Cultural Resolutions

RESOLUTIONS

ON
CulTURAL  AND  ISLAMIC  AFFAIRS
ADOPTED BY
THE EIGHTH  ISLAMIC  SUMMIT  CONFERENCE
(SESSION OF DIGNITY, DIALOGUE, PARTICIPATION)

TEHRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
9-11 SHAABAN 1418H
9-11 DECEMBER,1997

1. Resolution No. 1/8-C(IS)
The Islamic University in Niger.
2. Resolution No. 2/8-C(IS)
The Islamic University in Uganda.
3. Resolution No. 3/8-C(IS)
The International Islamic University in Malaysia.
4. Resolution No. 4/8-C(IS)
The Islamic University in Bangladesh.
5. Resolution No. 5/8-C(IS)
The King Faisal Mosque in N’djamena
Republic of Chad.
6. Resolution No. 6/8-C(IS)
The Regional Institute of Islamic Studies and Research, Timbuctu, Male.
7. Resolution No. 7/8-C(IS)
The Regional Institute for Complementary Education (RICE), Islamabad (Pakistan).
8. Resolution No. 8/8-C(IS)
The Islamic Centre in Guinea-Bissau.
9. Resolution No. 9/8-C(IS)
The Establishment of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Moroni, Islamic Federal Republic of Comoros.
10. Resolution No. 10/8-C(IS)
The Islamic Institute of Translation in Khartoum
(Republic of Sudan).
11. Resolution No. 11/8-C(IS)
Studying Ways and Means of Implementing the Cultural Strategy and the Plan of Action for the Islamic World.
12. Resolution No. 12/8-C(IS)
The Adoption of a Unified Stand on the Belittling of Islamic Sanctities and Values.
13. Resolution No. 13/8-C(IS)
Women and their Role in the Development of the Islamic Society.
14. Resolution No. .14/8-C(IS)
Child Care and Protection in the Islamic World .
15. Resolution No. 15/8-C(IS)
The Education and Rehabilitation of Muslim Youth.
16. Resolution No. 16/8-C(IS)
The Unified Hijri Calendar for the Beginning of Lunar Months and the Unification of Islamic Holidays.
17. Resolution No. 17/8-C(IS)
Destruction of the Babri Masjid and protection of Islamic Holy Places.
18. Resolution No. 18/8-C(IS)
Destruction of Mosques and Islamic Monuments in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
19. Resolution No. 19/8-C(IS)
The Inclusion of Information on the Islamic Communities in the Balkans and the Caucasus in the History and Geography Text Books and other Publications.
20. Resolution No. 20/8-C(IS)
The Provision of Assistance to the Muslims in Kosovo and Sanjak.
21. Resolution No. 21/8-C(IS)
The Proposal for the Establishment of an Islamic Centre for Advanced Medical Training and Research in Bangladesh.
22. Resolution No. 22/8-C(IS)
The Proposed Project for a new Campus for the Zeitouna University in Tunisia.
23. Resolution No. 23/8-C(IS)
The Destruction of Charar-e-Sharif Islamic Complex in Kashmir.
24. Resolution No. 24/8-C(IS)
The Twinning of Palestinian Universities in the occupied Territories with Universities in OIC Member States.
26. Resolution No. 25/8-C(IS)
The Teaching of the subjects of History and Geography of Palestine.
27. Resolution No. 26/8-C(IS)
The Educational situation in the occupied Palestinian Territories, and Syrian Golan.
28. Resolution No. 27/8-C(IS)
The Preservation of the Islamic Character, Human Heritage and Religious Rights of Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
29. Resolution No. 28/8-C(IS)
The Israeli aggressions against Islamic Shrines in Al-Khalil.
30. Resolution No. 29/8-C(IS)
The Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), Istanbul.
31. Resolution No. 30/8-C(IS)
The International Commission for the Preservation of the Islamic Cultural Heritage (ICPICH), Istanbul.
32. Resolution No. 31/8-C(IS)
The Islamic Fiqh Academy
33. Resolution No. 32/8-C(IS)
The Islamic Solidarity Fund and its Waqf.
34. Resolution No. 33/8-C(IS)
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
35. Resolution No. 34/8-C(IS)
The Islamic Committee of the International Crescent, Benghazi.
36. Resolution No. 35/8-C(IS)
The Sports Federation for Islamic Solidarity Games.
37. Resolution No. 36/8-C(IS)
The World Federation of Arab Islamic International Schools.
38. Resolution No. 37/8-C(IS)
Dawah Activities and the Reactivation of the Committee on Co-ordination of Joint Islamic Action.

 


RESOLUTION NO. 1/8-C (IS)
ON THE
ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY IN NIGER

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December  1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions of the Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs;

Noting with satisfaction the efforts made by the Government ofNiger, the OIC General Secretariat, the Board of Trustees of the University,the IDB and the ISF for the continuation of the University’s activitiesand smooth functioning.

Expressing its thanks to Member States,in particular, the UnitedArab Emirates, the ISF, Al-Azhar Al-Shareef, the Islamic Development Bank,Rabitah Al-Alam Al-Islami, the International Islamic Charitable Organization,World Islamic Da’wa Society, the Islamic Educational Scientific and CulturalOrganization (ISESCO), the Iqra Charitable Organization and the SheikhZayed Institution for Humanitarian and Charitable Works and to all thosewho extended support and assistance for the establishment and functioningof the University;

Having considered the Report submitted by the Secretary Generalon the Islamic University in Niger;

Recognizing the need to provide the University with regular financialresources and the necessary educational and material support.

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementation of the operativeparagraphs of resolution 1/7-C (IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conferenceheld in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), which,inter-alia,  states the following:

(a) Expresses its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Governmentof Niger and the University Board of Trustees for their fruitful cooperationand persistent efforts which led to the reopening of the University andthe resumption of its activity. It also expresses its appreciation forthe meaningful cooperation of the Islamic Educational Scientific and CulturalOrganization in supervising the academic and cultural aspects of the educationalaction of the University.

(b) Commends the consistent support extended by the ISF to finance themajor part of the University’s annual budget and appeals to the MemberStates, the Islamic Development Bank, and Islamic Philantropic Organizationsto extend financial and material support to this important Islamic institution,considering  the annual deficit in the modest budget of this universitydue to the lack of resources.

(c) Also underlines the need of establishing a Waqf, the proceeds ofwhich would be sufficient and urging donors to step up their efforts toachieve this objective and requests the University Board of Trustees toact in this direction with a view to reaching a durable solution to thefinancial problems of the University.

(d) Expresses its appreciation to the Government of Niger for havingdonated a plot of land in central Niamey as a Waqf for the Islamic Universityof Say.

2. Welcomes  the decision of the University Board of Trusteesto open a Women’s College of Islamic Studies and expresses thanks to theIslamic  Development Bank  for agreeing to meet the relevantcosts and to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Waqfs for building a Health Centreat the University.

3. Commissions the General Secretariat to inform all Member States aboutthe needs of the university in terms of teachers, curricula, books andfinancial support.

4. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this question and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 2/8-C (IS)
ON THE
ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY IN UGANDA
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous Resolutions of the Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the Islamic University in Uganda;

Expressing appreciation to the Government of Uganda for havingratified the University Statute and its depositing of instruments of ratificationat the OIC General Secretariat;

Expressing its gratitude to Member States, particularly the Kingdomof Saudi Arabia, as well as to the Islamic Solidarity Fund, the IslamicDevelopment Bank, the International Islamic Charitable Foundation (Kuwait),the International Islamic Da’wah Society (Libya), the Islamic Committeeof the International Crescent, and other Islamic institutions for theirgenerous support to the University;

Having considered the Report submitted by the Secretary Generalon the Islamic University in Uganda;

1. Recommends Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementation of the operativeparagraphs of resolution 2/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conferenceheld in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), whichstates the following:

(a)  Invites the Board of Trustees to continue its endeavours toensure appropriate conditions for the University to fulfill its tasks inaccordance with its Statute and the Headquarters Agreement signed by theGovernment of Uganda and the OIC General Secretariat.

(b)  Appeals to Member States, the Islamic Development Bank, theIslamic Solidarity Fund and the Islamic charitable institutions, to contributematerial and financial assistance to the annual operational budget of theIslamic University in Uganda.
 
(c)  Expresses its satisfaction with the involvement of the IslamicEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the supervision ofthe educational and cultural aspects of the teaching process in the University,the elaboration of appropriate curricula, the adoption of the necessarybooks and reference material and assistance to strengthen the teachingof the Arabic language in the University.

(d) Commends the generous financial support extended by the Governmentof the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques through the establishment of aWaqf for the University. Also expresses its thanks to the Government ofthe Republic of Uganda for having donated a plot of land in central Kampalato the Islamic University in Uganda, as a contribution towards the settingup of the Waqf. Commends further the financial assistance extended by theIslamic Solidarity Fund to the Islamic University in Uganda for the pastacademic years, which enabled the University to continue assuming its tasksthroughout the difficult circumstances it had experienced.

(e) Appeals to Member States and the Islamic Development Bank to makedonations for the construction of faculties of the the University.

2.  Decides that ISESCO be represented on the Governing Board ofthe Islamic University in Uganda.

3. Commissions the General Secretariat to inform all Member States aboutthe needs of the university in terms of teachers, curricula, books andfinancial support.

4. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 3/8-C (IS)
ON THE
INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferencesand the Recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the International Islamic Universityin Malaysia;

Having taken note of the continuing satisfactory progress of thisUniversity;

Expressing appreciation to the Government of Malaysia for itscontinued material and financial support aimed at covering the operationalexpenses of the University and the construction of its new campus;

Also expressing appreciation to Member States, the Islamic DevelopmentBank, the Islamic Solidarity Fund and other Islamic institutions whichhave extended moral and material assistance to the University;

Having considered the report submitted by the Secretary Generalon the subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementation of the operativeparagraphs of resolution 3/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conferenceheld in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), whichstates the following:

(a) Renews the request of the OIC General Secretariat to Member Statesto contribute to the progress and development of the Islamic Universityin Malaysia with the aim of enhancing its capacity and enabling it to operatewith its full potential to achieve its objectives.

