwardness and our inability to help our  brothers
   and  sisters who are being oppressed are part of the Will
   of  Allah,  the  sufferings that we  must  endure  before
   enjoying  heaven  in the hereafter. We must  accept  this
   fate that befalls us. We need not do anything. We can  do
   nothing against the Will of Allah.
   22.  But is it true that it is the Will of Allah and that
   we can and should do nothing? Allah has said in Surah Ar-
   Ra'd  verse  11  that He will not change the  fate  of  a
   community  until the community has tried  to  change  its
   fate itself.
   23.  The  early  Muslims  were as  oppressed  as  we  are
   presently.   But  after  their  sincere  and   determined
   efforts  to  help  themselves  in  accordance  with   the
   teachings  of  Islam,  Allah had helped  them  to  defeat
   their  enemies and to create a great and powerful  Muslim
   civilisation.  But  what effort have we  made  especially
   with the resources that He has endowed us with.
   24.  We  are now 1.3 billion strong. We have the  biggest
   oil  reserve in the world. We have great wealth.  We  are
   not  as ignorant as the Jahilliah who embraced Islam.  We
   are  familiar  with the workings of the  world's  economy
   and  finances. We control 57 out of the 180 countries  in
   the  world.  Our  votes can make or  break  international
   organisations. Yet we seem more helpless than  the  small
   number of Jahilliah converts who accepted the Prophet  as
   their  leader. Why? Is it because of Allah's will  or  is
   it  because we have interpreted our religion wrongly,  or
   failed   to  abide  by  the  correct  teachings  of   our
   religion, or done the wrong things?
   25.  We  are enjoined by our religion to prepare for  the
   defence  of  the  ummah.  Unfortunately  we  stress   not
   defence  but  the  weapons of the time  of  the  Prophet.
   Those  weapons  and horses cannot help to defend  us  any
   more.  We  need  guns and rockets, bombs  and  warplanes,
   tanks  and  warships  for  our defence.  But  because  we
   discouraged the learning of science and mathematics  etc.
   as  giving  no merit for the akhirat, today  we  have  no
   capacity  to produce our own weapons for our defence.  We
   have  to buy our weapons from our detractors and enemies.
   This  is  what  comes from the superficial interpretation
   of   the  Quran,  stressing  not  the  substance  of  the
   Prophet's  sunnah and the Quran's injunctions but  rather
   the  form,  the  manner and the means  used  in  the  1st
   Century of the Hijrah. And it is the same with the  other
   teachings of Islam. We are more concerned with the  forms
   rather  than  the  substance of the words  of  Allah  and
   adhering  only  to  the  literal  interpretation  of  the
   traditions of the Prophet.
   26.  We  may  want to recreate the first century  of  the
   Hijrah,  the  way  of life in those times,  in  order  to
   practise  what  we think to be the true  Islamic  way  of
   life.  But  we  will  not  be  allowed  to  do  so.   Our
   detractors  and  enemies  will  take  advantage  of   the
   resulting backwardness and weakness in order to  dominate
   us.  Islam is not just for the 7th Century A.D. Islam  is
   for  all  times. And times have changed. Whether we  like
   it  or  not  we  have  to change,  not  by  changing  our
   religion but by applying its teachings in the context  of
   a  world  that is radically different from  that  of  the
   first  century of the Hijrah. Islam is not wrong but  the
   interpretations  by our scholars, who  are  not  prophets
   even  though  they may be very learned can be  wrong.  We
   have  a  need to go back to the fundamental teachings  of
   Islam to find out whether we are indeed believing in  and
   practising  the  Islam  that  the  Prophet  preached.  It
   cannot  be  that  we are all practising the  correct  and
   true  Islam  when our beliefs are so different  from  one
   27.  Today  we, the whole Muslim ummah are  treated  with
   contempt  and dishonour. Our religion is denigrated.  Our
   holy  places desecrated. Our countries are occupied.  Our
   people starved and killed.
