The KL Summit which gathers Muslim leaders, intellectuals and scholars was conceived with the noble objectives of identifying the problems afflicting the Muslim world and finding solutions to them.
We have heard the oft-repeated quote attributed to the 19th century Egyptian scholar and jurist, Muhammad ‘Abduh, who once said: “l went to the West and saw Islam, but no Muslims; I got back to the East and saw Muslims, but no Islam.”
It is but a stark reminder of our failings, our inability to live by the basic tenets of Islam, of making Islam ad-deen, our way of life.
Muslims nations are in the extremes — we have rich nations far richer than the richest and poor ones that are poorer than the poorest.
We proclaim that all Muslims are brothers and yet, our nations are involved in endless civil wars, sectarian wars, wars with our Muslim neighbours and inviting non-Muslim nations to assist us in our wars with fellow Muslims.
For far too long we have been associated with bad governance, endemic corruption and a breeding place for terrorism.
We can keep on shouting that such labels, especially being breeders of terrorism as callous anti-Islam propaganda. We know that it is really true but our weakness and disunity have given credence to this propaganda.
Such is the state of affairs among our nations that Muslims end up in the shores of nations Governed by those from other faiths and our brethren’s fate rest solely at their mercy.
It is against these backdrops that the KL Summit was hatched and it is earnest in wanting to contribute in the improvement of the state of affairs among Muslims and the Muslim nations.