(b)  Notes with great satisfaction the progress achieved by theUniversity in the fields of research and learning, thanks to its enlightenedmanagement and the support extended by the Malaysian Government to allits activities.

(c)  Appeals to all Member States which have not yet concludedAgreements of Co-sponsorship of this University, within the framework oftheir bilateral cooperation with Malaysia, to do so at an early date.

(d) Reiterates its request to all Member States, the Islamic DevelopmentBank, the Islamic Solidarity Fund, ISESCO and other Islamic institutionsto continue supporting this University by providing it with financial aid,academic  references and books to enrich its library, and other assistancesuch as curricula, teachers and scholarships so as to enable more studentsto enroll in this University.

2. Decides that ISESCO be represented on the Governing Board of theInternational Islamic University in Malaysia.

3. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 4/8-C (IS)
ON THE
ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY IN BANGLADESH
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferenceson the Islamic University of Bangladesh;

Noting the progress so far achieved towards the establishmentof this University, and the execution of other necessary works;

Having considered the Report submitted by the Secretary Generalon this subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up  the implementation of theoperative paragraphs of resolution 4/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic SummitConference held in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December1994), which, inter-alia,  states the following:

(a)  Expresses its appreciation to the Member States andIslamic institutions which have extended assistance to the University.

(b)  Urges all Member States, the Islamic Development Bank,the Islamic Solidarity Fund, the Muslim World League and other Islamicfinancial institutions to provide adequate academic and financial assistanceto the University so that it can achieve its objectives.

(c)  Calls upon the General Secretariat to pursue its contactswith the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to ensure continued financialand moral support to the University.

(d)  Also calls upon the General Secretariat, in cooperationwith ISESCO, to provide academic assistance to the Islamic University inBangladesh, from Member States Universities, through secondment of teachersand provision of scholarships and books.

2.  Commends the steps taken by the People’s Republic of Bangladeshfor the development of the University, bearing its operational costs andthe building of the new University Campus so as to accommodate a largernumber of students.

3. Decides that ISESCO be a member on the Governing Board of the IslamicUniversity in Bangladesh.

4. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 5/8-C (IS)
ON
KING FAISAL MOSQUE IN NDJAMENA,
REPUBLIC OF CHAD
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the various resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs on King Faisal Mosque in Ndjamena,Republic of Chad;

Having considered the Report submitted by the Secretary Generalon this subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementation of the operativeparagraphs of resolution 5/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conferenceheld in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), whichstates the following:

(a) Emphasizes the pressing need for the Islamic and educationalservices provided by this Islamic institution, and the need to considerKing Faisal Mosque as one of the Islamic educational institutions thatrequire special attention on the part of the Organization of the IslamicConference and ISESCO.

(b) Invites the Government of the Republic of Chad and the GeneralSecretariat to prepare the technical study and cost estimates needed forthe rehabilitation of the Mosque and its annexes and to communicate themto Member States.

(c) Urges all Member States to make financial contributions towardsthe restoration and furnishing of the Mosque and its annexes.

(d) Requests all Member States and Islamic financial institutionsto contribute to this institution by providing it with curricula, teachersand scholarships for graduate students so as to enable them to pursue theirhigher studies in other Islamic Universities

2. Entrusts the Secretary General to take all necessary steps in coordinationwith the relevant authorities in Chad to examine the present conditionof the Mosque and its educational and cultural annexes.

3. Expresses thanks to the Islamic Solidarity Fund for providing supportto the King Faisal Mosque and its educational annexes.

4. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 6/8-C (IS)
ON THE
REGIONAL INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES
AND RESEARCH, TIMBUCTU, MALI.
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions adopted by the Organizationof the Islamic Conference and the recommendations adopted by the 20th Sessionof the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs onthe Regional Institute of Islamic Studies and Research in Timbuctu (Mali);

Welcoming the efforts being made by the Government of the Republicof Mali and the General Secretariat for the development of the Institute;

Having considered the Report submitted by the Secretary Generalon this subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat ofthe Organization of the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementationof the operative paragraphs of resolution 6/7-C(IS) of the Seventh IslamicSummit Conference held in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December1994), which states the following:

(a) Appeals to all Member States, the Islamic Solidarity Fundand other Islamic institutions to continue providing material support tothe Regional Institute of Islamic Studies and Research in Timbuctu so thatit may achieve its objectives.

(b) Appeals to the Member States which have technical facilitiesin the fields of conservation and processing of manuscripts to providescholarships to the officials of the Institute to enhance their competencein these fields.

(c) Expresses its thanks to the Islamic Educational, Scientificand Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Research Centre for IslamicHistory, Art and Culture (IRCICA) and invites them to pay greater attentionto the Institute and provide it with the necessary technical assistanceso that it may continue to carry out its functions.

2. Entrusts the Secretary General, in cooperation with the relevantauthorities in Mali, with updating the information relating to the Institute.

3. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter andsubmit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7/8-C (IS)
ON THE
REGIONAL INSTITUTE FOR COMPLEMENTARY
EDUCATION (RICE), ISLAMABAD (PAKISTAN)
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions adopted by the previous IslamicConferences and the recommendations adopted by the 20th Session of theIslamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the RegionalInstitute for Complementary Education in Islamabad;

Having considered the Report submitted by the Secretary Generalon this subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementation of the operativeparagraphs of resolution 7/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conferenceheld in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), whichstates the following:

(a) Emphasizes once again, the importance of establishing theRegional Institute for Complementary Education (RICE) in Islamabad, Pakistan,and encouraging the teaching of the Arabic language and Islamic culturein non-Arabic speaking Asian countries.

(b) Expresses its appreciation of the efforts of the Governmentof Pakistan to establish this Institute and ensure its operation and extendsits thanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the financial support ithas extended to the Institute and to the Arab Republic of Egypt for thesecondment of a number of Arabic and religious affairs teachers. It alsoexpresses appreciation to the ISF for its financial assistance to the Institute.

(c) Appeals to the Member States, the Islamic Development Bank,the Islamic Solidarity Fund and the World Federation of International Arab-IslamicSchools to contribute generously to this project.

2. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 


RESOLUTION NO. 8/8-C (IS)
ON THE
ISLAMIC CENTRE IN GUINEA-BISSAU

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations made by the 20th Session of the Islamic Commissionfor Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the Islamic Centre in Guinea-Bissau;

Having considered the report submitted by the Secretary Generalon the subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementation of the operativeparagraphs of resolution 8/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conferenceheld in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), which,inter-alia,  states the following:

(a) Expresses its satisfaction at the implementation of phaseI of the project of the Islamic Centre in Guinea-Bissau.

(b) Requests the Government of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau andthe General Secretariat to continue their coordination with a view to completingthe ongoing construction of the Great Mosque in Bissau, within the limitsof the financial resources currently available.

(c) Calls on all Member States, the Islamic Development Bank,the Islamic Solidarity Fund and the Islamic institutions to provide financialand material assistance to the project of the Islamic Centre in Guinea-Bissau.

2. Expresses sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the State of theUnited Arab Emirates and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for the financialsupport and assistance they have extended to the Centre.

3. Entrusts the Secretary General to take the necessary steps to examinethe present condition of the Centre, in coordination and cooperation withthe competent authorities in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

4. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 9/8-C(IS)
ON THE
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE
ISLAMIC CulTURAL CENTRE IN MORONI,
ISLAMIC FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF COMOROS
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations adopted by the  Twentieth Session of the IslamicCommission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the establishmentof an Islamic Cultural Centre in Moroni, Islamic Federal Republic of theComoros;

Taking into consideration the need of the Muslim people in theIslamic Federal Republic of the Comoros for such a centre;

1. Recommends that the Member States and the General Secretariatof the Organization of the Islamic Conference should follow up the implementationof the operative paragraphs of resolution 9/7-C(IS) of the Seventh IslamicSummit Conference held in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December1994), which, inter-alia, states the following:

(a) Calls on the General Secretariat to continue its coordinationwith the Government of the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros witha view to overcoming the difficulties that hinder the establishment ofthe Islamic Cultural Centre in Moroni and expediting the establishmentof the Centre given its benefits for the Comorian and the neighbouringpeoples.

(b) Expresses its appreciation to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,the Republic of Indonesia, the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, the UnitedArab Emirates, the Islamic Solidarity Fund and the World Islamic Dawa Society(Libya) which have been the first to give financial assistance to the Centre.

(c) Urges all Member States and Islamic institutions to provideevery possible assistance to this project.

2. Expresses thanks to Sheikh Sultan Ben Mohammed Al Kassimi, Memberof the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Governor of Al Showqefor meting the costs of completing the construction of the great mosquein Moroni.

3. Entrusts the Secretary General to take the necessary steps with therelevant authorities in the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros toassess the present situation of the project of the Cultural Centre in Moroni.
 

4. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO. 10/8-C(IS)
ON THE
ISLAMIC INSTITUTE OF TRANSLATION IN KHARTOUM
(REPUBLIC OF SUDAN)
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Having considered  the report submitted by the Republic ofSudan on the Islamic Institute of Translation;

Appreciating the efforts being exerted by the Sudanese Governmentso as to enhance this Institute and to ensure its continuity;

Further appreciating the important mission fulfilled by the Institutein the field of translation from and into Arabic that serves to propagateIslam in furtherance of the objectives of the organization;

Considering the financial difficulties faced by the Institutewhich impede the fulfillment of its Islamic mission;

1. Urges the Member States to extend assistance to the Institute soas to enable it to fulfill the mission entrusted to it.

2. Urges the OIC Organs as well as the relevant Centres and quartersto cooperate with the Institute in the fields of common interest to themand to extend material and technical assistance to it.

3. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.11/8-C(IS)
ON
STUDYING WAYS AND MEANS
OF IMPLEMENTING AND EXECUTING THE CulTURAL STRATEGY
AND THE PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE ISLAMIC WORLD
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the Declaration of Makkah Al-Mukarramah issued by theThird Islamic Summit Conference and the various resolutions adopted byother Islamic Conferences and particularly Resolution 1/6-C(IS) of theSixth Islamic Summit Conference held in Dakar and in accordance with whichthe Islamic Summit Conference adopted the Islamic World’s Cultural Strategyand Plan of Action;

Having considered the report of the Secretary General on the CulturalStrategy and the Plan of Action for the Islamic world as well as the reportprepared by the First Meeting of Officials of OIC Subsidiary, Specializedand Affiliated Organs and Islamic Universities concerning the implementationof the Cultural Strategy;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat to followup the implementation of the operative paragraphs of resolution 15/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conference held in Casablanca from 11to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), which, inter-alia, states thefollowing:

(a)  Reaffirms the importance of this strategy in  ensuringa wider propagation of learning, eradicating ignorance, raising the levelof Islamic education and culture in the Islamic world and enhancing JointIslamic Action.

(b)  Decides to continue the continuation of the remarkableefforts being exerted for the implementation of the strategy through theprogramme of action already approved by the 21st Islamic Conference ofForeign Ministers held in Karachi in April 1993, and the Fifth Sessionof the Standing Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs.  TheConference instructs the General Secretariat to submit the plan to thenext Conference of Ministers of Culture and to submit the report thereonto the Twenty-fifth ICFM.

(c) Requests Member States to take the necessary steps to incorporatethe strategy into their cultural and educational policies.

2. Recommends that preparations for this Conference be made by the GeneralSecretariat in cooperation with the Islamic Educational, Scientific andCultural Organization (ISESCO).

3. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 12/8-C(IS)
ON THE
ADOPTION OF A UNIFIED STAND ON THE BELITTLING OF ISLAMIC
SANCTITIES AND VALUES
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Emphasizing the objectives of the Charter of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference on coordinating efforts to protect the sacredvalues and places;

Expressing deep concern at the aggression whether verbal, physicalor in the form of publications, by the spoken and written words as wellas by action against Muslims in many parts of the world targeting theirvalues, sanctities, selves, properties and religious and cultural heritage,in addition to the violation, curtailment and denial of their basic rightsand freedoms relating to their belief and the exercise of rituals;

Recalling the resolutions and statements of the previous IslamicConferences on the Adoption of a Unified Stand on the Belittling of IslamicSanctities and Values, especially Resolution No. 17/7-C (IS) of the SeventhIslamic Summit Conference;

Expressing its deep concern at the killing of Muslims and theaggression against their shrines in Palestine, India, and Jammu and Kashmiras well as other parts of the world;

Taking note of the legal study prepared by the General Secretariatof the Organization of the Islamic Conference on the legal and proceduralaspects relating the conclusion of an international legal document thatensures respect for Islamic values and sanctities;

1. Condemns once again these aggressions and violations wherever theymay occur and whatever their source, means or manifestation.

2.  Strongly reaffirms all the provisions of the statements andresolutions adopted by the previous Islamic Conferences of Foreign Ministersand the Sixth and Seventh Islamic Summit Conferences in this respect.

3.  Appeals to all Member States to stand resolutely against thesechallenges and to confront them with every available means so that thevalues, shrines and rights of Muslim minorities and communities in non-IslamicStates may not be subject to profanation, demolition or confiscation.

4. Welcomes the deicision by the Secretary General to circulate to allMember States of the legal and procedural memorandum prepared by the GeneralSecretariat concerning the conclusion of an international legal documentso as to ensure observance of the Islamic values and sanctities, in orderto elicit their opinions and observations concerning the substance andform of the document; in preparation  for the setting up of a GovernmentalExpert Group to examine the issue and conceive a legal document thereon,in the light of the observations that may be put forward by the MemberStates, and on the basis of relevant international instruments, and tosubmit the results of the work of the Group to the 6th Session of COMIACand the 25th Islamic Conference of foreign Ministers.

5. Requests the Member States that has not, as yet, done so, to speedilydespatch, to the General Secretariat, their views and observations regardingthe aforesaid Document so that a meeting of the Governmental Experts Groupbe held at the appropriate time for drafting the proposed Draft Document.

6. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up this matter and submita report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 13/8-C(IS)
ON
WOMEN  AND THEIR ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISLAMIC SOCIETY
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Conscious of the growing need for Muslims throughout the worldto promote Islamic revival and to create societies based on the Islamicprinciples of peace, justice and equality for all human beings;

Convinced that these noble objectives can only be achieved throughthe participation of all Muslims, including Muslim Women who constitutehalf of the Islamic Ummah;

Having taken note of the Symposium on the Role of Women in theDevelopment of Islamic Society held, at the expert level, at the kind invitationof the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Tehran from 17 to 19 Zul Qaadah 1415H(17-19 April 1995) in implementation of Resolution No. 10/7-C (IS) of theSeventh Islamic Summit Conference;

Having taken note of the  report of the Secretary Generalon the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing;

Expressing its appreciation for the good preparation and coordinationamong the OIC Member States in this respect;

1.  Expresses its support for the consultations on women issuesmade at the two conferences of Women Parliamentarians in Islamic Countries held in 1995 in Islamabad, Pakistan, and 1996 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2. Reaffirms  the position of Islamic States at the Fourth WorldConference on Women held in Beijing and reasserts that the implementationof the documents adopted by that Conference will be carried out by MemberStates in accordance with their constitutions, their laws and their religiousand moral values consistent with the principles of the true Islamic religion.

3. Requests Member States to take the appropriate steps to organizeWomen’s activities at national and international levels and in different field consistent with the nature of women and the precepts of the Sharia.

4. Also requests the General Secretariat to coordinate with the governmentsof Member States to support direct and sustainable relationships amongMuslim Women Associations in Member States and cooperate with the existingInternational Women Organizations in Islamic Countries.

5. Declares its intention to set up a temporary governmental workinggroup to harmonize the positions of all Member States on issues relatingto women  at international fora, particularly the UN and requeststhe General Secretariat to take the necessary measures to hold regularsessions of this group.

6. Urges the Islamic Fiqh Academy to submit the study referred to itby the relevant resolution of the 22nd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministersand dealing with the results achieved by the Conference on the Role ofWomen in the Development of Islamic Society held in Tehran from 17-18 April,1995.

7. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation ofthis resolution and submit a progress report thereon to the next IslamicConference of Foreign Ministers.
 
 

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RESOLUTION NO.  14/8-C(IS)
ON
CHILD CARE AND PROTECTION
IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Bearing in mind the Declaration issued by the World Summit onthe Child and the Plan of Action which called for the preparation of nationalprogrammes for children, the equal treatment of male and female childrenand the provision of equal opportunities.
 

Recalling resolution 16/7-C(IS) of the Sixth Islamic Summit Conferenceon the Child in Islamic Countries;

Recognizing that millions of children in the Islamic countriesdie as a result of diseases from which they may be protected or becauseof malnutrition; and that other millions suffer from the same circumstancesbecause of famines, drought and armed conflicts;

Underlining the basic role of the family in the guidance and moraland material education of children.

Supporting the important role of the mass media in education,information and entertainment of children and expressing deep concern overthe programmes designed for children which encourage violence, disobedienceand spirit of consumption.

Stressing the importance of establishing Islamic schools for Muslimminorities living in non-Islamic countries.

Having considered the report of the Secretary General on ChildCare and Protection in the Islamic World and listened to the views of therepresentatives of the Member States, bodies and organizations;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat  tofollow up the implementation of the operative paragraphs of resolution16/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conference held in Casablancafrom 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), which, inter-alia, statesthe following:
 
  (a)  Commends the Declaration on the Rights and Protectionof the Child in Islam which was drawn up by the expert-level Meeting heldat the General Secretariat headquarters from 28 to 30 June 1994 and whichclearly focused on the Islamic teachings and the lofty values enjoinedby the Holy Quran and the tradition of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and by whichthe Muslim Ummah is distinguished from all other peoples of the world whichare to serve as a reference by which the peoples and governments of thisUmmah will be guided in drawing up their child care programmes. They willalso serve as a notification to all other peoples of the world of Islam’sstand on children’s affairs.

(b)  Supports the concept of “debt relief for developingcountries for the sake of child survival and development” as a basic considerationfor alleviating the debt burden on developing countries.

(c)  Welcomes the concept of 20/20, whereby 20 per centof national budgets should be devoted to basic social services and thesame percentage of Official Development Assistance should be assigned tothe same sectors and recommends it to the Member-governments for appropriateimplementation.

(d)  Calls upon Member States to adopt every necessary measureto prevent any further armed conflicts while considering measures for conflictprevention, management and resolution, and to pay special attention tothe needs of children and women, who have been the major victims in recentwars, in particular by allowing, in time of conflict, periods of truceand corridors of peace, for the passage of relief supplies, immunizationagainst diseases and the provision of health services; and by banning themanufacture, stockpiling, import, export and use of land mines, weaponswhose main victims are among women, children and other civilians and whosedevastating effects go on for a long period of time after the conflictis over.

(e)  Calls upon all Member States to endeavour with the assistanceof the international community to improve the condition of children, particularlythose living under difficult circumstances, including children residingin zones of violent and persistent conflicts, as well as refugee and displacedchildren by meeting their physical and moral needs, paying attention totheir education and helping restore them to normal living. It commendsthe efforts made by several Islamic States in this respect.

(f) Calls on Member States to collaborate among themselves andto act collectively and individually in order to play a leading role inthe international arena and thus serve as a model for what can be achievedfor the benefit of children.

2.  Commends the role played by UNICEF since its establishmentfor the survival, protection and development of children worldwide, particularlyin the developing countries; and specially the ongoing cooperation betweenthe OIC and the UNICEF relating to the child care and protection in theOIC countries;

3.  Calls upon the international community, particularly the donorcountries to provide increased assistance to the developing OIC countriesto enable them to continue their child care and protection efforts;

4.  Expresses deep concern over the plight of child refugees andrequests all parties concerned to exert their maximum efforts in orderto assist these child refugees, expedite their return and reunion withtheir families. It also calls for the non-involvement of these childrenin any armed conflict and not to enlist them in the armed forces or forany other actions which may expose their personal safety and security todanger;

5.  Calls for the convening, at the earliest possible date of theMinisterial Conference on the Child and Social Affairs, and  commissionsthe Secretary General to make the necessary consultations with the MemberStates in this connection, particularly those which have outstanding expertisein this field;

6. Calls on Member States to continue to endeavour for guaranteeingthe human rights of children of both sexes as they constitute the bestmeans to achieve social justice. Also calls for the organization of a sensitizingcampaign on issues of interest to them and with a view to integrating themin the national curricula of Member States in accordance with their conditions;

7. Requests Member States to take the necessary measures to protectchildren from the dangers resulting from harmful mass media programmesand to support programmes which lead to the promotion of the cultural,moral and ethical values of children;

8. Also requests Member States, in order to ensure the safety of thepaid working children and their morals, to forbid any form of dangerousemployments and to assist them to enjoy social security benefits;

9. Entrusts the Secretary General to study the conditions of the schoolsof Muslim minorities living in non-Islamic countries in coordination withthe government concerned and to submit to the next ICFM  a reporton the possible means to increase their numbers and to rationalize theirmanagement after receiving the views of Member States thereon.

