Intellectual Imperialism: Recommendations of the 7th Session

In the Name of Allāh,

the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful

Praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, may the blessings and peace be upon our master Muḥammad, the last of prophets, on his family, and all his companions.

Resolution No. 69 (7/7)

Intellectual Imperialism: Recommendations of the 7th Session

The Council of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, holding its 7th session in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 7–12 Dhū al-Qi’dah 1412h (9–14 May 1992),

Having examined the research papers submitted to the Academy concerning Intellectual Imperialism, explaining its background, dangers, dimensions, and its impact on Arab and Muslim world,

Hence, the research papers presented examples of the ambiguities and contes- tations that intellectual imperialism has provoked and the schemes and practices it carried out to destabilize Muslim society and subvert Dawah (Call to Islam). The research papers explained Islam’s role in preserving the Ummah and its firm stance against this imperialism, and how Islam overturned many of its schemes and plots. They also focused on ways to confront such imperialism and protect the Ummah from its effects in all fields and at all levels.

Having listened to the discussions on the subject above,


First: Work towards implementing Shariah and adopting it as a strategic approach in our political relations at the local and global levels.

Second: Ensure the purification and promotion of educational methods and curricula to upbring the present generations based on Islamic principles and pro- vide them with the proper training that would increase their knowledge and at- tachment to Islam and immunize them against all forms of cultural imperialism. Third: Develop the training curricula for preachers to make them under- stand the true spirit of Islam and its approach to human life and society, in ad- dition to enlightening them on modern culture so that their interactions with

contemporary societies are fully aware and informed.

Fourth: Give Mosques their comprehensive educational role in Muslims’ life to enable them to cope with all forms and effects of cultural imperialism and have a complete and authentic knowledge of their religion.

Fifth: Refute ambiguities spread by the enemies of Islam using sound sci- entific methods to build confidence among the believers regarding the magnif- icence of our religion without resorting to weak defensive methods.

Sixth: Give due importance to studying foreign ideas and borrowed prin- ciples and identify their shortcomings and deficiencies with scientific honestly and objectivity.

Seventh: Give due attention to Islamic awakening and give support to the institutions working in the various fields of Dawah and Islamic action to build the upright Islamic personality that presents to human society a shining prac- tical example of Islamic teachings at individual and collective levels and in all fields of political, social, cultural and economic life.

Eighth: Give due attention to the Arabic language, its promotion, and its teaching worldwide, considering that it is the language of the Holy Quran, and to promote it as the teaching medium at the schools, institutes and universities in Arab and Muslim countries.

Ninth: Emphasize on highlighting Islam’s tolerance, which has come for the goodness and happiness of mankind in this world and in the hereafter, through all living languages.

Tenth: Benefit efficiently and seriously from contemporary means and meth- ods of communication to convey the words of truth and wisdom to all parts of the world without neglecting any other possible means.

Eleventh: Give due importance to resolve contemporary issues with Islamic solutions and translate these solutions into practical execution and sustained ap- plication since the successful application is the most effective means of Dawah and discourse.

Twelfth: Work on emphasizing the manifestations of Muslim unity and com- plementary in all aspects and to resolve their differences and conflicts through peaceful means in conformity with the well-known Shariah provisions in this regard, thereby thwarting the plots of cultural imperialism aimed at breaking up the unity of Muslims and sowing discords and disputes among them.

Thirteenth: Work on strengthening Muslim powers and self-sufficiency, both economically and militarily.

Fourteenth: Appeal to Arab and Muslim states to support Muslims who are subjected to oppression in various parts of the world, to support their causes and to repel aggression against them by all available means.


The Academy shall continue to raise related issues at future meetings and sym- posia of the Academy, given the critical importance of intellectual imperialism

and the need to establish an integrated strategy to confront its manifestations and developments.

This strategy could begin with the issues of christianization and orientalism in the next session.

Indeed, Allāh is the Giver of success.

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