World Islamic Call Society (W.I.C.S.)
The world Islamic Call Society (WICS)
was founded in 1972 in compliance with decisions and recommendations taken by
the First General Congress of the Islamic Call held in Tripoli, the Great
Jamahariyah Arab Libyan Popular Socialist during al-Kanoun, 1970. This General
Congress convened in response to the call of Brother Muamar el-Gadhafi after the
elapse of one year only on the victory achieved by Great al-Fateh revolution to
study the state of affairs of the Islamic Ummah and to work toward utilizing its
potential in the service of this Ummah and support to right, justice and peace
issue in the world. Participants recommended the necessity of establish a
special public body with independent entity to be responsible for programming
activities concerning the Islamic Call and identification of the Islamic
civilization and culture.
Accordingly Law No 50 for
1972 was issued putting this recommendation in actual execution and establishing
a general body for Islamic establish the name of the World Islamic Call Society
with headquarters in Tripoli, Great Jamahiriya.
structure of WICS
The organizational structure of
comprises: The General Congress which convenes once every four years in which
participates over 250 Islamic establishments, bodies and organizations from more
than 80 countries. The mission of the General Congress which is also the General
lines for the Society’s activities and work programs in the religious,
cultural, social and educational fields.
The General Congress selects 36 of its members to
form the Islamic Call World Council which Is the Executive Council and will lay
plans incorporating the General Congress recommendation and decisions in the
form of the work programs and will determine the potentialities and means for
their execution. The Islamic Call World Council meets once every year to
undertake achievement of this mission.
The General Secretariat, formed of specialized
administrations in the Islamic Call research, publication and information,
international congresses and bodies will execute aid, investment, administrative
and financial activities, in conformity with the decisions taken by the world
Islamic Call Council and under its control by members from among its own
The Executive Committee is formed of five members
who act as assistants to the Secretary General. Several countries had hosted the
W.I.C.S meetings including Morocco, Mali, Senegal, Yemen, Maldives, Great
Jamahiriya, Malaysia and Sri-Lanka.
W.I.C.S. relations with international
and regional Islamic organizations
In appreciation of the Society’s
effort in the Islamic and humanitarian fields, it enjoys
today membership status in a number of international bodies and
organizations. It is an observer member of Category “B” in U.N.E.S.C.O; an
observer member in the United Nations Organization (U.N); it maintains
cooperation relation with tens of regional Islamic and humanitarian bodies and
institutions encompassing the world. W.I.C.S. accomplished over more than a
quarter of a century achievements which cannot be detailed herein. It is
sufficient to mention some indication of the axes of its activities and
philosophy to understand that ramification and diversification of operating
leads to an integrated unification of the Islamic Call in its wide connotation.
The Islamic Call college
In its belief that the Call is an
education, a reminding and comprehendible polemic, the society focused its
attention on teaching in its widest sense. Thus it instituted in 1974 the
Islamic Call College which has at present two branches, in Syria and in Lebanon.
The numbers of the College’s
graduates reached by the end of the scholastic year (1365 – 1366) 2000 of 60
nationalities and the number of the students in the College and its two branches
for the scholastic year 1366 – 1367 exceeds 1900, male and female, nationals
of 65 countries. The society appoints some graduates as Doats and teachers in
countries which they intimately know. The College is a member of the Islamic
Universities Alliance and maintains academic cooperation with a number of
universities and educational institutes in many countries. The College curricula
includes higher studies in Islamic jurisprudence and Arabic language and
literature. It holds every year symposiums, seminars and lectures to which are
invited visiting lectures coming from Arab and Islamic universities. It has
published over 60 books dealing with various topics concerning Islamic culture
and civilization, Islamic jurisprudence and Arabic literature.
The College publisher a
magazine bearing the name of “The Islamic Call College Review” and 15 issues
have so far been published. WI.C.S. supervises and finances in full the culture
and academic teaching programs of the Islamic University in London. He Society
supervises the Arab studies section in Benin University operating as an independent center.
Over 1200 of the society’s Doats are
spread all over the globe
More than 1200 Doats, attached to the
Society’s re spread in the world’s continents. They propagate their Islamic
message in a great number of mosques, Islamic schools and education center which
the Society has established or cooperated with their directors. The Society
takes great care in efficiencies and qualifications of these Doats and ensure
their regular supply with information to help them in successfully propagating
their message. The Society provided financial and in kind aids to hundreds of
Islamic bodies, institution, schools and centers in all parts of the world to
enable them to fulfill their religious, cultural and social missions.