   28.  None of our countries are truly independent. We  are
   under  pressure  to  conform to  our  oppressors'  wishes
   about  how  we  should behave, how we should  govern  our
   lands, how we should think even.
   29.  Today  if  they want to raid our country,  kill  our
   people,  destroy our villages and towns, there is nothing
   substantial that we can do. Is it Islam which has  caused
   all  these? Or is it that we have failed to do  our  duty
   according to our religion?
   30.  Our only reaction is to become more and more  angry.
   Angry  people cannot think properly. And so we find  some
   of  our  people reacting irrationally. They launch  their
   own  attacks, killing just about anybody including fellow
   Muslims  to  vent  their  anger  and  frustration.  Their
   Governments  can  do  nothing to  stop  them.  The  enemy
   retaliates  and  puts more pressure on  the  Governments.
   And  the  Governments have no choice but to give  in,  to
   accept the directions of the enemy, literally to give  up
   their independence of action.
   31.  With this their people and the ummah become  angrier
   and turn against their own Governments. Every attempt  at
   a  peaceful  solution is sabotaged by more indiscriminate
   attacks  calculated to anger the enemy  and  prevent  any
   peaceful  settlement. But the attacks solve nothing.  The
   Muslims simply get more oppressed.
   32.  There is a feeling of hopelessness among the  Muslim
   countries  and their people. They feel that they  can  do
   nothing  right.  They believe that things  can  only  get
   worse.   The  Muslims  will  forever  be  oppressed   and
   dominated  by  the  Europeans and  the  Jews.  They  will
   forever  be poor, backward and weak. Some believe,  as  I
   have  said,  this is the Will of Allah, that  the  proper
   state of the Muslims is to be poor and oppressed in  this
   33.  But  is it true that we should do and can do nothing
   for  ourselves?  Is it true that 1.3 billion  people  can
   exert  no  power to save themselves from the  humiliation
   and  oppression  inflicted upon them by  a  much  smaller
   enemy?  Can  they  only lash back blindly  in  anger?  Is
   there  no other way than to ask our young people to  blow
   themselves up and kill people and invite the massacre  of
   more of our own people?
   34.  It cannot be that there is no other way. 1.3 billion
   Muslims  cannot be defeated by a few million Jews.  There
   must  be a way. And we can only find a way if we stop  to
   think,  to  assess  our weaknesses and our  strength,  to
   plan,  to  strategise  and then  to  counter  attack.  As
   Muslims  we must seek guidance from the Al-Quran and  the
   Sunnah  of the Prophet. Surely the 23 years' struggle  of
   the  Prophet can provide us with some guidance as to what
   we can and should do.
   35. We know he and his early followers were oppressed  by
   the  Qhuraish. Did he launch retaliatory strikes? No.  He
   was  prepared  to make strategic retreats.  He  sent  his
   early  followers to a Christian country  and  he  himself
   later  migrated to Madinah. There he gathered  followers,
   built  up his defence capability and ensured the security
   of  his  people. At Hudaibiyah he was prepared to  accept
   an  unfair  treaty, against the wishes of his  companions
   and   followers.  During  the  peace  that  followed   he
   consolidated his strength and eventually he was  able  to
   enter Mecca and claim it for Islam. Even then he did  not
   seek  revenge.  And the peoples of Mecca  accepted  Islam
   and  many  became his most powerful supporters, defending
   the Muslims against all their enemies.
   36.  That  briefly is the story of the  struggle  of  the
   Prophet.  We talk so much about following the  sunnah  of
   the  Prophet.  We quote the instances and the  traditions
   profusely. But we actually ignore all of them.
   37.  If we use the faculty to think that Allah has  given
   us  then  we should know that we are acting irrationally.
   We  fight  without any objective, without any goal  other
   than  to hurt the enemy because they hurt us. Naively  we
   expect   them   to   surrender.   We   sacrifice    lives
   unnecessarily,  achieving nothing other than  to  attract
   more massive retaliation and humiliation.
