1997 News Story

MWL reports billion dollar Saudi support

Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Abdullah Al-Obaid reports that the Saudi government and people have donated a total of more than one billion U.S. dollars to the organization.   Speaking at the 34th conference of the Islamic Federation of North America, Dr. Al-Obaid said that the Saudi government has been extending assistance on an annual basis ever since the MWL's establishment.  In addition, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz has made personal contributions, including the construction of the MWL headquarters in Makkah at a cost of SR 100 million (U.S. $ 26.67 million).  Dr. Al-Obaid went on to highlight King Fahd's accomplishments regarding the distribution of millions of copies of the Holy Qur'an and its translations printed at the King Fahd Printing Complex in Madinah.

The MWL has 30 offices worldwide, which have enrolled a total of 1,067 preachers to spread the Islamic call.  The MWL enjoys strong relations with Islamic organizations both in the Kingdom and abroad, and is keen to enhance the efficacy and work of imams, teachers and preachers through well-defined training courses.   So far more than 600 imams and preachers of a number of different nationalities have graduated from the permanent training center in Makkah.   In addition, this year the MWL offered 900 scholarships to students from 63 countries to pursue their studies in specialized fields worldwide.   In the area of Islamic mass media, Dr. Al-Obaid said the MWL issues a number of periodicals including the weekly Al-Ala'am Al-Islami  and the monthly magazine Al-Rabita, which are published in both Arabic and English.