…MANY ARAB AND MUSLIM COUNTRIES ARE STILL IN DIRE STRAITS SINCE IT FIRST CAME INTO EXISTENCE WITH MANY WHICH ARE NOW ALMOST DESTROYED BY INFIGHTING AND EXTERNAL PROVOCATION.
By Mansor Puteh
It is quite obvious that the organizers of the so-called World Islamic Economic Forum or WIEF, does not care or know who they are actually serving or benefiting the most, the Muslim countries or the non-Muslim ones.
The truth remains that since it first came into existence, there are many Arab countries that have suffered, being destroyed, with their economy in shambles.
This happened through infighting and mostly by external provocation, by unseen but known and obvious enemies of Islam, the countries that had never ever used their veto power to protect Arab and Muslim interests in the United Nations.
Yet, the organizers of the WIEF can look elsewhere taking their act and with their officers and the so-called leaders of the Arab and Muslim countries giving comments and speeches as though they do not realize that the Muslim World that they like to talk about truly does not exist.
And that cooperation between and amongst Muslim countries and those of the non-Muslim ones favor the later.
WIEF has indeed benefited the non-Muslim countries more than the Muslim ones.
If it is that interesting and truly beneficial, then it can be seen in the way Muslims interact to each other through commerce, which is what the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, had also been engaged in, for which had become the tool of Islamic propagation, which had also caused Melaka to become the most important center for the spread of Islam in Southeast Asia.
Unfortunately, trading as encouraged by WIEF, has not managed to do this.
The organizers of WIEF and the so-called Arab and Muslim leaders are not fully aware why they are happy to be invited to attend this forum, when it is not service the real cause of Islam in anyway.
It can be said to be effective if it can also help cause the expansion of trading amongst Muslim countries and between the non-Muslim ones, which can in the end cause the economic hold of the Muslim countries by the west to be further reduced, with the American dollar and European euros and other currencies of the non-Muslim countries depreciating in value and worth.
But this has not happened. It can never happen because the organizers of the WIEF, does not really know why they are organizing this sort of forum.
To them it is no more than to counter the World Economic Forum (WEF) that is held in
It was a good start. But WIEF did not know how to enhance their prestige and reputation other than to be the counter-WEF.
Whereas the WEF can rest on the earlier achievements of the countries in the west which have been fully developed, in all fields, WIEF has not managed to even think why they were able to achieve what they had managed to do, so that the WIEF, too can encourage other Muslims to go into the line of businesses that those countries in the west especially America had done to uplift their economic performance, so that they can influence not only the economic development of the Muslim countries, but also to promote Unity amongst the Muslims in the world.
WIEF has a very narrow-minded view of the Muslim World and also the world as a whole.
They are happy to get as many prominent Muslim and non-Muslim leaders to attend their annual conference.
And these so-called Muslim leaders are normally eager to attend it, because of the prestige attached, where they can read the prepared texts which do not espouse anything unusual or new, other than to repeat what has been said by their counterparts and also themselves before.