Global Islamic Unity Forum
GIUF embodies a solemn declaration of Islamic unity of the global Ummah aspiring for world peace and prosperity. God willing, Islamic unity and world peace are achievable in the long term through trade and investment involving Muslim countries and communities and simultaneous efforts to alleviate poverty, as outlined in Maqasid Shariah. As an independent Malaysia-based non-governmental organization (NGO), GIUF will initially focus on Malaysia and the ASEAN region before expanding its presence in other countries beyond 2025.
Our activities and engagement will be shaped by universal values, institutions, and practices of Islam that are consistent with the Quran and prophetic mission of Prophet Muhammad and all prophets before him. We believe God did not create humanity and the entire universe in vain and without purpose or guidance. These were created as a manifestation of Divine Mercy for every epoch.
The critical challenge now is climate change. It will impact the poor and disrupt economic activities. However, our views must be consistent with our faith that this planet and the entire universe have an owner who actively creates and manages. Since climate change is anthropogenic, humanity will have to carry the burden of nurturing the planet back to its ecological balance following the prescription of its ultimate owner.
Hence we believe that human greed, wastefulness, and selfish materialism will not end the climate crisis. The existing remedy for mitigating the impact of climate change will fail because its global agenda is still the domination of one group over another. It will fail with the same fate as the post-war international order of the United Nations, denuclearization, globalization, eradication of poverty, currency wars, and many others.
Solving the climate crisis will require a deeply religious and spiritual perspective that acknowledges human beings are limited by faculty, behavioral tendencies, self-ego, prejudices, tribal loyalties, mortality, and other weaknesses as evident throughout history.
We will engage with all parties, communities, and governments that wish to strive for common and shared objectives for humanity’s future and the planet’s sustainability. The attainment of our mission and objectives will be through forums, seminars, social media and specific projects within the laws and regulations of countries in which we operate.
Our observation of history has convinced us that commerce facilitates civilizational exchange and discourse at a level of interaction that GIUF will pursue and revive. This interaction is essential for the Abrahamic faiths and eastern beliefs.
“O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allâh is the most righteous (taqwa) of you”. (Al-Hujurat:13)
We will rely primarily on grants, donations, and donors to finance our activities with transparency and good governance. Our performance will be reported through a regular publication of the Balance Scorecard, including financial performance and measurable outcomes.
DATO’ PADUKA RAHIM KAMIL SULAIMAN
Global Islamic Unity Forum (GIUF)