Printing and publications of millions
copies the Holy Qur’an and Sacred Scriptures
W.I.C.S. has printed and distributed
millions of copies of the Holy Qur’an in full or in part, audio or video plus
translations of its meanings in several languages which include English, French,
Italian, Albanian, Housa, German, Spanish, Dutch, etc. Beside, it printed and
distributed millions of copies of books dealing with topics of interest to Islam
and treating with Islam’s precepts and principles in an unbiased and open
W.I.C.S. also publisher in Arabic, English and
French the Islamic Call weekly Newspaper of which 676 issues have been published
up to end of al-Kanoun, 1366 D.P.
In addition the Society published several
collections of educational material about the Arabic language and its literature
as well as on Islamic topics for various educational stages and provided them to
Islamic societies, schools and institutes particularly in African, South East
Asian and Caribbean countriesTens of caravans of aid, food and medical supplies
line with the generous humanitarian ordinances of Islam, and in fulfillment of
the Society’s objectives, W.I.C.S dispatched medical aid caravans to many
countries in Africa and South East Asian carrying aid to displaced persons due
to wars and natural disasters. Recipient countries include Zimbabwe, Burundi,
Madagascar, Ghana, Mali, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Botswana, Guinea
(Conakry), Guinea (Bissau), Senegal, Sudan, Djibouti, Zambia, Niger, Maldives,
Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh, Albania, Czeczna, Bosnia, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Chad, and
Somalia. Tons of medicines, food supplies and clothes were distributed to
distressed inhabitants of these countries. The Society is continuing its aid
programs which produced positive reactions from all concerned parties as well as
from the World Heath Organization (W.H.O) and U.N.I.C.E.F and other international institutions.
of hospitals and health clinics
worked toward building hospitals and health clinics in Benin, Philippines,
Bangladesh, Uganda and Ghana. It contributed with other Islamic bodies in the
establishment of health clinics; it financed holding medical and scientific
seminars and offered scholarships for the study of medicine in Great Jamahiriya.
Universities to sons of Muslims.
of seminars, study groups, meeting
symposiums in addition to publication of encyclopedic works.
With the aim of studying problems
which affect the lives of Muslims, W.I.C.S. organizes yearly symposiums and
specialized seminars, meetings and colloquiums in which participate tens of
professors, intellectuals, scientist and authors from all countries of the
world. Up till present, more than forty specialized seminars, fifteen regional
meetings and ten general conferences were held under W.I.C.S sponsorship. The
Society also maintains wide and close cooperation with U.N.E.S.C.O in the
publication of the of encyclopedic work including “Rewriting Mankind’s
History” project, in which W.I.C.S fully finances the preparation and
publishing of sections concerning finances also, under the supervision of
U.N.E.S.C.O. the “Encyclopedia of Various Aspects of the Islamic Culture”
with will appear in six volumes in English, Arabic and French languages.
In another field, W.I.C.S has participated with U.N.E.S.C.O in financing a field
scientific study of water resources in the Saharian belt. Result of this study
were provided to institutions, and ministries involved in the region’s States.
About $ 3,420,000 were disbursed in realizing this study.
of cooperation with specialized
organizations and bodies having similar objectives
W.I.C.S gave particular interest to
cooperating venues with the Islamic Congress Organization and with the
scientific and culture bodies and institution branching from it. It financially
supported holding several colloquiums and seminars which the Islamic Congress
Organization organized like for example:
The Conference of Islamic
Minorities in Australia held during al-Fateh month, 1984; the First Conference
of Islamic Societies in Australia and countries in the Pacific Ocean held during
al-Harath month in 1995, the Second Meeting of Islamic Societies in Canada held
during Attoumour month 1996; the symposium about the role of Islamic Call and
Culture in federated Russia during Nasser month, 1994.
W.I.C.S attends as an observer the meetings held
within the frame of the Islamic Congress including the Islamic Summit meetings,
and the periodical meetings of Foreign Affairs Ministers.
