The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, arrived today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to attend the Third extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) at the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Secretariat of the OIC.
For the past five years delegates from the MCB have been attending the OIC summits as special guests of the pan-Islamic organization.
The summit to be held in Makkah on 7-8th December is expected to tackle a number of critical issues affecting Muslims world wide. They are expected to adopt the Recommendations of the Commission of Eminent Persons (CEP) and Makkah Forum of Scholars and Intellectuals. Their main recommendation includes a 'Ten-Year Programme of Action' to restructure and revitalize the organization.
Faced with growing disquiet among Muslims the summit is also expected to discuss the deteriorating situation in occupied Jerusalem. The summit is expected to reaffirm calls for international action to halt Israel's unilateral changes to the religious and demographic character of Jerusalem and the persistent threats by Zionist extremists to destroy Masjid al-Aqsa, Islam's third most holy sanctuary.
Wakkas Khan, President of the MCB national affiliate FOSIS (Federation of Students' Islamic Societies), is accompanying Sir Iqbal as a delegate to the OIC summit.