   38.  It  is surety time that we pause to think. But  will
   this  be  wasting time? For well over half a  century  we
   have  fought  over  Palestine.  What  have  we  achieved?
   Nothing.  We are worse off than before. If we had  paused
   to  think  then we could have devised a plan, a  strategy
   that  can  win  us  final victory. Pausing  and  thinking
   calmly  is not a waste of time. We have a need to make  a
   strategic retreat and to calmly assess our situation.
   39.  We  are  actually very strong.  1.3  billion  people
   cannot  be  simply  wiped  out. The  Europeans  killed  6
   million  Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews  rule
   this  world  by proxy. They get others to fight  and  die
   for them.
   40. We may not be able to do that. We may not be able  to
   unite all the 1.3 billion Muslims. We may not be able  to
   get  all  the  Muslim Governments to act in concert.  But
   even  if  we can get a third of the ummah and a third  of
   the  Muslim  states to act together, we  can  already  do
   something.  Remember that the Prophet did not  have  many
   followers  when  he went to Madinah. But  he  united  the
   Ansars  and  the  Muhajirins  and  eventually  he  became
   strong enough to defend Islam.
   41.  Apart from the partial unity that we need,  we  must
   take  stock  of our assets. I have already mentioned  our
   numbers  and our oil wealth. In today's world we wield  a
   lot  of  political, economic and financial clout,  enough
   to make up for our weakness in military terms.
   42.  We  also  know that not all non-Muslims are  against
   us.  Some are welldisposed towards us. Some even see  our
   enemies  as their enemies. Even among the Jews there  are
   many who do not approve of what the Israelis are doing.
   43.  We  must not antagonise everyone. We must win  their
   hearts  and  minds. We must win them to our side  not  by
   begging  for  help  from them but by the  honourable  way
   that   we  struggle  to  help  ourselves.  We  must   not
   strengthen  the  enemy  by pushing  everyone  into  their
   camps  through irresponsible and unIslamic acts. Remember
   Salah  El Din and the way he fought against the so called
   Crusaders,   King  Richard  of  England  in   particular.
   Remember  the  considerateness  of  the  Prophet  to  the
   enemies of Islam. We must do the same. It is winning  the
   struggle  that  is important, not angry retaliation,  not
   44.  We  must build up our strength in every  field,  not
   just  in  armed might. Our countries must be  stable  and
   well  administered, must be economically and  financially
   strong,   industrially  competent   and   technologically
   advanced. This will take time, but it can be done and  it
   will  be time well spent. We are enjoined by our religion
   to  be  patient. Innallahamaasabirin. Obviously there  is
   virtue in being patient.
   45.  But  the  defence of the ummah, the  counter  attack
   need  not  start  only after we have put  our  houses  in
   order.  Even  today we have sufficient assets  to  deploy
   against  our  detractors. It remains for us  to  identify
   them and to work out how to make use of them to stop  the
   carnage  caused  by the enemy. This is entirely  possible
   if  we stop to think, to plan, to strategise and to  take
   the  first  few critical steps. Even these few steps  can
   yield positive results.
   46.  We  know  that  the Jahilliah Arabs  were  given  to
   feuding,  to killing each other simply because they  were
   from   different   tribes.  The  Prophet   preached   the
   brotherhood  of  Islam  to them and  they  were  able  to
   overcome  their hatred for each other, become united  and
   helped  towards  the establishment of  the  great  Muslim
   civilisation.  Can  we say that what the  Jahilliah  (the
   ignorant) could do we, the modern Muslims cannot  do?  If
   not  all  at  least  some  of  us  can  do.  If  not  the
   renaissance of our great civilisation, at least  ensuring
   the security of the ummah.
   47.  To  do the things that are suggested will  not  even
   require  all of us to give up our differences  with  each
   other.  We  need  only  to call a truce  so  we  can  act
   together  in  tackling only certain  problems  of  common
   interests, the Palestine problem for example.