10. Requests the Secretary General to implement this resolution andsubmit a report on the progress of its implementation by Member States.

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RESOLUTION NO.15/8-C(IS)
ON THE
EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION OF MUSLIM YOUTH
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Considering the importance attached by Islam to the educationand rehabilitation of Muslim youth, and in view of the crucial role ofyouth in the field of the development of the Islamic societies as theyconstitute the human source of development and the original factors inachieving sustainable social and economic development and technologicalinventions;

Seeking to avoid the negative effects to which Muslim youth aregenerally exposed during their growth stages;

Emphasizing the need of the Islamic youth for efforts to be exertedand a comprehensive mechanism to be launched to release their energiesand rehabilitate their capacities in fulfillment of the Islamic valuesrelating to youth;

Underlining the necessity of finding and enhancing appropriatemethods to achieve better cooperation and coordination among Islamic countrieswith the aim of achieving comprehensive and just progress for the MuslimUmmah;

Given the necessity of promoting the youth’s awareness of theirIslamic individual and collective rights and obligations, and providing favourable conditions for the realization of these rights and the fulfillmentof these obligations, and recalling Resolution No. 25/15-C of the FifteenthIslamic Conference of Foreign Ministers on preventing moral corruption;

Having taken note of the resolutions of the Fifth Session of theStanding Committee on Information and Cultural Affairs and the recommendationsof the Twentieth Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Culturaland Social Affairs on the subject;
 
1. Urges again  Member States to pursue their efforts to institutionalizeIslamic values and the cultural activities stemming therefrom among Muslimyouth as a whole.

2. Notes with satisfaction the progress made with regard to the spreadof Islam among the various categories of youth in many countries.

3. Requests all Member States, in addition to their efforts to promotegeneral awareness of the especial importance of the status of youth, toendeavour to meet latter’s basic needs in order to provide them with theappropriate ground for their full participation in the society’s political,cultural and economic affairs;

4. Requests Member States to endeavour to provide appropriate moral,ethical and cultural atmosphere based on Islamic teachings which encouragescomprehensive and sustainable development of the character of the Muslimyouth and to pursue their assiduous efforts to eradicate immorality fromthe facade of the society especially among the youth through the requiredcoordination to combat factors and means of moral corruption.

5. Recommends Member States to exert  maximum efforts to promotetheir visual programmes and to ensure control and implementation of suchpolicies as they constitute a part of the programmes of national developmentfor youth which cover in particular fields of education, employment, accommodation,ecology, health and social services. Also recommends them to mobilize allnecessary and adequate human and financial resources for the implementationof these programmes and policies;

6. Earnestly requests Member States to continue to seek the promotionof the civil, political, social and economic rights for girls and youngwomen as they constitute a basic capital for a sound Islamic society. Alsoencourages these states to institutionalize policies and programmes commensuratewith the objective of improving the status of girls and young women insociety consistent with the Islamic Sharia and the nature of women.

7. Welcomes enhancement of cooperation among Member States to achievebetter exchange of ideas and experience  between  Muslim youthand youth organisations in different societies, and underlines  theneed to provide youth with sound entertainment and sport with the aim ofdeveloping the academic and cultural capacity of youth.

8. Supports the important role of the mass media in the education andprotection of young generations and expresses at the same times deep concernover the preparation, production and distribution of programmes which leadto increased violence, moral degradation and extravagant consumption amongmembers of the society particularly the youth; And requests Member Statesto take, through multilateral cooperation and bilateral coordination, thenecessary steps to produce appropriate programmes, protection of youthagainst the harmfull media programmes.

9. Expresses its satisfaction with the results reached at the FirstMeeting of Experts held from 17 to 19 Muharram 1418H (24-26 May 1997) inpreparation for the Conference of Ministers of Youth and Sports in MemberStates. Also welcomes the recommendations of the Experts Group which underlinedthe importance of convening the said Conference in cooperation with theSports Federation of the Islamic Solidarity Games and requested the SecretaryGeneral to conduct the necessary consultations in this respect with MemberStates.

10. Requests the Secretary General to submit a report to the 25th sessionof  ICFM on this subject, including a review of fields and determinationof mechanisms to fulfil this responsibility vis-a-vis the Muslim youth.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.16/8-C(IS)
ON THE
UNIFIED HIJRI CALENDAR FOR THE BEGINNING OF LUNAR
MONTH AND THE UNIFICATION OF ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions adopted by the OIC and therecommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic,Cultural and Social Affairs, for the establishment of a Unified Hijri Calendarfor the beginning of Lunar months and the Unification of Islamic Holidays;

Having considered the report of the Secretary General on the subject;

1. Recommends that the Member States and the General Secretariat shouldfollow up the implementation of the operative paragraphs of resolution13/7-C (IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conference held in Casablancafrom 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), which states the following:

(a) Appeals to all Member States and Islamic institutions to usethe time schedules prepared by the Committee on the Unified Hijri Calendaras a basis for their own calendar.

(b) Calls upon the Member States which do not observe Friday asthe weekly holiday and to use the Hijri date to proceed to do so.

(c) Calls upon the member States, the General Secretariat andthe Islamic Fiqh Academy to seek the assistance of Islamic jurists andastronomers with a view to reaching an agreement on the unification ofthe Hijri Calendar.

(d) Reiterates the importance of convening a meeting of the Committeeon the Unified Hijri Calendar and of the other States appropriately joiningthe Committee to maximize coordination for unifying the beginnings of lunarmonths and Islamic Holidays in all Islamic countries.

2. Expresses its thanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its offerto host the Eighth Session of the Committee on the Unified Hijri Calendarfor Islamic Holidays.

3. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of the IslamicSummit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.17/8-C(IS)
ON
DESTRUCTION OF THE BABRI MASJID
AND PROTECTION OF ISLAMIC HOLY PLACES
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the objectives of the OIC which stress the need forcoordinated effort to safeguard the Islamic Holy Places and strengthenthe struggle of Islamic peoples for the preservation of their dignity,independence and national rights;

Also recalling the resolutions of the Organization of the IslamicConference, on the unified stand against the desecration of Islamic HolyPlaces, specially Resolution No. 3/6-C (IS) of the Sixth Islamic SummitConference;

Noting that the Babri Mosque with its history spanning five centurieswas the object of veneration and respect of Muslims all over the world;

Recalling that the Organization of the Islamic Conference madeseveral appeals to the Indian Government to prevent any violation of thesanctity of the Mosque and emphasized the responsibility of the Governmentof India for safeguarding the inviolability of the Mosque and protectingits building against attacks by Hindu extremists;

Expressing deep concern at acts of vandalism and violence perpetratedby Hindu extremists in India against the Muslim minority aimed at uprootingthe Islamic culture and heritage in India. Also expressing deep anger andindignation at the destruction of the Babri Mosque and resulting in killingof thousands of innocent Muslims and the indiscriminate destruction oftheir homes;

Recalling the resolutions of the Organization of the Islamic Conferenceon the unified stand against the violations of the sanctity of Sacred MuslimPlaces;

Having considered the report of the Secretary General on the subject;

1. Recommends  the Member States and the General Secretariat ofthe Organization of the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementationof the operative paragraphs of resolution 18/7-C(IS) of the Seventh IslamicSummit Conference held in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab,  1415H (13-15December 1994), which states the following:
 
 (a)  Strongly condemns the destruction of the historic BabriMosque in Ayodhya, India, by Hindu extremists and holds them responsiblefor this outrageous act of desecration and sabotage.

(b) Expresses deep regret over the failure of the Indian authoritiesto take appropriate measures to protect this important Muslim holy site.

(c)  Condemns the continued killing of thousands of innocentMuslims in various parts of India and expresses deep concern over the safetyand security of the Muslim minority in India.

(d)  Welcomes, in this respect, the decision made by theSupreme Court of India on 24 October 1994 that “the settlement of disputeswere outside its jurisdiction”.

(e)   Calls upon the Government of India to:

(i)  Ensure the safety and protection of the Muslims andall Islamic Holy Sites throughout India in accordance with its responsibilitiesand obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and otherinternational instruments.

(ii)  Take immediate steps to implement its solemn commitmentto reconstruct the Babri Mosque on its original site, to restore it asa holy place for Muslims, and to punish those guilty of the sacrilegiousact of destroying a revered religious symbol of the Islamic world.

(iii)  Remove the makeshift Hindu temple, put together onthe site of the Babri Mosque which is a continuation of the acts of desecrationand an affront to the feelings of the Muslims in India and all parts ofthe Muslim world.

(iv)   Take immediate steps to ensure the protectionof about 3,000 other Mosques especially those at Mathura and Varanasi,which have been the targets of threats and destruction attempts by Hinduextremists.

2. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation ofthis resolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth  Sessionof the Islamic Summit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO. 18/8-C(IS)
ON
DESTRUCTION OF MOSQUES AND ISLAMIC MONUMENTS
IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Bearing in mind the objectives of the OIC Charter concerning thesafeguarding of Islamic identity;

Recalling the cultural and architectural history of Bosnia-Herzegovinawhich shows the harmonious diversity that shapes the identity of Bosnia-Herzegovina;

Noting that the total and horrifying destruction of mosques andother Sacred Islamic Places in Bosnia-Herzegovina by Serbs aimed at achievingethnic cleansing constitutes a crime of genocide;

Recalling that the Organization of the Islamic Conference andUNESCO adopted many resolutions on saving the antiquities, libraries andother Sacred Islamic Places in Bosnia-Herzegovina;

Having considered the recommendations of the 20th Session of theIslamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs;

Having considered the report of the Secretary General on the subject;

1. Recommends that the Member States and the General Secretariat shouldfollow up the implementation of the operative paragraphs of resolution19/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conference held in Casablancafrom 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), which states the following:

(a) Calls upon the relevant subsidiary organs, specialized and affiliatedinstitutions of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to conduct astudy aimed at drawing up a programme for rebuilding the libraries in Bosnia-Herzegovinawith the assistance of the member countries of the Organization of theIslamic Conference.

