Kuala Lumpur Summit and Political Islam


Strongly Focused on Islamophobia and Poverty

Leaders from some of the Muslim-majority countries gathered in Malaysia to address issues especially Islamophobia and poverty. Kuala Lumpur Summit organisers insisted the event was not meant to rival the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The Kuala Lumpur Summit brought together the leaders of Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and Qatar with 450 Muslim intellectuals from around the world. It also raised eyebrows Kuala Lumpur Summit is an international platform for Muslim leaders, intellectuals and scholars from around the world to discuss and exchange ideas about the issues revolving in the Muslim world. Great success was achieved in bringing together renowned Muslim figures. Between them, new and valuable solutions for the problems facing the Muslim world were introduced and discussed.

Words of Mahatir Muhammad

In the grand Islamic summit, Mahathir Muhammad appreciated Iran and Qatar for withstanding economic embargoes and said: “It was important for the Muslim world to be self-reliant to face future threats. With the world witnessing nations making unilateral decisions to impose such punitive measures, Malaysia and other nations must always bear in mind that it can be imposed on any of us. I have suggested that we re-visit the idea of trading using the gold dinar and barter trade among us. We are seriously looking into this and we hope that we will be able to find a mechanism to put it into effect.” The leaders agreed they needed to do more business among themselves and trade in each other’s currencies.

Mahatir lambasted India’s controversial citizenship law

Over 15 people have been killed in demonstration clashes between police and protesters since parliament passed the controversial law. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad strongly criticised the controversial citizenship law in India that excludes Muslim immigrants. Mahathir said India is a secular state and the religions of people should not prevent them from attaining citizenship. To exclude Muslims from becoming citizens, even by due process, I think, is unfair.”

As per latest development, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his council of ministers to discuss security measures to end violent protests against the citizenship law, government sources said, in one of biggest crises yet for his Hindu nationalist government. Demonstrations continued on Saturday despite curfews and a draconian regulation to shut down protests.


As Arab states Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over baseless allegations whereas Iran has always been under sanction be USA being ruled by Bush or Trump, Iran has been facing sanction badly.

Plight of Muslims

All the OIC members were invited to the Kuala Lumpur summit but many states were conspicuous by their absence especially Pakistan. Major issues affecting affecting Muslims were discussed especially , including the plight of Palestinian, Kashmiri and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as well as innocent Chinese Uighur Muslims caged in its western Xinjiang region.

Prime Minister Imran and Turkish newspaper

Prime Minister Imran was supposed to attend the KL summit on December 17. However, he cancelled his visit to the summit last-minute. A report published by the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah had claimed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that Saudi Arabia issued economic threats to Pakistan to pressure it into withdrawing from the Malaysia summit.

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