   48.  In  any  struggle,  in  any  war,  nothing  is  more
   important  than  concerted  and  coordinated  action.   A
   degree  of discipline is all that is needed. The  Prophet
   lost  in  Jabal  Uhud because his forces broke  rank.  We
   know  that, yet we are unwilling to discipline  ourselves
   and  to  give up our irregular and uncoordinated actions.
   We  need to be brave but not foolhardy. We need to  think
   not  just of our reward in the afterlife but also of  the
   worldly results of our mission.
   49.  The  Quran  tells us that when the  enemy  sues  for
   peace  we must react positively. True the treaty  offered
   is  not  favourable  to  us. But we  can  negotiate.  The
   Prophet did, at Hudaibiyah. And in the end he triumphed.
   50.  I am aware that all these ideas will not be popular.
   Those  who are angry would want to reject it out of hand.
   They  would  even  want to silence anyone  who  makes  or
   supports  this line of action. They would  want  to  send
   more  young  men and women to make the supreme sacrifice.
   But  where will all these lead to? Certainly not victory.
   Over  the past 50 years of fighting in Palestine we  have
   not  achieved  any result. We have in fact  worsened  our
   51.  The enemy will probably welcome these proposals  and
   we  will conclude that the promoters are working for  the
   enemy.  But think. We are up against a people who  think.
   They  survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting back,
   but  by thinking. They invented and successfully promoted
   Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy so  that
   persecuting  them would appear to be wrong, so  they  may
   enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have  now
   gained  control of the most powerful countries and  they,
   this  tiny  community,  have become  a  world  power.  We
   cannot  fight them through brawn alone. We must  use  our
   brains also.
   52.  Of  late  because of their power and their  apparent
   success  they have become arrogant. And arrogant  people,
   like  angry  people will make mistakes,  will  forget  to
   53.  They  are  already beginning to make  mistakes.  And
   they  will  make more mistakes. There may be  windows  of
   opportunity for us now and in the future. We  must  seize
   these opportunities.
   54. But to do so we must get our acts right. Rhetoric  is
   good.  It  helps  us  to  expose the  wrongs  perpetrated
   against us, perhaps win us some sympathy and support.  It
   may  strengthen our spirit, our will and resolve, to face
   the enemy.
   55.  We can and we should pray to Allah S.W.T. for in the
   end  it  is  He who will determine whether we succeed  or
   fail.  We  need  His  blessings  and  His  help  in   our
   56.  But  it  is  how we act and what we  do  which  will
   determine  whether He would help us and give  us  victory
   or  not. He has already said so in the Quran. Again Surah
   Ar-Ra'd verse 11.
   57.  As  I  said  at the beginning, the  whole  world  is
   looking  at  us, the whole Muslim ummah is placing  their
   hopes  in  this  conference of  the  leaders  of  Islamic
   nations.   They   expect  us  not  just   to   vent   our
   frustrations  and anger, through words and gestures;  not
   just to pray for Allah's blessings. They expect us to  do
   something,  to act. We cannot say we cannot do  anything,
   we  the  leaders of the Muslim nations. We cannot say  we
   cannot unite even when faced with the destruction of  our
   religion and the ummah.
   58.  We  know we can. There are many things that  we  can
   do.  There  are  many  resources  that  we  have  at  our
   disposal. What is needed is merely-the will to do it,  As
   Muslims,  we  must be grateful for the  guidance  of  our
   religion,  we  must do what needs to be  done,  willingly
   and  with  determination. Allah has not  raised  us,  the
   leaders,  above  the  others so we may  enjoy  power  for
   ourselves  only.  The power we wield is for  our  people,
   for  the ummah, for Islam. We must have the will to  make
   use  of  this  power judiciously, prudently, concertedly.
   Insyaallah we will triumph in the end.
   59.  I pray to Allah that this 10th Conference of the OIC
   in  Putrajaya,  Malaysia will give  a  new  and  positive
   direction  to  us, will be blessed with success  by  Him,
   Almighty Allah, Arahman, Arahirn.

   Sumber : Pejabat Perdana Menteri