The World Muslim Congress, Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami, which enjoys
Consultative Status with the UN in New York through the ECOSOC and UNICEF and observer Status with the Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), was founded in an assemblage of eminent leaders from the World of Islam held
in Makkah in 1926. King Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia played host to the Congress.
A leading light in this congregation was the Grand Mufti of Palestine, Alhaj Aminul Hussaini.
The Congress resolved that a permanent international Islamic organization be set up to promote
solidarity and cooperation among the global Islamic community (Ummah).
It assumed organizational shape in the second International Islamic Conference
held in Baitul Maqdas (Jerusalem) in 1931. The constitution and rules and regulations
of the Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami were framed and approved in this conference held under
the presidentship of Alhaj Aminul Hussaini, the Grand Mufti of Palestine.
He was elected as a President of the Motamar; the two Vice-Presidents elected were Allama
Dr. Mohammad Iqbal and Syed Alouba Pasha.
After the birth of the Muslim-majority State of Pakistan on August 14, 1947, under the
leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, its first governor-general, eminent
Signatories of the World of Islam began working for the revival of
the Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami.
Its revival was achieved in a World Muslim Conference held in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan
at that time, in February 1949, with a stirring inaugural address delivered by Mr. Liaquat
Ali Khan, Pakistan's first Prime Minister. This was followed by a bigger conference of the
Motamar held in Karachi in February 1951. This Conference gave a new form and shape to the
Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami, making Karachi the Headquarters of the Motamar, with Alhaj Aminul Hussaini, the Grand Mufti of Palestine, as its President and Dr. Insamullah Khan as its secretary-general. It set up a Constitution drafting committee.
Its two separate sessions dealing with "the Women of Islam" and the "Youth of Islam" aroused immense interest in the World of Islam.
The Motamar's 1951 Conference held in Karachi saw the seeding of many ideas of cooperation
among the Muslim countries and people, which in the years that followed became realities.
Notable among them were the proposals for establishing a World Muslim News Agency and an International Muslim Development Bank. Between 1951 and 1999, the Motamar's
Conferences held in different parts of the Islamic World have contributed immensely to
the arousing of a feeling of fraternal solidarity in the Muslim Ummah and the promotion of
institutions for mutual cooperation in diverse fields, including political, economic,
religious, educational, and cultural interests. Since its establishment in 1926, the
Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami has championed Muslim causes such as Palestine, Kashmir,
the Filipino Muslims' struggle, freedom for Muslim people from European colonian rule,
and the economic emancipation of the Muslim Ummah.