The Society expresses its
keen interest in coordinating operations with Islamic bodies and organizations
in the filed of the Islamic Call. In this respect, it has hosted the Eleventh
Assembly of the Coordinating Committee attached to the Islamic Congress during
al-Fateh, 1996 in Tripoli. It fully financed the meeting of the Experts
Committee which drew a work strategy for the Coordinating Committee held in
Cairo during al-Mai month, 1996. W.I.C.S financed as well as the meeting of the
group of experts held in Cairo in Annouar month, 1998 who met to study ways and
means of overcoming challenges which will confront the Islamic Ummah in the
W.I.C.S. worked toward increasing its cooperation
with the Islamic Scientific, Social and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). It
cooperated with it in organizing a number of training courses for teachers of
Arabic language and the Holy Qur’an in Senegal, Mauritania, Djibouti,
Malaysia, Niger, Holland, Malta, Bangladesh, Maldives, Britain and the Comorros.
The Society cofinanced with ISESCO specialized seminars in Egypt, Qatar,
Jamahiriya, Sudan, Nigeria and Morocco.
The Society maintains close
cooperation with ISESCO in the publication, translation and writing of Islamic
books and reference books on ISESCO member states as well as commissioning
educators to work in the research sections of various universities in Africa and
South East Asia and in the research sections of various universities in Africa
and South East Asia and in providing these sections with equipment and supplies
to preserve Arab and Islamic manuscripts. The volume of the Society’s
cooperation with ISESCO reached $ 2510000 up to the end of 1997, an agreement
was reached with ISESCO concerning implementation of a cooperation program for
teaching the Arabic language and propagation of the Islamic culture in the Great
Saharian belt countries during the coming three years at as cost of $ 4 million.
W.I.C.S maintains cooperation links with Academy of
Islamic Jurisprudence. It support publication of the Academy’s review and
cofinance with it holding of seminars and study programs concerning the
W.I.C.S also collaborates with the Center for
Islamic History, Arts and Culture in Istanbul and with the Arab education,
Sciences and Culture Organization (AESCO) as well as with bodies involved in
holding study seminars, printing of Islamic books and exchange of information.
dialogue meetings with
Organizations and bodies.
Basing itself on Allah’s
argue not with the people of the scripture unless it be a way that is better”.
and in its belief that
meetings and dialogues are the beast means to understand others in order to
buttress peace, affirm human fraternity and contribute and contribute in
building a civilization that shuns hate, aversion and war, W.I.C.S. held several
dialogue meetings in Tripoli, Rome, Malta and Vienna with the Papal Council for
Dialogue between Religious in the Vatican during which took place discussions of
the basics Islam and Christianity and their mutual relations and debates
concerning cooperation venues in humanitarian fields which strengthen peace,
right and equality principles. The Society Christian bodies including the World
Council of Churches and the Catholic Commission for Refugees Affairs as well as
a colloquium in Malta to discuss cooperation refugees dilemmas through providing
humanitarian services to them.
attitudes toward political issues in the Islamic World
W.I.C.S attitudes were firm,, constant,
clear and fundamental toward many political issues in the Islamic in the Islamic
World the foremost of which is Palestine and Al-Quds (Jerusalem) issues. The
Society stressed in its assemblies and meetings on the necessity to liberate all
Palestine, the return of its people and the support of the Palestinian people in
the acquisition of all its rights. It drew Zionist attempts to Judas sacred
places in Palestine and in particular Al-Aqsa Mosque, the First Qibla and the
Third Mosque in Islam. It called upon Islamic states, bodies and societies to
amalgamate their efforts and to amass resources in order to be able to confront
Zionist threats enjoying full support from United States of America. The
Society’s attitudes reflected a particular interest in Muslims’ issues in
Afghanistan, Czecznia, Bosnia, Albania and Khasmir. It the Philippines,
Thailand, China, and Bulgaria and to enable them assert their Islamic identity
and acquire their full right. The Society called to rejection their Islamic
identity and aggression methods in order to let the world live in peace with
justice, right, equality and freedom.
W.I.C.S. expressed in all meetings and through its
various literary works its grave
concern and apprehension toward the policies of siege and starvation followed by
certain big powers in order to impose their hegemony on Islamic peoples under
false allegation and pretexts. The Society pointed to the danger encircling
world peace and stability through the policy of biased treatment followed by
certain big powers which created grave frustration among small nations thus
prompting terror and radicalism phenomena. The Society called always for the
settlement of international and regional disputes within frame dialogue and
compromise according to international was and conventions.
above is just a brief summary of the World Islamic call Society’s propagation,
cultural, social and humanitarian activity in its broad lines, to expound
the efforts exerted by the Society in the aim of advancement of Islamic
communities, supporting peace, security, justice and equality, affirming
strongly Islam’s honor and realizing Muslims advance and development.
Malaysia Office, Mohamed N.