(b) Urges Member States to assist in the rebuilding of the nationaland university libraries in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

(c)  Strongly condemns the destruction of the cultural entitiesand educational institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 
(d)  Calls upon the Secretary General in coordination with therelevant UN bodies and other international institutions to take urgentsteps to ensure the safety and the protection of Islamic monuments, educationalinstitutions, libraries and other cultural entities in Bosnia-Herzegovinawhich are the common cultural heritage of all mankind.

(e) Calls upon the Member States to condemn the Serbian aggression,to help the restoration of the Islamic heritage in Bosnia-Herzegovina,to support the initiatives of the Secretary General on this important issue.

2. Commissions the Secretary General to form an Expert Committee whichwill proceed immediately to make the necessary plans and estimates to preserveIslamic heritage in this country and submit a report thereon to the nextSession of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

3. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of the IslamicSummit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.19/8-C(IS)
ON THE
INCLUSION OF INFORMATION ON THE
ISLAMIC COMMUNITIES IN THE BALKANS AND THE
CAUCASUS IN THE HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY TEXT BOOKS
AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Considering that the emergence of newly independent States inthe Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia, with Muslim populations possessinga valuable Islamic cultural heritage which had been concealed from therest of the world for many years, has opened new vistas for cooperationamong the OIC Member States and enlarged also the OIC field of interestand scope of activities;

Believing in this fact and desiring to promote contact betweenthese Muslim peoples and the rest of the Islamic World, formulate programmesto strengthen the links of these peoples with their Islamic culture andat the same time inform the other Muslim peoples of the great contributionsmade by the peoples of these new states towards the building of the Islamiccivilization;

Taking note of the recommendations of the 20th Session of theIslamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs;

Having considered the report submitted by the Secretary Generalon the subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat to followup the implementation of the operative paragraphs of resolution 25/7-C(IS)of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conference held in Casablanca from 11 to13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), which calls for the incorporationof information concerning Muslim communities in the Balkans, the Caucasusand Central Asia into their geography and history school books of theirschools and  other relevant publications.

2.  Calls on Member States to assist Caucasian peoples in general,particularly the Chechen people, in the field of Arabic language teachingand the teaching of Islamic culture, civilization and history.

3. Supports the envisaged organization by the World Federation of ArabIslamic International Schools of annual training sessions for school teachersfrom the national Arab Islamic Schools of Balkan peoples so as to assistand encourage these schools, and calls on concerned states and nationalorganizations to assist the Federation in implementing this project.

4. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation ofthis resolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of theIslamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.20/8-C(IS)
ON THE
PROVISION OF ASSISTANCE TO THE
MUSLIMS IN KOSOVA AND SANJAK
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Noting the total and terrible destruction by the Serbs of economiclife and cultural heritage pursuant to their objective of ethnic cleansing;

Considering the great difficulties faced by the citizens of Kosovoand denial of the exercise of their cultural and economic rights;

Referring to the recommendations of the 20th Session of the IslamicCommission for Economic, Cultural and Economic Affairs;

Having considered the report submitted by the Secretary Generalon the subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementation of the operativeparagraphs of resolution 26/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conferenceheld in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), whichstates the following:

(a)  Strongly condemns the Serb aggression against the MuslimAlbanian population of Kosovo and  Tushnak population of  Sanjak,aimed at depriving this population of their Islamic identity and culture.

(b)  Urges all OIC Member States and the relevant OIC organizationsto help the Albanian Muslims  in Kosovo and Sanjak to preserve theircultural heritage and Islamic identity against the Serb aggression.

2.  Requests the IDB and the Islamic Solidarity Fund to undertakethe study of cultural and economic projects with a view to implementingthem to consolidate the links between the populations of these regionsand their cultural heritage, identity and  cultural roots and wardoff the dangers threatening their Islamic identity.

3. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation ofthis resolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of theIslamic Summit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.21/8-C(IS)
ON THE
PROPOSAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ISLAMIC CENTRE
FOR ADVANCED MEDICAL TRAINING AND RESEARCH IN
BANGLADESH
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the previous resolutions of the Islamic Conferencesof Foreign Ministers on the Centre and the recommendation of the 20th IslamicCommission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the proposed establishmentof an Islamic Centre for Advanced Medical Training and Research in Bangladesh;

Having taken note of the clarifications made by the People’s Republicof Bangladesh in that respect;

Recognizing the need for the Muslim Ummah to have an AdvancedMedical Training and Research Centre;

Having considered the report submitted by the Secretary Generalon this subject;

1. Recommends the Member States and the General Secretariat of the Organizationof the Islamic Conference to follow up the implementation of the operativeparagraphs of resolution 14/7-C(IS) of the Seventh Islamic Summit Conferenceheld in Casablanca from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994), whichstates the following:

–   Requests the General Secretariat to intensify itson-going contacts with Member States aimed at obtaining their views andcomments on the subject and to conduct further research on the technicaland financial requirements of the project.

2.  Requests all Member States to quickly forward their positiveviews on the proposal to establish the Centre to the General Secretariatand also request the Secretariat to expedite their efforts in this connection.

3. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of the IslamicSummit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.22/8-C (IS)
ON THE
PROPOSED PROJECT FOR A NEW CAMPUS FOR
THE ZEITOUNA UNIVERSITY IN TUNISIA
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the resolutions adopted by previous Islamic Conferencesregarding this project and the recommendations of the 20th Islamic Commissionfor Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs;

Underlining the importance of the role being played by this educationalinstitution for more than its thirteen centuries in the service of Islamand Muslims;

Expressing satisfaction over and appreciation of the efforts renderedby the Government of Tunisia aimed at developing and supporting this Universityby building a new campus adjacent to Al-Zeitouna Mosque;

Having considered the report submitted by the Secretary Generalon this subject;

1. Thanks the Islamic Development Bank for allocating US$ 1 millionto the project and notes with great satisfaction the progress made in theworks.

2. Reiterates its support for the construction of a new campus so asto enable the University to consolidate its educational and cultural role,and for the implementation of the project.

3. Urges the Member States, the Islamic Solidarity Fund and the Islamicinstitutions to continue extending total financial, material and moralsupport to enable the University to raise the amount of US Dollars 4,595,000needed to speed up completion of the new campus.

4. Calls on the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank toconsider including the project of the new campus of the Zeitouna Universityamong the institutions that benefit from the Bank’s Islamic UniversitiesWaqf.

5. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation ofthis resolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of theIslamic Summit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.23/8-C(IS)
ON THE
DESTRUCTION OF CHARAR-E-SHARIF ISLAMIC COMPLEX
IN KASHMIR
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Having heard the presentation of the Delegation of the IslamicRepublic of Pakistan on the subject;

Expressing deep concern  at the Indian armed action on theoccasion of Eid-ul-Adha of 1415H, which resulted in damaging over 1500houses and shops and in the destruction of holy relics in addition to theMosque and Islamic Complex  at Charar-e-Sharif which were razed tothe ground.

1.  Strongly deplores the destruction of the 536 years old Islamiccomplex at Charar-e-Sharif, which constitutes a serious attack againstthe Islamic heritage of the Muslim people of Kashmir.

2.  Expresses its concern over the loss of life and the burningof over 1500 units of civilian housing in Charar-e-Sharif.

3.  Urges the international community, particularly OIC memberstates, to spare no effort to ensure the protection of the fundamentalrights of the Kashmiri people (including their right to self-determinationin accordance with UN resolutions) and safeguarde their religious and culturalrights and their Islamic heritage.

4. Requests the Secretary General to urgently make the necessary contactsto assess damages and provide the necessary assistance for the reconstructionof the Mosque and the Islamic complex at Charar-e-Sharif and submit a reportthereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.24/8-C(IS)
ON THE
TWINNING OF PALESTINIAN UNIVERSITIES
IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
WITH UNIVERSITIES IN OIC MEMBER STATES
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the various previous Resolutions of the  IslamicConferences and the recommendations of the 20th Session of the IslamicCommission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs, on the Twinning ofPalestinian universities in the Occupied Territories with universitiesin OIC Member States;

1. Calls on the Member States to implement operative paragraph (1) ofResolution 5/19-C on the twinning of Palestinian universities with universitiesin OIC Member States, adopted by the Nineteenth Islamic Conference of ForeignMinisters.

2. Approves the recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commissionfor Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs which call for the necessityof strengthening Islamic solidarity with the people and students of Palestinethrough establishing twinning relations between universities in OIC MemberStates and Palestinian universities in the Occupied Territories to enablethe latter to overcome their difficulties, confront Israeli designs aimedat impeding their functioning, fulfil their educational mission in thebest manner and contribute to the reinforcement of the Palestinian nationalauthority.

3. Recommends to extend every kind of financial and academic supportand assistance to the universities in the occupied territories so thatthey may be able to play their national and educational role, and supportsin particular the Open University of Al-Quds in view of its great partin upholding the steadfastness of its people and preserving the Arab andIslamic heritage of the Holy City.

4. Calls upon Member States to see to it that their universities receivedelegations of trainees and academics from the Universities of the occupiedPalestinian territories in order to offer them work.

5. Calls upon the Member States to contribute towards trainingPalestinian youth in their Universities and exchanging educational delegationsin various academic fields, so as to assist the Palestinian Universitiesinperforming their tasks within the framework of overall reconstruction bythe Palestinian National Authority and alleviate the material and academicdifficulties which may emerge.
 

6. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation ofthis resolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of theIslamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.25/8-C(IS)
ON THE
TEACHING OF THE SUBJECT OF THE HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
OF PALESTINE
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the resolutions adopted by previous  Islamic Conferences,and the recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the teaching of the history andgeography of Palestine;

1. Commends the efforts made by the Commission entrusted with elaboratingof curricula for the teaching of the history and geography of Palestineand calls on the General Secretariat and the Islamic Educational, Scientificand Cultural Organization (ISESCO) to expeditiously print and communicatethe curricula to the Member States in implementation of relevant IslamicResolutions.

2. Calls upon all educational organisations and institutions in MemberStates to contribute effectively to the teaching of the  subject ofthe History and Geography of Palestine approved for the three levels ofeducation so as to inform the young generations of Muslims about the landof Palestine and the rights of  its Arab and Muslim people, and safeguardthe Islamic and historic heritage of Palestine, particularly in Al-QudsAl-Sharif.

3. Appeals to the Member States and the IDB to contribute to financingthe printing of the approved curricula in the three OIC languages as wellas in the national languages of non-Arabic-speaking States.

4. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth session of the IslamicSummit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.26/8-C(IS)
ON THE
EDUCATIONAL SITUATION IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN
TERRITORIES, AND SYRIAN GOLAN.
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December

Recalling the Resolutions adopted by previous Islamic Conferencesand the recommendation issued by the 20th Session of the Islamic Commissionfor Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs, concerning the educational situationin the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories and the occupied SyrianGolan;

Taking into consideration  the policy and practices of theIsraeli occupation authorities towards the Arab citizens in the occupiedArab territories, aimed primarily at the eradication of their culturalidentity, along with Israeli attempts to wipe out and disintegrate theirnational and Arab identity at all levels, the Israeli policy of systematicstamping out of education aimed at creating a poorly educated  generationignorant of its history, culture, nation and Ummah, the Israeli practiceof a policy geared towards maligning Arab and Islamic civilization andcausing prejudice to Arabs and Muslims, the Israeli abuse and distortionof historical and geographical facts, in addition to the continued Israeli policy of racial discrimination by claims of Israeli superiorityover the citizens of the occupied Arab territories;

1. Condemns the measures taken by the Israeli occupation authoritiesagainst the educational and cultural organizations and institutions inthe occupied Palestinian territories aimed at denying the Palestiniansaccess to education, so as to obliterate their national identity and severthem from their culture and history, and distort their civilaization toserve the designs of occupation.

2. Appeals to Member States to support the efforts of the PalestineLiberation Organization aimed at promoting the educational process in theoccupied Palestinian territories during the transitional period, and toprovide it with all technical and financial means to develope curriculafor all educational levels.

3. Calls upon Member States to promptly extend every kind of academicand financial assistance and support to the educational sector in the occupiedPalestinian territories so that it may fulfill its mission in the reconstructionof the Palestinian national   institutions   and so that  the  educational  institutions  may contributeto the establishment of the Palestinian people’s national authority ontheir homeland, and  thus further enhance Islamic solidarity withthe people of Palestinian.

4. Calls upon Member States to extend every necessary financial assistanceto provide the funding required for the promotion of education in the occupiedterritories in general and in the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif in particular,in view of the great difficulties faced by the educational process in theHoly City on account of the practices of the Israeli occupation authoritiesaimed at the judaization of the Holy City and at severing it from its Arabo-Islamicenvironment.

5. Condemns the  practices and exactions of the Israeli occupationauthorities against educational institutions in the occupied Syrian Golan,their cancellation of the Syrian educational syllabus in the villages ofthe Golan and its substitution by an Israeli one, their imposition of theteaching of Hebrew instead of Arabic, their replacement of the teachingstaff to serve the goals and designs of Israeli  policy, their takingmeasures to deny Syrian Arab citizens access to higher education in Syrianuniversities and  their denying a number of those who manage to geteducation in those universities the right to return to their homes.

6. Reiterates its full support for the inhabitants of occupied SyrianGolan in their resistance against the oppressive Israeli practices, andtheir legitimate struggle to preserve their cultural, national and Arabidentity, and appeals to the United Nations and the specialized internationalagencies to counter those Israeli policies which violate internationallaws and conventions.

7. Calls upon the international community to shoulder its full responsibilityin forcing Israel to abide by the principles of the World Declaration onHuman Rights and of all international conventions on human rights, particularlythe Geneva Convention of 20.8.1949 on the protection of civilians in timeof war, as well as the relevant resolutions adopted by the United Nationsand its specialized agencies.

8.  Invites Member States to extend all necessary facilities topalestinian students to enable them to enroll in their universities andspecialized institutes and thus help them complete their university studiesand also stresses the need to increase the number of scholarships and seatsfor the Palestinian youth in the Islamic States, particularly in highereducation, technical and technological training and teacher training.

9.  Calls for extending support to the Open University of Al-Qudsin view of its vital importance in strengthening the resistance of thePalestinian people and enabling them to continue their university education and also calls for extending the technical and financial assistancenecessary for the  development of the university and  for solvingits problems so that it may open new branches and thoroughly  fulfilits educational mission.

10. Expresses its high appreciation for the role played by Palestinianschools and universities in the preservation of the Palestinian cultureand heritage and in
confronting the measures taken by the Israeli occupation authoritiesagainst the educational and cultural institutions and organizations inthe occupied Palestinian and Arab territories.

11. Reaffirms the need to implement the recommendation addressed tothe administrators of  Islamic Universities to receive trainees andacademics from the universities of the occupied territories to work intheir universities for short periods .

12.  Recommends to provide all kinds of financial and academicassistance and support to the universities of the occupied territoriesin implementation of the resolutions of successive Islamic Conferences,and to work for the establishment of a Centre  of  higher studiesin the occupied Palestinian territories.

13. Calls for support to the steadfastness of the Syrian citizens inthe occupied Golan against the Israeli practices aimed at obliteratingtheir Arab cultural identity and proclaims its support for the maintenanceof Syrian Arab educational curricula and the provision of educational andcultural material.

14. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth session of the IslamicSummit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.27/8-C(IS)
ON THE
PRESERVATION  OF  THE  ISLAMIC  CHARACTER,
HUMAN  HERITAGE  AND  RELIGIOUS  RIGHTS OF
AL-QUDS  AL-SHARIF
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the various resolutions of  previous Islamic Conferencesand the recommendation of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs concerning the preservation of theIslamic character  and human heritage of the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif;

1.  Reiterates all previous Islamic resolutions on the preservationof the Islamic character and human heritage of Al-Quds.

2. Condemns the aggressive and expansionist  Zionist policies andparticularly the policy seeking to establish further settlements and totransfer and resettle hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants in theoccupied Palestinian and Arab territories including Al-Quds Al-Sharif,which policies are aimed at seriously altering the demographic and historicstatus of these territories by judaizing them, and may jeopardize the currentpeace process as they represent a flagrant violation of international lawand of relevant U.N. and Security Council Resolutions.

3. Calls for continued action at all Islamic and international levelswith a view to forcing Israel to rescind its decision to annex the cityof Al-Quds Al-Sharif, reaffirming the City’s Arab-Islamic character andrejecting its annexation or judaization, pursuant to the relevant resolutionsof international legality, and particularly the UN Security Council’s resolutionsNo. 465 and 478.

4. Requests the General Secretariat to continue its coordination withinternational agencies and institutions and particularly with UNESCO toprevent the Israeli authorities from demolishing buildings in the vicinityof the Al-Quds Holy  Enclosure and demand that they close the tunneland stop their excavation works especially on the south side of the HolyEnclosure which actions aimed at destroying the  Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosqueand erecting their so-called  temple on its site.

5. Recommends that an information seminar on the City of Al-Quds beorganized specially at the present juncture, in order to inform publicopinion of imminent threats to the City, and the need to safeguard theIslamic and Christian  holy places and guarantee the freedom of worshipfor all believers.

6.  Urges the General Secretariat and Member States to providematerial assistance to enable the Palestinian people to face Israeli challengesand schemes aimed at obliterating religious features  in the HolyCity of Al-Quds, and reaffirms the need for extending all sorts of supportand assistance to the residents of Al-Quds Al-Sharif to enable them torefurbish their houses, support to their steadfastness and protect Islamicshrines in Al-Quds Al-Sharif from the demolition and waste.

7. Commends, in this context, the efforts exerted by Al-Quds Committeeof the Organization of the Islamic Conference under the Chairmanship of His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco.

8. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth session of the IslamicSummit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.28/8-C(IS)
ON THE
ISRAELI AGGRESSIONS
AGAINST ISLAMIC SHRINES IN THE  CITY AL-KHALIL (HEBRON)
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Reaffirming the objectives of the OIC Charter aimed at ensuringcoordination for the safeguard and liberation of the Holy places;

Recalling the resolutions adopted by Islamic Conferences on theUnified Stand Against the Profanation of Islamic Holy Places and Values,in particular resolution 3/6-C(IS) of the Sixth Islamic Summit Conferenceand 17/21-C of the Twenty-First Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers;

Expressing deep concern  at the schemes being devised againstthe Enclosure of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied city of Al-Khalilwith the aim of judaizing it, seizing part of it and preventing worshippersfrom entering it;

Recalling Security Council resolution number 904 (1994) on theMassacre in the Enclosure of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil;

1. Strongly condems the repeated Israeli aggressions against the IbrahimiMosque in Al-Khalil, in particular, the massacre perpetrated by the settlersagainst Palestinian worshippers in the Enclosure of the Ibrahimi Mosquein Ramadan 1414H killing tens of  martyrs.

2. Strongly condemns also  the aggressive Israeli scheme for thepartition of the Enclosure of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil, which aimsat seizing and judaizing most of it and building a Synagogue therein, whichconstitutes an aggression against Islamic Holy Places and feelings anda violation of all international Conventions and Charters in particularthe Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

3. Requests Member States to coordinate and intensify their effortsin the various international fora to prevent the implementation of theIsraeli scheme for partitioning the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil, to ensureaccess to it for Muslim worshippers and preserve the integrity of the IbrahimiEnclosure as a Mosque for Muslims only as it has been through the ages;and warns Member States against any slackness in this regard as this wouldencourage Israel to undermine the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamicand Christian shrines.

4. Calls on  Member States to ensure the restoration of the oldtown in Al-Khalil, to safeguard the heritage and culture of this historiccity and its resident  Palestinian families in an effort to counterJewish colonization.

5. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth session of the IslamicSummit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO.29/8-C(IS)
ON THE
RESEARCH CENTRE FOR ISLAMIC HISTORY,
ART AND CulTURE (IRCICA), ISTANBul
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the Resolutions adopted by previous Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the Research Centre for IslamicHistory, Art and Culture (IRCICA) in Istanbul, and the recommendationsof the Thirteenth meeting of the Governing Board of the Centre (Amman,Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 23-24 November 1996);

Commending the First Islamic International Festival of Artisansat Work (Islamabad, October 1994) and the Bosnia Herzegovina Exhibitionorganized by the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture inIstanbul;

Having considered the report submitted by the Centre on its activitiesand future plans of action; and the recommendations adopted by the Centres’General Assembly at the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission for EconomicSocial and Cultural Affairs;

1.  Commends the efforts of the Centre as reflected in its pioneeringaccomplishments and its activities aimed at meeting the needs of the MuslimUmmah and keeping pace with international developments in the field ofCulture and Islamic Heritage in the optimal way, thus warranting satisfactionwith and appreciation of the efforts exerted in this respect.

2.  Expresses its appreciation for the diverse activities carriedout by the Centre with the aim of raising the awareness of world opinionwith respect to the Islamic cultural heritage in Bosnia-Herzegovina, andfor the efforts it exerts for the maintenance and preservation of thatheritage.

3. Commends the successful organization of an international Symposiumon “Islamic Civilization in Western Africa” under the patronage of HisExcellency President Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal,in Dakar, in the period 26-30 December 1996, in cooperation with the FundamentalInstitute for Black Africa (IFAN) and  expresses  thanks to theRepublic of Senegal for hosting and organizing this important academicevent.

4. Commends the first international seminar on “Arabesque in the Islamichandicrafts”, held in Damascus, from 4 to 11 January 1997  under thehigh patronage of His Excellency President Hafez Al Assad, President ofthe Syrian Arab Republic, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture inSyria, UNESCO and the international Middle East Foundation.

5. Commends also the organization of a series of successful internationalworkshops on architectural heritage today, which continued through thethird workshop on architecture “Roster 2004” held in Mostar under the patronageof His Excellency President Ali Izetbegovic, President of the Republicof Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2 to 3 July 1997.

6. Expresses its thanks and appreciation to the host country, the Republicof Turkey, for material and moral support to the Centre and for providingthe headquarters and necessary facilities consistent with the pledge itgave at the time of the Centre’s establishment, requests to  meetfuture needs to enlarge the Centre’s headquarters resulting from the regularand commendable increase in the Centres’ activities and also expressesthanks to the other Member States for the material and moral support theyare extending to the Centre, thus enabling it to carry out its tasks ina satisfactory manner.

7. Welcomes the Centre’s projected organization of an internationalsymposium on Islamic civilization in the Caucasus, to be held under thepatronage of His Excellency President Heydar Aliev, President of the Republicof Azerbaijan in the autumn of 1998 in the City of Baku, in cooperationwith the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Science Academy of Azerbaijan.

8. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth session of the IslamicSummit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.30/8-C(IS)
ON THE
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE PRESERVATION
OF THE
ISLAMIC CulTURAL HERITAGE (ICPICH), ISTANBul
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the earlier Resolutions adopted by the  Organizationof the Islamic Conference and the recommendations of the 20th Session ofthe Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs on theInternational Commission for the Preservation of the Islamic Cultural Heritage(ICPICH);

Having considered the report submitted by the International Commissionfor the Preservation of the Islamic Cultural Heritage,

1.  Addresses its thanks to the Governments of the Kingdom of SaudiArabia and the Republic of Turkey, for their moral and material supportto the Commission and sponsoring its projects.

2. Expresses its appreciation to the efforts exerted by the Chairmanof the Commission, HRH Prince Faisal Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz in order torealize its objectives.

3. Expresses its satisfaction at the efforts of the Commission thatcontribute to promoting general awareness of the preservation of the Islamiccultural, artistic and architectural heritage and in particular its cooperationwith IRCICA in organizing working sessions on the reconstruction of Bosniaand Herzegovina.

4. Expresses  also satisfaction  at the opportunities providedto enlist to upgrade their skill in the Islamic arts and to calligraphersfrom Member States and other countries to obtain diplomas and requests the Commission to pursue its efforts to preserve and publicize the Islamicartistic heritage, encourage artists and specialists and consolidate internationalcooperation in this field.

5. Also Expresses satisfaction at the announcement of the Organisationof the Fourth International Calligraphy contest in1997 and comments the programme of the Special Contest Committee which draws the attentionof the whole world to the arts of Islamic heritage.

6. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of the IslamicSummit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.31/8-C(IS)
ON THE
ISLAMIC FIQH ACADEMY
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the resolutions adopted by the previous Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs concerning the Islamic Fiqh Academy;

Recalling again the Statute of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, its goalsand objectives, and the general plan adopted by the Academy Council atits first session held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah for unifying the MuslimUmmah and aligning its ranks so that it may remain glorious and impregnablethrough its faith, enlightened with its Shari’ah, constantly strong andable to meet present-day challenges and face contemporary problems;

Having considered the report of the Secretary General of the IslamicFiqh Academy;

1. Commends the efforts of the Secretary General and the staff of theGeneral Secretariat of the Academy and the books and documents it has published,particularly the Academy’s Journal which is now at its twenty-seventh volume.

2. Stresses the need to complete the results of the Symposium held inTehran on the Role of Women in social development in light of the amendmentsand additions introduced by the Fetwa branch of the Academy and proposedat the Tenth Session of its Council for submission to the Conference ofForeign Ministers.

3. Requests Member States which have not paid their contributions inthe budget of the Academy to do so and to continue supporting it so asto enable it to accomplish its tasks as required in the service of Islamand the vital causes of the Islamic Ummah.

4. Requests  the Islamic Fiqh Academy to take care of the Waqfsissue at Sharia level, establish its legal foundations in jurisprudenceand study its new aspects considering the all importance of Waqfs in thelife of Islamic societies and their development, and to coordinate withthe Conference of the Ministers of Waqfs and Islamic Affairs in this regard.

5. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of the IslamicSummit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.32/8-C(IS)
ON THE
ISLAMIC SOLIDARITY FUND AND
ITS WAQF
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling Resolution No.31/7-C(IS) adopted by the Seventh IslamicSummit Conference (Session of Brotherhood and Revival), held in Casablanca,Kingdom of Morocco in 1415H (1994) in which it reiterated the importanceof the tasks of the ISF and its objectives which aim at promoting Islamicsolidarity through contribution towards religious, cultural, scientificand social programmes and projects, in the Member States or in favour ofMuslim communities and minorities in the Non-Member States;

Recalling also the relevant resolutions adopted by previous IslamicConferences;

Noting with appreciation the achievements of the Fund during thepast two decades which took the form of extending support to official andpopular institutions in charge of the affairs of culture, higher education,Islamic guidance and youth welfare in all parts of the Islamic World;

Noting with satisfaction the realization of 55% of the capitalof the ISF Waqf and stressing the necessity of making every effort to complete the Waqf’s capital to reach US$ 100 million in order to provide incomewhich would enable the Fund to realize self-financing of its annual budgets;

Having considered the report submitted by the Chairman of thePermanent Council of the ISF on the financial constraints and obstaclesfaced by the Fund when financing its budgets and executing its annual programmes,due to the depletion of its resources, which resulted in halting severalof its activities;

1.  Urges the Member States to pledge annual donations, accordingto their means, for the ISF budget and contribute to the capital of theWaqf’s Fund.

2.  Expresses deep thanks and appreciation to the Member Stateswhich have extended generous and regular donations to the Fund and itsWaqf without which it would have been impossible for the Fund to carryout its missions in favour of the Islamic Ummah.

3.  Approves the report of the Chairman of the Permanent Councilof the ISF.

4.  Endorses the Permanent Council’s approval of the closing accountsof the ISF for the financial year 1994/1995 and the budget estimates forthe financial year 1996/97.

5.  Calls upon the Permanent Council of the Fund to continue extendingassistance to the cultural, social and educational projects in the Islamicworld and according priority attention to projects approved by the IslamicSummit Conferences and Foreign Ministers Conferences.

6.  Expresses thanks and appreciation to the Permanent Council,its Chairman, its Board of Trustees, its Chairman and the Executive Bureauof the Fund for the efforts they exert in order to realize the objectivesof the Fund and its Waqf.

7. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation ofthis resolution and submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session of theIslamic Summit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.33/8-C(IS)
ON THE
ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CulTURAL
ORGANIZATION (ISESCO)

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the Resolutions adopted by the previous Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations adopted by the 20th Session of the Islamic Commissionfor Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs and the resolutions adopted bythe 24th session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Minister (Jakarta1996) concerning ISESCO;

Having taken cognizance with appreciation, of the report submittedby the Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and CulturalOrganization (ISESCO) on the activities of the Organization;

1.  Commends the accomplishments made by the Islamic Educational,Scientific  and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in the fields of education,science, culture and communication which benefited most Member States.And requests ISESCO to carry on its efforts for the achievement of itslofty goals. Commends also the accomplishments of ISESCO in the fieldsscience, culture and economy, cooperation with international and governmentalorganizations, illiteracy eradication and the Quranic Script programmesand ISESCO’s role in supporting Islamic Universities and educational institutesin Palestine and Bosnia and in protecting the Islamic heritage thereinand the efforts it exerts in conducting studies on the future of the Islamicworld at the educational, scientific, cultural and strategic levels withthe aim of developing science and technology as well as its intensive anddiversified activities aimed at providing sons of Muslim communities withadequate care. And praises it for the constructive dialogue it has establishedamong different cultures.

2. Approves the strategy for Developing Science and Technology in IslamicCountries, prepared by the Islamic Education Scientific and Cultural organisationin cooperation with the  Standing Committee for Scentific and TechnologicalCooperation (COMSTECH), and Commends the excellent work of the Organisation and  the committee in preparing this strategy.

3. Commends the action carried out by ISESCO in publicizing Islam throughthe Internet in the official languages of the OIC.

