1. WHY FGN WAS ESTABLISHED?
The Future Global Network Foundation (FGN) was formed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2006 with the aim of providing an alternative vision to the prevailing global political order.
Today, we are moving fast to becoming an increasingly multi-polar world - as seen in the strengthening of the European Union, the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil and also the re-emergence of Russia as the new centre of economic and political power in the world.
In this new equation or multi-polar setting, the majority of Muslims all over the world are still fighting discrimination, injustice and poverty. Muslims in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as minorities living in the non-Muslim world are in desperate need of freedom and peace. In the context of the current global politics and the rapidly fast and ever changing developments in the world today, what would be the position of Islam in a multi-polar world? Will Islam be able to rise to the occasion?
It is within this context that the FGN has a role to play in raising global awareness of the need for Muslims in particular to strengthen their brotherhood through networking and embarking upon mutually beneficial projects. The ascendence of the Islamic world as one of the major powers in the global arena depends on the proactive relationship and complimentary roles that should exist between governments and civil societies.
CREATING CIVILISED SOCIETY DEDICATED TO THE IDEALS OF WORLD PEACE AND GLOBAL SOLIDARITY
3.1 To formulate a dynamic plan of action aimed at solving problems and issues confronting the ummah in the context of the challenges presented by the New World Order, the hegemony of the dominant powers, as well as contemporary global politics.
3.2 To create global concern and safety network for the plight of societies and communities that are marginalized and persecuted as well as displaced through calamities and natural disasters.
3.3 To formulate an effective plan of action aimed at creating network and mutual understanding not only between Muslim NGOs but also amongst non-Muslim NGOs in different parts of the world acting in concert towards creating universal peace.
4.1 To address challenges on political and social injustice impacting onworld peace.
4.2 To consolidate and foster a sense of identity and brotherhood among the ummah that includes providing humanitarian and educational needs of marginalised and displaced communities.
4.3 To create and maintain a website aimed at highlighting activities and research findings, articles of scholarly standard, as well as mobilizing public opinion in favour or against policies that may be controversial.
4.4 To create and maintain a comprehensive database that facilitates global networking.
4.5 To organize training for youths, social activists and young professionals in carrying out da’wah work, as well as developing leadership, managerial and entrepreneurial skills.
4.6 To organise conferences, fora and talks aimed at highlighting the universalism of Islam in the context of contemporary global politics.
4.7 To publish books and monographs aimed at disseminating research findings and scholarly works of both Muslims and non- Muslims that are in consonance with the objectives of FGN.
FGN is headed by Bro. Ahmad Azam bin Abdul Rahman, the former President (from 1997 to 2005) of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (aka ’ABIM’), one of the most influential Islamic Movements in Southeast Asia. He is also the Chairman of Global Peace Mission - a coalition of 77 non-governmental organizations (NGO) in Malaysia - a humanitarian-relief organization that provides relief assistance and alleviates humanitarian crisis in areas hard hit by war and natural disasters or calamities. He is also the Chairman of the Social, Humanitarian and Solidarity Commission, Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW) based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ahmad Azam is being assisted by a number of Committee Members, comprising intellectuals and social activists with different background and expertise in religion, education, politics, economy, administration, community development, ethnic and international relations.
6. ORGANISATION & ADMINISTRATION
The five divisions under the organizational structure set up to carry out the vision and missions of the FGN are as follows:-
1. Bridging and Networking
2. Research and Publications
3. Educational, Da’wah and Humanitarian Projects
4. Training and Management Consultancy
5. Finance and Administration
The administration is being supported by six staff working on fulltime basis and assisted by a number of local as well as foreign volunteers.
FGN adalah sebuah NGO yang bertujuan untuk mendaulatkan agama Islam di peringkat nasional dan global dengan menggembling tenaga intelektual, profesional dan aktivis sosial di dalam satu jaringan yang padu dan kukuh bersama Muslim NGO sejagat dengan menjadikan al-Quran dan as-Sunnah sebagai landasan perjuangannya.
Sesuai sebagai sebuah NGO, FGN akan menumpukan kepada 5 gerak kerja utama, iaitu:-
1. Menggalak usaha-usaha strategik berorientasikan masa depan untuk menyemarak kesedaran dan penghayatan Islam;
2. Menggerak serta menyokong setiap inisiatif ke arah memperkukuh silaturrahim, memantap ukhuwwah sesama umat Islam di pelbagai lapisan dan peringkat dalam konteks Wahdatul Ummah;
3. Meningkat kefahaman dan kesedaran serta membela nasib umat tertindas di seluruh dunia melalui pendekatan advokasi;
4. Memanfaat jaringan global NGO Muslim untuk memperkasa ekonomi umat dan solidariti;
5. Membina pakatan strategik dengan mana-mana NGO di dunia untuk memperjuangkan Tata Baru Dunia yang berteraskan keadilan dan keamanan sejagat.
Sesuai dengan peranannya sebagai sebuah NGO, FGN tidak akan berorientasikan massa, tetapi akan menjadi pelengkap (complimenting role) kepada gerakan massa yang ada.
Adalah dihasratkan dengan menumpu dan memperkasa lima gerak kerja utama ini, FGN akan dapat berperanan sebagai sebuah NGO yang mampu membina jaringan dengan NGO Muslim peringkat global dalam suatu ikatan persaudaraan Islam yang sejati demi mereliasasikan al-islam ya’lu wala yu’la’alaih — Islam itu tinggi, dan tiada suatu pun yang dapat mengatasinya.