4. Commends  the following accomplishments:  training stafffor the teaching of Islamic education and the Arabic language in MemberStates, providing support for the teaching of Islamic education and theArabic language in the universities and institutions of Member States,rehabilitating the handicapped, developing unified curricula for basiceducation, supporting research and publication in the Islamic approachto education, and the granting of scholarships in the various educationalfields.
 
5. Also commends the report drawn up by ISESCO on educational institutionsin Palestine, the support to Palestinian self-rule institutions and thedevelopment of scientific laboratories in the schools of Member Statesand the training of technical staff in laboratory maintenance.

6. Commends the educational efforts of ISESCO for the benefit of thenewly independent Islamic republics.

7. Commends also ISESCO’s support to the educational institutions ofIslamic communities in non-Islamic countries.

8. Invites ISESCO as an OIC institution specialized in education, scienceand culture and in laying down the implementation mechanisms of a culturalstrategy for the Islamic world, to draw up an integrated plan for thesemechanisms so that they may be implemented, and to submit this plan tothe next session of the Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers and tothe institutions concerned with cultural affairs in Member States for studyand approval and to coordinate with the Member States to take the necessarysteps for including this strategy within their national cultural policiesand also invites ISESCO to take all the necessary steps for the implementationof the science strategy.

9. Commends the existing coordination between the OIC and ISESCO tohold a meeting of the Ministers of Culture of the Islamic World with aview to implementing the Cultural Strategy as recommended by the FifthSession of COMIAC held in Dakar.

10.  Commends the programme being implemented by ISESCO, withinthe framework of cooperation between the OIC-UN systems, regarding theproject of Basic Education and Training from the perspective of Human ResourceDevelopment in Islamic Countries, and invites the Islamic institutions,in particular the Islamic Development Bank, to co-finance this project.It also commends the efforts and programmes of ISESCO in the field of promotingdialogue among various cultures, civilizations and religions as well asclosing the gap between Islamic doctrines.

11.  Urges the Member States which have not yet ratified the Islamicconvention on equivalence of diplomas to do so.

12.  Appeals to those Member States which have not yet joined ISESCOto do so and participate effectively in its projects and programs and callson the General Secretariat, in coordination with ISESCO, to exert its goodoffices for realizing this objective.

13.  Invites Member States which have not yet settled their contributionsto the  ISESCO budget to honour their financial obligations to enable it to implement its programmes and educational, scientific and culturalprojects which are highly important for joint Islamic action in these vitalfields for the preservation of the identity of the Islamic Ummah and thewarding off of external challenges.

14. Expresses thanks, appreciation and gratitude to His Majesty HassanII, King of Morocco, the seat country, for his lofty patronage of ISESCOand continuous support to it as it expresses thanks and gratitude to theCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Ibn Abdulaziz, for his unflagging support for ISESCO.

15. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of this resolution and to submit a report thereon to the Ninth Islamic SummitConference.
 

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RESOLUTION NO. 34/8-C(IS)
ON
THE ISLAMIC COMMITTEE OF THE INTERNATIONAL
CRESCENT, BENGHAZI
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the resolutions adopted by the  previous IslamicConferences and the recommendations of the 20th Session of the IslamicCommission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs concerning the IslamicCommittee of the International Crescent;

Having taken cognizance of the Report of the Committee’s Thirteenth Meeting held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 22-23 Muharram1418H (28-29 May, 1997);

1.  Urges Member States which have not yet signed or ratifiedthe Articles of Agreement of the Islamic Committee of the InternationalCrescent to do so as soon as possible so as to enable it to carry out itstasks and realize its noble objectives.

2.  Invites all Member States and Islamic institutions toextend material and moral support to the Committee so that it may implementits programmes.

3.  Calls for exerting efforts regarding refugees and detaineesand provide for their care and protection in collaboration with the UNHigh Commissioner’s Office for Refugees and the International Committeeof the Red Cross and other relevant regional and international organizations;

4.  Expresses profound thanks to the Socialist People’s LibyanArab Jamahiriya for extending support and facilities to the Committee atits inception.

5. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementationof  this Resolution and to submit a report thereon to the Ninth Sessionof Islamic Summit Conference.
 

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RESOLUTION  NO.35/8-C(IS)
ON  THE
ISLAMIC  SOLIDARITY  GAMES
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the resolutions adopted by the previous Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations of the 20th Session of the Islamic Commission forEconomic, Cultural and Social Affairs on the activities of the IslamicSolidarity Sports Federation (ISSF);

Having considered with appreciation the initiative of H.R.H. PrinceFaisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Islamic Solidarity SportsFederation and General President of Youth Welfare of the Kingdom of SaudiArabia, to organize charity football games between the Sarajevo Team andselect teams from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aimed at supporting the peopleof Bosnia-Herzegovina on the 25th Anniversary of the Organisation of theIslamic Conference.

Having considered the report submitted by the General Secretariatof the Federation on this subject;

Having been informed of the ambitious plan recommended for implementationby the Experts Committee and approved by the 7th Summit Conference.

1. Urges Member States to take interest in all future activities ofthe Federation as well as the upcoming tournaments of the Islamic SolidarityGames, in particular the organization of the first tournament which willbe held under the auspices of the Federation.

2.  Requests  the General Secretariat and ISSF to introducethe necessary legal amendments into the Federation’s Statute in order tocover youth activities.

3.  Expresses appreciation and thanks to His Royal Highness PrinceFaisal Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, President General of Youth Welfare of theKingdom of Saudi Arabia, for his great interest in the Islamic SolidaritySports Federation; his sponsorship of the Federation’s activities to helpit realize its noble objectives; and for graciously hosting the meetingof the Experts Committee on Youth and Sports in the Muslim States at theGeneral Secretariat Headquaters in Jeddah from 18 to 20 Muharram 1418H(26-28 May 1997) to prepare for the First Conference of Ministers of Youthand Sports in Member States to be hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

4. Expresses thanks to the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation fororganizing the first training session in Arabic on Sports Organizationand Management, at its Headquarters in Riyadh, and for publishing the documentarybook thereon.

5. Calls on Member States who have not fulfilled their commitments towardsthe Federation to do so in order to enable it to perform its activities.

6. Congratulates Islamic Member States whose national teams have qualifiedfor the World Cup Finals to be held in France in1998:

     a) Islamic Republic of Iran.
     b) Republic of Tunisia.
     c) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
     d) Republic of Cameroon.
     e) Kingdom of Morocco.
     f) Federal Republic of Nigeria.

7. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of this Resolution and to submit a report thereon to the Ninth Session ofthe  Islamic Summit Conference.

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RESOLUTION NO.36/8-C(IS)
ON THE
WORLD FEDERATION OF ARAB ISLAMIC INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Recalling the resolutions of the previous Islamic Conferencesand the recommendations made by the 20th Session of the Islamic Commissionfor Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs concerning the World Federationof Arab Islamic International Schools;

Having considered the report submitted by the World Federationof Arab Islamic International Schools.

1. Recommends to the General Secretariat, Islamic organizationsand institutions, Islamic Solidarity Fund, and the Islamic DevelopmentBank to support Plans and Projects of the World Federation for Arab IslamicInternational Schools
and to extend to it all possible assistance their implementation andparticularly:

(a) To continue support for holding Training Sessions for Teachersof Arabic language and Islamic Culture in Asia, Africa, Central Asia andthe Balkans.

(b)  To contribute to printing the manual for teaching Arabicto non-Arabic speakers which has been prepared by the Federation, and toits distribution among Muslim children.

(c)  To invite the IDB to continue its contribution to printingbooks for Afghan children.

(d)  To support the Open Complementary Studies Institutein Khartoum so that it may continue its activities as well as the NdjamenaTeachers Institute in Chad.

2. Recommends to support the project of the World Examinations’ Councilof the Arab-Islamic Schools which has been established by the Federation,in collaboration with the League of Islamic Universities and the MuslimWorld League, and which aims at placing the examinations of the privateIslamic schools under the supervision of well known Islamic universities;

3. Recommends also to support the Federation  so as to  playan effective role in assisting educational institutions in Afghanistansuch as schools and universities, and rebuild schools and institutes ofhigher education destroyed during the war.

4. Addresses sincere thanks and appreciation to the Government of theCustodian  of the Two Holy Mosques for its continuous support to Araband Islamic education in various parts of the world.

5. Requests the Secretary General to ensure the implementation of thisresolution and to report thereon to the Ninth Session of the Islamic SummitConference.

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RESOLUTION NO. 37/8-C (IS)
ON
DA’WA ACTIVITIES AND THE REACTIVATION OF THE COMMITTEE ON CO-ORDINATIONOF ISLAMIC ACTION.
 

The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session ofDignity, Dialogue, Participation),  held in Tehran, Islamic Republicof Iran, from 9 to 11 Shaban 1418H (9-11 December 1997),

Referring to the provisions of the Charter of the Organisationof the Islamic Conference;

Inspired by the Makkah Al Mukarramah Declaration issued by theThird Islamic Summit Conference;

Also recalling the Dakar Declaration issued by the Sixth IslamicSummit Conference;

Further recalling the Casablanca Declaration issued by the SeventhIslamic summit;

Recalling resolution 32/21-C of the Twenty-first Session of theIslamic Conference of Foreign Ministers approving the development of anIslamic Da’wa Strategy in keeping with the provisions of the Cultural StrategyDocument approved by the Sixth Summit Conference;

Having considered the report of the Secretary General;

1. Requests Member States to take the necessary steps to incorporatethis Strategy into their  national policies in the educational, information,Islamic Da’wa and other fields as a methodology to be followed  inJoint Islamic Action.

2. Recommends that the Committee on Co-ordination of Islamic Actiondevelop a mechanism for  the admission of Islamic organisations thatsatisfy  appropriate membership criteria.

3. Requests Islamic Cultural Centres and Da’wa Centres to educate thePilgrims to the rites and practices of Pilgrimage prior to their arrivalin the Holy Places to perform the Hajj duty.

4. Expresses its appreciation  to the Government of the Kingdomof Saudi Arabia, the Indonesian Government, the Malaysian Government, theworld Islamic Call Society in Tripoli and Al-Azhar Al-Sharif for hostingthe meetings of the Committee on Co-ordination of Joint Islamic Actionin the Field of Da’wa.
 
5. Calls for the